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Space Race!
The Albion Hegemony's bi-annual interplanetary Space Race is one of the sector's premier sporting events. As racing teams gather from over a dozen star systems to compete, we take a look at some of the front runners.
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Anglika's Nescorp Engineering Team are defending champions from last season, and look well prepared to defend their title with the 'Crunchybix(TM) Meteor'.


Some observers have commented that the Meteor looks superficially very similar to their previous entry, the 'Fizzyade(TM) Fireball.' However, Nescorp assure us that their extensive corporate sponsorship deals and endorsements have funded a complete refit and upgrade of all its internal systems.


You certainly wouldn't bet against them being on the winner's podium again this year. But if you want to, they recommend you do it at Bingiebats Bookmakers - "We take your money with a smile".


As one of the larger ships in the race, the meteor has a 2-man crew, 1 pilot and one co-pilot/navigator, who are assured maximum racing comfort on seating provided by Planet of Leather.


Reigning champion pilot Lewis Armstrong and co-pilot Benson Honeydew are ready for action in their LaCostly(TM) flight suits. Good luck guys!


Our next racer is a truly unknown quantity. No-one is sure where Ziv Vizziviziz came from, or even what species he/she is, but (s)he wants to race and paid the race entry fee up front in solid Rubyllium!


The name of Ziv's ship is unpronounceable for anyone with fewer than 3 tongues, but race fans are already calling it the 'Vomit Comet' because of its eye-watering colourscheme. Apparently Ziv's species are colourblind in what we consider the visible spectrum.


Ziv is apparently 'harmonizing the dimensional event matrix', whatever that means - hope it makes you go faster Ziv!


Whereas scientists are drooling over this engine; the rumour is that when properly adjusted, it can use anti-matter pellets do deliver brief, enormous bursts of power. Apparently if it's not properly adjusted, it'll wipe out the universe. Perhaps we'd better leave Ziv to concentrate...


Back after missing all of last season recovering from a high-G whiplash injury, self-funded Celtikan daredevil Angus 'Mad Dog' MacManus is back with a brand new racer, the 'Wasp 4000'.


Rather than going to the expense of building a ship from scratch, Mad Dog picked up a decommissioned reconnaisance drone on surplus from the Illustrious Defence Fleet of Albion, and ripped out the AI and most of the advanced scanning equipment to make room for a cockpit.


The new paint job may have wrecked the drone's stealth capabilities, but the military grade ion pulse engine and telemetry are intact. Designed as an unmanned craft, the Wasp is capable of acceleration and maneuvres which are usually considered too extreme for the human body.


Of course, it also lacks basic safety features, such as an ejector seat. When asked about this, 'Mad Dog' replied: "If you can't take some knocks, stay out of the box." We think Mad Dog might have taken one or two too many already, but we know there'll be plenty of people cheering for him on race day!

Well, this concludes our review of some of the favourites for this season's Space Race. If you think we've missed an important contender, why not post your own review to this webpage?

Until next time, race fans!




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 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Cool ships, Dude! Good stuff!
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  September 4, 2012
Great! I especially like Ziv Vizziviziz's ship and the Wasp 4000.
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  September 4, 2012
Excellent designs!
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  August 30, 2012
Nice retro feel with these.~H
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  August 26, 2012
Quoting David Roberts Great MOCs and commentary. I particularly like the first & second ships. It's impressive that you've squeezed two minfigs into the first build. The shape of it reminds me of the Cutlass from the Terran Trade Authourity books. The yellow ship looks particularly agressive in the head on shot. Nice work! How about some hidden weapons for removing other competitors, like on my space-racers, or is that cheating :) ?
Well spotted! The first ship is very much inspired by the Cutlass. The Wasp is also strongly influenced by the Proximan K13 Shark from the same book, although I had to modify the shape a lot more to work with my pieces. There's every possibility that Mad Dog 'forgot' to remove some armament from that one at least...
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  August 25, 2012
Superb selection!
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  August 25, 2012
I like all the ships - the Yellow craft is the winner IMO. All nice too!
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  August 25, 2012
Wow! Definitely one of my favorite collections of minifig-scale ships. The color schemes are very well-thought out and creative, and it seems you had speed and maneuverability in mind when creating these. An excellent gathering of ships.
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  August 25, 2012
Love it...
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  August 25, 2012
Three great ships. All look powerful and speedy in their own ways. The green ship wins for me, but then I'ma a fan of the asymmetric build.
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  August 25, 2012
I love these. The write up is brilliant too as usual from you. Lol at the subtle F1 references. The first ship is my favourite with it's St George paint job.
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  August 25, 2012
nice racers! beautiful shaping included.
Stuart Lucas
Alex Storm
  August 24, 2012
Go speed racer go..... I love the ships and it was very funny as well, great little race group you've got mate
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  August 24, 2012
Neat ships! :)
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  August 24, 2012
cool! great editing!
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  August 24, 2012
The wasp is personally my favorite. Nice!
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  August 24, 2012
Great use of tricky blocks. I particularly like that you continued the 'alien gets the weird ship' tradition. Excellent.
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  August 24, 2012
What an ace MOCpage! The builds are very good (4 out of 5), but your superb presentation and story write-up tips you into full marks. A great read, 5 stars : )
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  August 24, 2012
fun stuff!
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  August 24, 2012
Great MOCs and commentary. I particularly like the first & second ships. It's impressive that you've squeezed two minfigs into the first build. The shape of it reminds me of the Cutlass from the Terran Trade Authourity books. The yellow ship looks particularly agressive in the head on shot. Nice work! How about some hidden weapons for removing other competitors, like on my space-racers, or is that cheating :) ?
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
I loved the commentary. Great little ships here.
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  August 24, 2012
Superb job! Neat idea for a build.
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  August 24, 2012
Wow, what a nice collection you have here. I love the color mix of these ships. Wonderful builds Stuart, and as always a great presentation.
 
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