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  1. NOTE: I went nuts on this one. What began as a riff on the Classic Space set, 6841 “Mineral Detector,” turned into a gargantuan project. Enjoy! This gargantuan T.R.U.C. was one of the largest land vehicles ever deployed by the CCS, and its grinding Yaxxline engines heralded its arrival hours before it entered visual range. The elevated pilot command module in the forward position enabled the guiding hand to see above the T.R.U.C.’s two massive articulated sensor discs, while the rotating central control column (often referred to as “the mushroom”) allowed at least two, sometimes three, operators to scan huge tracts of land and communicate over vast distances. The force field walkway stored under the massive chassis allowed for the coming and going of personnel via a back hatch, and there were storage compartments for toolboxes, handheld scopeguns, and a wide array of other tools and equipment. While on board, four passengers and the pilot could stow their airtanks temporarily during transit. It was known colloquially as the “GBOGH,” which stood for “Go Big Or Go Home.”
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    [MOC] LL-999 BAT HOP M.E.

    Ahhh I see, OK! I'll have to try that and see how it looks, it's probably an improvement. :)
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    [MOC] LL-999 BAT HOP M.E.

    Thanks! Which plates do you mean exactly, are you talking about the red/green ones?
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    [MOC] Ajax Quadwing Rocket With a flashy retro design sourced from deep inside the Kingdoms of the Merciless One, this bullet-shaped rocket – reminding many of both fish and birds through its shape, color combination, and distinctive plumage-like markings – was also a source of bewilderment for any that saw it. Ajax had no visible entry or exit ports, no obvious armaments or sensor equipment, and no other evidence that it was capable of anything other than flying… and that was clearly something it could do well, given its four stabilizer wings and massive two-stage engine assembly. Within, the captain sat higher than the pilot and passenger, but the interior controls and other details were kept to a bare minimum. This was a vehicle built for speed, with all the style carried on its smooth, bright red exterior. Some felt that any space travelers that boarded an Ajax were especially brave, hurling their bodies into the void.
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    [MOC] LL-999 BAT HOP M.E. LL-999 BAT HOP M.E. (Mechanisms & Electronics [or] Maintenance & Enhancement) Repair and Support Ship This fast arrow of a ship (colloquially referred to as a “hopper”) has been an omnipresent component of the CCS galactic effort for decades. To this day, it still plays a huge role in maintaining and enhancing all of the mechanisms and electronics that drive the space bases and other ships in the fleet (no one could decide what the “M.E.” officially stood for, so its meaning is interchangeable). Techs that fly the hoppers are usually greeted with relief by fellow colonists, and the pilot’s distinctive dual red toolboxes, as well as the upgraded force-shield blue canopy, quickly became welcome sights – symbols of the skill and swiftness of any hopper tech. A possibly apocryphal story is often told that when arriving at a work site, one particularly popular technician named Phillip would sometimes smile enigmatically and say, “wouldst thou like to live cosmically?” before getting down to the task at hand. NOTE: I was very disappointed when I realized I had accidentally designed this with a canopy piece that wasn’t ever actually produced in trans-yellow. I swapped it for an existing one in trans-light blue, but I threw in a bit of an in-world justification for it; still wish it was trans-yellow.
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    [MOC] Darkscourge Starburst Gunship They came without warning; their initial attack on the First Outpost was as devastating as it was surprising. With their swift and fearsome Starburst Gunships, capable of flying and firing in two directions, the creatures known only as the Darkscourge made their evil presence known in the early days of the CCS galactic expansion. Although it lasted for years, the Darkscourge War ended as suddenly as it began; the final battle between the marauders and CCS forces came to a bizarre conclusion when the entire Darkscourge fleet inexplicably vanished in mid-conflict, leaving no trace behind. To this day, their involvement in the Undead Incursion is a mystery, as is their possible connection to the abandoned S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. [see other MOC] that inspired the familiar repair robots, but may have also been a scout sent to survey the First Outpost before that infamous initial assault. Years after they disappeared, some still wonder…will the Darkscourge ever return?
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    [MOC] The Bumblebee

    Thank you so much! The Cloud City connection totally hadn't occurred to me when making it, but I absolutely see it now.
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    [MOC] The Bumblebee I was looking up the set inventory on the Futuron monorail (which I’m lucky enough to have from childhood) for another build I wanted to try, and I just happened to see two parts in particular: 2342 Utensil Control Panel and 4598 Space Seat (for those playing at home). I decided to see if I could build a little ship around them, and then for some reason decided to see if I could keep almost the entire thing yellow, with a black accent stripe, as if I’d lifted just the bumblebee stripes from a classic ship. After all that preamble, here is the result. The Bumblebee was one of 33 Planets’ most popular sport gliders, patterned somewhat on the early CCS one- and two-pilot shuttles, and ‘borrowing’ its two-tone motif and name from the so-called “bumblebee stripes” that were a distinctive design feature on CCS ships (fortunately for 33, the CCS had no legal protection covering that feature). This compact, contoured little wing ran on the same Yaxxline fuel as most vehicles of the era, and not only featured a single energon node behind the pilot’s seat, but two supplementary repurposed lasersticks modified to serve as additional propulsive emitters. The result was a surprisingly peppy ride for something so tiny, and its dual-lever control panel, while deceptively simple, offered a pilot a fine degree of control over any journey. The Bumblebee played a small (appropriately enough) but significant role in the Undead Incursion at the First Outpost in ’68…but that’s a story for another time.
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    [MOC] B.E.E.P.B.O.O.P.s and S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. Robots

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    [MOC] B.E.E.P.B.O.O.P.s and S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. Robots

    Thanks, they were fun to figure out. :)
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    [MOC] Lunar "Legway" Bubblebug

    Thanks to you both, much obliged!
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    [MOC] Lunar "Legway" Bubblebug This tiny workhorse of the CCS (Classic Colonization Service) planetary base system was seen all across the galaxy for decades; indeed, many are still in operation. Its design simplicity, coupled with its ability to operate on minimal energy for long periods of time, made it a go-to vehicle for quick jaunts…or even long ones! Its single handlebar control and standing pilot (based on a long-known principle of space science, that human legs are great shock absorbers) led to colonists calling it the “LEGWAY,” evidently a sly reference to an ancient scooter with similar features. The comical bubble wheels and hubcaps were often a source of amusement, but they served a functional purpose, providing extra weight over a wider footprint for the small scooter to maintain stability in low gravity environments. As with many standard equipment designs supplied to multiple bases, several color schemes were available to conform to local operational standards.
  13. A couple related robot MOCs here in my evolving mythology of my own Classic Space universe! B.E.E.P.B.O.O.P.s (Biomimetic Environmental & Engineering Programmable Bot: Occupational & Operational Personnel) The most ubiquitous all-purpose CCS robots, the B.E.E.P.B.O.O.P.s seem imposing, but their Asimovian programming made them the most benign and loyal automatons working throughout the galaxy. Their flexibility in software and hardware made them eminently practical in almost any environment, with variants built for traditional base operations, Galaxy Squad service, and ice and desert planets. Personnel grew accustomed to their presence, and to the familiar platform discs that could receive the levitating charging cradles where B.E.E.P.B.O.O.P.s could be docked for reenergizing and reprogramming. An experimental sentry variant (capable of stun setting only) proved unpopular with ethicists and personnel, but some can still be found working oddly in concert with stealth S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N.s (see other MOC). The sentry model inspired a recurring joke at its expense: “Some thing is wrong on Saturn 3.” We have been unable to determine the joke’s origin, however, as there never was a CCS base on Saturn 3. S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. (Space Colony Operations Robot: Patrol, Inspection, Overhaul, Networking) The origins of this semi-autonomous repair robot are mysterious, in keeping with its somewhat disquieting design; indeed, many colonies refused to allow its use locally, citing arachnophobia and security concerns. The first version of the tiny but industrious device, which could be fitted with a sabercannon on its “tail” – tuned (supposedly) only to cutting frequency – or a variety of other tools, was discovered on the fringes of the First Outpost. The small robot was apparently abandoned by an alien colony or scout party, and was reverse engineered for mass production in at least two other color schemes for general CCS and Galaxy Squad use. A stealth version based on the original was employed for sentry duties; its appearance alone would stop subjects in their tracks, rarely requiring it to do more than scuttle onto the scene. The original is on display at the First Outpost museum and seems to be dormant.
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    [MOC] Venture Scoutrider

    Thanks, I was really happy with how it turned out. :)
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    [MOC] "The Green Demon" Deluxe Landskimmer

    With tongue in cheek, on a roll with another MOC: Three Technic ½ pin pieces and three wood tile pieces were added (more on the tiles later); everything else comes from the 6743 Street Speeder. “THE GREEN DEMON” DELUXE LANDSKIMMER The LS67 was a short-lived land-hugging skimmer that tried to capture the luxury market. Design and instrumentation was top-notch, but the color scheme failed to entice buyers. Some took to calling it “the family truckster” for reasons lost to ancient history; the optional Yaxxle wood “beautification” package didn’t help to improve the vehicle’s reputation as an ugly if functional ride for forest moons and planets.* The skimmer used a small gauge repellemitter to generate the field necessary to keep the vehicle above the surface, and the combined field energy of three of the devices made for a smooth ride when sheathed by rubberized coil wraps that dampened and dispersed the effect. Stabilizer wings and forward-facing anti-debris railrods kept things on the straight and narrow, while an optional DOT (Disc Optical Technology) system installed in the spacious open cabin allowed pilots to enjoy their favorite music or dotcasts while on the go. *After finishing this MOC, I still had three wood tile pieces left over from my previous Scoutrider MOC based on 31075 – Outback Adventures, and decided to throw them on for that ‘chef’s kiss’ touch.