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An all-terrain toxic waste handling vehicle, with a working piston engine & independent suspension.
About this creation

When the planet of Glasdir was first discovered, spacemen thought that it was a ball of blue water. Once they had landed, the explorers discovered that the planet was a giant crystal of copper sulphate. Glasdir was the biggest copper deposit in the galaxy and mining companies were quick to move in. The mining machines were powered by nuclear reactors, enabling them to work non-stop. The waste from these machines was deposited around the planet as Plutonium Output Objects or POO.





At first the machines were small, leaving behind little POOs, which could be disposed of by hand. In the archive photo above, we see an operative from the Manned Uranium Recycling Effort (MANURE) at work. Eventually the mines began to use larger machines, which left bigger POOs and a mechanical means of collecting the POOs was needed. Llwyngwril Space Systems were asked to design a vehicle for the job and came up with the Claw-Trac.





The Claw-Trac was a successful design, with none of the flaws that plagued its predecessors during the Classic Space era. Its cockpit was afforded unparalleled visibility, thanks to its “bauble” style housing. No access ladder was needed, as the designers had failed to include any doors and so drivers had no need to get in or out. Annoyingly the canopy was spattered with guano, just before these photos were taken.





The engine in the Claw-Trac was a V-2 Rolls-Royce Soprendo. This made a distinctive “piff, paff, poof” noise, which could be heard for miles around. The engine was mounted on a symmetrical chassis, allowing the vehicle to enter confined spaces and then drive out forwards by rotating the cab.





The ride-quality of the Claw-Trac was excellent, thanks to independent suspension on the four road wheels. The cab also had a certain amount of self-levelling capability. The Claw-Trac was eventually withdrawn from service after the glass bubble of the cab acted as a lens, focusing the sun’s rays onto some flammable materials and starting several fires.








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This MOC came about due to my buying a couple of Lego Christmas decorations and a Ninjago set at the Great Western Lego Show, at STEAM, last weekend. The idea for Plutonium Output Objects came to me when I was chatting at the show. Stuart Lucas inspired the name for engine: thank you!




Comments

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  March 28, 2014
Don't know how I missed this one. Your write-ups are so clever, David. I love the build, but the backstory really adds to the appeal. I like overall design and those claws are top notch work. Well done.
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  March 16, 2014
A great looking vehicle. Fun to look at. We could sure use something like that in the 'D'.
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  February 5, 2014
Very nice vehicle..
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Great work on the coloring and the cab! Do the Christmas ornament pieces have studs inside?
Thanks Thomas! There are no studs inside, just a ring to locate a radar dish in. There are greebles on the underneath of the dish (which took forever to do) but you can't really see them in the photos.
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  January 16, 2014
Great work on the coloring and the cab! Do the Christmas ornament pieces have studs inside?
David Roberts
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Golden Knight
  January 14, 2014
Exciting creation !>.....well done
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  January 14, 2014
I simply love your part usage.
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  January 8, 2014
Fun build, this! I think I recall seeing it in your BTB interview too!
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  December 15, 2013
Wonderful! See what you think of this, David.....http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/376629
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  November 2, 2013
It looks like it could be cover art for a classic sci-fi novel.
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  October 27, 2013
Even though Space Classic was long ago, you sir, still make the theme look like brand new, so brand new its like the future of classic space. 5/5 for the MOC
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  October 24, 2013
Wow, this thing just looks like loads of fun! Great build! Its like a big candy, eye catch red coating on the outside, with a rich mechanical nougat in the center. And those chairs are great foe the claw.
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  October 22, 2013
Quoting Ludgonious . Excellent use of the ornament, and a hilarious write up. Plutonium Output Objects and Manned Uranium Recycling Effort gave me a good laugh. I like the reason for the Claw-Trac's retirement. I recently read an article about a building with windows that focused sunlight, and they were melting cars and starting fires. Cool stuff.
Yes, you're right! I heard an interview with a chap on Radio 4. He was walking back to his Jaguar and a crowd had gathered round it. At first he thought that they were admiring and photographing his expensive car. Then he discovered that they were all looking inside the car at his melted dashboard.
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  October 22, 2013
what a cool idea i like it
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  October 18, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for joining my group! ~BD~
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  October 18, 2013
Well... I finally made it over here! I saw this on your Flickr site... I think I made it a favorite. But, I kept forgetting to stop by here and comment. Anyhoo, the story is very entertaining! :)
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  October 16, 2013
Excellent use of the ornament, and a hilarious write up. Plutonium Output Objects and Manned Uranium Recycling Effort gave me a good laugh. I like the reason for the Claw-Trac's retirement. I recently read an article about a building with windows that focused sunlight, and they were melting cars and starting fires. Cool stuff.
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  October 13, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I love this design-concept! if I could get these bubbles parts, I d get a lot of them, this vehicles has lots of things I like; big cockpit, tracks, suspension, claw, super!!!
I have two of the baubles. I'd like to do a spaceship with the baubles as cockpits at the front, like the big globe eyes on a fly.
  October 13, 2013
I love this design-concept! if I could get these bubbles parts, I d get a lot of them, this vehicles has lots of things I like; big cockpit, tracks, suspension, claw, super!!!
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  October 12, 2013
Totally diggin' this! Love the bubble windshield!
David Roberts
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Dr. Monster
  October 11, 2013
Your model looks very cool! The canopy, the track suspension, each part is as great as the next. Well done.
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  October 11, 2013
Quoting Isaiah Marc That is super cool, but I have no idea how you made the cockpit screen.
Thanks Isaiah. The cockpit is made from a Lego Christmas tree decoration: the white paint spots on it are snow :)
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  October 11, 2013
That is super cool, but I have no idea how you made the cockpit screen.
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  October 11, 2013
just amazing
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  October 11, 2013
As always a great backstory and design!
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  October 11, 2013
Another great design and inspired use of the bauble! Thanks for the credit... I laughed out loud when I saw how you'd worked in the Soprendo. Very humourus as ever!
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  October 10, 2013
most fun !>.....well done
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  October 10, 2013
Haha! Toilet humour never fails... :-) An inspired design, but possibly not flawed enough!
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  October 10, 2013
Awesome backstory! Love the fantastic parts usage . The clear bubble canopy is great . I really like the claw too.
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  October 10, 2013
Very amusing! I must say this design is very creative. I like how tall it is and how it has the threads for rolling around and stuff. The glass ball is what really gives this vehicle its uniqueness! Keep on brickin'!
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  October 10, 2013
Fabulous work! I love the glass ball :D
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  October 10, 2013
LOL! Great use of acronyms, cool choice of color, and cool overall design!
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  October 10, 2013
Nice!
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  October 10, 2013
@DAS I didn't either :(
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  October 10, 2013
Quoting sam the first looks great and very playable! love it!!
Playability is really important to me, both in terms of being structurally sound and functions. The suspension really does work on this, plus the engine and of course the claw. If only the cockpit opened...
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  October 10, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Staying in line with British humor, you could say the engine goes "icky, icky, icky, biTang, ruhaw". And, of course, when shutting down, it simply goes "Niii". XD Love the canopy, clever shock absorby tracks. Fun ride aside from the guano.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu7vySQbgXI :P
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  October 10, 2013
looks great and very playable! love it!!
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  October 10, 2013
An enjoyable build with an equally enjoyable story behind it. Love the round cockpit, as impractical as it is, and the functions are great too. Lovely work David!
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  October 10, 2013
A great build! The triangular red treads are awesome not to mention the tanks on the back.
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  October 10, 2013
Staying in line with British humor, you could say the engine goes "icky, icky, icky, biTang, ruhaw". And, of course, when shutting down, it simply goes "Niii". XD Love the canopy, clever shock absorby tracks. Fun ride aside from the guano.
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  October 10, 2013
So perfect! Excellent! I love the cockpit.
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  October 10, 2013
Cool build and funny text, Dude!
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  October 10, 2013
Quoting Crimso Giger If you want to stay in the finest british tradition, make a "Mecha minister of Silly Walk", I would LOVE to see that ;-)
I'd like to apply for a grant to get my Silly Walk mech developed. I will eventually build a mecha: eventually!
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  October 10, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith This reminds me a bit of John B's Zombie defence rover, but tasked with a slightly smellier disposal issue. Seems everyone made it to STEAM except me :(
I'd forgotten about Jon's MOC! I wish I had enough bricks to build a diorama around my MOCs. I only decided to go to STEAM on the Thursday. It was very interesting and great to chat with other AFOLs. I'm thinking of joining the Brickish Association and seeing if they'll let me have a table next year.
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  October 10, 2013
If you want to stay in the finest british tradition, make a "Mecha minister of Silly Walk", I would LOVE to see that ;-)
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  October 10, 2013
This reminds me a bit of John B's Zombie defence rover, but tasked with a slightly smellier disposal issue. Seems everyone made it to STEAM except me :(
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  October 10, 2013
Quoting MCLegoboy ! So did this start as feces (Formless Extra Chrimson ElementS) or what? This is very inventive with the parts and you can never go wrong with toilet humor. :)
It's a fine British tradition :)
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  October 10, 2013
That is awesome!!
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  October 10, 2013
So did this start as feces (Formless Extra Chrimson ElementS) or what? This is very inventive with the parts and you can never go wrong with toilet humor. :)
 
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