Hello Everybody, today is a slightly better day for me as I have been having fun with my new saber and blasters I showed you last week. Mrs Tyeth bought the big “Minigun” style blaster from a charity/thrift store and thought it was complete, unfortunately when she managed to bring it home I found that the “Ammo Box” that clips to the side to hold the ammo belt was missing. Luckily I decided to set up an online shopping account and found a cheap replacement Ammo Box and placed a bid….and I won! So now I have a “Fully operational battle blaster”! I will feature it here next week so stay tuned for some “For Tyeth Foam Flinging”. But I need to show you my latest Lego creation and this one is a stretch.
I have been working a series of models based on Airspeeders and transports and today I expand the collection. The first speeder I built had one engine, the second had twin engines so doubling up again this week’s build has….FOUR engines. I have been watching the Lego Star Wars cartoons recently and in a few episodes we see the Padawan learners of the Jedi Temple on adventures in their “school bus” and I thought “Hey, I could build a transport vehicle a bit like a bus that holds multiple figures”
so I set to work starting with the engine…..
I began with one engine and a single control vane, then made duplicates as I knew one or two wouldn’t be enough for this slightly more bulky vehicle. I struggled at first wondering how to arrange the pods but then I remembered a ship called the QuadJumper seen in The Force Awakens (the QuadJumper is the ship blown up by Tie Fighters that are attacking Rey and Finn on Jakku before Rey decides to borrow the “piece of garbage” we know as the Millennium Falcon!). So I built a couple of assemblies that positioned four engines in two stacks that fit either side of the vehicle. The last image shows a Starboard (right sided) engine assembly. Next I had to build a fuselage big enough to accommodate a few minifigures. I took the Commando Speeder and stretched it, along with adding a sealed passenger compartment then attached the two engine assemblies to either side….this was the result, the QuadBus!….
I was extremely pleased with this as it had the same sort of look and vibe of the many shuttle transport buses seen darting around the skies of Coruscant during the Prequel movies. I planned to make this a bus, however while putting it together it felt more like a high end personal transport for two or three figures so I had a Chauffeur Pilot in the cockpit section and two “passengers” in the aft compartment.
This gallery shows off the lines of the ship from various angles and a few close ups of the detailing including the opening cockpit canopy and passenger compartment window/doors. With the four high powered engines I don’t think this “bus” would have any problem nipping in and out of traffic and would be quite a comfortable ride….much more comfy than the original BikeSpeeder I built that started this series of models!
So I had fun practicing my “Target Shooting” and swinging my new saber about, plus I came up with a new Lego design but….back in the real world the current situation in the eastern Europe and Ukraine has gotten worse and as I feared the war seems to be becoming an “entrenched” battle. Casualties are mounting and needless suffering is growing with more people leaving the country if they can. And here in the outer rim of the UK I feel frustrated still that there isn’t much I can do in real terms. However I can send out a message to let the people of Ukraine know I am wishing for a swift peaceful end to the suffering they are subjected to and I had an idea how I could show support…by rebuilding the QuadBus…in the colours of their national flag!
I think this works!
And that brings me to the end of this week’s post – thank you so much for checking it out. I am having more and more fun creating these Lego designs and will hopefully have more for upcoming posts. I will also have a full feature on my latest and greatest Nerf blaster, the Havok Fire I showed off last week. So please call back to FTSabersite to see all this and more in the next few weeks. Thanks again and remember you are all very much appreciated, I couldn’t run a blog without you, Till next time….
“Commando Speeder: QuadBus” is a For Tyeth Lego Forge design. It was designed and modelled in the LEGO Digital Designer software and the screenshot renders were produced in Blender 3D. All model designs and artwork are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022, The “Lego DIgital Designer -LDD” belongs to the LEGO corporation and is Trademark/©Copyright of the LEGO Corporation.