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Classic Space Airship
A lighter than air transport built to carry explorers around new planets on their 4x4 rovers.
About this creation


On planets with thick atmospheres, machines with a gas bag were used to float 4x4 rovers to places that needed exploring. Steering was achieved by vectoring the thrust of the two engines and a large tailplane. This tailplane carried the Classic Space yellow & black identification stripes.



The extra flight instruments were part of the carrying frame on the airship, as can be seen in this rear view. The machines could land on the wheels of the 4x4 rover or on the metal carrying frame, if it was empty.



This action shot shows the airship peeling away having delivered a rover onto the dry-ice plains in the mountains of Gataponia. The airship would fly on autopilot, either waiting for this rover or going to transport a different rover to another place. The extreme cold and strange green atmosphere meant that spacesuits had to worn at all times.



The airships were equiped with a pop-up radar for travelling in bad weather. Here we see an airship using its radar in a dense, green fog on Gataponia.



Early Classic Space vehicles had no weapons. The first designers were more worried about getting bell-bottoms added to their spacesuits and fitting atuo-reversing cassette decks into their to spaceships so that they could play the latest ABBA albums. After the terrible incidents on Venus the airship fleet was armed with two Javelin missiles, to deal with unexpected problems.



Following a request from David Alexander Smith, the archives were searched for more action shots. Here we see a 4x4 rover parachuting into the steep and inaccessible mountain area known as the "Giant's Tooth".



Fourth Wall

I realise that this creation is covered in studs BUT IT IS LEGO! I worked out how to build the airship after staring at DeTomaso Pantera's "Kaboom" and LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist's planets for a while. Here's where I got the mountains of Gataponia from.

Following Starscream Soundwave's comments, here's a photo of the airship hanging from a ceiling with the rover parachuting down.




Comments

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  December 5, 2013
You have so much talent David that I can`t even compare you to any other builder Ive ever known, great job :D
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  October 11, 2012
Nice build and great action shots. The deployment mechanism seems to attach to the stud on the wheels, a clever solution. I like that.
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  October 7, 2012
Quoting rongYIREN . I like how you have added armaments and that fact that they pop out. They are, however popping out of the balloon, wouldn't it be better to mount the rockets on the wings? Awesome looking nonetheless!
The balloons on these airships were rigid structures, similar to those on the "Hindenburg" or R-101. Whilst fitting the missiles onto the wings would have been would have been far more practical, as you correctly point out, the engineers of Classic Space were too busy with the technical problems of fitting platform soles to their moonboots to notice... :)
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  October 7, 2012
I like how you have added armaments and that fact that they pop out. They are, however popping out of the balloon, wouldn't it be better to mount the rockets on the wings? Awesome looking nonetheless!
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  October 5, 2012
Fun stuff. Love that blimp/airship/buggy deployment vehicle!
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  September 26, 2012
Hanging fro lights... that's new. Thanks for the tip!
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  September 26, 2012
Brilliant moc and a hilarious write up as usual. Love the colours and the studs, and the great use of the sphere technique. The little rover really adds to the CS feel. Love it
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  September 26, 2012
Very original! The balloon shaping is very good, and I like the parachute!
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  September 26, 2012
I really love this!
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  September 26, 2012
Haha it looks great! :)
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  September 26, 2012
Very cool! The pop-out features are a great touch, and the parachute looks amazing. Awesome work all-around!
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting andros tempest I like it, I particularly loved the fourth-wall shot showing the figures hanging from the light fitting. Nice to know not all effects are photoshop.
Thank you! MOCpages has been a spur to me improving my Photoshop skills but to quote Spike Milligan, "String, is a very important thing. Rope is thicker, but string is quicker." :)
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  September 26, 2012
Love the new action shot! That's just how I play... hmmmmph used to play... with my Lego.
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting Gerald F. Amazing!!! I really find interesting how you come up with so many creative ideas for one theme! You really got the round shape of the blimp done perfectly.And the parashoot idea for the rover is very cool.As always, nicely done.
Thanks for your comments! This is the first time I've built things in Lego for nearly 20 years. I think that there's two decades worth of ideas inside my head!
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting Tim C This is fantastic, David. I must say, sometimes your write-up of your MOCs are just as much an attraction for me as the builds themselves. So entertaining. Gataponia...I thought I recognized that range. Bellbottoms...hilarious. The airship looks great. Looks like a bit of some Lowell technique. Very well executed. Excellent control. I'm also digging that classic space look. The release feature is a very clever idea. Well done.
Thanks for your comments! I'm a child of the 70s & 80s and once fell of my bicycle because my flared jeans got caught in the chain. The whole idea of flared spacesuit tousers just made me smile. I built the airship and then realised that the original CS often had buggies and space scooters and detachable things, so it was a fun opportunity.
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting Garett Smith How did you make the blimp part? The part that holds the air. I don't know how to put it.
I worked it out from looking at these two MOCs: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/289110 and http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341689 but then Stuart Lucas kindly pointed me at these instructions: http://www.brucelowell.com/lowell-sphere/instructions/
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Really nice build! Good photo editing too, love that green background. There are some great variations on the studs-on-all-sides design on Bruce Lowell's website (you can find it on Google)!
Thanks for your comments! I found the background as a free PowerPoint backdrop and tweaked it a bit. Thanks for the pointer to Bruce Lowell, there's an inspiring array of creations there
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  September 26, 2012
I like it, I particularly loved the fourth-wall shot showing the figures hanging from the light fitting. Nice to know not all effects are photoshop.
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  September 26, 2012
Impressive!
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  September 26, 2012
Fantastic build! The balloon is great and really captures the classic space vibe with all the bits added on. Great take on one of my favorite themes!
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  September 26, 2012
Amazing!!! I really find interesting how you come up with so many creative ideas for one theme! You really got the round shape of the blimp done perfectly.And the parashoot idea for the rover is very cool.As always, nicely done.
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  September 25, 2012
This is fantastic, David. I must say, sometimes your write-up of your MOCs are just as much an attraction for me as the builds themselves. So entertaining. Gataponia...I thought I recognized that range. Bellbottoms...hilarious. The airship looks great. Looks like a bit of some Lowell technique. Very well executed. Excellent control. I'm also digging that classic space look. The release feature is a very clever idea. Well done.
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  September 25, 2012
Now that's a clever way to hold the builds up! =)
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  September 25, 2012
How did you make the blimp part? The part that holds the air. I don't know how to put it.
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  September 25, 2012
clever
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  September 25, 2012
Haha so cool! Nice work again with the X-Pods!
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  September 25, 2012
Great idea!
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  September 25, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith This one makes me think of real life space exploration - that spirit which really defines classic space Lego. The use of the side mounted skis is great classic piece usage; and of course I love all the little pop up sections. More action shots next time.
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you like the pop-up things. I always wanted to build things like that when I was a kid but never owned enough hinges. I've added an extra action shot, as requested!
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  September 25, 2012
Love it!
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  September 25, 2012
Now that's quality AND service! =P Great balloon, and nifty functions to go with it. Seems like a pretty reasonable concept, too.
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  September 25, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave As always, a wonderful moc. It would look great hanging from the ceiling somewhere haha :)
Consider it done! I've added another photo for you!
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  September 25, 2012
this is amazing! nice story about it to go with it!
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  September 25, 2012
Awesome, love how you did the balloon! Keep up the great work!
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  September 25, 2012
Love it. love the studs, love the colours, love the shape! 5 stars P.S Great pics too!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2012
This one makes me think of real life space exploration - that spirit which really defines classic space Lego. The use of the side mounted skis is great classic piece usage; and of course I love all the little pop up sections. More action shots next time.
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  September 25, 2012
Peaceful (ish..) and brilliant, just as classic space should be. A real delight!
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  September 25, 2012
As always, a wonderful moc. It would look great hanging from the ceiling somewhere haha :)
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  September 25, 2012
Really nice build! Good photo editing too, love that green background. There are some great variations on the studs-on-all-sides design on Bruce Lowell's website (you can find it on Google)!
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  September 25, 2012
haha! epic design!
 
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