A new version of Spaceman Spiff's little red Spiffcraft from the original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson.
About this creation
Thank you for checking out my Lego creation! I made my very first Lego Spiffcraft back in late fall of 2000. For a long time it was my favorite Lego model that I'd built. I had been a fan of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson since high school. And when I came across Mark Sandlin's Spiffcraft quite by chance (the first Lego Spiffcraft as far as I know), I was soon drawn in to the AFOL community.
The main problem with building a Lego Spiffcraft to minifig scale was getting the saucer shape right. That was the one problem I could not overcome with my first octagonal shaped Spiffcraft. When Lego released the Alien Conquest sets I immediately saw the potential of the 6 x 6 quarter disk pieces, even though they weren't the right color. I built a mock up anyway. Eventually when one of the Ninjago sets had the pieces in red I knew the new Spiffcraft would soon be completed. And for added flair I assembled a Spaceman Spiff minifigure to go along with it. I feel that I've finally made a model that does justice to the real Spiffcraft from Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.
Although the saucer shape is true to form to the original, the only way to render the familiar front headlights is through the use of stickers. Fortunately I had just the right stickers (from a 1990's Technic set) to pull it off.
Mating the top and bottom saucer halves was a challenge at first. The obvious first choice of Technic half pins proved to be problematic because it wouldn't allow the halves to be flush. So after trial and error I opted to use 1 x 4 bricks with the rail groove in the bottom saucer and then insert 1 x 2 plates with rails into the groove inverted to create a 2 x 2 clutching surface for the upper half.
A rear view showing the tail fins. While they are fatter than I'd like them to be, at least they're the right shape. I took artistic liberty of adding trans red "brake lights" since the Spiffcraft is obviously nothing more than a space hot rod.
I think this is my favorite angle.
Spaceman Spiff encounters an annoying booger being on the planet Zokk!
Awesome, love the new spiffcraft iteration!
I would like to ask something however. While I don't really have a lot of stuff up on the internet at the moment, I do have several models I am bringing to Brickfair, VA this year. One of the models I would like to bring is a modified version of your original spiffcraft- I lifted the model by about a plate in total height, redid the back almost entirely to be more "sporty" and added some snot wings to round out the model- however it is still heavily inspired by your original, and so I would like your permission before I bring it to display- credit of course will be given to you in the description of the model at the fair should you be okay with me displaying it. Anyhow, either way thanks for your time!
Nice job! How are the upside-down bevel curve elements attached to the upper set? I can't find a seam, and it doesn't seem like there would be much room for any complex engineering to do a full 180 SNOT rotation. Lovely work!
Look who's back in action! Loving this, I agree, justice has been served with this update to your previous spiffcraft. By the way, what specifically is this 1 x 4 with rail groove? Could you give me the piece number or bricklink url?