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CSCS (Classic Space Cargo System): The Space Cargo Unit “SCU”


A Cargo System for (Classic) Space Minifig scale models based on standard cargo units (similar to ISO Containers).

ISO Containers are a great idea and nowadays they can be found anywhere. Even break rooms on construction sites and office buildings are built with units based on ISO Transport Containers.

I wanted to have a similar system for my Classic Space models: a cargo unit with the right size to be transported with cargo ships and big enough to carry everything you need in space and even to build a room inside – just like ISO Containers in our world.

My favourite dimensions for a “Space Cargo Unit” (SCU) were: a footprint of 8×16 studs and 8 bricks of height – No longer than the longest Technic beam, wide enough for a 6-wide interior of a room and high enough for a Minifig to stand inside with comfortable headroom.

I’ve already used the SCU for some models in the last few months:

  • A cargo Unit for my LL 926 Space Crane
  • The Transportable Base
  • An SCU transport box/cage as a garage for the Transportable Rover

A simple transport cage can carry 6-wide vehicles as a roll-on-roll-off carrier and 8-wide scooters. Transport boxes and other Space Cargo Units are easy to build in endless variations – Expect to see more, soon ;-))

Lotus Seven (4-Wide)

My 4-wide version of one of the most minimalist roadsters ever built, the Lotus Seven

The Lotus seven was such a simple car: Four wheels, an engine, a cigar shaped body which just covered the chassis, two seats and a steering wheel. The result was a very light car which didn’t need a big engine to have fun, fun and more fun (when the weather was fine).

The inspiration for this model was the big Lego Ideas model of the Caterham Super Seven (21307). I wanted to build my own 4-wide version quite for a while, but I had no idea for the mudguards. I wanted to use the smallest ones which made the original car look almost like an open wheeler. After all, the solution was simple: I had to use really old parts – the mudguards from the first 2- and 4-wide Lego cars from the late 1970s / early 1980s. I was lucky to find some in my old Lego boxes in the basement.

The yellow of the Ideas model wasn’t my favourite colour at all. I’d loved to make a dark green one, but the mudguards didn’t exist in that color. So black was my favourite among the available colours.

The rest of the car is mainly a (more or less) 2-wide cigar shaped body with some chrome parts, a simple interior and two white side pipes:

So this is it, my 4 wide Lego Lotus Super Seven.
I hope you like it :-))

Lotus Seven (4-Wide)
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Porsche 911 GT3 hybrid (4-Wide)

My 4-wide version of the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 (997) hybrid.

It has been a while that I haven’t posted a 4-wide car. The reason wasn’t that I didn’t build them anymore. I was just busy with other projects and forgot to take decent pictures of the 4-wides I had built.

When the 75912 Speed Champions set with the 911 GT3 hybrid was launched I knew I had to build my 4-wide version of it, too. Then Malte Dorowski posted his pictures of his two versions in different scales (next to the SC model) and they gave me the final kick to start building.

That was more ore less two years ago, so you see that this one has been waiting on the shelf quite for a while…

The base is my 4-wide 911. Only the “paint job” and the rear end are new for the GT3 hybrid, but I really like the result:

Rear view: The new rear end with the big wing and the diffusor.

So this is my 4-wide Lego Porsche 911 (997) GT3 hybrid.
I hope you like it :-))

Porsche 911 GT3 hybrid (4-Wide)
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Magic Folding CS Cube #3: White/Tr.-Blue

A Magic Folding “Fidget” cube with the design of a micro scale space ship in a Classic Space white/grey/trans-blue colour scheme.

So, what next? The third Classic Space colour scheme, of course: white/grey/trans-blue. Once more the micro model is a spaceship.

The “spaceship mode”:

Rear view:

The Folding steps:

2.)*

*… Oops, 1.) is missing (I forgot to take this photo – Imagine the cuboid in spaceship mode being folded by 90 deg around the hinges on the “belly” of the spacehip. The cockpit winds are folded to the outer corners and the white grills)

3.)

4.)

5.)

… and back to ship mode …

Here it is, the third and last one (for now) of my Lego Magic Folding Classic Space Cubes.

I hope you like it! :-))

 

Magic Folding CS Cube #2: Grey/Tr.-Green

A Magic Folding “Fidget” cube with the design of a micro scale space vehicle in a Classic Space grey/trans-green colour scheme.

The next colour scheme for a folding cube with a Classic Space design is grey/trans-green. The basic idea is a hovering ground vehicle used as a mobile planetary station.

The “vehicle mode”: A planetary hovering vehicle with a big cockpit, some windows, lights and greebles.

Rear view: Tail lights, two propulsion engines and the black “hover pods” on the “belly” of the ship.

The folding steps:

1.)

2.)

3.)

4.)

5.)

… and back to vehicle mode …This is #2 (of 3) of my Lego Magic Folding Classic Space Cubes.

I hope you like it! :-))

 

Magic Folding CS Cube #1: Blue/Tr.-Yellow

A Magic Folding “Fidget” cube with the design of a micro scale space ship in a Classic Space blue/grey/trans-yellow colour scheme.

The Borg Cube was my first idea for a magic folding “model” cube, a CS space ship was the next one. Being a fan of the first generation as I am, the colour scheme had to be blue/grey/trans-yellow.

The “ship mode”: A space ship with a big cockpit, a few windows, lights and some greebles.

Rear view: Two engines on the rear end, some landing pods and grills on the “belly” of the ship.

The folding steps:

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2.)

3.)

4.)

5.)

… and back to ship mode …This is #1 (of 3) of my Lego Magic Folding Classic Space Cubes.

I hope you like it! :-))

 

Magic Folding “Borg” Cube

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE – THIS CUBE HAS BEEN ASSIMILATED…  A Magic Folding “Fidget” Cube inspired by a Star Trek Borg cube.

As a Star Trek geek as I am, one of the first ideas for a new and more interesting design for a folding cube was, of course, a Borg cube.

So I started with a black “skeleton” of my folding cube (version A5) and added black and trans-green details that looked as “Borg” as possible. This is the result:

This is my new Lego fidget toy, the Magic Folding “Borg” Cube.
I hope you like it :-))

Magic Folding Cube Basic “Skeleton”

A basic “skeleton” for new design variations based on my Magic Folding “Fidget” Cube.

“Fidget Toys” have become quite popular ultimately and with all those spinners and tiny cubes on the market Lego fidget toys did get some attention, too. One of those Lego toys is a folding cube based on promotion picture cubes.

My Lego version is from 2014 and you can find quite a few of similar (or even identical) cubes sold as fidget toys in online “brick” shops.  I don’t know if they are copies, built by “reverse engineering” based on my cube or simply parallel developments based on the same ideas I had. But they exist and look just like my one.

Anyway, I thought I could go a step further with the design of the cube. A comment on my original cube on flickr inspired me to make a more interesting version that didn’t look just like “a cube”.

First of all I analyzed the design of the cube looking for the parts that were really needed to make it work. The result was a working “skeleton” of the cube which wasn’t more than the hinge plates, the SNOT brackets and a few plates as “connectors” between them:

Based on this skeleton cube I found four variations of the basic design (A … D) with the pivot points at the same positions but with some different details (changes marked with orange parts). Each of the designs has six folding steps (1 … 6) so you get 24 different versions of a symmetrical cube or cuboid that you can use as a base for a foldable micro scale Lego model:

Each of these “skeletons” has a lot of free space for new folding cube designs. The 1×1 round plates (black and yellow in the “skeleton” model) can also be replaced by any parts that can fill a 1x2x2/3 gap.

And there will be even more possible variations if you apply the “orange” changes only on one side of the cube/cuboid creating a non symmetrical “skeleton”.

After all you have a lot of possibilities to build some cool stuff around it.

So this is the basic skeleton for my Lego Magic Folding “Fidget” Cube. I hope you like it! :-))

Feel free to use it for your own folding cubes.
Credits would be appreciated if you did so ;-)).

1979 Classic Space Solar Power Transporter

A 1979 version of the Classic Space 6952 Solar Power Transporter from 1985, including a middle section with a small transportable base.

This was my “bigger” space project I have been working on the last few months. 6952 has always been one of my favorite Classic Space sets of all time. I always wanted one (my cousin had one), but have never bought one (Hey that’s a good idea for Christmas…). So I thought about it and how it might have looked as a 1979 set (still my favourite CS era).

The design process (with LDD as usual) already took it’s time until I had the final idea for the middle section. The building process instead didn’t take much time, as I already had most of the needed parts in my CS parts collection.

First thing first – These are my two little Vic Vipers that I’ve already posted for NNoVVember 2017:
The Vipers remain unchanged. They only wear two additional truck wheels underneath their rear wings. The first designs of the scout ships had a single “nose” and no single tail fin. But when I thought about a Vic Viper for NnoVVember 2017 I thought that they would look really cool with these two design elements.

You can have a better look on the wheels on this picture:
You can also see the holes on the side needed to fix them in rover mode.

The rear wing sections can be disconnected to build the rover:

Add the wheels, connect the cabin sections and there you go, just like the original model:

And now it’s time for the middle section:
This is only a small modification of my Transportable Base posted in January this year. I’ve added four foldable “feet” in the corners, two foldable supports underneath and two centre “feet” to fix two wheels.

A little modification of the doors*, two extra 1×4 Technic bricks on the side, and that’s it…

* Oops, there is a 1×2 inverted slope missing on the left side (must have been my son). I didn’t notice that when I took the pictures – Too late now! ;-))

The interior still is quite the same:
There is only a little change for the wheel holder. The corners can be used as a holder for the Astronauts’ oxigen cylinders.

Just add two wheels, fold down the grey side supports, fold up the corner “feet” and you get a nice little “Space Caravan”:

Add two couplings …

 

… and you are ready for the big expedition vehicle:

The complete vehicle:

The rear wing sections of the scout ships can be attached on the top of the middle section, just like on the original model. The roof can still be opened.

 

A single cabin section can be seperated and operate as a scout ship while the rest of the vehicle moves on:

 

The middle section in “Transport Mode” with the two Vic Viper scout ships is ready to be picked up …

… by the the  LL926 Space Crane Transporter:With a little modification on top of the wing section LL926 can carry the middle section and the couplings.

Ready to go…

 

So this is my 1979 Lego Classic Space Solar Power Transporter.

I hope you like it :-))

1979 Classic Space Solar Power Transporter
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Classic Space Vic Viper

A Vic Viper vor NnoVVember 2017 in 1979 Classic Space design.

This is a little spaceship I’ve built for a bigger project. I’ve had it finished for a while when I realized that with a few small modifications it could become a cool little Vic Viper. This is it:

Another bird’s eye front view (“Vic Viper Shot”)

What’s better than a Classic Space Vic Viper?
A pair of them! ;-))


So this is my Lego Classic Space Vic Viper in 1979 design.
I hope you like it… :-))

Classic Space Vic Viper:
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