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Classic Space Base

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General Information

My inspiration for this project, the “Classic Space Base'' comes from the space themes of the late 70s and 80s. These themes are fan favourites with collectors both young and old, so I decided to try and bring a more modern touch to these classic sets. I wanted to convey an exploratory feel to this set, so I decided to take further inspiration from the LEGO City research bases of the 2010s which usually contained a larger base build as well as 3-4 smaller vehicles or outbuildings. My end goal was to create a model that can be used for both play and display.
 
My project comes with 4 original vehicles, a Loader mecha, a surface rover, a small spaceship, and a mobile rocket launching vehicle, all outlined in detail below. As well as this fleet of vehicles, the “Classic Space Base'' also contains a larger, modular base featuring a greenhouse, lab, bunk room, storage room, control room and airlock. All modules can be attached, rearranged, or even connected to other sets via the attachment points that feature at the end of every module. The set also includes 2 outbuildings, a solar power farm and a communications dish. And what would classic space be without its iconic spacemen? Keeping this in mind, I have included 7 spacemen, 2 reds (explorers), 1 white (pilot), 1 blue (security), 1 green (mecha pilot), 1 orange (maintenance), and 1 yellow (a scientist) as well as a buildable robot. Overall, the builds contain just over 2200 pieces. 


VEHICLE INFORMATION
LOADER MECHA:
Part count: 141
Features: Dual air tanks, communications antenna, fully posable, space for 1 minifigure. 

The loader mecha is primarily used around the base as a way to transport large and cumbersome goods, but was also used in the construction of the base. Its great strength and ability to climb also assist it in exploration around rockier areas. 

SURFACE ROVER:
Part count: 81

Features: Supplemental air tanks, communications dish, space for one minifigure. 

The surface rover is primarily used as a one person exploration vehicle, due to its small size, low energy consumption, and spare air tanks. It is used all throughout the galaxy due to its cheap manufacturing costs and customizability. 

MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER:
 
Part count: 327

Features: Fully articulated rocket launching platform, fully functional 8 wheeled steering, sealed cabin with airlock and large front windscreen. 

The mobile rocket launcher is primarily used as a mobile platform for launching research satellites. Due to its larger size and energy consumption, it is rarely used farther away from the base. The spacemen have taken to using it to launch fireworks. 

ASTEROID INTERCEPTOR:
Part count: 141

Features: Retractable landing gear, opening cockpit, space for 1 spaceman.

The asteroid interceptor is one of the smallest ships in the exploratory fleet, but is favoured on remote outposts due to its speed, asteroid defense lasers, and relatively simple, easily serviceable design. 

        BUILDING INFORMATION

SOLAR ARRAYS:

Part Count: 120

Features: Rotatable solar panel modules, control and diagnostics panel. 

COMMUNICATIONS TOWER:

Part Count: 76

Features: Access ladder, diagnostics panel, receiver dish. 

MAIN BASE:

Part Count: 1335

Features: Modular Design including 1 central support, 4 room modules, 1 airlock module, and 3 module end caps. Crater filled lunar surface. 

MODULES:

Greenhouse:
Features: 4 plant domes, cabinet, watering can. 
Control Room:
Features: swivel chair, storage locker, computer bank.
Sleeping quarters:
Features: 2 beds, various personal belongings.
Lab:
Features: Low G sink, spare air tank rack, tool rack, microscope, geodes. 
Airlock:
Features: Double airlock door, spare spacesuit (orange) decontamination chamber, access stairs. 


          Why Would This Make a Great Set?
I think the “Classic Space Base” would make a great addition to the lego ideas line due to its dual focus on displayability and playability. The set would hold up well on display, thanks to its bold blue, grey and yellow colour scheme, and would be great for play due to the wide variety of ships and vehicles. At 2200 pieces, it’s sure to make an impact on display. Furthermore, the modular design encourages the collection of multiple sets to connect and expand your spaceport. Classic space has not recieved many sets in recent years, so please, (if you read this far) consider supporting my project so that Lego Space can get the recognition it deserves. Thanks for reading!









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