I absolutely loved the Classic Space sets when they came out in the late 70’s. I had several of the ships, including this one – LL918, which I played with incessantly. But in my late teens, I sold off all my LEGO and went into my Dark ages. I decided to have a go at what an almost 30-year Anniversary refit might look like – and this is what I came up with.
I’ve been working on a NCS spaceship MOC for a month or so now, but it’s finally evolved into something I’m happy with. Initially I gathered together all the bley, blue and trans yellow pieces I could find and bodged this togther:
I was quite pleased with the shape of the wings and the engine, but the front was hideous. I desperately needed some better trans yellow pieces for the cockpit. The engine details were nice and greebly, and there was quite a bit of yellow around as well as blue and bley.
After “borrowing” a couple of trans yellow windscreen parts (6070) from Benny’s Spaceship outriders, I was happier with the front. But I also rebuilt the wings quite significantly. Still a lot of blue and yellow accents everywhere, which isn’t quite in the NCS canon.
Benny was the first test pilot for the craft. He gave me quite a lot of feedback on what could be changed before the ship could go into production.
Eventually after a Bricklink order or two had come through, the final model turned out like this. I’m really pleased so much of the original engines made it through – and the simpler colours in the wings are much better, I think. Plus the new wrap-around windscreen makes for much better visibility.
Here’s a comparison shot – of my new 918 Interceptor and the original 918 model from 30+ years ago. My craft is a fast, highly manoeuvrable patrol ship meant for low-planet orbit or short inter-planetary hops. I like the wing shapes seen from above here. Yes, I know the bumblebee stripes are 90° off from their “correct” NCS orientation, but changing them to face forward would require another radical wing rebuild, so it’s staying like this for the moment. Besides, the original 918 doesn’t have any stripes at all!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how my MOC evolved into the final configuration.
Ever since I emerged from my Dark Ages, I have regretted selling my Classic Space sets as a teenager, just before going to University. I used to keep them very well and I’m sure that they would still be in great condition if I had only put them away in a box somewhere. Hey ho.
But it has meant that I have been keeping an eye open on eBay to replace some of my favourite sets. I’m not sure I ever owned the famed 928 (it was a big set) but I definitely had 918 and I recently found this specimen for a reasonable price.
The bricks are in decent condition – although I suspect one or two may be bley rather than vintage old light grey. Benny’s red buddy has a broken chinstrap! But it doesn’t really show that much, and at least the gold on his chest print is still in evidence.
The set arrived in a made up condition, parts of it are a bit dusty so I think I will carefully dismantle it and give the pieces a gentle wash. Then it will look as good as new! 918 Has Landed!