As we continue our well rounded tour of the federation, Moritz Nolting brings us to some of the men and women who keep the Federation ticking over from day to day.
This is dedicated to the hard working staff of spacemen who keep the federation up and running behind the scenes. Huge moonbases, exploration outposts and rocket launching ramps are pretty cool, but someone has to build them first.
The LL-192 Orbit Hauler is a mid-sized, mid-range cargo freighter, designed to carry heavy loads of prefab construction material like walls, platform segments and the like. It is not particularly sleek, nor fast, nor armed and certainly not a beauty to behold. But then, hauling giant piles of space concrete isn't exactly flower arranging, is it? Most Orbit Haulers have been in service for several decades, their everlasting double polonium thrusters being practically indestructable.
The LL-203 Multiple Maintenance Mobile is nothing less than a rocket propelled Swiss army knife. Designed to fulfill any task of repair, cleaning, maintenance or inspection in mid space, the MMM comes with a rotatable collection of tools and versatile accessories.
The vessel seats – or rather stands – one pilot who controls the action behind the big windscreen that allows for a front view of nearly 180 degrees. Since repair manoeuvres in the depths of space can be tricky, two powerful headlights make sure that not a detail is overlooked.
Maintenance crewmen who work with the LL-203 MMM call it "The Fish", but no-one quite remembers why.
Moritz has this to say: I didn't buy anything spacey since, well, since Futuron actually. The occasional impulse, but nothing bigger. So I had to rely on lots of odd technic parts to get the colour sceme right. That most of my grey and blue stuff is yellowed didn't make things easier. The building was fun nontheless, especially the Hauler's cab. It involves so many "illegal" techniques that I actually broke one of the blue inverted double wedge things in the process of attaching it to the inner frame. Fortunately I had four of those. The MMM consists entirely of leftover tablescrabs from the hauler.