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T.T.A. "Beaumaris" Shuttlecraft
The Beaumaris was the first of the Castle Class Single-Stage-To-Orbit shuttlecraft. Serial number LL588ap.
About this creation


The first ventures of the Tarren Trade Authourity into space involved satellite launch and repair. The cost of single use rockets made repair visits incredibly expensive and so the T.T.A. commissioned Llwyngwril Space Systems to design a reusable Single Stage To Orbit vehicle to lower costs.



The ship featured a large bubble canopy for the pilot, affording unrivalled visibility when compared with its contemporaries. Power came from four Rolls-Royce Seiont engines.



Long hatches in the underside of the ship covered a pair of Keckler & Hoch auto-cannons for shooting at stuff. There was also a fold out radar and a fold out spotlight, both used for searching for the satellites that needed to be repaired.



Re-entry was achieved by dropping tail first into the atmosphere. The engines slowed the descent rate and the stern was covered with a large heat shield.



The cargo bay of the Beaumaris contained a manipulator arm to enable it to launch or rescue satellites. In this rare photo the cargo is a Piloted Integrated Modular Manoeuvering System or PIMMS. Most satellite repair was done with robotic flyers and PIMMS pilots spent a lot of time hanging around in bars, waiting to get work. Strangely their favourite drinks were fruit flavoured liqueurs.



The PIMMS was lifted out of the cargo bay on the manipulator arm, before flying to the repair site under its own power.



PIMMS were fitted with a pair of manipulator arms, a small searchlight and a search radar to home in on broken satellites.



The rear of the PIMMS was covered in thrusters, which enabled it to be flown accurately around satellites and space stations.



To save weight, the Castle Class ships had no landing gear. This meant that they had to be launched from and return to a specially built tower. Crew access was via the Special Tower Access Ingress Removable System or STAIRS, built by the newly formed LLwyngwril Ladder Systems company. The payload was loaded into the cargo bay whilst the shuttle was horizontal. The shuttle was then raised into the launch position, as shown in this ancient archive footage:

http://picasion.com/i/1VX9x/



Once the shuttle was in position, the shuttle could be launched. The Launch supervisors' hats would blow away in the wash from the shuttle's engines and the company would have to buy new ones. This increasingly expensive problem was solved by issuing the Launch Supervisors with glue to stick their hats onto their heads. Two months later, every Launch Supervisor was bald from ripped-out hair and the ensuing law suits bankrupted Llwyngwril Launch Systems. The company was absorbed into the increasingly powerful Tarren Trade Authourity.



Landing a Castle Class ship could be a stressful business, as can be seen fron the pilot's face in this last photo. The cost building the launch towers, repairing dents in the ships and towers and providing the ground crew with new hats, meant that the next generation of shuttle craft were equppied with wheels and operated from normal runways.

Fourth Wall

This build draws on many influences. Firstly, it is the result of my experiments with the techniques that castle builders use to create round towers. I found the ideas in the articles on Classic-Castle.com to be very helpful. The core of the ship is based on this design by Rod Gillies on Flickr but I had come up with my own solutions to solve some of the engineering problems caused by putting a castle tower in space. Castle designers don’t build their towers to be swooshed, for some reason. You can get away with a lot when your model just sits on a nice, stable base! Playability and swooshability are always important to me in my builds. I’d like to have another go at this technique and produce a smoother hull.

With all of these castle influences, it seemed obvious to choose the name of a castle for the name of the ship. My nearest castle is Castell y Bera, but I thought "Beaumaris" was a prettier name, so I went for that, though it’s an English castle built in Wales. The ship’s LL serial number is, of course, the post code for Beaumaris Castle (put LL58 8AP into Google Earth). I also had a Castle Class GWR Hornby engine as a kid.

The shape and colour came from my usual influences of Chris Foss and Peter Elson. The art from the Eagle comic of the 1950s and 1960s, which has been published in this book also influenced me, especially the cutaway diagrams. I like hidden and fold-out functions and tried to fit as many as I could into this build, including the cockpit:






Comments

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  September 5, 2014
Awesome. Retro space is a rich vein. Not just Lego space but rocket ships with cylinders and fins. Like.
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  March 24, 2014
It seems I somehow missed this last autumn - brilliant job, it's awesome! Great shaping and colouring is usual and the PIMMS is a beauty. I'll have some lemonade with mine!
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  October 18, 2013
amazin coloring
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  September 29, 2013
What a cool spaceship... Better than all of mine!
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  September 6, 2013
Nice and great!
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  August 27, 2013
Quoting Marc dZ I will never regret for having added you as one of my fav'builder. You are so inventive... WOW, this ship is another slap in the face. Color scheme, details, playability. Everything is just stunning. A pleasure to watch your magic pics.
Thank you for your very kind comments!
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  August 27, 2013
Quoting JWG 258 No detail is overlooked in this model. The form is beautiful, color scheme is fun to look at, playability is high. The small repair craft deserves its own page and series of pictures.
Thank you! I wanted the repair craft to be a bit like the pods in 2001 A Space Odyssey.
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  August 27, 2013
No detail is overlooked in this model. The form is beautiful, color scheme is fun to look at, playability is high. The small repair craft deserves its own page and series of pictures.
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  August 14, 2013
I will never regret for having added you as one of my fav'builder. You are so inventive... WOW, this ship is another slap in the face. Color scheme, details, playability. Everything is just stunning. A pleasure to watch your magic pics.
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  August 12, 2013
Phenomenal build! I love the round design, and of course the access system. ;)
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  August 11, 2013
That's a beauty :)
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  August 6, 2013
Astronomical ! Such an exciting space vehicle !>.....well done
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  August 4, 2013
So many features! Nifty parts usage on the PIMMS!
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  August 4, 2013
PIMMS o'clock! Always look forward to your mocs. The colours and shape are brilliant. Glad to see they are using STAIRS rather than ladders - I am sure the Health and Safety brigade can relax now. Brilliant
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  August 4, 2013
You should check this out Dave: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/366522
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  August 4, 2013
Nice ship! I always like your presentation, both in regards to images and commentary. Stealing my signature angle, are we?
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  August 3, 2013
Great work! I love this new Castle "theme" that you have going on. It immediately reminded me of Tin-Tin before I read anything else. The funny references that you make in your MOCs are great as well. I wonder if you will make a "flying fortress" based on Castle techniques. Idea!
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  August 3, 2013
Great job... Keep it up, and still see my Sector-B Spaceyards stuff maybe?
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  August 3, 2013
Awesome stuff, Chief! Cool design and color scheme. The backgrounds really show it off!
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  August 3, 2013
That design for the rocket is spectacular, and, as always, the hilarious writeup is the finishing touch!
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  August 3, 2013
Brilliant, the cockpit, cargo bay and launch pad are the cherry's on top of this space shuttle sunday, great work!
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  August 3, 2013
Great work! :D
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  August 3, 2013
Great job! I like the vibrant color scheme (and pattern) and the domed cockpit is a lot of fun!
David Roberts
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Dr. Monster
  August 2, 2013
This is a killer combination of model and story! The shuttle looks amazing. You even gave it a serial number!! Very cool.
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Nick White I love spaceships like these, not too small not too big, and you do them fantastically!! :) I like the small ship inside! and the launchpad! I love the sleek look on the engines! fantastic job!
Thank you! This ship is about 40 studs long and weighs 2lbs. I agree that it's a good size: just big enough fit lots of working details & fun into but small enough for sustained one-handed swooshing!
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Daniel Calleri Excellent! I love the striping and how it carries to the engines. And the word swooshability is fantastic and I totally agree with it. Nice build David.
Thank you! I had to carry the pattern on to the engines as I didn't have enough yellow slopes to make them plain. They're all from my last black & yellow chequered build. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention... :)
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Tim C Great build, David! The colors are very striking on this one. I love that checkerboard look that you pull out every once in a while, and I have always loved that frontal bubble canopy that you use. It's funny that you would be posting this today, because I am trying to post a build today that is very similar in style. Hopefully, I can get it up today. It has certainly found some inspiration from your builds in this style.
Thank you! I think that I might go for something plainer in my next build, though the technical challenge of building a check or striped pattern adds to the fun of building. I wanted to get away front the front bubble and put a pair of canopies on top, like frog eyes. Unfortunately the 3-wide strips of the hull weren't wide enough to do this without big gaps. Something for next time. I'm looking forward to your next build!
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Excellent! All this Tin-Tin reference is even better, though. Such an underrated, and unappreciated comic; beats the pants off most. Excellent creation, it really fits your style of flamboyant space craft ;-)
Thank you! I think that that's the first time that I've seen the word "flamboyant" used on MOCpages :)
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  August 2, 2013
Love the head on shot.....
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  August 2, 2013
awesome! I love the little craft on the arm. But I play enough Kerbal Space Program to know that one-stage-to-orbit wouldn't really work :D
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  August 2, 2013
Excellent shaping! Nice work!
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  August 2, 2013
as usual, a very cool and comical twist on classic space! I saw tintin s rocket in it too, inspiring, the color scheme and techniques are neat, and narration funny as ever!
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  August 2, 2013
Great build, David! The colors are very striking on this one. I love that checkerboard look that you pull out every once in a while, and I have always loved that frontal bubble canopy that you use. It's funny that you would be posting this today, because I am trying to post a build today that is very similar in style. Hopefully, I can get it up today. It has certainly found some inspiration from your builds in this style.
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  August 2, 2013
That bit with the hats was comedy gold! =D More importantly, that checkerboard spaceship is pretty cool.
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  August 2, 2013
Hahaha, still laughing at the PIMMS! As always, a clever and witty write up makes your build look even more impressive, although on its own it isn't too shabby, either ;) I love the clever construction techniques and the general 'look' it has, it's got David Roberts written all over it. Excellent creation!
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  August 2, 2013
Great looking colorful craft. Somehow I see a lot of similarities with a certain space program's now retired re-entry shuttle type vehicle? Oh, I love the idea of PIMMS too, it's kind of an advanced version of the IUS upper stage the USAF had for their version of that now retired shuttle! :)
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  August 2, 2013
Excellent! All this Tin-Tin reference is even better, though. Such an underrated, and unappreciated comic; beats the pants off most. Excellent creation, it really fits your style of flamboyant space craft ;-)
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  August 2, 2013
It is a classic space Tintin rocket. I'm in love with this one. Excuse the pun but the launch pad tips this over the edge.
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  August 2, 2013
I love spaceships like these, not too small not too big, and you do them fantastically!! :) I like the small ship inside! and the launchpad! I love the sleek look on the engines! fantastic job!
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  August 2, 2013
Excellent! I love the striping and how it carries to the engines. And the word swooshability is fantastic and I totally agree with it. Nice build David.
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Too much fun! Love the Wasp colors. The tricky notion of landing is hilarious, you should have equipped it with a pop-out rear view mirror. ;) Another successful experiment! BTW Are you by the Seiont?
Thank you! A pop-out reversing mirror: genius! If only I'd thought of it. I don't live near the Seiont I'm afraid, though its a beautiful river. I live in the south of Gwynedd, between the Mawddach and the Dyfi.
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  August 2, 2013
amazing build!, i like the cool descriptions you give your space builds, great job! 5/5
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  August 2, 2013
Space would be a cooler place if you were an actual space craft designer.
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  August 2, 2013
Too much fun! Love the Wasp colors. The tricky notion of landing is hilarious, you should have equipped it with a pop-out rear view mirror. ;) Another successful experiment! BTW Are you by the Seiont?
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  August 2, 2013
Awesome ship! Love the cockpit details . I like how you mounted the engines on struts . The cannons (switched the h & k ) are cool ! Love the black and yellow checkering, and love the technique for making the ship round . Beautiful ship
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  August 2, 2013
Really a great one David ! I always love your colourfull style! all the opening doors and the miniship inside are so a nice "extra"... ;-)
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Nils O. Cool, I love the classic SF look of this spaceship. It also looks a little like Tintin's moon rocket from the old Hergé comics. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Some of your manually added links don't work. You've used wrong quotation marks for the HTML code. HTML needs the simple " signs.
Thanks for for comments! Yes, Tintin's rocket was another influence, though I couldn't get its three fins to work on my 10-pannelled hull. Thanks for the heads up on the links: pesky cut & paste!
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  August 2, 2013
Cool, I love the classic SF look of this spaceship. It also looks a little like Tintin's moon rocket from the old Hergé comics. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Some of your manually added links don't work. You've used wrong quotation marks for the HTML code. HTML needs the simple " signs.
 
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