[MOC] LL-924 and Variants

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LL-924 and variants by Veynom, on Flickr

Who does not know the famous LL-924 Space Cruiser?

That astonishing spaceship lived its full glory during the first years of the space colonisation and it became immortalised thanks to the following photograph from the very respectable League for Exploration of the Galactic Orbit.


Lego LL-924 by Veynom, on Flickr

Despites its quite simple and relatively cheap manufacturing, the LL-924 was nevertheless highly appreciated by the first space settlers. Most pilots loved it for its manoeuvrability and robustness, technicians praised its low maintenance level, and everyone agreed upon stating that the LL-924 was the perfect match for many different types of mission. However, what few people know today is that after the few first legendary space exploration missions, the LL-924 went under a very long career throughout the entire space campaign and was declined under many many variants.


LL-924 Cargo Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr

First Era

In the months that followed the first explorations, many LL-924 were reused for support and logistical missions, both on the front line and around the first established bases. The Star Fleet company, mainly famous for producing the elegant Star Fleet Voyager, had ordered several LL-924 that were all painted in white for the occasion.


LL-924 from Star Fleet by Veynom, on Flickr

Around the same time, Cosmic – the company manufacturing the Cosmic Cruiser- also used some LL-924 under their own colours.


LL-924 from Cosmic by Veynom, on Flickr

It got often reported by various sources that several LL-924 worked in combination with the prestigious Galaxy Commander spacecraft, mainly by bringing them a necessary and precious support.


LL-924 Galaxy Commander by Veynom, on Flickr

Second Phase of the Space Campaign

With the constant progress of the colonisation, the energy requirements was only but growing. It is around that time that a company named Solar Power appeared with vehicles like the Solar Power Transporter or the Gamma V that were better adapted to track and spot various sources of energy before collecting and transporting them. However and despites these modern ships and vehicles, Solar Power still owned a handful of grey LL-924. These provided many services to the company.


LL-924 Solar Power by Veynom, on Flickr

When the Blacktron conflict started, it became obvious that the aging LL-924 was obsolete when compared to recent spaceships like the Invader or the powerful Renegade. Still, its limitations did not prevent the Blacktron faction to uses the LL-924 for a high number of logistical and liaison missions.


LL-924 Blacktron by Veynom, on Flickr

After the war, the LL-924 usage started to seriously decline even if some sources report sporadic missions of LL-924 among the Space Police auxiliary forces.


LL-924 Space Police Auxiliary by Veynom, on Flickr

Surprisingly the LL-924 even served briefly among the M-Tron mining company but back then it was considered as completely outdated and mainly served on second-grade missions or as replacement ship.


LL-924 M-Tron by Veynom, on Flickr

Era of the Colonies

While most people thought the career of the LL-924 was definitively over with the end of the first phases of the space campaign, the LL-924 underwent through an unexpected and spectacular second golden-age period among the emerging colonies. Indeed with the strong growth of these colonies, public services were quickly overwhelmed and lacked of adequate equipment to intervene across all colony settlements spread all over the recently discovered planets and asteroids. Among the first to be served, the Colonial Police quickly adopted the old LL-924.


LL-924 Colonial Police by Veynom, on Flickr

Among the LL-924 assigned to the Colonial Police, one of the sub-version was characterised by an isolated compartment located behind the pilot. That compartment was destined to receive one potential prisoner when required.


LL-924 Colonial Police by Veynom, on Flickr

Shortly after the Colonial Police, the other emergency services got interested in the operation and as such, a handful of LL-924 were converted into space ambulance. The rear storage compartment was so sacrificed to allow for a gurney to be transported and loaded from the rear.


LL-924 Ambulance by Veynom, on Flickr

Similarly, the Colonial Fire Brigade updated a few other LL-924 by incorporating a tank inside the rear compartment. Powerful water guns were installed on the wings.


LL-924 Fire Fighter by Veynom, on Flickr

Quickly, the local settlers became accustomed with the emergency services LL-924 and for them these customized ships quickly found their place in their normal moonscape.


LL-924 Fire Fighter & Ambulance by Veynom, on Flickr

Following the success of the emergency services, other services showed their interest in the LL-924. This lead to the LL-924 being assigned back to one of its primary role: freight transport and delivery.


LL-924 Mail Carrier by Veynom, on Flickr

And this is how the Colonial Space Mail Services reused several LL-924 to transport mail and light freight across the various colonies.


LL-924 Mail Carrier by Veynom, on Flickr

Even more surprisingly, some LL-924 were even used as refuse collection cargo ships. Their robustness still remained one of their strongest advantages and these garbage cruisers remained in services for years.


LL-924 Refuse Collection Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr

Once more, this kind of mission perfectly fit the LL-924 usage, even if some space settlers of the first hour expressed their disdain for a usage of the LL-924 that they judged unworthy of a ship which was a symbol of their good old days.


LL-924 Refuse Collection Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr

After the public sector, the private sector also became interested or rather interested again in the LL-924. Many small starting companies purchased second hand ships to develop their activities among the colonies. There are too many examples to list them all but it was evident that the LL-924 Space Cruiser was mainly used for transportation tasks.


LL-924 Light Freighter by Veynom, on Flickr

Some low-cost companies simply purchased at cheap price some of the LL-924 from the very first generation. They then simply repainted the old ships and in some cases, even the original containers were purchased repainted.


LL-924 Light Freighter by Veynom, on Flickr

The idea of transforming the storage compartment into a tank was also adopted later on by several oil and gas corporations. That particular updated allowed to quickly and easily supply the numerous spaceports flourishing a bit everywhere.


LL-924 Shell by Veynom, on Flickr

Some LL-924 were also retrofitted into Taxi.Those often weared a typically recognizable painting pattern.


LL-924 Taxi by Veynom, on Flickr

A few years later, some LL-924 avoided a definitive and fatal fate by being purchased as private or collector ship by some wealthy or capricious – or both- individuals. These people often repainted their own LL-924 with their own colour-scheme and the result was often surprising to say the least.


Private LL-924 Friends by Veynom, on Flickr

LL-924 Backhoe

Please read the <a href="http://www.mocpages....moc.php/360048" target="_blank">LL-924 and Variants</a> article before in order to get the full story.

Many people have sent us testimonies about the LL-924 after our previous article and thanks to some A.T. from the North (who prefers remaining anonymous), we were told about a new strange variant of the LL-924: the Backhoe. The LL-924 Backhoe was created by the public construction services to supply the lack of adequate vessels.


LL-924 Backhoe by Veynom, on Flickr

The Backhoe is immediately recognizable because of its large bucket in the front and its bulky belly. The bucket allows to effectively help in moving bulk materials away.


Bucket Loader by Veynom, on Flickr

This transformation was made possible by replacing the front landing gear by the bucket engine and two powerful light projectors.


Useful Bucket by Veynom, on Flickr

Useless to say that this modification helped greatly, particularly during the expansion phase of the colonisation where there were constructions sites literally everywhere on the newly colonised planets and asteroids.


Backhoe in Action by Veynom, on Flickr

The front bucket was only the first modification of the Backhoe. That ship was also full of anchor points where workers and crew could hang various tools: hammer, shovel, mattock and so on.


Fully Tooled Backhoe by Veynom, on Flickr

But the Backhoe still had more secrets and the next really is probably what makes of it a unique vessel. Unlike other LL-924 variants, the Backhoe cockpit opened in full.


A particular cockpit by Veynom, on Flickr

The entire ship roof and engine compartment could rotate at up to 90 degrees, revealing a huge opening in the ship body.


Full opening by Veynom, on Flickr

Needless to say that this impressive opening had a specific utilitarian usage.


Backhoe in open position by Veynom, on Flickr

The opened Backhoe reveals a hidden crane.


There is a crane inside by Veynom, on Flickr

The on-board crane can be controlled directly from the cockpit but a remote control was also available.


Remote control by Veynom, on Flickr

And the crane could then slowly get out of the Backhoe


Hidden crane by Veynom, on Flickr

A subtle combination of hinges allowed the crane to move out of the ship and extend its reach slowly.


Deploying crane by Veynom, on Flickr

The full reach of the extended crane was quite remarkable allowing to grap materials and other stuff up to a few meters away from the ship.


LL-924 backhoe with fully extended crane by Veynom, on Flickr

The crane could easily be manipulated to load materials.


LL-924 Backhoe during loading operations by Veynom, on Flickr

Materials could then be carried inside the LL-924 Backhoe.


Carrying the load by Veynom, on Flickr

This variant allowed to carry any load inside the ship thanks to its large belly.


Under the crane by Veynom, on Flickr

Even when the ship was loaded with materials, the crane could still fit back into the hold.


Crane and Load by Veynom, on Flickr

The LL-924 Backhoe bulky belly revealed also with two panels that could open.


Unloading materials by Veynom, on Flickr

First the rear panel opened progressively then the front panel followed, allowing for progressive evacuation of the bulk freight.


Unloading materials II by Veynom, on Flickr

When both panels were opened, the bulk materials could be dropped exactly where the pilot wanted it. The precision of the system was quite handy.


Unloading materials III by Veynom, on Flickr

Here comes an interesting top view from the LL-924 Backhoe with the open cockpit and panels.


Unloading materials IV by Veynom, on Flickr

In conclusions, because of its front massive bucket loader and its bulky belly, the LL-924 Backhoe was always immediately recognizable.


Backhoe Bulky Belly by Veynom, on Flickr

As such the Backhoe remains today one of the most heavily modified versions of the LL-924. Considering the number of its specific equipment, that version is without doubt one of the most particular variant but also one of the less known ones.


LL-924 Backhoe by Veynom, on Flickr

About this project.

I got the idea for this project by looking at a picture showing three LL-918 with different colour schemes and I then wanted to create variants of the LL-924. The variants would be in line with some of the Lego Space Classic colour themes. Upon the first builds, the project expanded almost all by itself with the idea to get inspiration from sets of the Town theme from the 80’s. I had slowly started with the fire and ambulance versions but on the day of pictures shooting, I quickly created a handful more variants (Shell, Transport, White Space, Friends) before definitively stopping the creation.

I had (and still have) additional ideas for even more variants like a space liner, a repair cruiser, or even a Star Wars version using the colours of the first TIEs but every good thing still need an end. Particularly, before shooting a couple of models, I had first to deconstruct the previous ones as at any moment, I never had more than 5 or 6 LL-924 completed at 90% or more.

After the build-picture-unbuild-rebuild-reshoot phase, I decided to go one step further in the presentation. I wanted not only clear pictures but also a poster-like picture displaying all variants with a similar view. A friend of mine helped me for the picture (thank you, Onasha). Once all pictures were ready, I figured out that all these models are actually telling a story and that pushed me to write this small article. Therefore, I consider the combination of the models, the pictures, and the story to be a small but complete piece of art. My only regret is that I lacked one 3x2x1 yellow slope for the Shell variant (and maybe the postal variant as well).

On the other hand, there are some versions that I really fell in love for and some models really surprised me upon completion like the Blacktron variant and particularly the ambulance version which remains my favourite.

And you, which models do you prefer?

More Picture on the LL-924 Cargo Cruiser on Flickr

Edited by Veynom

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Amazing project!

You did a great job, the colorschemes are immediatly recognizable, and every ship has it's minifigure :classic:

I think I like the M-tron the most, because it's the theme I'm the most familiar with.

Thanks for bringing back to life the LL-924 :thumbup::sweet:

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I like how you made so many different versions, including a story of each model. Overall, very imiginative, even It's based on an existing model.

The LL-924 Blacktron needs some more yellow, other than the transparent yellow parts.

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This was a perfect read with my morning coffee, I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Excellent idea, excellent work. :thumbup:

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Too awesome! My favourites are the ambulance and the green windscreen varietals.


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Great work with all this models :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Awesome. The several color shifts have some unique effect on such an iconic ship.

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Thanks for the nice comments.

I still wonder if I should make more variants int he future or stop here. ;)

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Great series Veynom... specialy that recycle ship,.. nice find.

I love that Blacktron version too.. it's color sheme also reminds me of my 5984 Lunar Limo.

Since the LL 924 proves to be such a versatile ship, what is missing is the "family van" version.

Might be usefull to take the kids on weekend trips to Mars or the intergalactic football game.. :classic:

Edited by J.V.D.

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Nicely done.

You know, I had never realized it before, but the size, shape and utility of that little ship is astonishingly similar to Battlestar Galactica's Colonial Raptor. Especially when you see the old LL-924's being used as Ambulances. Just too cool.

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This is fantastic! I love seeing all the variants, and the way you've used the various Classic Town logos is hilarious. :thumbup:

Thanks so much! :wub:

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These are awesome! The storyline behind them also adds a bit of character to each ship. :thumbup:

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The ambulance is the most charming. But I loved the Shell sets as a kid so that brought the bIggest smile to my face.

Great writing.

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Looks like a ship I'd probably like had I been exposed to it as a kid, the design is juuuust generic enough to be all those variants you created.

Just for fun, I threw together this thing that resembles a modern version. The nose is kinda iffy, but meh, I'm moving on :]


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Thanks again for the nice comments.

Just for fun, I threw together this thing that resembles a modern version. The nose is kinda iffy, but meh, I'm moving on :]

Nice attempt. :)

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That was a great idea. I loved that ship as a kid.

Do you have enough pieces to have them all assembled at the same time? It would be really cool to see a photo of all the ships.

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Do you have enough pieces to have them all assembled at the same time? It would be really cool to see a photo of all the ships.

Sadly no. At most, I can have 5-6 versions assembled at the same time and 3 more in partial mount status.

- the original

- the full grey

- the Blacktron

- one version with the red wing

- full blue or white wing with blue body

- one version with white wing

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I figured, but still great.

The window pieces are the limit?

Not always. I have enough of these. The landing gears in blue are rare and that brick on the windows looking like a small vertical wing.

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Great designs, and brilliant utilization of the generic spaceframe. Did you ever consider making a bus or a taxi? I would really like to see that.

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Great designs, and brilliant utilization of the generic spaceframe. Did you ever consider making a bus or a taxi? I would really like to see that.

Thank you.

I had ideas for an "airliner" based on the city airport 6392..., also idea for a maintenance truck based on the 6653, various sport versions (based on 6654, 6604...).

Bus and taxi could be interesting as well. :)

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This project is awesome on so many levels :) Mixing classic space with classic town surely touched a few hearths around here! I just loved the small story you put around the ships.

My favourite was the garbage and postal ship, even if they seem to be quite similar. (I understand that you wanted to remain faithful to the original conecpt.)

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