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Dai's Dart
A VTOL express courier transport aircraft.
About this creation


As the trade in greebles grew increasingly important to the economy of the galaxy, mini-fig hands were used for more and more purposes, as were other body parts. Arms smuggling became a major problem across the galactic disc. Greebles were grown in vats and then rushed to eagerly waiting MOCers to be used whilst the ABS was still fresh. A specialist courier service grew up around this trade and Dai's Dart was part of this.



Llwyngwril Space Systems were commissioned by the Tarren Trade Authority to design a practical and useful VTOL transport plane. It had to be capable of landing in small spaces to make deliveries of high-value items in built-up cities. Unfortunately the designers' search of the internet turned up plans of the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and so they decided to base their aircraft on this.



The unusual shape of the Dart was also down to the architects at Llwyngwril Space Systems deciding to take a spaceship design and stick a piston engine and propellor on the back. The engine used was the Watt & Pritney Cerberus, notorious for needing a lot of maintenance due to leaky gaskets on its eight cylinder heads.



Some versions of the Dart were equipped with drop tanks to increase their range. The nose cone hinged down as the cargo hatch and could also be opened for rescuers to gain access to cockpit in an emergency. The version illustrated here was flown by Dai Roberts, on the planet of Abergynolwyn VII. It was also equipped with a search light and weather radar to help it fly through the notoriously cloudy mountains of Eryri. Dai's company owned 6 of these aircraft, which were always kept immaculately clean. Dai Roberts was famous for his tidy darts.



Although the Dart met the specification for VTOL in confined spaces, the cockpit was awkward to access and the cargo hatch was even worse. Once again, a ladder was need to climb in and out. 137 years later, an investigation by the Galactic Revenue & Customs revealed that Llwyngwril Ladders Ltd. was a wholly owned subsisduary of Llwyngwril Space Systems.

FOURTH WALL TIME...

The main inspiration for this build has to be Jon Hall and especially his chapter in the Lego Adventure Book. I also liked Nathan DeCastro's Skypirates and other MOCs. Lastly, doing a degree in aeronautical engineering and loving the Dastardly & Muttley cartoons must have played their part too. Modified versions of the pictures can be found in this set on Flickr.



Comments

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  September 30, 2013
Awesome!
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  July 27, 2013
Awesome spacecraft... Would you mind seeing this group, the Crimson Guard? http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/6829
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  July 23, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Great job! This reminds me of the old air force pogo crossed with the thunderbirds awesome
Thank you! That's exactly the look that I was aiming at!
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  July 23, 2013
Great job! This reminds me of the old air force pogo crossed with the thunderbirds awesome
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  July 7, 2013
another cool ship! there are lots of things that make your pieces great; design, cg pics that fit perfectly, and technical narration bent on humour, but also realism, I love it, it makes me want to beg lego to re-release the cs line-up!
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  July 1, 2013
I somehow missed out on commenting on this when it was new... suffice to say, another crazy shaped ship pulled off with style and grace. The circular-ish wing design is hugely imaginative.
David Roberts
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General Electric
  June 12, 2013
This is very original, at least I've never seen anything quite like it. You have a very unique style David, a signature style even. Cheers, and thanks again for all the support on DA.
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  June 4, 2013
Quoting Marc dZ The desing is -again- stunning and so funny. Brilliant idea. Your pics really bring a high value to your creations.
Thank you! I looked at the other shapes of aeroplanes that people had built on Flickr and wondered what I could do that was different. This was it! Then I remembered the VTOL x-planes too.
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  June 4, 2013
The desing is -again- stunning and so funny. Brilliant idea. Your pics really bring a high value to your creations.
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  May 30, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Congrats on the blog post!
Thank you! It's the second time that the elves at The Lego Car Blog have scurried back with one on my creations. I hope they get a biscuit or something as a reward, even though it isn't a car. It's a real privilege for a non-car builder like me to be featured.
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  May 30, 2013
Congrats on the blog post!
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  May 30, 2013
This greeble trade business is absolutely hilarious! It spawns some pretty nice MOCs too. =]
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  May 28, 2013
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus That is a great model and a funny story, but what is a VTOL?
Glad you enjoyed the MOC. VTOL is an acronym which stands for Vertical Take Off and Landing.
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  May 28, 2013
That is a great model and a funny story, but what is a VTOL?
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  May 27, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett This is very cool, and the arms trade joke made me spill coffee on the computer. Thanks for that :-)
A thousand apologies for the spillage. Glad you enjoy the MOC and story.
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  May 27, 2013
This is very cool, and the arms trade joke made me spill coffee on the computer. Thanks for that :-)
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  May 26, 2013
great stuff, what a fun build !>.....well done
 I made it 
  May 26, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Such a clever little wing arrangement. Who can resist two side-ounted steering wheels. As always the engineer in you shines through.
Thank you! I'm not sure if it's a steering wheel for each hand or one to fly the 'plane in horizontal mode and another for landing & taking-off.
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  May 26, 2013
Looks like it would be fun to fly.... even with the engine's leaky gaskets! :)
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  May 26, 2013
Such a clever little wing arrangement. Who can resist two side-ounted steering wheels. As always the engineer in you shines through.
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  May 26, 2013
Hi Dave, Great sciencefiction design and story! Based on historical facts. I like the vertical start feature.
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  May 25, 2013
Cool design! PArts usage.
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  May 25, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Nicely done! Great job putting your own spin on that style. Landings must be tricky though.
Thank you! Apparently the Pogo x-plane had a rotating seat to keep the pilot the right way up when landing!
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  May 25, 2013
Nicely done! Great job putting your own spin on that style. Landings must be tricky though.
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Your builds are fabulous, but I have to say your stories and references are what make me laugh all day long. I'll have Muttleys hoarse laugh stuck in my brain at work today. Love the Pogo shout out. (Beautiful fail) I enjoy the pure absurdity of loading the cargo. I'll end this comment with a hearty TIDY DART!!!
I forgot to say; I put my builds on Flickr but it's rubbish for telling stories. MOCpages is a brilliant format for me :D
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
Neat ship! Great colors too :)
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  May 24, 2013
Yeah, I was wondering about the ladder business after the last few posts, no surprise in the great revelation here. ;) Brilliantly classic build with an enormously entertaining write-up.
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  May 24, 2013
Gorgeous take on a concept I wish had caught on in real life!
 I made it 
  May 24, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 The thumpnail picture reminds me instantly of the early VTOL attemps of the USAF and blue prints of some german planes in the WWII era. I hope this plane works better then the real ones. :D Btw, nice music too. ;)
I built the 'plane and realised that it had to have wheels somewhere. The only place strong enough was on the tail and those early American VTOL x-planes sprang to mind!
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  May 24, 2013
The thumpnail picture reminds me instantly of the early VTOL attemps of the USAF and blue prints of some german planes in the WWII era. I hope this plane works better then the real ones. :D Btw, nice music too. ;)
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
Arms smuggling! Haha brilliant. Love the shape and colours. Thank god they make ladders too ;)
 I made it 
  May 24, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Love this, very snotty. And greebly. Great stuff!
What greebles? All those grey bits are essential, fully functioning and vital parts of the aeroplane... ;)
 I made it 
  May 24, 2013
Quoting Yuri Fassio Awesome MOS aside, it must have been a PAIN to crop for those pics. But I'm glad you did.
This one wasn't too bad to crop. I photo my MOCs against a lime green sheet (it was cheap for some reason!) which makes for great contrast, just like a green screen in the movies. This makes the cropping fairly straight forwards. The mesh radars on the Deep Space Scanner were a pain though.
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Your builds are fabulous, but I have to say your stories and references are what make me laugh all day long. I'll have Muttleys hoarse laugh stuck in my brain at work today. Love the Pogo shout out. (Beautiful fail) I enjoy the pure absurdity of loading the cargo. I'll end this comment with a hearty TIDY DART!!!
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy the stories, I have great fun writing them and coming up with the various references. It's brilliant when folks spot them. I'm glad your ears weren't damaged by the south Wales folk song!
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . awesome! no not the hands!!!!
Yes the hands! Have seen the roof of the Timinater's latest build? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/360611
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting JWG 258 great form and building techniques. it looks like it could be an actual aircraft.
Thank you! It's all those years spent looking at 'planes and 3 spent designing them!
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  May 24, 2013
Love this, very snotty. And greebly. Great stuff!
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  May 24, 2013
Sweet plane! Truly unique shaping, I love it! :)
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  May 24, 2013
Awesome MOS aside, it must have been a PAIN to crop for those pics. But I'm glad you did.
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  May 24, 2013
I love this one!!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
Your builds are fabulous, but I have to say your stories and references are what make me laugh all day long. I'll have Muttleys hoarse laugh stuck in my brain at work today. Love the Pogo shout out. (Beautiful fail) I enjoy the pure absurdity of loading the cargo. I'll end this comment with a hearty TIDY DART!!!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
So so cool! Really original design and love the quirky story :-)
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  May 24, 2013
awesome! no not the hands!!!!
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  May 24, 2013
The angles and use of the blue 'airplane tail' pieces as the horizontal wing supports is excellent. Nice build.
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  May 24, 2013
great form and building techniques. it looks like it could be an actual aircraft.
 I made it 
  May 24, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee nice idea to put the wheels on the back... ;-) !
Thank you! I built the aeroplane and then realised that it had to land somehow. I was quite hard to put it down without breaking it. Then I remembered the "Pogo" x-plane :D
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting MCLegoboy ! This would make such a fun toy. I love the use of primarily red and blue; they give it a bit of a whimsy feel.
Thank you! The colours came about because of having the red nose part and the blue wings, plus I don't think that I've done a blue & red MOC until now.
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  May 24, 2013
nice idea to put the wheels on the back... ;-) !
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  May 24, 2013
This would make such a fun toy. I love the use of primarily red and blue; they give it a bit of a whimsy feel.
 
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