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A variety of LDD builds for the FebRovery group, over on Flickr.
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The success of the 886 ER went to the heads of the designers at Llwyngwril Space Systems. Things went slightly awry en route to the robust and functional Long Range Transporter. In an attempt to include as many small fuel tanks as possible, without taking up space on the chassis, the designers decided to build the fuel into the wheels. Punctures would lead to explosions and fires. Fortunately the fireball meant that the Space Firemen could easily spot the emergency and come to the rescue.



The 886 Extended Range was a modified version of the 886 Space Buggy, with three times the fuel capacity of the original. The driver was equipped with the snub-nosed/sawn-off version of the thing-that-wasn't-a-gun. This was in order to alleviate the fatigue of carrying it on long journeys. The large ledge behind the fuel bottles was used to carry tea and cake, in case the driver became peckish on the extended missions, though this was not an official policy.

This was a quick doodle in LDD because I was sitting down at my computer to do something useful and thought, "What if...".



After receiving numerous complaints about its vehicles from matt rowntRee, Llwyngwril Space Systems decided to design a vehicle which would deal with his main problems.



By totally encasing the driver, there was no chance of fatally ejecting the driver from the vehicle. This had only occurred a handful of times on previous designs and not to any statistically significant degree. Nonetheless, the designers felt it was important to address this perceived problem. The driver could see where he was going thanks to stereoscopic radar vision. The driver's cockpit hung like a pendulum to keep it level at all times.

By having no structure at all, apart from the wheels, there was nothing to protect from spray and therefore NO NEED FOR MUDFLAPS!!!



The Telemetry Rover - Over Land - 1 or, TROLIs, were used to relay signals from experimental spacecraft and satellites. Each of its four sets of wheels could be independently driven and steered, which enabled it to be positioned with incredible accuracy on the surface of the planet.



Unfortunately the many motors and complex steering mechanism required frequent maintenance and were prone to malfunctions. Just like going to the supermarket, the red spaceman knew that he would always get the TROLI with a wonky wheel (as can be seen in this photo).



Having watched "The Empire Strikes Back", the people in charge of Classic Space decided that an all-terrain vehicle with four feet would be very useful for lunar exploration. They immediately commissioned Llwyngwril Space Systems, forgetting this company's somewhat chequered history in the field of vehicle design.



The resulting Foot-Wheel vehicle worked very well, though its feet flicking around made an incredible noise. Fortunately spacemen could block their earholes with the cheese that was found in abundance on the Moon.

Another problem with the Foot-Wheel was that it had to be maintained by a team of vehicle mechanics and specially trained chiropodists.

This photo also features a rare image of the Classic Space Segway.

Fourth Wall: The wheels on this rover are linked together and also to the top radar. Turning the wheels turns the radar and vice versa.



We've all seen the photos of spacemen from the Classic Space era with their large walkie-talkie radios. Until now it has been a mystery as how they actually got the sound form their mouths, through the vacuum of space and into the radio. There was also the other problem of hearing any noise that came out of the walkie-talkie.

These recently discovered archive photos now show how the problem was solved. If he wanted to use his radio, a spaceman would first call up a Radio Air Tanker. By spraying air from the tanker in between his helmet and the radio he would create a micro atmosphere, through which sound could travel. He then simply had to shout incredibly loudly for his voice to be heard through his space helmet. Another spaceman, also equipped with a radio and Radio Air Tanker, could then easily converse with the first spaceman via their walkie-talkies.



As you can imagine, the logistics of this process were quite involved. Bookings for Radio Air Tankers had to be made weeks in advance, by which time the spacemen had either forgotten what they wanted to say or their friend had already been eaten by the ravenous space-monster that they wanted to warn them about. Eventually spacemen stopped using their radios and just drove across to see their friends in one of their amazing varieties of rover and chat over tea and cake. Another form of communication was via hand gestures, which could be seen over vast distances due to the lack of atmospheric haze. This was the origin of the Classic Space Wave.



In an infinitely large universe, everything occurs naturally and nothing is manufactured anymore. Whether it be ratchet screwdrivers or mattresses spacemen can harvest the bounty of the galaxy.

The planet Ovum X was famous for its strange fungus, whose fruiting bodies were giant chocolate eggs, wrapped in coloured aluminium foil. Special cranes and buggies were built to harvest these eggs. A premium was paid for the first eggs to be sold at market. This led to faster and faster rovers being built and spacemen racing each other to the market.



Long after the fungus became over-exploited and extinct, the competition to get its fruit to market remained in folk-memory in egg and spoon races at childrens' sports days.

I hope that you enjoyed the stories and the builds and might be inspired to come and join the FebRovery Fun next year!



Comments

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  March 27, 2014
These are great builds!
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  March 12, 2014
Great looking collection of space vehicles. So unique. That little fig. sure gets around.
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe So November has Vic Vipers, February has Rovers, what's in March?
March has insectoid robots. There's group on Flickr but I can't remember the exact word for it. TBB have blog a few creations from the group this month. I think that you get some time off until after that, until SHIPtember and Ma.Ktober :)
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  March 11, 2014
So November has Vic Vipers, February has Rovers, what's in March?
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  March 11, 2014
Brilliant wheels on that first rover!
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  March 10, 2014
each one of them is a little treasure! All of them are very cool.
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  March 3, 2014
Haha, hilarious assortment of vehicles and stories. Great stuff.
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  March 3, 2014
Quoting Disco Chicken Cool. What's up with the spaceman's torso?
Thank you! I was too lazy to add the Classic Space logo to some of the spacemen and used a sort of spacey torso form LDD instead. I have to add the CS logo in Photoshop and skew it and change the shading to make if look right. I know that you can add things in LDD but it looks quite complicated.
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  March 2, 2014
They're all superb! I do, however, especially adore the first amongst all of the Vehicles! The use of the air tanks to construct the wheels is brilliant! A job well done! Keep On Brickin'!
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  March 2, 2014
I thought the last rover was a bomb carrier with the chocolate egg as a nuke of some sort. Of course, that would not fit in with the peacefulness of Classic Space.
  March 1, 2014
Cool. What's up with the spaceman's torso?
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  March 1, 2014
Each vehicle has a funny original design. Wow!
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  March 1, 2014
Haha! Classic post :-) Great fun, all of these are as cool as they are flawed. And thanks for clearing up the walkie talkie issue...
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  March 1, 2014
I completely forgot about febrovery so no rovers from me this year.
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  March 1, 2014
Hahaha this is absolutely brilliant. Each vehicle is clever, funny and fundamentaly flawed - I love how your mind works.
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  March 1, 2014
Wow!! That is quite a range!
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas Sheer joy from start to finish! You obviously had a lot of fun with FebRovery, I'll hope to come to the party next year. Hilarýous descriptions as ever. I think the TROL1 was may favourite build, but it was the Radio Air Tanker that had me in fits of giggles. Magnificent!
Thank you! One of the guys on Flickr took the TROL1 idea and built it better and in real bricks too!
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) I love all the designs and their piece usage. The stories are intellectually stimulating, as are the physics lessons! A fun Feb fab collection! :)
Thank you! I'm not sure that some of the physics is quite correct. I think that the Radio Air Tanker should come with a tent to go around the spaceman using the radio to stop the air boiling away rapidly into space. Or perhaps a special hat? ;)
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the first one has my vote, it s so imaginative to use the air tanks, I never thought it could be that with the smaller image, all of these rovers have unique and very funny concepts, your narration, as always, adds tremendously to the charm of these experimental prototypes, bravo!
Thank you! I'm going to build a wheel with the air tanks in real bricks, when I get home. I hope they don't all fall off!
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti These are awesome ! I love all the background on your vehicles there great. I like the rover where the driver is inside the wheels themselves that's really cool. For me the funniest one is the rover with the driver suspended from four yellow beams he looks like a piñata :-) . The solution to the walkie talkie made me howl with laughter! As always it was a pleasure checking out your work.
Thank you! I love the piñata idea and can just see another little rover with a big arm and stick for removing the driver.
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Can't stop laughing! XD David, these are pure fun and absolute genius. Aside from their dangerous lack of mudflaps. I love each of them for their own zany quality but I have to say that the walkie talkie atmosphere rover is mindbendingly superb. Fantastic fun around every corner! Outstandingly delicious!
"Outstandingly delicious!" - Thank you but please step away from the giant chocolate egg :)
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny I saw all these on flickr, really great! Also only now did I notice the abundance of The hitchiker's guide to the galaxy references, which is really awesome and deserves a complimentary towel.
The radio series, the books, the TV series (not sure about the film!) all have so much to use and inspire us. I also like Douglas Adams' attitude that things go wrong generally through incompetence and random happenings, rather than people being nasty to each other (apart from the Vogons but they're not people).
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith I enjoyed all of these over on Flickr. Been meaning to ask, can the big wheel open without clips or brick linkages? My brother built something similar as a kid, and used a really clever magnet set-up to solve the problem.
I'm afraid that you have to take one of the radars off the axle to open the rover up. It's why I built an arch around the driver, so that when you push the radar back on, the structure inside doesn't crumble.
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting MCLegoboy ! This are some silly looking vehicles, but they are all brilliant! The fuel wheels, the mega wheel, the Telementary Rover, and the foot-wheel vehicles are so funny, and cleaver, and just so cool. I want to make a foot-wheel now, but I don't think I have 16 of the same pieces to make all those feet!
I'm not sure how many foot-wheels I could build with my Lego collection but that's the fun of LDD. I'm going to build one when I get home, just to hear the noise that it must make.
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  March 1, 2014
Sheer joy from start to finish! You obviously had a lot of fun with FebRovery, I'll hope to come to the party next year. Hilarýous descriptions as ever. I think the TROL1 was may favourite build, but it was the Radio Air Tanker that had me in fits of giggles. Magnificent!
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  March 1, 2014
This is some amazing stuff! Good job!
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  February 28, 2014
I love all the designs and their piece usage. The stories are intellectually stimulating, as are the physics lessons! A fun Feb fab collection! :)
 I like it 
  February 28, 2014
the first one has my vote, it s so imaginative to use the air tanks, I never thought it could be that with the smaller image, all of these rovers have unique and very funny concepts, your narration, as always, adds tremendously to the charm of these experimental prototypes, bravo!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2014
These are awesome ! I love all the background on your vehicles there great. I like the rover where the driver is inside the wheels themselves that's really cool. For me the funniest one is the rover with the driver suspended from four yellow beams he looks like a piñata :-) . The solution to the walkie talkie made me howl with laughter! As always it was a pleasure checking out your work.
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  February 28, 2014
Great designs and a hilarious write up. I especially liked the Telemetry Rover, with its wonky wheel, and the Radio Air Tanker. I always wondered how classic space communication worked in the vacuum of space.
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  February 28, 2014
Can't stop laughing! XD David, these are pure fun and absolute genius. Aside from their dangerous lack of mudflaps. I love each of them for their own zany quality but I have to say that the walkie talkie atmosphere rover is mindbendingly superb. Fantastic fun around every corner! Outstandingly delicious!
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  February 28, 2014
Love the builds and story. Well done, as usual. I seem to remember a similar collection from you...
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  February 28, 2014
Great collection of builds here, Chief! I was going to say the wheel one was my favorite, but that blue spin walker one is slick. Fun stuff!
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  February 28, 2014
tingle brain, what a collection of extremely remarkable vehicles. In all vehicles, the CS flair is wonderfully captured. The Buggie transports the egg is my favorite of this magnificent collection of excellent creations.
  February 28, 2014
I saw all these on flickr, really great! Also only now did I notice the abundance of The hitchiker's guide to the galaxy references, which is really awesome and deserves a complimentary towel.
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  February 28, 2014
Some seriously creative stuff as ever David, those wheels - and thanks for the laughs with the descriptions too. Febrovery always seems to bring out some really original concepts, looking forward to the next one already :)
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  February 28, 2014
I enjoyed all of these over on Flickr. Been meaning to ask, can the big wheel open without clips or brick linkages? My brother built something similar as a kid, and used a really clever magnet set-up to solve the problem.
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  February 28, 2014
Excellent and ingenious!
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  February 28, 2014
This are some silly looking vehicles, but they are all brilliant! The fuel wheels, the mega wheel, the Telementary Rover, and the foot-wheel vehicles are so funny, and cleaver, and just so cool. I want to make a foot-wheel now, but I don't think I have 16 of the same pieces to make all those feet!
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  February 28, 2014
Fantastic collection of unique vehicles. Great job.
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  February 28, 2014
amazing David! they are all great - but the first ones wheels are stunning! The idea and the look ;-)
 
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