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Crew transfers aboard the Mayfly

The Classic Space Federation is not just about sleek fighter and exploration ships. Sometimes just getting crews where they need to be, and when it comes to shuttling personnel, one of the most reliable workhorses is the LL-445 "Mayfly" designed by the reveered Doctor Sinister.

LL-445 Box Art

The double wing design was chosen for aerodynamic advantages in atmospheric operations, and to hide the large fuel tanks.

LL-445 Side

Its design builds upon the LL-444 fighter, and it's no surprise that they look very similar.

LL-445 and LL-444

The LL-445, however, has much increased carrying capacity, allowing it to carry either a pilot and five passengers, or a significant amount of essential supplies.

LL-445 Crew

The Mayfly is popular among crews, especially after the incident on one of the Kroktal moons, which the crew attribute their survival to the sturdy design of the craft.

LL-445 Crew on Kroktal moon

Day 16: Bonus - An oldie, but a goodie!

Many of you may have seen the following awsome creation before, but I have to say, no rundown of Neo-Classic Space would be complete without this beauty:

Classic Space Shuttle

The creation is by Bram Lambrecht, who is pretty well know within the Lego-building community.  It has a lovely working arrangement for the under-carriage and some clever technic arrangement within the wings.  The beautiful 'snot' Classic Space logo has to be seen to be believed.

There's a bunch more nice pictures on Bram's site here.

Nice work then and still nice work now!

Day 2: LL-701 Shuttlecraft

We continue our adventure with a workhorse of the Classic Space Federation, the LL-701 shuttlecraft by Louise Dade.

LL-701 Shuttlecraft

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 are met.

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.

Loading the shuttle

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.

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