Sunday, July 30, 2017

Blacktron Blackbird & Wasp

Blacktron Blackbird

After getting reinvested into the LEGO Blacktron theme with the Scouttrax, Trooptrax and Liberator, it was a given that I also had to build a Blacktron spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!! I wanted something big like a command ship but not so big that I would have to spend a small fortune of Bricklink. So I opted for a frigate class ship.

This is the Blacktron Blackbird a Blacktron C3 (command, control and communications) frigate. Designed to act as a forward HQ for an AO (area of operations). As most ships in the Blacktron fleet, it is fast, heavily armed and cool looking as hell. It has two modes of operation. It's standard cruise mode in which the ship is one long sleek craft. And then it has a battle mode in which the front cockpit detaches and acts as a multipurpose fighter/bomber. The fighter is called the Wasp it has a variable-sweep wing which can be completely folded backwards. When the fighter detaches the main ship is controlled from a secondary cockpit slightly farther back.

It is not difficult to see where the inspiration for this build came from, I think. It had two main sources of inspiration the first obvious being the Lockheed SR-71. The second is a bit more obscure but I hope fan of the Star Trek universe will still notice it.

Have to say I had a lot of fun making this build and also making some of the images. All my other MOCs since my dark age rely heavily on LEGO Technic, all of them are remote controlled. This is quite the opposite. Hardly any technic involved here. Nor any complex mechanisms so I was able to fully enjoy the design process, which was a lot smoother than normal. Still planning to expand my Blacktron forces further.

BT4EVER!!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Got a staff pick on LEGO Ideas

Over on LEGO Ideas my Blacktron Scouttrax got highlighted as a staff pick. Which was a surprise and delight! At the moment I am building a C&C frigate called the Blacktron: Blackbird. It will be my first non-technic build since my LEGO darkage and it starting to look mighty fine. Of course I am also still working on a MOCtalk video of my Blacktron Liberator. But at the moment building is just a bit more tempting. 

If you want to support it you can find it via the following link:
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/9dd997bd-7dd4-4ce9-b400-e61e0526e292

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LEGO Blacktron "Liberator" Tank

This is my Blacktron “Liberator” main battle tank (MBT). It is designed to be the backbone of the Blacktron land forces. It is a relatively small and fast attack vehicle with heavy armaments, capable of devastating hit-and-run attacks. At the moment it is just a prototype being field tested but as soon as this design enters full production Blacktron HQ expects to be able to take the initiative once again.



I am planning to make a MOCtalk video about it pretty soon, in which I will talk about all the interesting details of this model. 




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I made an LDD file of ats1995's LT2.2 automatic shooting mechanism



Hi all,

Been working on a lot of things including three new LEGO tanks. However this will be a little addition to my Automatic LEGO Shooting Mechanisms video. Specifically ats1995's shooting mechanism of his LT2.2. Originally Dacke93 made digital instructions of this mechanism, but unfortunately some time ago he deleted them. The mechanism itself is rather old but it has taught me a lot about shooting mechanisms by building it, and for that reason I consider it a valuable design for anyone interested in LEGO shooting mechanisms. I also received several requests for the digital instructions. For those reasons I have remade an LDD file of this design which you can download through this link:


To view it you will need LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software, which you can download here: http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/download?ignorereferer=true. Once you opened the LDD file and loaded the digital model, you will be able to generate building instructions by pressing F7.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MOCtalk Blacktron Scouttrax

In this MOCtalk video I talk about Blacktron in general and about the technical details of the Blacktron Scouttrax. You should watch especially if you are interested in the steering mechanism and the electrics / propulsion of this MOC:





Enjoy and have a nice day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blacktron Scouttrax video!

The video of my Blacktron Scouttrax is finally done. Took me a lot longer to make than I had thought. Mainly that was because I was experimenting with animation for the first time which just is a labourious process, at least the way I did it. Hope you will like the video. I am also working on a MOCtalk video of this MOC in which I will talk about the technical details, how it all works.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blacktron Scouttrax

This is my Blacktron fast Scouttrax. It is inspired by the 6941 which was one of my favorite sets when I was a kid. It is also the first wheeled vehicle I've build since my 'dark age'. I've been working on this for a long time, abandoning the project several times because I couldn't get it to work as I imagined it. There are still some things I am not quite happy with, so this will not be the final model. I have plenty of ideas on how to improve it. But I think it is far enough along to show it to you guys. I went a little overboard on motors: I really like fast vehicles :). This model is fast enough to get some nice drift action going. It looks really good when doing a fast corner. I should have a video of it up in a couple of weeks. You can find some more images on my Flickr account if you are interested


LEGO Blacktron Scouttrax