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A medium sized mobile landing pad.
About this creation


The Trilobite was a mobile emergency landing pad vehicle, developed by Llwyngwril Systems. This large rover had a crew of three or four, who were all housed in the central control room. The brightly patterned landing pads were a welcome sight for many a spaceman in trouble.

The Trilobite was eventually written off when a vintage 924 Space Transporter crash-landed onto the starboard pad. The weight of the ship toppled the Trilobite over into a ravine, where both it and the spacecraft remain wedged to this day.



The last LL 918 in service lifts off from a stop-over on the Trilobite platform. This photo was taken during its flight to the Classic Space hangar at the Cosford aerospace museum. The ship was refurbished by apprentice fitters, stripped and re-painted in the original CS colours, before going on display. It formed the centrepiece of the "Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP!" Classic Space anniversary exhibition.



A large "Tarantula" space hopper touches down on a Trilobite platform, whilst a late-model 6806 Surface Hopper is refuelled on another pad.



The Tarantula was a large scale development of the 6806 Surface Hopper and the technology developed centuries previously on the "Flying Bedstead". It was named after the machine painted by the artist Tony Roberts in the Terran Trade Authority books.

Critics pointed out that as a spider, the Tarantula should have had 8 legs. The designers replied that as the one in the painting only had 4 legs, theirs was 2 better and told the critics to go away.

Fourth Wall:

I would love to have built this, or something similar, in real bricks but I've discovered that orange 1x3 tiles cost 20 pence each on Bricklink :o



Building instructions
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Comments

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  August 27, 2014
Quoting Ian Spacek Hmmm, maybe you can go wrong with blue and orange when it comes to $$$. Ah well, still really diggin' that pattern!
It's so frustrating to go on flights of fantasy in LDD and then be brought back to Earth with a "Thump!" when you start to find out what's available and what it will cost in the real world.
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  August 27, 2014
Hmmm, maybe you can go wrong with blue and orange when it comes to $$$. Ah well, still really diggin' that pattern!
David Roberts
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Crown Knight
  August 25, 2014
An ingenious vehicle, nice colours too !.....well done
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  July 2, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith I missed this gem. Your imagination was firing on all cylinders for this build! BTW are you planning in going to AFOL con?
Thank you! No AFOL Con for me, as I'll be giant slalom training in France by then! Winter comes early in Tignes, where you can ski on their glacier 365 days of the year...
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  July 2, 2014
I missed this gem. Your imagination was firing on all cylinders for this build! BTW are you planning in going to AFOL con?
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  June 13, 2014
Peru!? Have a nice holiday - Snow in June? Crazy.
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  June 5, 2014
That's a really cool concept! Reminds me of the Mars Rover. Very cool!
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  June 1, 2014
I love your creations! Did I already said that? The design of the dish is stunning so are the landig pads. The tarantula is hilarious!!
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  May 15, 2014
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who has liked and commented on this creation. I'm travelling around the mountains of Peru and Bolivia, looking for snow to ski, so internet access is a bit intermittent. Thanks again, David. Oh and Nick is right, I could build this for real in yellow instead of orange but I like orange! It would be cheaper and I own a lot of yellow tiles...
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  May 15, 2014
Sweet design!
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  May 14, 2014
Looks great, a very original design!
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  May 14, 2014
Hello once again David. I was inspecting your website recently. How did you make it? I have been considering making a website for myself.
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  May 14, 2014
Very cool rover - would also look good with yellow tiles, possibly. Cheaper too :-)
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  May 14, 2014
One of my faves by you, David. I love the color configuration on the platforms. The wheels on the bottom have an industrial look to the setup. My favorite part is the round command pod in the center, though. Your attention to detail is stellar, as always. Really great work.
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  May 14, 2014
Wow, that's so cool, pure CS style! The "repainted" LL918 is a nice detail. Great job! :-))
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  May 14, 2014
This is a well needed vehicle for the upcoming mission to explore the parents sleeping room because it can provide an extended range for the small science crafts. What about the monster-house-cat? Can it resist it or does it have any useful defense tools?
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  May 13, 2014
I love your LSS MOCs. So original and colorful. Fantastic job.
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  May 13, 2014
Fun builds here, Chief! Cool color combos!
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  May 13, 2014
Love the looks of it. A giant rover-like station with landing pads, perfect!
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  May 13, 2014
Ok i have download the LDD File and FLY sssss over it :)
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  May 13, 2014
Quoting Stephan N David, I can only say that you have you here surpassed themselves. I do not even know where to start looking. Each of your creations is absolutely superb. The 918 in these colors is what I call a cream tee. the trilobite looks gigantic. And the tarantula is also very great. I would want something closer look pictures. to the colors I need to say anything because I enjoy very much as always your choice. The whole inspires me again .... Wow! Thank you! If you'd like to see better pictures, have a look at them on Flickr (they're double the resolution there). I've put the LDD file on this page, so you can download it and fly around the MOC too. I really like the orange and blue combination and I'm slowly buying orange bricks to make some creations in real bricks.
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  May 13, 2014
David, I can only say that you have you here surpassed themselves. I do not even know where to start looking. Each of your creations is absolutely superb. The 918 in these colors is what I call a cream tee. the trilobite looks gigantic. And the tarantula is also very great. I would want something closer look pictures. to the colors I need to say anything because I enjoy very much as always your choice. The whole inspires me again ....
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting Jon Blackford Yes, you're certainly making space colourful - love it!
It was your builds that first made me aware of the potential of orange, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/305777 . I haven't really built anything in the "new" colours but I've been gradually acquiring orange and bright green bricks.
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas Lovely use of that tiling pattern, and the Tarantula is a beauty too! I was reminded of the Tony Roberts painting immediately. A very imaginative design!
Thank you! That pattern will have to stay in LDD, until orange tiles become cheaper on Bricklink. The Tarantula started with four, then three, then six legs and was blue. I changed the colour to contrst with the pads and Tony Roberts' painting popped into my head.
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  May 12, 2014
Fascinating colorful geometic designs! :)
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  May 12, 2014
Yes, you're certainly making space colourful - love it!
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  May 12, 2014
Lovely use of that tiling pattern, and the Tarantula is a beauty too! I was reminded of the Tony Roberts painting immediately. A very imaginative design!
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Very nice angles on that landing pad!
Thanks! Interesting patterns and angles were a big thing on this MOC. I used Technic turntables under the landing pads, with a fixed small gear meshed onto them to stop things spinning around. The big turntables gave me lots of attachment points, to make strong connections.
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 very original vehicles as always! I especially like what you did with the windshields!
Thanks! The windshields were one of the easier bits of the build but I'm really happy with how the octagonal shape came out. I don't think that I could do this in real bricks. I think that getting 8 inverted windshields from Bricklink would be tricky and expensive :(
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is totally awesome! I love the nostalgic look of it. The awesome landing pads and cool control tower! I think that is the most unique radar dish I can remember seeing, it's fantastic. Excellent
Thank you! That nostalgic look was exactly what I was after. I was trying to "paint" with LDD to get the look of artists like Peter Elson and Chris Foss. The copy & paste facility in LDD was very helpful on this build. I built the landing pad first and then duplicated it. It was the same with the other triplicate components. I built the radar as a separate MOC, so that I could focus on it and then copied onto the main build.
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  May 12, 2014
Very nice angles on that landing pad!
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  May 12, 2014
very original vehicles as always! I especially like what you did with the windshields!
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  May 12, 2014
This is totally awesome! I love the nostalgic look of it. The awesome landing pads and cool control tower! I think that is the most unique radar dish I can remember seeing, it's fantastic. Excellent
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  May 12, 2014
This is fantastic!! I love it! 5/5 8-)
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting JWG 258 This is one of the more imaginative spaceports I have seen, like something out of an early sci-fi comic book.
Yes! Exactly the look I was aiming for. When I got too old for the Beano, I got 2000A.D. for while. The other influence is definitely the colourful sci-fi book covers of the seventies and eighties, gathered together in the Terran Trade Authority books.
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  May 12, 2014
This is one of the more imaginative spaceports I have seen, like something out of an early sci-fi comic book.
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  May 12, 2014
Spaceship! Spaceship!! SPACESHIP!!!! I love that part! That is an amazing ship! I really like it!
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting Commander Cold I saw this on flickr.
Yep! I never like just publishing one picture on a MOCpages creation, whereas it seems okay on Flickr. The three main images took my new laptop over 12 hours each to render, which is why they've been coming out gradually on Flickr.
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  May 12, 2014
I saw this on flickr.
 
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