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Space Skiff


My dad wrote a story for my nephew.  I wanted to give him a ship from the story for his birthday, so I built this in  It uses 1100 parts, all in existing colors.  The ship is intended to use the windscreen from #70905 The Batmobile, but that part wasn't available in when I last checked.  At ten cents per part, it might cost about $110, but Lego pricing has been so good lately that I think it could probably be produced and sold for about the same price as #75156 Krennic's Imperial Shuttle, or about $90.

In the story, young Pete and his enormous dog Pooch help Aunt Sal and Uncle Zeff fight Yorick, an evil guinea pig who has taken control of Aunt Sal's fleet of merchant ships.  This creation represents the skiff that gets everybody up to the big ship.  The overall shape is heavily inspired by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, which should begin suborbital tourist flights by the end of the decade.

Regardless of the story, I think this would make a fun set for many children.  If you think so too, please support this project.  Thank you.

The design goals and features are listed below.  I'm not sufficiently skilled with to illustrate all the moving parts, like the retractable landing gear and feathering wings, in the images attached to this post.

A maroon fuselage with a golden nose cone and yellow-tinted windows, as described in the story

Side-by-side seating for four with a fully-enclosed six-wide interior

Three-point spring-loaded retractable landing gear (adapted from #10213 Space Shuttle Expedition)

Angled wing construction with rounded leading edges (adapted from #31039 Blue Power Jet)

Mechanically synchronized variable-geometry wings

Extensible boarding ramp that reaches the ground when the landing gear is extended

Two big rocket engines mounted on ball joints

Movable flaps above and below the rocket engines, for freedom of motion

Movable rudders and elevons for atmospheric control

Black "hover coils" beneath the fuselage, as in the story

Landing gear fairings and wasp-waisting in the fuselage

Easily removable roofs for cabin and mechanical areas

Trapdoor in cabin to reach maintenance space

Stud shooters

Storage space in rear of cabin

Mid-cabin barrier so Pooch can't bother the pilot in flight

Minifigures and accessories include:

Pete, a smart and enthusiastic 10-year-old boy

Pooch, his goofy 200-pound puppy

Aunt Sal, the fiery red-headed owner of the largest shipping company in the Solar System

Uncle Zeff, the long-suffering engineer who fixes things when Pete, Pooch, and Sal break them

Yorick (white and black) and Hamlet (brown), two genetically-enhanced guinea pigs who plan to take over the world

The helmet and thinking cap (both gray) that let Pete and Pooch communicate with each other

Two bones for Pooch

Pete's light-blue plasma-blade cattle prod, used for self-defense against Yorick and Hamlet

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