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Wilderness Terrain Fast Tricycle
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A fast, all-terrain vehicle from the days of Classic Space.
About this creation


The Wilderness Terrain Fast Tricycle was one of a series of increasingly futile attempts by Llwyngwril Systems to design a useful form of surface transport. The W.T.F. Trike looked very improbable. A rumour started that its name was derived from what potential drivers shouted on first seeing the vehicle. This was obviously not true.





The steering geometry of the W.T.F. Trike was incredibly complicated. The ground clearance of the front chassis varied as the steering lock changed. Amazingly a young apprentice, Rudolph Ackermann, successfully did the calculations on the back of an envelope. Shortly afterwards, Ackermann left the company and was never heard of in the motor vehicle industry again.





By this time, Rolls-Royce had run out of birds of prey to name their piston engines after. As the name of their most famous product of the 20th century was both a bird and a great magician, a new naming policy was adopted. The W.T.F. Trike was powered by a V12, 48 valve, supercharged Rolls-Royce Daniels. The engine was notable for having a removable cylinder head insulation rug. Power was transferred to the rear wheel through a pair of drive shafts in order to balance the torque loading on the rear axle and its bearings.





Due to cost overruns, some parts on the W.T.F. Trike came from components salvaged from other projects. The rear wheel disc came from a prototype YT-1300 freighter spaceship. This ship was so slow, doing the Kessel run in 12 parsecs, that its development was abandoned and the parts used in other designs.




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  February 24, 2014
wow is all I can say
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  November 26, 2013
Nice job on the steering.
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  November 16, 2013
oh, I missed this one! the tilting is very cool, and the dish inside the wheel is brilliant, well done David!
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  October 31, 2013
A very clever build. The design is stunning, love the motion you gave to this tricycle.
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  October 22, 2013
This impossibly preposterous vehicle really made my day. Thanks David.
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  October 22, 2013
Quoting Stephan N very good thing, it looks a bit as if from the tricycle can easily tip over forwards
The rear wheel is full of uranium ballast, which stops the tricycle from tipping over forwards. The glow from the uranium also keeps the driver warm :)
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  October 22, 2013
very good thing, it looks a bit as if from the tricycle can easily tip over forwards
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  October 16, 2013
Looks like it would be a blast to drive. Terrifying, yes, but very fun. Cool build!
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  October 13, 2013
Ingenious!
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  October 11, 2013
Fantastic, in so many ways!
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  October 10, 2013
I love it! the tipping mechanism is beautiful.
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  October 10, 2013
Epic!
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  October 10, 2013
Very nice idea and you did with technic parts so it's looking awesome ..
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  October 9, 2013
W. T. F? But that's already been done by Shifu. Still and amazing bike and it is so interesting with that turn mechanism.
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  October 9, 2013
Quoting Cheryl P This is really terrific. NASA should of had something like this when they sent man to the moon. Well done.
Thanks Cheryl! On balance it was probably a good thing that NASA and not Llwyngwril System ran the moon programme. It was less fun but a lot safer. Then again, when you read about the true stories of the near misses that NASA had...
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  October 9, 2013
This is really terrific. NASA should of had something like this when they sent man to the moon. Well done.
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  October 8, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Superb ride. The simple technic solution raises this up into one of my favourite of your builds. Have you thought about investing in some power functions to take these type of builds you've been working on up to the next level.
Thank you! The steering is pretty robust and adds to that all-important playability. I was surprised to discover that the turning circle is 45cm: kitchen table sized. I have thought about buying some PF kit, especially having seen Jon Blackford's SHIPtember build. You can buy a lot of bricks for the cost of the PF kit, it'll have to wait for a while, pluss you have to fit it into the model! A minfig scale, radio controlled, mobile moonbase would be a childhood fantasy fulfilled :)
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  October 8, 2013
Superb ride. The simple technic solution raises this up into one of my favourite of your builds. Have you thought about investing in some power functions to take these type of builds you've been working on up to the next level.
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  October 7, 2013
Wild indeed !>.....well done
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting Tim C This is superb, David. In the first shot, I thought it was cool, but after seeing how it leans to turn, I was completely won over. I love all the details and how you didn't spend a lot of time covering up those details with plating. It makes me think of something that a spaceman had been tinkering with in his garage for a while and was taking it out for its first spin;) Really excellent work.
I really couldn't have covered the woking bits with plating. I wanted to show how it worked and I'm hoping that somebody will take the idea and use in their own MOC. Plus, I'd been looking at just the three wheels for two weeks, figuring out how I wanted the vehicle to work. Once I'd got this far, I just wanted to get it photographed! If there was a spaceman called Heath Robinson, this could have easily be cooked up in his garage!
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Another great and crazy production! That tilting steering mechanism is the work of a mad genius, and the write-up topped even your high standards. I'm looking forward to seeing what use you can make of the Rolls-Royce Soprendo...
Piff, paff, poof! I think that the genius who I model my vehicles on has to be Heath Robinson!
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  October 7, 2013
This is superb, David. In the first shot, I thought it was cool, but after seeing how it leans to turn, I was completely won over. I love all the details and how you didn't spend a lot of time covering up those details with plating. It makes me think of something that a spaceman had been tinkering with in his garage for a while and was taking it out for its first spin;) Really excellent work.
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  October 7, 2013
A fun concept design! :)
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  October 7, 2013
Another great and crazy production! That tilting steering mechanism is the work of a mad genius, and the write-up topped even your high standards. I'm looking forward to seeing what use you can make of the Rolls-Royce Soprendo...
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Hahaha Nice work Dave. Love the rear wheel design – very clever. I see you have managed to use one of those technic bike wheels - only another three to go. Shame about Ackermann he had such a promising career ahead of him, but he must have taken a wrong turn somewhere ;). It was a real pleasure meeting you at STEAM and I hope to see you there again next year with some of your fantastic mocs. Joe
Oh no! You out Ackermann joked me! If only I'd thought of that. Yes, three motorbike wheels left. If you take the tyres off them, you can attach Technic beams along them and make a tube for a spaceship hull. I'm fancying a zig-zag pattern next...
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  October 7, 2013
Hahaha Nice work Dave. Love the rear wheel design – very clever. I see you have managed to use one of those technic bike wheels - only another three to go. Shame about Ackermann he had such a promising career ahead of him, but he must have taken a wrong turn somewhere ;). It was a real pleasure meeting you at STEAM and I hope to see you there again next year with some of your fantastic mocs. Joe
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Llwyngwril Systems have excelled themselves again; another swift journey to the scene of the accident :-) Brilliant stuff, and it was a real pleasure to meet and talk Lego with you at the show.
Accidents? Never! All of our products are extensively saftey tested. This one was driven round the carpark TWICE before we sold it. It was great tochat with you too and I can't wait to see your next MO build.
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 hehe making a wheelie with that seemed to be very funny! :D Possibly soon we will see some speed limits on the moon! oO :D
Fortunately the engine didn't generate enough torque to do wheelies: this vehicle was dangerous enough already! Yes, a speed limit might be a good idea :)
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting Eric Landreneau I love this! so bare-bones and exposed. Plus, the two-forward-one-back wheel formation always deserves more attention. I built one a while back (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/143791) with a turning mechanism that's pretty much opposite yours. Now, looking at yours, I can't remember why I madethe mechanism work like it did. Your design is so much better! And simpler!
Thank you! My mechanism might be simpler but your build is far better looking. The wheels on yours are a clever and beautiful bit of design, plus you built mudguards which are sadly lacking from my vehicle.
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  October 7, 2013
Llwyngwril Systems have excelled themselves again; another swift journey to the scene of the accident :-) Brilliant stuff, and it was a real pleasure to meet and talk Lego with you at the show.
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  October 7, 2013
hehe making a wheelie with that seemed to be very funny! :D Possibly soon we will see some speed limits on the moon! oO :D
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  October 7, 2013
I love this! so bare-bones and exposed. Plus, the two-forward-one-back wheel formation always deserves more attention. I built one a while back (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/143791) with a turning mechanism that's pretty much opposite yours. Now, looking at yours, I can't remember why I madethe mechanism work like it did. Your design is so much better! And simpler!
David Roberts
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Dr. Monster
  October 6, 2013
Excellent! Fantastic design. Your MOC looks amazing when it leans and turns.
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  October 6, 2013
Sweet Build! Love the turning mechanism!
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  October 6, 2013
Fun build! Too bad there isn't mud on the moon!
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  October 6, 2013
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371736 Nice work. I really like it.
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  October 6, 2013
That is awesome!!
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  October 6, 2013
Now this is cool! Brilliant work!
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  October 6, 2013
Loving the placement of the wheels and the cool function there. Nice job as usual!
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  October 6, 2013
Absolutely bonkers but love it. Really like the tilting steering system. Your write up is worth 5 smileys alone. Always makes me laugh. Great work as always.
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  October 6, 2013
How clever! And what a complex design!
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  October 6, 2013
I love the Millenium falcon plates in the wheels! Also, very creative steering system.
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  October 6, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Love the design on this! However, I think in hard stopping, the driver may end up buried. At least they don't need to invest in a ladder, I'm sure the budget was blown with the RR engine. Wicked fun and, as always, brutal to its pilots!
Perhaps filling the rear wheel with some heavy ballast would help to stop the front end buring itself due to hard braking? Uranium would be good and its glow would keep the driver warm too :)
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  October 6, 2013
From white space minifig to rack and pinion steering! Awesome! I have back tire envy too... Nice build David.
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  October 6, 2013
Love the design on this! However, I think in hard stopping, the driver may end up buried. At least they don't need to invest in a ladder, I'm sure the budget was blown with the RR engine. Wicked fun and, as always, brutal to its pilots!
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  October 6, 2013
Sorry for those who got run over with the trike during its testing procedures hehe. Amazing work. The design is very interesting as well. I really like how the tires tilt to the sides and how the main engine is mostly visible when the upper body is tilted to the sides. Keep on brickin'!
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  October 6, 2013
I had a funny comment but I'm afraid it will be confiscated so I'll just say I really love this creation . I love how it shifts and leans in turns . The w. t. F. Is excellent
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  October 6, 2013
Brilliant!
 
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