I pick up Metalbeard’s Duel last week and was inspired to make a Mobile Frame version. Here is the result:
I didn’t have all the parts in the right colors at the moment, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ll definitely be replacing the Metalbeard yellow head with a more robot looking heading when I place my next Bricklink order.
The systems are:
- Scurvy Cannons (2 Rd Direct Fire)
- Pillaging Gauntlet (2 Rd Hand to Hand)
- Spotting Spyglass (1 Y Surveillance)
- Homing Robo-parrot (SSR)
I’m thinking of making a whole company of pirate themed Mobile Frames.
I’m going to start doing reviews for Lego (and the rest) sets based on Mantisking’s system. I’ll try to do at least one review a month, but we’ll see how it goes.
So I picked the Lego Creator Highway Cruiser to start.
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? (Below = +5 / At = 0 / Above = -10)
I paid $9.97, divided by 129 pieces that comes to 7.72 cents per piece. +5
If you can’t build a frame right away, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Yes, it has 2 x 2 Dishes, Technic Bushes, 1 x 4 Antennae, 1 x 2 and 2 x 2 plates, and brackets to name just a few of the useful parts. +5
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Yes. As a low estimate I’d say 70% of the part are immediately useful. The only parts in the set that might not be good for MFZ builds are the mudguards, and I’m sure someone will figure out a use for that part eventually. Everything else is good for mobile frames or stations/terrain. +5
Score: A+ I can definitely recommend picking up this set.
EDIT: Solved the problem, I have no idea why I didn’t think of that months ago.
EDIT: That’s the problem with designing mainly in Lego Digital Designer, you sometime create things that are impossible to brick up in the real world. This design is one of those cases. I’ll repost this design if I find a solution.
Sharpened Sticks posts will be about weapons designs. This time we’ll discuss the Fusion Edge, which for anyone who doesn’t know is basically a lightsaber for all intents and purposes.
I’ve seen a numbers of designs on the Mobile Frame Hangar forums and on the MFZ Flickr group. Some people use lightsaber handles and blades, or telescopes and antennas, and lastly clips holding tiles. The issue I have with blades and antennas is that they seem too short of a blade for your typical Chub-sized Mobile Frame, and it only gets worse on large frames. There’s nothing wrong with the clips holding tiles technique, but I’m personally not a fan of it.
So after a lot of tinkering in LDD here is my design (the one on the left):
The blade is significantly longer than the previous designs, and thicker which I’m ok with. I really like this design, and will be using in my United Mars Foreign Legion (UMFL) company. The thing that limits this design is that the parts that make the blade only comes in one transparent color: red.
Here’s a breakdown, if you don’t like the red technic axles you could cut down a transparent red 4L bar:
And here is a LDD mock up of UMFL Captain Tersa Juang striding across the battlefield, with her drawn fusion edge in hand.
That’s it for now.
So I love the Chub! It’s design is so simple, yet it can be reskinned countless ways. Personally I think a unique head can turn a good design into a great design. Here are two head designs I’ve been tinkering with recently.
The first uses the popsicle part. I really like the shape of this head, I just wish that part came in non-transparent colors other than red, reddish brown and brown. Why no white one? Hasn’t anyone ever heard of vanilla popsicles?
This head is slightly on the large side for a chub, but I’ve found that large shoulder armor and/or slightly extended legs help. Also you could use one of the old 1 x 1 plate w clip light to make the design slightly narrower.
I really like this design, however the popsicle part is extremely expensive, especially in red.
Next is a design inspired by Ironsniper. I like this design because it’s easy to reskin the basic skeleton.
such as with metallic silver gold bar and 2 x 2 round tile
or replacing the expensive roller skates with transparent 1 x 1 rounds
or adding wrenches.
The roller skates are quite expensive, but they just look so darn cool.
Well that’s all for now.
My name is Scott, I go by Grass4hopper on the Mobile Frame Hangar Forums and the MFZ:RA Flickr. I really like the Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack, and am excited about Alpha Bandit.
My plan for this blog is to post building techniques that I think are neat, either my own original ideas or riffs/copies of others work. I will try very hard to give credit if I am knowingly copying someone else’s work.
I’ve just started rebuilding my Lego collection, so most of my posts will probably be Lego Digital Designer (LDD) images for the short term. I will post pics of physical bricks whenever possible.
I plan to occasionally posting reviews of Lego/Lego clone products.
I hope you’re at least mildly entertained ; )