X-podnik . Fortune and time have left this robot with a galaxy to explore, and maybe... a purpose. . Status: Intact. I like this one. It's based upon a design I made back when I got into LEGO again. The X-Pod series had just come out, and I thought they looked cool. Too bad those cases are so limiting in use... But this one turned out pretty well.
Mr. Prakerson, the only successful Fleebnok rancher, spent his twilight years with a personal assistant robot, R0-13. Maybe it was because R0-13 didn't really know what old humans are supposed to do, or maybe it was something that Mr. Prakerson told R0-13; whatever it was, they would spend days flying around the sector, staying out all night at space-bars, getting into fights with local pirates on board his private yacht... Indeed, Mr. Prakerson spent his last few years doing all the things he loved, and all the while, R0-13 was at his side, silently accompanying him.
But as all old men do, Mr. Prakerson found himself on his deathbed. Calling R0-13 over to his side, he bid it farewell and passed on.
But that is not the end of the story. Oh, no. Not at all. For, you see, Mr. Prakerson so enjoyed his time with R0-13, he set up his estate to be divided in two parts. The first half was given to further robot rights. The movement had some support, but it was mostly considered to be a fad: only some celebrities and the usual "charity-of-the-week" crowd were involved. The sudden infusion of cold, hard cash changed that, as suddenly, a lot of lawyers joined up.
The second half of the estate was bequeathed entirely to R0-13. Of course, lots of people, including some of Mr. Prakerson's family, fought this. Too bad for them, the robot rights movement now had the legal muscle to not only fight, but have every appeal thrown out of court. R0-13 was given all the freedoms and rights of humans.
Now stuck with lots of money and no purpose, R0-13 was what organic beings would call depressed. It had the money to afford repairs and replacement parts for centuries. It could see itself spending all that time standing still, doing nothing. It had to find a new purpose.
Luckily, R0-13 was walking past a custom spaceship factory at the time. A few years and a lot of money later, R0-13 flew away in its personal spaceship, the X-podnik. Headed for the nearest unexplored star system, R0-13 has not been heard from since.
Ah, R0-13... I made it for another MOC, but have since ditched it. The robot design, however, I like. It's sturdy, had poseable arms and legs, and can fit in almost any place a mini-fig can.
Yes, it's based upon the Sputnik. I had the idea long ago, but it wasn't until recently I realized the similarity. Story-wise, R0-13 searched throughout the entirety of space history for design ideas. It came across an old Earth device from early space exploration, called Sputnik. Seeing an ideal geometric shape and how such a small, primitive device had such an important purpose, R0-13 instantly decided to model its own spaceship upon it.
Not having to worry about things like life support or radiation shielding meant that R0-13 could afford more engine and reactor space. The X-podnik uses a magnetic drive system that wouldn't be safe for humans, but still allows for power, speed and handling. Not having internal organs to crush, it also left out the inertial dampening system, and removed most of the computer system. Interfacing itself to the ship allows better control. Finally, not buying the cushioned seat saved R0-13 about fifty credits.
I have no idea what those four antenna do. It can't be for communication, because R0-13 never contacts anyone. Maybe it was destroyed year ago. Maybe it just doesn't see the need for talking to people far away. They might be part of the magnetic drive system... or maybe some form of sensors? Maybe they just look cool. Do robots think things look cool? The blue and white is just because it's a nice combo.
I love how the antenna can support the weight. The only thing I don't like is that I was unable to make a working landing gear system. There are only two real options: something on the outside, which would require "wrapping" around the pod, or something internal. I didn't want to ruin the curvature of the ship by putting stuff around it, so I went for an internal solution.
Turns out that that didn't work either. I had some ideas about folding and sliding legs, but the landing gear wasn't the problem; it was the X-pod case. It's round on both axis, making it damn hard to stop from rolling side to side. Nothing short of two stabilizing legs, one on each side, will keep it from falling over. So, I said to hell with it, and left it gear-less.
Well, there you have it. That's it. I only took a few picture this time, and just cleaned them up a little. I know that photographic presentation is important, but this is the first successful MOC I've done in a long time. I just wanted to get it over and done with.