LD-2307-XR

The exploration project has settled on a total of 5 outposts in space over the past 5 years: Alpha-base Beta-Base in the Kepler-47 System Mining Outpost on PSO J318.5-22 Outpost on K2-18b Spacestation at RXJ1856.5-3754 Now it has been decided to extend the strategy of establishing individual bases according to opportunity (wormholes, lucky discoveries in old observation data, etc.) to include a longer-term component: The new strategy is to send out multi-year expeditions to map a connected area and search for promising sites. The aim is to create larger clusters of outposts in order to generate synergies and possibly even to establish permanent independent sites. The far scattered and not… Read More

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Star Base – For Real

The Star Base is finished, it took some time but now it is done. And as usual, especially with such a large project, the real things looks different in some areas compared to the digital model. In case of the Star Base this was partially true due to a design error in the digital model, resulting in a missing radar disk, some issues with the final look and also sometimes due to missing or wrongly ordered parts. But enough words, here is the Star Base in all its glory: As a reminder, in case you have not seen the post of the digital model, here is the list of the… Read More

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K2-18b – The Water World

One of the targets for the deep space exploration teams from alpha-base was the K2-18 system and here especially K2-18b. In 2019 it was concluded that K2-18b might have high amount of water in the atmosphere. This knowledge got forgotten during the exploration era and only after the science team on alpha-base was looking for potential expedition targets, K2-18b came back into the picture. Thus an expedition was launched and indeed soon, it was confirmed that K2-18b is actually a water world, a single planet completely covered by an ocean. Additional research showed, that the waters but also the ocean floor was rich in minerals thus a pot. target for… Read More

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PSO J318.5-22

PSO J318.5-22 is a larger setup, which I built over several months in late 2019, early 2020 and was able to assemble and “exhibit” in April 2020. You can find more about PSO J318.5-22 on Wikipedia. The Beginning The whole story started after the SteinCHenwelt 2019, after which I was a bit lost and it was not clear in which direction I should continue building. I had enough spaceships, vehicles, bases etc. and I also ran out of ideas. So as a basic idea for a next step, I experimented with a 48×48 baseplate, on which I put a landing baseplate on stilts. I had this picture in mind for… Read More

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Star Base

After the construction of PSO and the “Waterworld” (-> This is unfortunately not yet documented, so I can’t write about it yet), I now have a plan for a bigger construction project. I will convert the LEGO Set 75159 Death Star UCS into a space base. The space base will then be used in the Gamma System (star RX J1856) to explore the exploitation potential of a neutron star. The idea is to take over the basic structure of the 75159 set and then re-do the individual rooms in ClassicSpace style, e.g. with a small hanger for a research ship, naturally many antennas and sensors, laboratories, measuring stations, research facilities,… Read More

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Project – Heliophysics – Part II

Around April / May I finished the concepts for the Heliophysics units and now it was time to turn them into reality. But a lot of Bricks have been missing,, also for the Spaceport … To make a long story short, what happend from April until End of August was the following: A Lego Builders corner was established in the cellar All Bricks I stored so far in Plasticbags etc moved down stairs I bought 2x5kgs of used parts to fill up my stock I had to sort all of this and settle on some sorting boxes etc I completed the SpacePort as a real build I completed the HelioPhysics… Read More

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Projects – Heliophysics – Part I

After I finished the Eagle, the Science Convoy and Mobile Mining Station with all their problems, my attention was moved for sometime to the SteinCHenStadt Exhibition and what to present there, the layout of the base and translating the webpage from English to German , … But unfortunately SteinCHenStadt was cancelled, so …. Well while translating the various sets from English to German, I noticed, that I actually already had a set, that was in its description similar to the StormClipper (a small set I designed and built), the Twin Starfire. So I started to think, what else could the Clipper do and started to see it as a small… Read More

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Projects – Part VI

Continued from here So after I had finally all parts together, I started building the Eagle and the resp. payload modules. Overall the digital design worked quite well and almost everything worked as planned, but … First problem, which appeared was how to actually put the payload modules into the mid section. Remember it basically had to slide from bottom to top. The fixation with the technic brick holes and the pins on one side and the axle on the other didn’t work at all. It was almost impossible to get the payload section and if it worked on one side, I couldn’t really fix the axle on the other… Read More

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Mobile Messtation mit Technikern

Projects – Part V

Continued from Part IV So, the Science Convoy was derided from the a MOC design by Andrew Daemon I found via Pinterest. I liked the idea and approach, so I started working on it. My starting point was the LDraw model of the All Terrain Vehicle (Set 6927) I started adjusting the color code into the grey / green design as in Andrew’s design. However after looking and re-think, where the Convoy would fit into the narrative of classic space, I was convinced, that the color scheme of the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is the correct one. The ATV is part of the Science community of Alpha-Base and as the Convoy… Read More

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Projects – Part IV

continued from Part III Now for the second item, the Cryro-Lab. My initial idea / plan for a 3rd payload unit after the crane and “bus” was actually a type of flight deck, where the small shuttles could sit and than be release above a planet etc. I tried a few things and ideas but nothing was really going anywhere. And actually even the small ones are quite large, so given the space available in the payload bay, I might even be able just to carry 1 small space craft. So when browsing the net, getting regular lego space pictures via pinterest etc I conceived the idea of the ice… Read More

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