A Dog-Named Rover

100_5653The LR207 Beagle is a long-range exploration rover of the Federation.

Its long-legged design is unusual as rovers go, but gives the Beagle an agility in rough terrain which is almost unmatched in similarly-sized vehicles. Each wheel strut has independent steerability and suspension, cushioning the ride and enabling the vehicle to be used in even the most rugged environments, those that are more usually mech territory.

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The central cockpit can support a single astronaut in comfort for an extended reconnaissance mission; the side-mounted communications antenna allows the crewmember to remain in contact with Headquarters at all times.

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The roof-mounted dish antenna is a radar unit with multiple modes that can be used for topographical survey and skywatching (eg for meteor activity). The onboard computer support can even allow the antenna to be remounted beneath the central hull and used as ground-penetrating radar.

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On the other side of the cockpit from the communications antenna is a small laser which has multiple applications as a tool and weapon. The laser features multiple beam and aperture settings and can be dialed up or down from a 0.5mm low-power pulsed lidar rangefinder to a 1cm high-powered beam weapon. It also has settings that are optimal for rock sampling, in-field laser chromatography analysis and direct-beam communications.

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February in some LEGO-building circles is “Febrovery”, one of the most egregious examples of name-stretching I’ve seen yet. Still, it’s an excuse to build a space rover, something I haven’t done in a while.

Of course, my rover is a Neoclassic Space rover, because some things are inevitable. Technically the wheel hubs should be red. It’s traditional, based on the fact that when Classic Space was a thing, wheels only came in a red-hubbed variety. But I don’t have any red 2×2 dish elements, so they’re grey. Some day soon I’ll let myself afford another Bricklink spree.

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2 thoughts on “A Dog-Named Rover

  1. Luke Skytrekker

    I’m guessing it’s because of the dog comparison, but my first thought when I saw this was, “Aww, it’s adorable!” 😛
    On a more serious note, this is an excellent rover. The windshield and general cab structure is refreshingly unique, and the suspension is quite distinctive. Lovely work!

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