Grab a cup of tea first. Strong, British tea. You're going to want to scroll slowly. Over to Pete...
Next up is a little microscale spaceship, the Waxbill. It uses two pairs of the little white 2x2 wedge plates and has, I think, quite a nice flow of parts.
I've rebuilt this model several times, and it looks okay, but there's a problem. The problem is at this scale, there's nothing to legally use as a ball, so you can't really play with it like a real one. I've painstakingly photographed the maze at a specific angle, to make it seem like there's a ball.
After several false starts, I managed to find another use for the orange shooty things (3.2 Shaft W/5.9 Ball or, on BrickLink, Bar1L with Towbar, Design ID 22484). They make lovely eyes for Omnibot, a robot toy I yearned for in the 1980s. The design still charms me.
I enjoyed researching Omnibot a great deal, and particularly liked this official Omnibot advert.
The Estela, a nanoscale Neo-Classic Space ship. I'm starting to get into these shields.
Turtle Weapon Variants
I've been building a lot of robot turtles over the last few months. I like robot turtles, and the new breathing regulator gives the little guys an adorable muzzle. The addition of a Clikits ring and fireman breather make for a really snazzy upgrade, I think.
I uploaded a turtle weapons lineup to Flickr recently and I'm still in turtle weapons mode. These new parts helped me make some new artillery for my robot friends.
- First up is the TJ Lazer, which uses the Nexo Bot torso. Those robot bodies are lovely, but a tricky element to showcase. That central stud is begging for a tile.
- Next we have the Tactical Artillery Launcher. This was where I discovered Nexo shields have a similar bevelled edge as one of my other favourite pieces, the 1x2 ingot.
- The Hellfire Cannon uses two Nexo Bot torsos at the base of the weapon.
As a special bonus to New Elementary readers, here's an animated turtle with Twin Beam Cannons, created by the excellent Chris Salt.
Exo Suit with Horizon Assault Platforms
Experimenting with putting things on other things. This started as another turtle weapon, but I thought it might look nice if I built two and put them on my original Exo Suit.
Thanks Pete! Every one of these was a delight. Folks you can follow Pete on Flickr here where you might find some relatives of Estela.
This was the finale of our “Nexo-Classic Space” posts, but we still have one more (non-Spacer) builder using the parts to create lovely things. Tune in tomorrow for that!
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