The 6929 Starfleet Voyager was a handsome Classic Space set. One of the earliest sets to feature the white Classic Space colour scheme (mostly white, with either blue or old grey, and trans blue windscreen elements), it probably replaced the old 924 Space Transporter (or Space Cruiser, as it was sold in the USA) as this set was also called “Space Transporter” in the UK.
I think my microscale space battle cruiser Diomedes (see here) made more of a connection with that set than I realised, because I found myself thinking “I bet I could build an update”.
I’ve chosen to build using the “classic” blue/grey/trans yellow colour scheme, which I generally prefer over the white livery. If anyone’s got any ideas for a good in-universe reason why there would be two different concurrent colour schemes in the Classic Space fleet, I’m all ears.
As a deliberate echo of and homage to the original, I’ve preserved the gooseneck design and non-splitting-into-two-ships. But there have been some basic design concept changes as well as the more general smoothing-out and updating I’ve done.
Most specifically, the little cargo pod that rode in the back of the original is gone, replaced by a secondary crew area or science station. This allows a second astronaut to be transported; the original set may well have been the largest Classic Space ship of its era to have room for only a single minifigure.
The Concorde-style drop-down nosecone is also gone, because I couldn’t think of a legitimate reason for it to be needed. It’s not like the actual supersonic Concorde, where the nose was dropped to give better visibility for takeoff and landing, then raised again for streamlining at supersonic speeds. It’s a spaceship. It doesn’t need to worry about air resistance.
I’ve got one of my new red Classic Spacemen flying the ship, partly because that was the original model and partly because I’ve changed my mind about the roles of the various suits.
Having taken a look at the accumulated evidence of all the various Classic Space sets and their depictions, I discovered that Peter Reid and Tim Goddard may have had a point in making their red suits represent flight crew. Almost always, especially in the early days before there were yellow and blue and black suits, the red astronauts are shown flying spaceships or driving surface vehicles. I’ve paid special attention to those sets in which there are red astronauts and those of other colours, and with the exception only of sets like the planetary bases, they are almost exclusively the main drivers or operators.
So I think the red suits are the practical pilot/driver types, the ones that are primarily responsible to get the astronauts from A to B, while the white astronauts are the scientist types who actually do the studying once they’re there. It’s a white astronaut manning the Mobile Tracking Station, and a white astronaut manning the Mineral Detector.
The system breaks down a bit later, when sets like the Galaxy Commander include a red astronaut that isn’t either of the two pilots (who are yellow), but given the other sets that the yellow astronauts are in, I’m actually proposing those as the engineers and/or technicians. Yellow astronauts very properly crew the Mobile Rocket Transport and Space Supply Station (or Mission Control Centre, to use its British name); I suspect a yellow astronaut pilots the zippy little Xenon X-Craft because it’s an “X-Craft”, therefore experimental.
But anyway. Still lacking astronauts in the yellow suits and not really liking them all that much anyway, the guy in the back is a white-suited scientist type.
The joining of the forward and after sections of the ship is much more satisfactorily modern than the old design, and makes good use of some of my 1x1x6 round pillar bricks. It also marks one of only a handful of deviations from the light grey proper to a Neo-Classic set; the interstices on the central pillar are dark grey because I needed one of those 2×2 ring tiles and I don’t think I have any in another colour. The connection’s a little fragile, but it looks pretty awesome!
There’s also a wrench and a radio in the back section, that the astronauts can use. There’s a minor lack of computer support in what ought to be a science station, but You Use What You Have. It works.
Anyway, here she is: a 6929 Starfleet Voyager update. Enjoy!