Dr Sinister says: Having once owned a large Moonbase made from early 1980's LEGO Space sets as a child, I wanted to recreate the wonder and joy of being able to swoosh a LEGO spaceship in the classic livery around my living room.
The brief I gave myself was to create a small one-man fighter craft that would pay homage to both LL 918 (my favourite set as a child) and the larger LL 928. There's a small resemblance to LL 928 in the general shape of the craft and the upright winglets on either side of the cockpit.
Note: If you haven't seen it yet, check out yesterday's bonus post.
Before long, science and exploration teams are transmitting through the alien machine and arriving on the gateway rock. No one is quite sure where they are going, but it appears to be outside our physical universe. Controls on the gateway rock transmit the spacemen on to other rocks where they find alien machines, which seem oddly familiar yet function in completely different ways to Federation technology. No trace is ever found of the civilisation that built the Universe of the Floating Rocks, as it comes to be known.
We continue our brief voyage in the Thomas Öchsner's imagination...
Gateway Rock: After the transportation via the Secret Transmitter, the Spacemen enter the Universe of the Floating Rocks. The Gateway Rock coordinates the transportation between the different rocks of this strange alien environment.
Our first bonus model of the month is also a teaser for tomorrow's featured model. Thomas Öchsner brings us into another realm... The Universe of Floating Rocks.
A lonely tracking base on the edge of the Federation, only surviving because nobody noticed it to cut its budget, is suddenly thrust into the limelight when its messages suddenly start reflecting back from a mysterious point is space. A hidden signal contains instructions for the construction of an alien machine... a matter transmitter of some sort. At first, the space agency are reluctant to allow its use, but trials sending inanimate objects showed they were all returned safely. Eventually, one brave spaceman steps up and walks through the transmitter... and finds himself on the gateway rock.
Not everything in the Space Agency is glamorous. For every hotshot
Flyboy in a fighter-craft, there are a dozen jobbing shuttlecraft
pilots who steadfastly ensure the logistical needs of the Space Agency
The LL-701 is a medium-sized shuttlecraft, an old workhorse with warp capabilities that is usually used for transporting supplies between ships and planets. Its minimal firepower means that in times of danger these ships need to fly in convoy with protection by those flash Flyboys in their fighters.
Louise has done a fantastic job integrating the engine nacelles, and we really love the Star Trek feel of the whole ship. Also noteworthy is the cargo truck it carries - it's only 3½ studs wide, and Louise has invented a rather clever way of attaching the wheels.
'Though commanded by humans, Federation patrol ships often employed Synths at helm control. But the 414 series became noteworthy by regularly including a third race... Egronga warriors. Their long range bio-sensing abilities seemed a natural fit.'
We love those great big engines and marvel at the cockpit designs - both of them. Nnenn has found some wonderful trans-yellow parts (using glass paint - never one to shy away from a little modification where necessary). The purists might not like it, but we certainly do.
Tranquility Base webcomic is a great little strip that's been running for a little over a year now, and has produced some fantastic stories. Today's strip shares our excitement about the next month in a not-so-subtle way!
It's a little hard to read here, so you might want to go and look at the original at a size you can actually read!
Two spacemen have just found the crew of the last mission, which disappeared 30 years ago...
I wonder did anything else happen 30 years ago? Watch this space!
Lego space has a long and colourful history, so it's good to see it remembered in the newest incarnation, Space Police (technically the third incarnation of Space Police), recently announced at the New York Toy Show.
Of particular interest is this statue, which one of the crooks has nicked from outside city hall...
The inscription reads, "IN-ANNOS-TRIGINTA-AD-CAELUM-INFINITUM-CONSTRUXIT", which is Latin for Three Decades of Building in the Infinite Heavens.
Which you will soon see is particularly apt.
Even in low gravity, walking's a pain. That's why you need a handy mechanical walker like this. Unlike wheeled vehicles, it easily navigates the difficult terrain of alien worlds, and comes equipped with plenty of firepower - in case the natives aren't friendly.
See Thomas's other photos on Flickr.
Larger ships can have a tendency to look ugly, often taking on the appearance of a skyscraper with pointy bit attached. Not so with Chris Giddins' LL-72 Centaur.
The smooth lines and beautiful curves are exquisite, and check out all the detailing. The fact it has a well worked out interior is a bonus.
We look forward to seeing future work from Chris.