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Benny's Classic Space models - rockets, robots and retro space!

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(When the base and any other digital creations are built in real life, I will add those pictures into this page.)

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This is the beginning of a journey through the wormhole to a mini-figure called Benny and a civilization on the cusp of greatness. His continuing mission: to seek out new lifeforms, to explore unknown worlds, all in the name of of science and awesomeness. The year is 1980-something, the name of the theme is Classic Space.

Classic Space fortress walls

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The base as it was ordered... will post a picture of the complete setup when built in real life.

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Here is the main gate. It can open up all the way to allow the 8-stud wide ground vehicles though. Two of these parts go next to the gate where the un-printed 4 x 2 slopes are.

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This is one of twelve walls sections, held together with the other modules by four Technic pins.(two on each side)

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This is one of four of the corner modules. I redesigned these since last time to be less parts intensive and have fewer gaps in the wall.

Classic Space HQ / Benny's home base - 10228 MOD

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This is the Classic Space command center for Benny's fleet. The building swings open and locks shut on a Technic pin.

Building model backstory up to 1988:

In 1903, the successful banking tycoon Randolph Keystone died, leaving his business, stately Victorian mansion, and fortune to his only daughter, the budding mathematical genius Sylvia. She and her husband, George Star, would take her father's business to new heights, but also take her education to the forefront of mathematics and science, with a fixation on astronomy and rocketry. Her great grandson, Benjamin (Benny) Star, would sell the family banking business to much of the community's dismay in the mid 1970's, and then began to fill the Victorian mansion with many electronic gadgets, a huge Radar Array, and a large mainframe computer. He also became a college-educated astronomy major, astrophysicist and NASA test pilot dropout (too radical in rocket design for their tastes) before leveling the grounds in what used to be the Victorian hedge maze and gardens just in time for the newly-formed Classic Space force to come knocking at his door in 1978 while looking for a home base. They built tall security walls and a gate around where he had leveled the ground, plus adding noise deadening technology to the house to keep the home's windows from shattering every time a ship took off. Several years later, a bigger spaceport was completed nearby, and by 1986, Benny's rather small base was considered too tiny for use by the newest capital ships and is now used only by commander Benny's personal fleet as of 1988.

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The rear of the house.

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Inside the building on the front half on the lowest floor is the receptionist desk, model rocket, and chalkboard with notes on it hanging on the wall. The next floor up features a model city with monorail, table with lamp, and the relic detector from the LEGO Movie. Finally, the attic features a 1960's cleaning bot (inspired by this design by fellow builder @Kristel) and a radio telescope computer.

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In the rear half of the command center on the lowest floor is a TV showing a short documentary film about Classic Space forces to potential new recruits, a refreshment station for the break room, and the exit to the base proper. The new level shows Benny's office, with his desk, a large trophy, and a supercomputer mainframe behind his chair. The final level shows another radio telescope computer and the control panel that powers the communication dish on the building's tower roof back on the front half.

Classic 1950's Moonraker automobile

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This is Benny the 1980-something space guy's 1955 Moonraker made by Neptune Auto Group. The engine has been upgraded from a gasoline chugging-monster into a more environmentally-friendly Hydrogen-3 Fusion engine to turn it into a modern mechanical beast with a retro exterior. The 1950's car was originally a @hachiroku design of a Hudson Hornet that I modified into being build-able for Benny and my Classic Space base. You can see the original model here.

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I also took inspiration from set 10232 (Palace Cinema) for the rear taillights and the top of the hood. I even added bumblebee stripes on either side, just like on my MOD of Benny's spaceship. (set 70816) The car also has a spare tire located on the trunk.

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The entire roof of the car lifts away to place Benny at the controls.

Classic 1980's Security Forces Jeep (x2)

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This model was heavily inspired by set 75916: Dilophosaurus Ambush from the first series of Jurassic World sets. I have turned that jeep into a Classic Space vehicle by subtracting most of the features and adding the CS logo to this piece on the trunk  and a space seat for the driver. This CS version has a trans-yellow windscreen and a revised roll-cage.

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The rear of the vehicle has a spare tire, license plate and tail-pipe while the roll-cage folds back to allow for you to place the driver in the seat.

Cosmic Explorer

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This is a heavily modified set 70816 (Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!) to features a new canopy from set 75176 (Resistance Transport pod) for the front windscreen, plus a rear turret that elevates and rotates in lieu of the radar dish and repair robots. To match the new canopy, the crew quarters were enlarged and opening roof remade, but the wings still fold out via the same Technic mechanism as in the original set 70816. More recently, I added a new nose to the ship inspired by DC comics set 76028. (Darkseid Invasion)

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The rear of the ship features the three main engines. The sensor array that was once near here was replaced by a four-barrel repeating laser turret that can rotate a full 360 degrees and elevate to 180 degrees, allowing for cover fire in almost any direction.

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The wings fold out if the center engine is pushed inwards, ready for the foam-tipped missiles to be engaged and aimed at any Blacktron III enemies... I did remove those yellow missiles, as they were too touchy and could fire accidentally.

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The main canopy has been heavily modified to allow for crew to go between the engineering and navigation sections without having to exit the ship. The Unikitty-seat area was replaced with a opening canopy for the engineering and fire-control crew to see outside from their stations near the Imagination Reactor.

Deep Space Fighters

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These ships are deep space fighters of the Galaxy-class. Each seat one figure and have enhanced hyper-drive making it nearly as fast as LL-929. (Benny's spaceship) This ship was designed to be a heavily-armed fighter, and features an enclosed cockpit allowing for long distance travel such as from system to system if in an emergency.

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The rear of each of the two ship's features two engines made up of four  smaller rockets.

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Here is the cockpit, which can seat 1 pilot figure per ship.

K8-E the robot dog - Benny's best friend

After meeting the Doctor (Who?) and his K-9 (pronounced Canine) unit, Benny decided he wanted a pet. So he bought himself a retired space police bot named K8-E (it's pronounced Katy) who helps Benny with his maintaining his SPACESHIP! and home base of the fleet.

The two robot dogs eventually teamed up to sabotage a Blacktron and Dalek peace treaty from being signed, thus keeping the Universe safe from their plans for conquest for the moment. K8-E even took a laser shot from the Blacktron secondary leader, saving K-9 from being killed in the midst of them leaving the self-destructing Dalek ship. When reunited with Benny and the Doctor a short while later, the robot dog was fixed up and given the nod of approval from the Doctor, and a happy farewell from K-9, who left with the Doctor in the TARDIS to go to parts unknown looking for the Daleks fleeing from their loss at the hands of K8-E & K-9.

From then on, K8-E has been keeping Benny company while awaiting the return of K-9 and the Doctor.

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K8-E is actually modified from set 8399 (K-9 Bot), which is a 2009 Space Police III set.

Astro-Bot 33 - Classic Space's Giant Robot

You may ask yourself: "Why would the Classic Space fleet want a giant robot?" The answer is a simple one: "Who in their right mind wouldn't want a giant freaking robot!?!?!"

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This model is a recolored and modified version of @hachiroku Iron Giant model, but remade it into the Classic Space color-scheme.

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Red and green indicator lights are placed in four spots while the feet feature hidden trans-orange tiles to signify rocket-booster output nozzles that allow for flight. I revised the robot's head, to add a central fin that is more like the 50's inspired original Iron Giant. Bumblebee stripes are also on his upper torso near the neck. The number 33 is printed just above the Classic Space logo using vintage '80's bricks as well, to give it a retro feel. NOTE: After removing the knees and fixing the ankles, the robot stands up a lot better. (I really need to take a picture of it standing up on it's own sometime...)

Conveyex Crawler-Transporter

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This is a heavily modified Classic Space version of 2018 Star Wars set 75217 (Imperial Conveyex Transport). It's length has been doubled and the visible weapons have been removed, to make more room for passengers. Behind the trans-yellow glass of the former cargo-cars are seats, so that workers can get to Benny's space base without driving in themselves. (Call it a commuter light-railroad system, without the "rail" part!)

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The vehicle can be shortened or lengthened in modular sections depending on the needs of the specific mission, but in this particular case it has two crawler engine units, and two cargo hauler segments that can easily detach for maintenance or to drop more segments in / out.

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On each of the engine units is the dual drivers compartments, located on either side of the tread behind the square openings.

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Each car seat four figures, meaning the whole train hauls eight people (+ their air-tanks!).

....and yes, two of the handles on the doors are upside-down in all the pictures.

Classic Space figures

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These are all my Classic Space figures. The thirteen green figures are the soldiers of the group, while while the six red suited people are scientists. The three blue figures  are Benny (in helmet), Penelope (with pigtails), and Unikitty who are the officers of the group. The two other figures, (the red android and the robo-dog) are T-3PO, who serves as the translator to other species and computer systems, while the robo-dog is K8-E who happens to be Benny's personal pet / security guard.

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The astronauts you see here are the famous "Lost Six". These half-dozen brave souls were with Benny in 1988 when the space station they were on was ambushed by Blacktron I forces and blasted into a black hole. Benny managed to escape the station before it entered the gravity field, but only just in the nick of time. (He could not reach his ship mates due to a computer error with the hatch systems.) Benny's suit was damaged in the escape, and he still wears it like that to this day as a reminder of his failure to get his crew off in time. This is the last picture of the Lost Six, with Benny out of frame because he took the picture. (He was supposed to be in the picture, but he forgot to set the timer on that take.) Will we ever see these brave men and women again? Only time will tell! 

EDITED 12/27/18: added the 70841 astronauts (with base door) real life photo to the first post. More photo's of the base walls are coming soon!

As usual, Comments, questions and complaints are always welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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EDITED: 9/15/16: Added vehicles and K-8 to the main post.

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It's a dog meet dog world when Benny and K-8 meet Doctor Who and K-9!

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Ever since the Attack on Octan Tower, Benny has been looking for a way to beef up his command spaceship, the Cosmic Explorer (LL929). Then he hit upon an idea: removing the fold-up sensor array and replace it with a rotating and elevating four-gun turret. he also removed the original angular windscreen and replaced it with larger one so you can walk from the engineering compartment to the navigation section.

Benny then set about working on his design, and plans on implementing it as soon as possible. This is just the latest in a series of modifications, including a enlarged secondary cabin underneath what used to be Astrokitty's seat, and removing of the wing-tip fighters.

(Updated real life pictures of this model coming soon, as the ship is being updated to include the new parts and features, including a new trans-yellow canopy!)

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Say, I really like that mod! To me, it kind of is like a marriage of Benny's SSS and 2009's 5974 Galactic Enforcer. Maybe that's just because of the canopy, but still, it works quite nicely. :classic:

Now I have to say, one of the earlier builds on this topic I really dig are those Deep Space Fighters. As simple as they are, they have a sleek, automobile aesthetic I like. :thumbup: :sweet:

 

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On 9/1/2017 at 8:17 PM, Digger of Bricks said:

Say, I really like that mod! To me, it kind of is like a marriage of Benny's SSS and 2009's 5974 Galactic Enforcer. Maybe that's just because of the canopy, but still, it works quite nicely. :classic:

Now I have to say, one of the earlier builds on this topic I really dig are those Deep Space Fighters. As simple as they are, they have a sleek, automobile aesthetic I like. :thumbup: :sweet:

 

Thanks, I guess the Galactic Enforcer was a subliminal influence that I didn't notice until now... thanks for point that out. I am also glad you like the deep space ships, as that sleek look was the aesthetic I was aiming for!

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Note: I just updated the building to be a lot smaller (and cheaper!) than the previous base with walls... Any thoughts on that or Benny's new 1961 Corvette?

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Alright, that '61 Vette is pretty cool, especially with that windshield in Trans-yellow. :thumbup: :grin:

Funny, even though I knew that Lola in AoS was a '61 Vette, I didn't even think about the fact that technically the hovercar featured in the Detroit Steel set is unofficially Lego's first take on that model. The set may not be directly entied to the show, but the inspiration is of course obvious.

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On 9/3/2017 at 11:29 AM, Digger of Bricks said:

Alright, that '61 Vette is pretty cool, especially with that windshield in Trans-yellow. :thumbup: :grin:

Funny, even though I knew that Lola in AoS was a '61 Vette, I didn't even think about the fact that technically the hovercar featured in the Detroit Steel set is unofficially Lego's first take on that model. The set may not be directly entied to the show, but the inspiration is of course obvious.

good point, never thought about that!

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Finally got Benny's SPACESHIP! finished, and now just need the HQ, car and Benny's robot dog to complete the scene.

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5 hours ago, Murdoch17 said:

Finally got Benny's SPACESHIP! finished, and now just need the HQ, car and Benny's robot dog to complete the scene.

It looks pretty nice fleshed out! By the way, do you have any interior pictures of the lower and upper cockpit areas?

Also, it's cool seeing those Deep Space Fighters once again. :blush:

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On 12/19/2017 at 8:45 PM, Digger of Bricks said:

It looks pretty nice fleshed out! By the way, do you have any interior pictures of the lower and upper cockpit areas?

Also, it's cool seeing those Deep Space Fighters once again. :blush:

Sorry for the late reply, @Digger of Bricks , but I don't have inside pictures yet.

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Right now, though, I've got a quite a bit to catch up on, building-wise! (the first post has been updated with a ton of new goodies)

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Atmospheric Re-entry Imminent  (OR, the story of how Benny gained his robotic arm)

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Benny the classic 1980's spaceman: What the status on our giant robot? Is he on schedule to meet up with our scientist friends at that Martian crystal miner outpost? You know we need him to solve that invading alien problem disrupting our fuel supplies.

Random Technician: We've just lost contact, we think it may have been shot down over Neptune by someone or something. All communication ceased just five minutes ago.... I was just trying to reach you on the holo-phone.

Benny (thinking deeply): Any indicators of who it might be? Any sub-space communications in the area or possibly any spy droids who could shoot him down?

Technician: No sir, and a probe droid plowed the way earlier, and found nothing new on Neptune or anywhere near it... so it must have been either a freak accident, or...

Benny: or what?

Technician (whispering): ..it is possibly something we never thought off. Something even you could not prevent nor saw coming:

Benny: Spyruis? Insectoids? laser sharks?!

Technician: No, sir, Blacktron III. Maybe even using cloaking technology, that or...

Benny:  or what?!?

Technician (eyes change color to red with evil power as he grabs Benny's right arm and begins to squeeze really hard): Internal sabotage!

(this post is just to prove I'm not done with this idea, and am working on getting things in order for a future purchase of the robot. I also thought I'd tie it into the LEGO Movie 2 poster where Benny has a robotic arm with no explanation on why or how it got there)

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This piece of custom printed 8 x 16 retro-styled LEGO tile was gotten just yesterday from BrickBuildersPro, as seen here. It is currently awaiting the construction of the command center and walls.

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This is Benny the 1980-something space guy and his robo-dog K8-E. (pronounced "Katy") They have just spruced up Benny's '79 Moonraker.

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The engine in this car has been upgraded from a gasoline chugging-monster into a more environmentally-friendly Hydrogen-3 Fusion engine to turn it into a modern mechanical beast with a retro exterior.

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The roof is removable, and the three seats can fit figures with air-tanks and helmets. The doors open in the front normally, but in the rear they open in a reversed pattern to create a wider opening. This printed 4 x 2 slope part goes on the nose of the car.

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The Universe is in chaos. Evil armies run amok, while sky-pirates prey on the biggest of space-freighters. Shadowy organizations with unknown motives leave inter-planetary space police and some stellar governments in chains of corruption and crime, while those who fight back are swept aside.

Meanwhile, the astronauts of Classic Space are keeping as little contact as possible with the outside Universe beyond their little pocket dimension of time stuck some-when between 1978 to 1987.

But this position is becoming impossible, with constant intrusion into their space by others and with the time-pocket becoming increasingly unstable. So, in the interest of seeking new allies and finding peace in the advanced modern world, a delegation of astronauts where given four years and several ships to do just that. The years is 2018, and what you are about to hear is called THE VOYAGER FILES...

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(In reality, this is just a picture of my Classic Space fleet so far.... there is more to come soon, though. I also thought up the above TV-style intro as if it were a 1990's sc-fi show, sorta like Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc...)

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This car and robot dog have been already ordered and on there way, and are to be built in early August.

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This big guy is to be ordered / built later this year. (I hope around early November)

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The house (as shown in the first real-world picture) gets trans-yellow windows and other miscellaneous stuff at the same time the car get a built in early August. Consider it an much-needed upgrade, which can be seen more of here.

Well, what do you think?

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Behold, Benny the 1980-something space guy's home and car, in all their Classic Space glory. The house folds open, and the car's roof comes off, both to access the very detailed inside sections. Please see the first post for more details on how this has now been worked into the base wall's structure.

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This picture is just to reinforce the notion that this LEGO robot is truly colossal in size compared to a mini-figure, as shown next to the bot's left foot.The 1-inch (or so) astronaut figure barely comes up to his angle joint, so it gives you a bit of scale. I'm thinking of calling the robot by some sort of name (Astro-Bot, maybe?) , but unfortunately the ones that comes to mind first, Iron Man and the Man of Steel, are already taken!

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(Credit is due to my brother for giving me the file for this radio antenna yesterday.) I have modified it to fit on top of Benny's house instead of the sorry-looking small radar dish that is on the real world model now. (I just need to get it built in real life now, as another thing added to the to-do list!)

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Here you can see the whole base assembled in one place.

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I've finally ordered the parts from Brick-Link to make this robot in real-world bricks, and here he is giving his seal of approval with a thumbs up!

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On 7/28/2018 at 2:43 PM, x105Black said:

It should be really cool to see the robot fully constructed out of real bricks!

Yes, I agree, and I can't wait to show it to the world! I'll be sure to tag you in the post when i do finish it in-the-brick.

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All but the last Brick-Link order has arrived today for my Classic Space-styled Iron Giant. The fifth and final (plus the largest by far) order should be here by Wednesday the 1st of August at the earliest according to the USPS website, as the tracking says it was shipped today.... though I highly doubt it will be here that fast!

If it does get here that fast, keep an eye out for an new post in this thread about the robot by later this week.

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@x105Black here is the giant robot! There are two more pictures in the first post as well. I ordered the wrong ankle joints by my mistake (I messed up), so it can stand, but it is unstable and will fall over at the slightest breeze or table shift. Thus, most of the picture have if laying down or have my hand hidden from view. Enjoy!

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Looks awesome in the brick!  I wonder if you could do anything to make the eyes pop a little more though - maybe try solid yellow instead of transparent?

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That looks fantastic!  So much better to see it like this!  Hope you get the ankles figured out soon, that would go a long way, but it looks great.

Nice work!

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On 8/3/2018 at 9:25 AM, Ninja_Bait said:

Looks awesome in the brick!  I wonder if you could do anything to make the eyes pop a little more though - maybe try solid yellow instead of transparent?

 

13 hours ago, x105Black said:

That looks fantastic!  So much better to see it like this!  Hope you get the ankles figured out soon, that would go a long way, but it looks great.

Nice work!

Thank you @Ninja_Bait & @x105Black, I appreciate the feedback and compliments! As for the eyes, I like the trans-yellow. It just looks better to me, and I tried a bunch of colors in LDD at first.

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I've decided that while I'm fixing the weak ankles, I'm also going to re-add back in the opening mouth to the model along with fixing a few other minor issues. The head was scrapped and revised many times since the mouth was removed, so adding it back in was a challenge, but it was doable. This was at the cost of the smoothness of the current curved face.


What do you guys think of it in LDD before it get added on to the real model? I only need to order about 8 new bricks to change the head, which, when added with the other ankle and such parts amounts to about 12 new bricks total.

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(Just found out the opening mouth wasn't gonna work, so I scrapped it and am keeping my original head on the robot.)

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This is just a picture of my Classic Space fleet so far, complete with the attack-cruiser, two fighter-craft, Benny's house, his '70's style car and the giant robot. The fortress walls that are seen in the first post should be here around Christmas or so. (if I stick to my LEGO-buying schedule.)

Any thoughts?

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This strange-looking crawler vehicle has been added to the first post, and is a heavily modified Classic Space version of 2018 Star Wars set 75217 (Imperial Conveyex Transport). This model would be after the modular fortress walls, as sort of a stretch goal for 2019. Even then, I'm not sure on whether I really want to build it in real bricks or not.... it may be too far-fetched for even my tastes!

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The smaller (and very cramped) building has been replaced by the larger, fold-open Classic Space Embassy building, which also serves as Benny's house and command post. Please see the main post for more details and inside pictures!

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Nice work. The main comm dish definitely looks good on top of the embassy. And I like the gates. I kinda wonder how a gatehouse/tower on or around it would look.

I do hope, with the expansion in living space Benny will get an increase in staff as well?

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