WARNING PICTURE HEAVY. I like the design of this significantly better than the red one. Simple is better.
About this creation
I decided to finally post this. Unlike my red base, this one is connected soley by train track. I think when I do my next one, I'll use the old blue track from the seventies and make it narrow gauge, as well as add in some vehicles. Grey 12 volt track would be the most realistic, but I don't feel like investing a few hundred dollars for: some weight bricks, a motor, a speed regulator, switch track, cross track, and conducting rails. Alternatively, I could use monorail track, but it's $20 for a single straight piece on Bricklink. Plus the motor and switch track and curves. And ramps. Here's a public service announcement from me: if you are just getting into lego trains and have RC/PF trains, go to Bricklink and buy some old blue track. I spent $70 for 3 sets of switches, 3 cross tracks, about 80 straight rails, and five complete circles. From lego, that would be $200 for the eqivalent in new RC track. Just make sure you get some 2 x 8 plates.
Wow. I can get really sidetracked really easily. This is the entire base disassembled. Every baseplate has some train track and a building on it. The three buildings are 16 x 16 studs, allowing for three seperate buildings or a super command center. The hangar does not come apart.
Instead of having two socket types that get smaller the higher you go, this base uses a universal socket/insert. The things like the guns and crane have socket. Buildings directly connected to baseplates have inserts, and building segments have both.
This is what I mean by universal socket type. This set-up is far, far better than my old one, mostly because it allows more linear modules and buildings. Search "step pyramid" into Google. That's like the old base.
Because I used a universal insert, the building segments have to be wider than eight studs to keep the thing on top stable. Alternatively, I could take a Dubai approach and make everything with no logic put into construction whatsoever. When one of the least interesting/totally nuts building in a city is the tallest manmade structure, you probably have a problem. Seriously, they're building an underwater hotel ($5500 for one night! Or, about $3.80 to look at fish per minute. Double that because you're sleeping half the time.) with an anti-air missile defence system. Plus there's building where each floor spins around a central axis, and each floor provides power because some idiot had the bright idea that people want to live in an oversized lopsided windmill that will probably break catastrophically in a few years.
See what I mean about the ADD thing? I began to run out of blue bricks halfway through, thus some modules suffer and are unstable. On a totally unrelated note, I'm not particulary fond of the windows on this segment.
The main colors in this are blue and black and yellow and grey. This is the only black module in the entire base (sans guns) howevers. Extending the width for stability was far cleaner in this segment, due to the slope of the windows. Finding the 2 x 4 black sloped bricks was fairly difficult. Sure I have thirteen, but the only one I could find had a smooth surface on the slope, instead of feeling rough. It's little things like that I hate SO MUCH.
There is a white stripe inside to give the effect of lights behind the windows. Otherwise, it's basically the same as the first module.
Two anti-air 7.62mm heavy machine guns. They're more for targetting fast/stealthy/lucky enemy aircraft because...
... there is also a LRSAMB Mk. III. That is "long range surface-to-air missile battery" incase you didn't catch on. It has an effective range of twelve miles, and has a dozen SAM-84 launchers, modified so they are belt fed.
The radar is linked to a supercomputer that controls firing all anti-air defences, as well as alerting the base to friendly and hostile aircraft.
The crane is used for transporting materials and broken aircraft from the base to a train, a train tp the base, or one train to another on a perpendicular track. Or something. I just wanted a crane really. The design is basically unchanged from the red base, but what-ev, amirite?
The observation tower on the other hand is far smaller than the old one. Instead of a cylindrical window and a deck on top, this is a elevator to the deck on top. Which is an X-pod. I'm going to be totally honest here, the creator line from '04-'06 was pretty awesome.
And now we get to the buildings, which are far simpler and more boring than the guns. But hey, you got this far, right? You can't quit halfway through.
Here is a baseplate building. The rear 16 x 16 studs is the building itself, and the front half is a straight train track.
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The hangar is far more exciting despite the lack of micro-scale aircraft. Basically, I took a coulpe of train baseplates for the frame, and some 6 x 8 black slopes over that for some curvature. Also you can stick things in it (TWSS). The road baseplate was from a Ferrari pit stop set. And yes, I hate mixing bley and grey too.
This is an outpost for anti-air defences, the crane, or radar. The observation tower deck would look really weird up there. Also there's no ladder.
This is a utility tower over the crosroads. Track. Close enough. The only appropriate thing to put on this is the observation tower or the crane. Maybe the radar, but that's stretching it.
Alright, that's it for buildings and sockets and details and whatnot. Here are a few examples of the bases modular-bility, and pretty pictures in general.
Despite having fewer modules than the red base, I can safely say this base has exponentially more combinations. Also, since you spent 10-20 minutes reading this, and I took about 90 writing this, please comment.