4 March 2019

Contest: Build and Fix inspiration from Kev Levell

We are running a LEGO® building contest going on at the moment using the new spaceship hull piece from LEGO 4+ sets as the seed part. Prizes are The LEGO® Movie 2 sets. Hopefully your experiments are well underway and we've received many entries already. We're not revealing any until after the contest ends (8 April 2019) however our friend Kev Levell has sent us something to inspire you. (He has decided not to enter the contest.)

Now, although Kev has built us a spaceship don't think that this is solely a spaceship-building contest. Indeed we are primarily looking for inventive uses of this new element, so while spaceships are of course welcome you may prefer to build something quite different. 

I was lucky enough to get The LEGO® Movie 2 set 70821 Emmet and Benny's ‘Build and Fix' Workshop before Christmas. I immediately loved the new hull part (Design ID 43979) and ordered a couple extra of them as soon as I could. Affectionately, I’ve been thinking of this piece as Big Ugly Space Hull (BUSH), which amused me. Sorry.

I had been tinkering with a spaceship design using 43979 when I saw New Elementary post the “Build and Fix” competition calling for models that used this new element as a seed part. This is a very quick, very simple model using three of them to show how cool the BUSH is (for Classic Space enthusiasts at least).


I think some folk have been a bit critical about BUSH but I don't think the structure of my model would hold together well without it… it certainly wouldn’t be as easy to construct.

Yes, you can make a facsimile of 43979 using other parts and admittedly your choices are being very much dictated by the features already designed into it. However this part does deliver some new possibilities too.

The wings of my ship are adjustable and I think that is very much as a direct result of the design of the element. I also enjoyed the speed with which I was able to get the bare bones of my model figured out. I don’t think I would have made the mechanism I did had it not presented itself as a result of looking at the possibilities that the BUSH offered.

I’m glad this piece has been introduced, I can see myself ordering a few more in the near future and I’m excited to see what everyone produces for the competition.



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1 comment:

  1. Awesome spaceship design!

    I love the idea of having a contest for this part - it reminds me a little of the 5x6x2 inverted slope from 1981 (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=4228#T=C&C=9)

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