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Venus Voltaics-1: 3VIP's Spacey Postal Hovercraft !
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It’s the reason why the Classic Space Dudes are always smiling!
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Even though it’s dangerous and lonely out in space… There is a LINK back to home! And, thanks to VaVaVoom Instant Postal's special fleet of Venus Voltaics HoverCrafts, there’s also guaranted 24-7 instantaneous delivery of all those important uplifting love letters and personal parcels from the SpaceGuys’ Sweethearts back home! There’s an added plus too! Each one of VaVaVoom Instant Postal’s HoverCrafts is piloted by a…
Perky and Pretty SpaceGal Postal Courier


The HoverCraft’s designers/builders, Venus Voltaics, is itself an ‘all-gal’ engineering firm. This ‘all-gal’ concept can be traced back to the concept’s inspirational founder, one Wacky Wanda, who was the first woman CEO of her own engineering firm, Technic Bulldog, during the Steam Punk Era. So, how about another kind of ‘look-back’? Not history this time, but…
A Look at the Back of the HoverCraft!


And today, following the Wanda Tradition, the gal engineers of VV work tirelessly to design and build some of the most sought-after analysis, building, collection, delivery, exploratory, farming, and mining vehicles known in Classic Space! Why even handsome 2nd Lt. Red is so impressed that he’s forgotten all about his sweetheart’s letter! That’s real proof of genius…
A Mesmerizing UnderBelly!


Is it any wonder that ‘all-gal’ VaVaVoom Instant Postal(3VIP) chose the Venus Voltaics(VV) Hovercraft as the mainstay vehicle for its courier fleet?! Why, some HoverCraft parts can EVEN be specially designed to meet an individual user’s special needs/tastes! Parts marked with asterisks in the following diagram come in different colors and/or can be laser imprinted with any color graphic design. Electronics configurations can also be rearranged to the buyer’s desires on all instrument panels! The cockpit canopy can be ordered in 2 lengths, 6 and 10(although the longer canopy requires rearrangement of all the ‘facial feature’ panels). The white 2x3 wall panels can easily be fitted with oval solar panels… enlightening! And, if that is not enough, each buyer receives a laser engraved love letter personally worded from Amy, Venus Voltaics’ current CEO! And now…
The 98 HoverCraft’s Parts!


Some times the gals at VV get a bit silly after working long hours on a particular project, and design stage/preproduction diagrams like this one occur…
Parts In Space…


All silliness aside, VV prides itself in that many of the 98 HoverCraft Parts can be used for assembly of more than one equipment design model. Let’s have a look-see at 2 popular VV equipment models that can be built from the parts…

#1 The VV Solar-Powered Hovering Lunar Regolith Collecter

Taking a Momentary Break from Collecting to Receive a Letter!


Hovering In to the Landing Dock!


Viewing the Side Solar Panel and Collection Bins!


Viewing the Back Solar Panel and Closed Canopy!


#2 The VV Solar-Powered Lunar Regolith Mini Extraction Lab-2

Solar Panel View of the Lab

Did you notice the 3VIP Logo and Courier? Yup, SpaceGuys working at this station receive postal service too! The High Command believes in the importance of keeping up moral!

SpaceGuys can act like they are ‘from Mars’ when they engage in ‘selective hearing’. Lt. Red certainly knows better than to do so when involved in a radio transmitted training session given by a VV Scientist! Now the High Command IS understanding about love letters, but everything has it’s time and place! Sure, this training session may be about a lot of hot air, but that ‘hot air’ will never be produced if Red has a…
Momentary Distraction from Training


Normally the Lunar Regolith that has been collected is transported back home to large VV Extraction Facilities. It was the recent need for small scale on-site extraction of He-3 (that’s ‘He’ for helium, not ‘he-man’!) gas at 600 degrees F from collected moon regolith that stimulated the design/production of the lab. Hey, VV Scientists are HOT in their persuit of the ultimate design for…
He Lab Operations


4th Wall:
#1
I’m sure there were some girls who may have longed for Classic Space themes other than mining. This is what I think they would have wanted, but didn’t get… although I did go with the mining theme for my alternate builds!
#2 I hope you all recognized that Fabuland 2x2 airmail letter tile I added as a postal decoration on the HoverCraft! And, I know you all couldn’t miss my use of a Classic Star Wars Rebel Helmet for my Postal Courier! I just thought it looked really cool & feminine!
#3 I had to write that nonsense about the part options because LDD’s inventory did not have all the particular parts I used and/or it was going to be too tedious and time consuming to photo-edit each asterisked part!
#4 Oh, I almost forgot… I chose 1775 as the item number for my set as that is the year when Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the First Postmaster General by the Second Continental Congress.
#5 This has been a great building educational experience, many thanks to the Davids!
#6 Now finally… for some quick background information on mining the moon’s regolith for He-3 go to this LINK.
ENJOY!








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  August 18, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I m all about good looking girls delivering mail, lol, girls where missed in classic space kits, I would have loved that they had some!
Yup. I had a lot of fun doing this one. It was challenging to try to build 2 companion mocs from the same parts and use less than 100 pieces! :)
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  August 17, 2013
I m all about good looking girls delivering mail, lol, girls where missed in classic space kits, I would have loved that they had some!
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  August 14, 2013
Quoting Stacy Sterling Adorable idea and an awesome space ship :)
Thanks Stacy! I like to foster the girl engineering theme whenever I can! :)
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  June 27, 2013
Adorable idea and an awesome space ship :)
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting sinan bitiþik Nice..
Thanks for stopping by! :)
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  February 27, 2013
Nice..
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  January 25, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 very tender twist on the cs theme! original, funny, and cool!
Thanks, I sometimes think I just might be the only one amused by my insanity! :)
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  January 25, 2013
very tender twist on the cs theme! original, funny, and cool!
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  January 16, 2013
To the Davids: Thanks guys for the time you both took with the writing of detailed explanations of your scoring for not only me, but everyone! This was fun! :)
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  January 15, 2013
A large ship for 100 parts. There looks to be plenty of room inside for interplanetary post. I’m not sure about the plant on the starboard side but the big antenna will be handy for sending signals or spotting hazards on the radar. the saucer-shaped lifting body will make for fuel-efficient flying. However, the design is quite jumbled up, which will cause a lot of drag. The hovering thruster looks a bit small for the craft to perch on when it lands. Might it topple a bit? 6 Two alternative builds with very different themes to the main model. I like how they keep the fun, chaotic visuals of the main build too. The Collector would be fun to play with, hopping around and collecting stuff with its plunger thingy. The Lab makes very good use of the large grey and red chunks from the main model. It’s nice that you had enough parts to include a space scooter for the Lab too. 7 The main saucer is a very strong construction, well up to the bumps and knocks of hovercraft flight. The main thruster, underneath, is probably a bit vulnerable though. The same could be said for the big antenna, which is a fun feature for playing with, but will be detaching a lot during play. It would have been great to have seen more playable features filling the 100 part limit. If it wasn’t David Alexander Smith’s monsters with their flowery eyes, I would have criticised the plant on the saucer but flowers obviously have their place in space! 6 Ow! My eyes hurt! …and yet despite a total departure from any Lego Space colour scheme, this MOC does fit the spirit of fun of the competition. I do feel that Lego space designs were about blocks of colour, with each colour often denoting a function. I think that the choices here were just that bit too far beyond CS etc. for this competition. 5 Total score 24.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Design: I can’t award extra points for this, but the manipulation of the CS theme to your own ends is so much fun. The small time independent (in comparison to the corporate CS enterprise) mail operation sings to me. This isn’t so much a CS design, but rather what happens on the periphery of the CS universe. 8 Piece Selection: A real mix of CS and absolutely non-CS pieces mean you get some startlingly original designs. 8.5 Playability: What fun this set would be, imagination expanding! 8 CS Factor: This set captures for me the spirit not so much of the CS sets for sale, but the models you find in the ideas books of the time, which revelled in mixing themes and pieces. There is something here which captures the pure invention of late 70s early 80s LEGO rather than just CS. I’d like to score higher, but the category is CS factor not early 80s LEGO. 8
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  January 14, 2013
Quoting Nils O. Hey that's cool, Classic Space meets Hippie style! I hope that's not offending to you, it's just what I felt when I saw this :-)) Great stuff! :-))
Thanks... and no, I am not offended... although I'd love to know what aspect of the design seems 'hippie style' to you? :)
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  January 13, 2013
Hey that's cool, Classic Space meets Hippie style! I hope that's not offending to you, it's just what I felt when I saw this :-)) Great stuff! :-))
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  January 12, 2013
Quoting Crimso Giger If there's a special prize for originality you've won it ! Refreshing way to do CS. Best luck !
Thanks! Always nice to receive a comment from a master! :)
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  January 12, 2013
If there's a special prize for originality you've won it ! Refreshing way to do CS. Best luck !
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  January 11, 2013
Quoting Michael Kringe Fabulous story-MOC! I love the different colors! BTW, your MELO entry didn't get it to the next round, but it was extremely close. You only needed 1 point for R2!
Thanks! Yes... I know, but at least the contest provided the needed motivation to allow me to build my Gandalf the Grey! :)
 I like it 
  January 11, 2013
Fabulous story-MOC! I love the different colors! BTW, your MELO entry didn't get it to the next round, but it was extremely close. You only needed 1 point for R2!
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  January 9, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Wow! Lots of cool stuff here, Topsy, all sorts of colorful variety. Good luck in the contest!
Yes, I've probably crammed every brick building related enterprise that I have been recently experiementing with into this... system building, LDD, photoediting, storytelling, etc.! And still, as usual, I can do alot of things but never do I excel in one! Anyhoo, thanks! :)
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  January 8, 2013
Wow! Lots of cool stuff here, Topsy, all sorts of colorful variety. Good luck in the contest!
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  January 8, 2013
Quoting Parrington Levens You really capture the freer minded styles so many of us AFOL's seem to have lost a grasp of. Fun work, and I loved that alternative shack build. Good luck :)
Well... thank you, Parrington! Yes, I do like that last picture of the 'Helium Lab Operation Center'... you know... the one you so lovingly call the 'shack'... hee, hee! :)
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  January 8, 2013
You really capture the freer minded styles so many of us AFOL's seem to have lost a grasp of. Fun work, and I loved that alternative shack build. Good luck :)
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  January 7, 2013
Oh. Haha. I stand corrected. What a pretty solar panel;)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Tim C Love this, Topsy. It is such a unique take on CS. There were not sets for girls back then, but if there were, this would be one of them. The vanity piece especially gave me a good chuckle. I love the alternate builds and the story that went along with it was chock full of wit and entertainment. The interplay between the girl and the red spaceman kept me smiling throughout. Good luck in the contest, Topsy.
What vanity piece... that's a S-o-l-a-r P-a-n-e-l?! Glad you smiled, and thanks for the nice comment! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Justin M Those are some wacky spaceships! Well done.
Well, they DO just follow the building tradition of the Wonderous Woman Engineer, Wacky Wanda... hee, hee! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting granada turnier Haha:) Not CS comes to my mind first, but really a very uniqe approach to the theme
I really don't know where ideas like this evolve? I actually began with the idea of the mining collector and lab, then the idea just sat in my brain. I placed a brick order and while ordering I saw those quarter circle pieces and ordered them... not at all with the idea to use them in this. And then... it happened! Thanks for commenting! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Love this, Topsy. It is such a unique take on CS. There were not sets for girls back then, but if there were, this would be one of them. The vanity piece especially gave me a good chuckle. I love the alternate builds and the story that went along with it was chock full of wit and entertainment. The interplay between the girl and the red spaceman kept me smiling throughout. Good luck in the contest, Topsy.
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  January 7, 2013
Those are some wacky spaceships! Well done.
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  January 7, 2013
Haha:) Not CS comes to my mind first, but really a very uniqe approach to the theme
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Cody G Whoa, that's one wacky spaceship! Nice work!
Thanks... wacky is my middle name! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Looooove this! Not just for it's fantabulous underside ;-) but the way it fits both the theme and the idea of a slightly feminine addition to the macho world of space mining.
Now NICK... Be careful, don't encourage me! I'm liable to try my hand at building "technicy" ones! Although mine would never be as great as yours! :)
 I like it 
  January 7, 2013
Whoa, that's one wacky spaceship! Nice work!
  January 7, 2013
You're right, everything does seem to be moving slower on MOCpages lately... Just a thought though, what size are your photos? If you re-size them smaller they go much faster through the uploader.
 I like it 
  January 7, 2013
Looooove this! Not just for it's fantabulous underside ;-) but the way it fits both the theme and the idea of a slightly feminine addition to the macho world of space mining.
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Gale Winthrope Hahahahahaha, well that was certainly entertaining! I loved all the marvelous details you put into the story of this, and the builds are fantastic. Good luck Topsy! :)
Glad you liked it! I was obsessed and am so glad that it is finally finished! Learned alot! I had a hard time uploading the pics.... everything lately on MOCpages is sooooo slow?! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting Joshua Christenson Those should have been released as classic space sets!
I think so too! Thanks! :)
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  January 7, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Topsy you are totally crazy and I love it. This has to be the most unique entry in the group. Lets hope that your postie will bring you one of those prizes. I only wish that my postie was as perky and pretty as yours – I would even look forward to receiving bills let alone love letters. Good Luck
Thanks! Always glad to deliver the feminine touch! :)
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  January 6, 2013
Hahahahahaha, well that was certainly entertaining! I loved all the marvelous details you put into the story of this, and the builds are fantastic. Good luck Topsy! :)
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  January 6, 2013
Those should have been released as classic space sets!
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  January 6, 2013
Topsy you are totally crazy and I love it. This has to be the most unique entry in the group. Lets hope that your postie will bring you one of those prizes. I only wish that my postie was as perky and pretty as yours – I would even look forward to receiving bills let alone love letters. Good Luck
 
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