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Many years ago, I built a spaceship - inspired by Firefly - out of lego bionicle bits. The "head" looking thing is the command module / bridge, the blue shield thing with the antenna array on it is - an antenna array - and the mount for the side thrusters is geared to transmit orque back to the internals of the "engine" module (the jar on the back) to make them turn as the thruster mount is swiveled left and right.

I documented it recently and made a few tweaks - and then disassembled it. So this is what remains of it - pictures.



One note: the originals of the pictures are big. Very big. Click through to them for DETAIL.



Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits
 


Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits
Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits
Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits
Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits. The "Dust" container is meant to be an oil tank / water tank / frac tank / cargo tank. I'm just not into ripping off the labels.
Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits
Ship made from Bionicle Lego bits 2/3 top view.
closeup of the main body
No tank side shot
the connector on the tank.
the "Firefly" engine module off the main body. Built from some gears, some three/.5 beams, various connector bits, and a Kraata container. Built ship-in-a-bottle style: the interior working bits can't come out until disassembled.
Top-down view of the inside of the Kraata container / engine module.
another shot.
Another shot of the interior bits.
ya interior shot.
top of the kraata container.
closeup of body showing gear teeth on thruster mount. The gearing on the thruster mounts transmits movement through a drive shaft back to the engine module, moving the engine interior when the thrusters are swiveled side to side.
With the Dust container / frac tank / cargo placed where the engine was. This is a bit more realistic because this makes the side thrusters far more in-line with center mass.
another shot of the reconfigurated ship
push-button bionicle six-shooter cannons used as side thrusters (the "claw" pieces I'd been using were not readily apparent as thrusters)
VTOL configuration
acceleration configuration
back shot acceleration configuration
front shot acceleration configuration
another front shot
another front shot
1/3 side in-flight config
demonstration of the fact that the engine's internals do /not/ fit into the jar completely assembled.
demonstration of the fact that the engine's internals do /not/ fit into the jar completely assembled.
re-assembled with tank on ventral.
re-assembled with tank on ventral
another shot tank on ventral
another shot tank on ventral
Last shot - re-assembled with tank on ventral.

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jdack
Apr. 15th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I couldn't let all the pics load @work (shitty T1) but that's pretty damn sweet yo.
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