If I heard what I thought I did on the tube last night, someone is
coming out with a plastic kit in the near future of this, some 800
pieces I believe they said. Saw a ditty in todays newspaper about the
rover and model kits etc but nada about a large 800 piece plastic kit.
Anyone else hear anything about one?
Grandpa wrote in news:TuWdnfeI588vApHdRVn-
It was in todays paper:
Lego are doing one - 800+ parts - $90
It doesn't mention the names of the others but one is a collectable at $150
and another aimed at museums.
Can't see anything in the online version :-(
It's the Lego one. 840 parts. Small son got one for Christmas, and I built
it over about 8 hours. It looks pretty good, considering it's made from
standard Lego Technic parts. (As I understand it, Lego has pretty tough
rules about introducing any new parts -- not more than one or two per set,
and you, as the designer, have to show how they might be used in other
future sets, too). There _were_ a few bits I haven't seen before, but my
Technic collection is by no means comprehensive.
Comes out about 14" x12", with a wheel diameter of about 2". Steering works,
as does the sampler arm, and a trigger mechanism opens the folded solar
A less detailed Mars Rover is free and down-loadable at:
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You also need a color ink jet printer, some cardstock, an X-acto knife, a
cutting board and some white glue. In a pinch, scissors will work, but using
the knife with a straight edge and/or french curve will give you more
accurate cutouts of the parts.
So if you want a Rover Spirit as a quick and dirty build, to satisfy your
"curiousity of the moment" urge, this could be the solution. Build it quick
and then get back to that Academy F-18 project. The cardstock Rover is a
nice enough model that will delight all but the most advanced AMS sufferers.