Eat My Moondust

It seems like a while since I built a space rover, and apparently my son saying he was going to build the Bat-Dune Buggy from the LEGO Batman Movie struck a responsive chord with me.

This doesn’t look especially like the classic dune buggy lines, but the underlying chassis with the wheels on the ends of Technic-built struts seems very dune buggy-esque.

So with its partial dune-buggy ancestry, Moondust seems like an appropriate name for this rover.

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The Moondust-class space rover is one of the smallest Federation rover classes to feature an enclosed cockpit. Built along old-style dune buggy lines, the cockpit canopy helps to prevent the dust kicked up by the wheels from caking onto the outside of the driver’s spacesuit.

The rover is a basically unarmed command and exploration rover with space for a single crewmember. The large engineering section houses an extended-range power plant, high-powered communications gear and life support equipment useful for both exploration and command-and-control.

Large wheels provide traction on rugged planetary and lunar surfaces, and the independent active suspension gives a smooth ride in almost all terrain regimes.

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3 thoughts on “Eat My Moondust

  1. Luke Skytrekker

    Awesome rover, man! Really nicely put together! The suspension and the greebling work really well together!
    On a side note, I don’t know if you’ve heard of Lego Worlds, but it’s getting a Classic Space expansion, which essentially means we’re getting a Lego Classic Space video game.

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    1. geoffhorswood Post author

      Thanks, my friend!
      Wasn’t LEGO Worlds what they replaced the LMBs with?
      I’m not much of a gamer myself (reaction times like a barbiturated sloth will do that to you) but any Classic Space is cool.

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      1. Luke Skytrekker

        No, you’re thinking of Lego Life—that’s just an extremely basic social app.
        Lego Worlds is an actual video game. It’s essentially a giant sandbox of interactive Legos. The whole world is made of bricks, and can be edited and terraformed and suchlike. You can build brick-by-brick, too, though the building tools are more limited than something like LDD (no SNOT connections, sadly). It does make up for it by letting you run around whatever you build as a minifigure, though.

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