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Crane In Space
Built for the two Davids' Classic Space Pocket Money Contest - the best idea for a contest since someone invented the MOC Olympics..
About this creation

Designed to be bought with pocket money in around 1979, I present to you my entry: it's a crane... but in space!

Emphasis here is on playability, so there's lots of moving parts; the vehicle is articulated, the crane part rotates, the boom lifts and extends, and you can raise and lower the hook via the gears at the back. Hours of fun...



'If you don't put me down I'll, I'll.... stop smiling possibly ?'



Made with 99 pieces, just within the contest limit. I realize I'm sailing close to the wind here, but I've been careful. A complete fig counts as one piece (a David said so..), the grey hinge separates into two so that's how it's counted, although the string and hook are attached here they are two separate pieces. Most of what you see here was available in 1979.



The B models - a little tow truck and a car for it to tow.



Thanks for the lift buddy!



A few leftover pieces from building these two vehicles...



But this set isn't just good for vehicles, oh no... those chunky tyres make great engines for this over-powered speedster thingy.





With enough pieces left over to make a stand to display it and another little car. It's a, er... mineral detector - yes, that's it.





Classic space - so much to do, peacefully. I love it.






Comments

 I like it 
  January 31, 2014
a realy good CS Stuff, it Looks like an original set. the base is great too. i love it
 I like it 
  January 24, 2013
As I told Parrington, I was cut from any web connection for more than 3 weeks... Long long time! I'm addicted to Mocpages... So I rushed to check the results and discovered your brilliant 2nd place!!!! Congrats, Nick. It's true,you're so close to the 80's spirit. And a crane... Who but you, could have built a crane? lol. Now I have 55 new Lego creations to see and rate... Let's get to work!!
 I made it 
  January 15, 2013
Quoting David Roberts Total score 37 Congratulations on second place: it was a close run thing! Really can't wait to see the CS 2CV :)
Wow! Thank you both very much :-)))
  January 15, 2013
Design: Excellent design, with the focus on the fantastic crane arm – just what we asked for. What’s not to love about the statement radar dish at the front? 9.5 Piece Selection: The carry through of the technic elements into the alternatives is brilliant, and shows how carefully selected those pieces were. 9.5 Playability: The play value in that crane means it would have amazed me as a child, especially in a pocket money set. Top marks what more can I say. 10 CS Factor: CS meets technic innovation. Great idea – although one mark off, as it slightly impacts on the CS feel (but this is splitting hairs and possibly very subjective). 9
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
congrats on 2nd place, that crane is stunning
  January 15, 2013
Congratulations on finishing 2nd, Nick! It's well deserved! :-))
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Whilst it has loads of low-pressure balloon tyres, I think that the long wheel base and low ground clearance would prevent off-roading. Then again, the tyres would spread the load nicely and stop the crane from sinking into the moonbase tarmac! To me, the radar dish on the front looks a bit out of place. 8 I love the alternative builds from this MOC. The all terrain tow truck looks good and also fun to play with. The accompanying buggy has that umbrella for keeping meteors off the driver, which is a nice touch! The tyre engines on alternative 2 look superb and I like how you’ve got a creative version of the CS double prongs at the front of the ship too. The folding wings and bonus buggy just add to the fun! 10 It’s a working crane: brilliant! Drive around, pick things up, rescue broken spaceships, fish Outer Reach Research Team members out of lakes… It would have been great if the front end detached and could have been driven around as a separate buggy. The MOC looks solid and the functions are easy for children to operate. Great fun! 9 A far I can remember there were not cranes in Classic Space, so you’ve definitely filled a gap in the range. Classic Space also lacked 2CVs! Whilst blue and the black & yellow stripes were reserved for spacecraft, I think that they sit well in this MOC. I like how most of the trailer is grey and the just visually separates the crane arm from the rest of the design. To me, the black & yellow strips echo the colours on cranes back on Earth. 9 Total score 37 Congratulations on second place: it was a close run thing! Really can't wait to see the CS 2CV :)
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Whilst it has loads of low-pressure balloon tyres, I think that the long wheel base and low ground clearance would prevent off-roading. Then again, the tyres would spread the load nicely and stop the crane from sinking into the moonbase tarmac! To me, the radar dish on the front looks a bit out of place. 8 I love the alternative builds from this MOC. The all terrain tow truck looks good and also fun to play with. The accompanying buggy has that umbrella for keeping meteors off the driver, which is a nice touch! The tyre engines on alternative 2 look superb and I like how you’ve got a creative version of the CS double prongs at the front of the ship too. The folding wings and bonus buggy just add to the fun! 10 It’s a working crane: brilliant! Drive around, pick things up, rescue broken spaceships, fish Outer Reach Research Team members out of lakes… It would have been great if the front end detached and could have been driven around as a separate buggy. The MOC looks solid and the functions are easy for children to operate. Great fun! 9 A far I can remember there were not cranes in Classic Space, so you’ve definitely filled a gap in the range. Classic Space also lacked 2CVs! Whilst blue and the black & yellow stripes were reserved for spacecraft, I think that they sit well in this MOC. I like how most of the trailer is grey and the just visually separates the crane arm from the rest of the design. To me, the black & yellow strips echo the colours on cranes back on Earth. 9 Total score 37 Congratulations on second place: it was a close run thing! Really can't wait to see the CS 2CV :)
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  January 4, 2013
I want you to know, that I hold you responsible for what you've started in my LEGO build room, seriously, my next MOC is on you BRO! Z
 I made it 
  January 4, 2013
Quoting Chris Melby I want you to know, that I hold you responsible for what you've started in my LEGO build room, seriously, my next MOC is on you BRO! Z
Can't wait... hope you're having fun :-)
 I like it 
  December 31, 2012
Top stuff - wonderfully original, yet totally CS. Love it :)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Really one of the strongest entries ! The main model is perfect - but my heart goes to the tow truck which is incredibily cute and well done, the ship has also great ideas in it ! Awesome work Nick !
 I like it 
  December 25, 2012
mc nick!
 I like it 
  December 25, 2012
Very nice style, Merry Christmas Nick!
 I like it 
  December 24, 2012
Excellent playability and classic space style!
 I like it 
  December 23, 2012
like it and merry christmas
 I like it 
  December 21, 2012
Very nice, It reminds me of the good old days, of LEGO old sets we as kids wanted so much to get for birthday or any kind of celebrations that included gifts.
 I like it 
  December 18, 2012
Cool! Nice set design. Also on the alternative models, considering the limitations. Seeing that last pic brought back memories by the way :-D
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Haha. Adorable.
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Fantastic work Nick, I really like all the playability and alternates you did. Best of luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Brilliant. Yet another fantastic entry, and this one looks to be one of the most versatile! Great build!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Love this. I really like the b models too which for some reason lego haven't done for years. I used to love the alternatives on the back of the box. This just proves that classic space rocks!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
A cool entry! The self build crane is very good. I like the alternative build spacecraft which can fold the wings(?). Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Sorry for being a bit late with commenting: I was busy :) Great little build with (huh) 99 parts! I love it's classic look though it is clearly an ''updated to 2012 Nick Barret Build'' ;) Great job!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Ah, this takes me back to the halcyon days of Classic Space. Very much in the spirit of the contest and great alternate builds too! Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Nice! Good luck in the contest!
Nick Barrett
 I like it 
Chris Melby
  December 16, 2012
You had to go and flaunt your crane skills in a new genre didn't you?!! =D Awesome! Z
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Cool stuff, Dude!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Yeah, I know we could count on you in a Classic Space contest! That's a great combination: A crane anc Classic Space. It looks great and very playable, too. The alternatives, are really cool, too, and the last picture is some extra candy! Great job! :-))
 I made it 
  December 16, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . BTW might I ask how your not-so-Mini is coming?
You might :-) Gradually...
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
I find it highly unlikely that fellow's gonna stop smiling. Especially at the wheel of this! Another fun little set for the contest. The tow truck & car might be my favorite, although its oh so close. BTW might I ask how your not-so-Mini is coming?
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
I really love this! There should definitely be more utility vehicles in space.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
What are you talking about? This is awesome!!! Besides, the idea of the crane is totally new. I wanted to use those cool tires (a pure symbol of CS sets) but did not know how: you did it!! The little buggy with its dish/parasol is very funny too. I'm impressed by the last pics: all your creations perfectly fit in the CS base. A beautiful tribute. Magic!!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
goodies, goodies, especially the last pic! I have to make my vic viper now, you guys make such nice classic space pieces.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Oh yes, this IS you! Crane=Nick! I see you have been playing... er... building! Wonderful stuff here, Nick! :)
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
I'm glad I'm not the only one to have noted the spaceman counts as one piece, I've pushed the brick count to the limit too. This isn't about me though, this is good, actually most entries I've seen have been too but what I like most about this is the B models, especially the 2 vehicle one, but I guess that follows cos your vehicles are of the highest standard.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Not the greatest of builds, but the calm and peace of it is just pure old classic space and makes me want to sit and watch those two space dudes try to clean up all their left over bricks for hours .... In other words, i love these builds .... Yeeeah, go to space to relax and calm down. No one can yell at you here !! :)
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Excellent this has CS and Nick Barrett written all over it. I can’t decide between this and Levens’ as my favourite so far. The competition is hotting up.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
clever CS build!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Long Live Classic Space!
 
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