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Deep Space Scanner
A high speed, advanced sensor platform.
About this creation


In the old days of Classic Space, astronauts were always busily rushing around and smiling. The fastest of these were the mini-figs who crewed the LL-2 Deep Space Scanner.



The main purpose of the Deep Space Scanner was to rush out to the edges of the known galaxy, whenever alien signals were detected. It used its large radars to scan the signals, determine if the aliens were friendly and then send a message to invite them round for a cup of tea.



The Deep Space Scanner was powered by a mysterious spherical power source, known as the "Death Star". Radiation leaks from this powerful reactor gradually affected the pyscological health of the pilots. Some of them took to flying down canyons with all of the instruments turned off, listening to the voices in their heads for guidance. Others started to wear black capes and have sword fights with neon tubes. Worst of all were the ones who would only eat penne all'arrabbiata and used trays to attack people in the canteen. These terrible health effects caused the Deep Space Scanner to be grounded.



The Deep Space Scanner was designed by the famous spaceship architects of Llwyngwril X, noted for the impractically of many their designs. As well as a the dangerous power source, the Deep Space Scanner's cockpit was very high off the ground when it landed. This lead to a special crew access vehicle having to be built. Pilots carried a rope and abseiling equipment in case they hand to land at a foreign spaceport with no ladders available.

Below is some rare, poor quality, archive video of the Deep Space Scanner in flight.



FOURTH WALL

I though that folk might be interested in the high-tech rig that I used to keep both my camera and the spacecraft lined up whilst I rotated the radar ring to make the animated GIF. Please note that whilst I prefer to use fruit salad for ballast, any other tinned comestibles will serve just as well, with the obvious exception of baked beans.






Comments

  April 16, 2014
What do you think of the new benny lego movie minifigure? Just wondering....(It has it's own unique ,yet similar mold to original classic space ones)
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  April 16, 2014
Oh! A "Deathstar-Scanner"! :-) Very great job!
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  February 7, 2014
I like your classic space creations. They are very inventive yet true to the original design ethos. Great work and I love your scenes too!
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  December 8, 2013
Gorgeous, David. Somehow I missed this when you originally posted it. I'm glad I found it. This may be my favorite work by you yet. Love the quad wing design and, of course, your uncanny ability to incorporate the Death Star and make it all spin. Well done!
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  October 16, 2013
A very nice ship excellent work i love the hemisphere
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  September 6, 2013
VEry refined shape. Cute, original, well - fitted in CS theme. I am always happy with people who can maintain balance between themes main features and adding new particles. Result is pioneering of the theme. Good work :D
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  July 7, 2013
Cool Death Star use... Will it blow up if an X-Wing comes close?
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  July 7, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the variation of your designs is mesmerizing! all original, beautiful, and functional! bravo! I especially love the disembarqument pic with the classic vehicle, it makes it look like it belongs in the original cs line-up.
Thank you. It can be great fun building CS style support vehicles. I think I'll try to at least one for spaceahip that I build.
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  July 7, 2013
the variation of your designs is mesmerizing! all original, beautiful, and functional! bravo! I especially love the disembarqument pic with the classic vehicle, it makes it look like it belongs in the original cs line-up.
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  June 4, 2013
Incredible!! Nice part use btw. The design is excellent and always so CS spirit!
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  May 25, 2013
Very cool looking ship! Glad to see another person who utilizes house hold objects for photographing ;P
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  May 25, 2013
Nice use of the Death Star!
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  May 24, 2013
Lovely MOC, funny backstory :)
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  May 23, 2013
This is great - you've got a lot of creations effectively using the Death Star micro-planet.
David Roberts
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  May 22, 2013
another brilliant addition to your space series !>.....well done
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  May 21, 2013
wow...
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting JWG 258 This is the best use of the planet parts that i have seen. also, the cockpit detail is well done.
Thank you! This started with me trying different ways to join the two canopies together. Have a look at this group for other great uses of the planet parts: http://www.mocpages.com/group_mocs.php?id=21377
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  May 21, 2013
This is the best use of the planet parts that i have seen. also, the cockpit detail is well done.
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Why not beans? I mean the MOC is good and all, but why not beans? This is the all-consuming question??? Beans??? Maybe the aliens want beans with their tea, you never know!
Beans make your Lego smell funny, honest! :)
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  May 21, 2013
Love the use of the Death Star piece sphere thing as the core! 5/5
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  May 21, 2013
Why not beans? I mean the MOC is good and all, but why not beans? This is the all-consuming question??? Beans??? Maybe the aliens want beans with their tea, you never know!
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting andros tempest Curious, whenever I've uploaded animated gifs they don't seem to run, but yours is going ok. What system do you use to make it?
You can't upload GIFs via the MOCpages photo uploader. I use this website: http://www.picasion.com/ , which generates a GIF that you can save onto your computer but also generates a line of HTML. I save this as a .TXT file using Notepad. You can then cut and paste this into your MOC's description and it point the webpage at a file hosted by Picasion.
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  May 21, 2013
Curious, whenever I've uploaded animated gifs they don't seem to run, but yours is going ok. What system do you use to make it?
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  May 21, 2013
Your classic space builds always bring a smile!
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  May 21, 2013
Wow, that's so cool. I love the CS look and the use of the Death Star for the center sphere. Great job! :-))
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  May 21, 2013
The usage of baked beans reminds me to Commander Keens Bean-with-Bacon-Megarocket. :D I like this moc and your presentations and photoshop-skills. I tried it myself a couple of times (f.e. at my USS Midway) but always failed. :(
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible Excellent! The classic space feel here is very real, despite some very modern pieces (I note that Death Star half particularly, brilliant parts usage there). Very well done! Easy 5/5
Thank you! I think that some of the CS feel might be because I left some studs showing, plus those wings with the pointy bits at the front. I would love to own more trans yellow. This MOC started with me playing around with how to join the two canopies together.
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  May 19, 2013
Excellent! The classic space feel here is very real, despite some very modern pieces (I note that Death Star half particularly, brilliant parts usage there). Very well done! Easy 5/5
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist A fantastically unique ship with an excellent write up. Just another post by David Roberts. ;)
Thank you! I do try to keep my standards up! :P
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree The ship is brilliant, but the backstory steals the show. Python Cheese scetch reference as well as Izzard's "Jeff" Vader?!? I am in absolute convulsions with laughter. Thank you, you have made my day! Delightful!
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the write up. It's great fun to build the MOCs, photo them, mess around with the photos and then rummage around in my brain for fun things to include in the stories :)
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  May 19, 2013
A fantastically unique ship with an excellent write up. Just another post by David Roberts. ;)
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  May 19, 2013
fabulous shaping going on here, I love it.
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  May 19, 2013
The ship is brilliant, but the backstory steals the show. Python Cheese scetch reference as well as Izzard's "Jeff" Vader?!? I am in absolute convulsions with laughter. Thank you, you have made my day! Delightful!
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  May 19, 2013
OK this is just snazzy!
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  May 19, 2013
More greatness from the CS master!
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  May 18, 2013
We've all heard the phrase 'great balls of fire'! For this it is more appropriate to say "great ball of mysterious spherical power"?! :)
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting Clever Crowe (just wanted to offer a HUGE THANK YOU for pointing me towards the GIF-site. MEGA-grateful, Sir. Cheers)
Nice one! For me, it's what MOCpages is all about: sharing ideas and knowledge so that we can all have more fun!
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Wicked! Great design and parts selection on this.
Thank you! I was doodling with the cockpit shape: mainly joining the two canopies together to make a bubble. I store the hinge parts in that octagon shape and wanted a ring with the ship inside. I'd just taken a MOC apart that had the Death Star parts in it and they were next to where I was working. It all just happened to come together in the space of an evening's work :)
  May 18, 2013
(just wanted to offer a HUGE THANK YOU for pointing me towards the GIF-site. MEGA-grateful, Sir. Cheers)
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting Ape Fight How I love your posts : ) 5 stars of course
Thank you! I have a big, mischievous grin on my face when I type the descriptions for my MOCs. I also rely on my intelligent audience to get the jokes! Sometimes the jokes are a bit too British though... (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/327375)
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Haha! Brings it all back... when my son was small I managed the catering in a hotel. He'd seen the famous Izzard Lego clip, so it was easy to explain my job to him - I'm Mr Stevens! Very nice, somewhat deadly, ship :-)
What?!? You had a job which entailed fending off homicidal jedi from the buffet and puddings counter?!? Brilliant!! I spent 3 weeks eating in a big canteen, 2,500m up a mountain in Austria, whilst doing my exams. It was very organised, with several piles of trays at the entrance but this tray was wet and this tray was wet, and this tray was wet, and this tray was wet, and this tray was wet...
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting Clever Crowe Yes: yes, the Baked Beans WOULD categorically require exception. =) Nice bit of Classic Goodness, and it was good to see your innovative rig at work, as well as the Thesaurus being put to good use (other than being dusted off for the inclusion of 'Comestibles' within casual conversation, possibly). Cheers!~ (I would pay a pretty penny to know how you were able to embed that animated GIF, Sir. It would undoubtedly be the most handsome and comely Cent in Mint History ;P )
Thank you for your comment! "Cheesy comestibles" - Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch: my brain is full of junk! As for the GIFs, I use this site: http://picasion.com/ but others work too. It generates a .gif file, plus HTML code that you can edit and paste into your MOCpages description. The maximum resolution is 450 pixels wide, so it's worth compressing your photos to this size before you upload them. The site I use has a 10 frame maximum. Have fun!
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Brilliant! I take it you are now back with your physical bricks? I have missed seeing your mocs so often!
Back with the bricks and loving it! I'm glad MOCpages is back too: Flickr has better picture quality but for me it's about telling stories and MOCpages is best for that. I'm about to try to photograph an 86 stud long spaceship...
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  May 18, 2013
Wicked! Great design and parts selection on this.
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  May 18, 2013
How I love your posts : ) 5 stars of course
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  May 18, 2013
Haha! Brings it all back... when my son was small I managed the catering in a hotel. He'd seen the famous Izzard Lego clip, so it was easy to explain my job to him - I'm Mr Stevens! Very nice, somewhat deadly, ship :-)
  May 18, 2013
And I'm not Mr. Stevens, either - I hear he's the Head of Catering for the Deathstar Cantina. Currently sequestered; guilty of 3 counts of: All Trays Being Wet, and 4 for: Hacking at a Patron's Neck With the Edge of The Tray Until Blood Flows Across the Cantina Floor. (If this is gibberish, dear readers, then you must really see more worthwhile Comedy, in your time remaining on this planet). That is all.
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  May 18, 2013
Brilliant! I take it you are now back with your physical bricks? I have missed seeing your mocs so often!
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  May 18, 2013
Yes: yes, the Baked Beans WOULD categorically require exception. =) Nice bit of Classic Goodness, and it was good to see your innovative rig at work, as well as the Thesaurus being put to good use (other than being dusted off for the inclusion of 'Comestibles' within casual conversation, possibly). Cheers!~ (I would pay a pretty penny to know how you were able to embed that animated GIF, Sir. It would undoubtedly be the most handsome and comely Cent in Mint History ;P )
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Love this. And back story is brilliant. Oh you're Mr Stevens?
NO! I'm not Mr Stevens I run this star... Oh, actually Sean Kenney runs this particular star :)
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  May 18, 2013
Clever use of the Death Star! Nice humour to go along with it, too!
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  May 18, 2013
Love this. And back story is brilliant. Oh you're Mr Stevens?
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  May 18, 2013
freaky built - beautiful done ;-) !
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Very nice build! I love the Death Star backstory.
Thank you! I'm so glad that MOCpages is back: it's so good for telling stories. I build my MOCs and then come up with the daft stories to fit them. Here's the tray & pasta references, though there's a lot of swearing in it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting navy person awesome!!, hahaha!! i love the side effects of the "death star" power source, that was great. awesome moc man!!
Thank you! The joy of MOCpages for me is that its format is great for telling stories. Here's a link to the tray & Italian food references. Beware of the bad language! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw
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  May 18, 2013
SHOOOM!!!
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  May 18, 2013
excellently shaped!
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  May 18, 2013
Very nice build! I love the Death Star backstory.
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  May 18, 2013
awesome!!, hahaha!! i love the side effects of the "death star" power source, that was great. awesome moc man!!
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  May 18, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Your skiing sojourn seems to have got the creative juices flowing. The pu reflects space utility and looks all the better for it. Despite the bulk looks pretty swooshable.
It is very swooshable! I was surprised by how solidly I managed to join the two halves of the Death Star together. You just hold it by the engine, which is pinned on with a Technic axle, as is the cockpit.
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  May 18, 2013
Your skiing sojourn seems to have got the creative juices flowing. The pu reflects space utility and looks all the better for it. Despite the bulk looks pretty swooshable.
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  May 18, 2013
Another excellent build. Great use of the Death Star package.
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  May 18, 2013
amazing!!!
 
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