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An all-terrain vehicle for exploring planets across the galaxy.
About this creation


The Further Exploring & Roaming Integrated System Wheel was designed by the infamous Vehicle Design Department of Llwyngwril Systems. Frequent claims had been made that the designers were unbalanced and so the they set out to produce a vehicle that was all about equilibrium. The FERIS Wheel can be seen in action at Flickr.



The Tarren Trade Authority commissioned a machine that could carry two people across rugged terrain on unexplored planets. They specified that it should have large wheels, capable of rolling through or over large craters.



The FERIS Wheel used the weight of its 8848 engine, hanging from the drive axle to help balance its twin cabs. The unusual wheels gave a natural spring/suspension to the ride.



The drivers' cabs were access by hinged roofs, in true Classic Space style. Drivers had to be careful to dismount simultaneously, in order to keep the vehicle balanced.



These distinctive vehicles were retired after only a short service life. They had limited cargo carrying capacity. Such cargo as they could carry always had to be loaded in even numbers, half in each cabin. This meant that items such as single packets of Rich Tea biscuits, had to be split open in order to be transported and were frequently eaten before they arrived at their destination.

Worst still, some drivers were more susceptible to biscuits than other (especially when chocolate digestives were involved). These drivers put on weight from biscuit snaffling and eventually became too heavy to balance their co-drivers. Faced with putting its staff on crash diets or buying a more sensible vehicle, the Tarren Trade Authority opted for the latter solution.




Comments

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  August 20, 2017
O.K. I'm raising the rating a notch, just because of the comedic description.
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  January 18, 2017
what an amazing vehicle!
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  June 14, 2016
Ha ha!! Love the video and the concept, I could not imagine it could stand and be well-balanced.
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  June 9, 2016
Very cool contraption, David! Looks like the guy in back needs a few extra tea biscuits in his ration to balance out the frictional torque causing the leading cab to dip while rolling.
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  May 28, 2016
brilliant and funny! your imagination knows no bound, you are amazing David, you truly take the lego medium to it s limits!
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  May 27, 2016
Quoting eric s Sweet idea xD! Reminds me of BB-8 lol
Thanks Eric. I hadn't thought of BB-8 but I can see what you mean, as they both roll and balance an extra bit on them as they go along.
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  May 27, 2016
Quoting Stuart Lucas Truly ingenious! I'm impressed by how rigid a wheel you get by inverting those caterpillar tracks. Great design - I hope your decking is standing up to the wear & tear!
Thanks Stuart. It's almost as though Lego intended for the links to do this. The loops are surpisingly stong and also very springy. I used 48 links per loop in this model, to get and even split between the three spokes. On my Dreamcatcher spaceship, I used 50, as it was built around the 10 toothed drive sprockets.
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  May 27, 2016
Sweet idea xD! Reminds me of BB-8 lol
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  May 23, 2016
Truly ingenious! I'm impressed by how rigid a wheel you get by inverting those caterpillar tracks. Great design - I hope your decking is standing up to the wear & tear!
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  May 22, 2016
Quoting Nick Barrett Superb concept, if a teensy tiny tad flawed.... Great fun as always, and not just because of the mention of the best biscuits in the world, which would be impossible to resist!
Thank you! Yeah, none of this chocolate Hob-Nob nonsense! I posted this link on Flickr, it's classic British tea & biscuit eccentricity & engineering: https://youtu.be/xIxgPEVjxiA
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  May 22, 2016
Quoting Topsy Creatori Oh, David I just can't say enough about this one! Such a pleasing balanced theme/design! And the 'tri-spokes' add to the effect! I'm smiling. Also, looking at this brought to mind the old Dionne Warwick song, The Balance of Nature, for some reason?! Toooo fun stuff! :)
Thank you so much Topsy! The wheel originally had six spokes but the bit where the offset kinked looked bulky. I didn't think that just three spokes would be strong enough but it's surprising the loads that Lego will bear.
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  May 22, 2016
Superb concept, if a teensy tiny tad flawed.... Great fun as always, and not just because of the mention of the best biscuits in the world, which would be impossible to resist!
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  May 20, 2016
Oh, David I just can't say enough about this one! Such a pleasing balanced theme/design! And the 'tri-spokes' add to the effect! I'm smiling. Also, looking at this brought to mind the old Dionne Warwick song, The Balance of Nature, for some reason?! Toooo fun stuff! :)
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  May 20, 2016
Quoting Parrington Levens Zo zaney especially the real wheels just sitting in the middle useless like that, lol...
The irony of those wheels just hanging there had struck me too. I wanted to build it into the back story but failed.
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  May 20, 2016
Quoting Hildigrim Took Oh man, this is awesome David! Really nice work, keep up the fantastic builds!
Thank you! I've a flying saucer waiting to be photographed.
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  May 20, 2016
Zo zaney especially the real wheels just sitting in the middle useless like that, lol...
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  May 19, 2016
Oh man, this is awesome David! Really nice work, keep up the fantastic builds!
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  May 19, 2016
Quoting Stephan Niehoff I can not see all that the wheel can rotate. Can it?
If you look carefully at the photos, you'll see that the spokes are in different positions. The wheels does rotate. Once it stops raining, I'll post a short video on Flickr.
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  May 19, 2016
Quoting Nils O. Very cool, it looks like it works really well. By the way, an extra cargo area in the center of the wheel (below the pivot point) should wok, too. Great job! :-))
Thank you! It did have a more ornate engine and other stuff but as the two drivers' cabins got heavier, I had to replaced the fancy engine with some heavy Technic wheels.
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  May 19, 2016
Quoting A Taylor Nice design. Very original. Plus, it looks like you steer by controlling the speeds of the individual wheels, like a tank.
Thank you! Unfortunately the wheels are connected. I'm wondering if it might steer by jets from the 1x1 light grey round plates on each corner. Great for spinning on hard surface but trickier in mud.
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  May 19, 2016
Quoting Werewolff . Ha ha, great work! A very, um, interesting vehicle design, but executed brilliantly! I wonder how'd they'd have to deal with a single bag of earl grey...
Ah yes. To tear the tea bag and in half or risk a potentially unbalanced journey and crash. An age old dilemma!
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  May 19, 2016
Very cool, it looks like it works really well. By the way, an extra cargo area in the center of the wheel (below the pivot point) should wok, too. Great job! :-))
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  May 19, 2016
It's great to see more MOCs from you again!
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  May 19, 2016
Nice design. Very original. Plus, it looks like you steer by controlling the speeds of the individual wheels, like a tank.
David Roberts
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Ron L. Mitchell
  May 18, 2016
Dude!
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  May 18, 2016
I can not see all that the wheel can rotate. Can it?
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  May 18, 2016
Ha ha, great work! A very, um, interesting vehicle design, but executed brilliantly! I wonder how'd they'd have to deal with a single bag of earl grey...
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  May 18, 2016
Delightful creation, distinguished british humour at it's best, of course , coming from Wales! Love it, David! :)
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  May 18, 2016
Wow! What an imagination you have!
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  May 18, 2016
Quoting Henrik Jensen The Vehicle Design Department of Llwyngwril Systems has outdone themselves in creativity, but I guess the have forgotten one tiny detail; How does it turn left or right, when both wheels are interconnected by beams?
Steering? It obviously steers in the same way that many vehicles of the Classic Space era did. Not quite sure how they did it either...
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  May 18, 2016
Quoting Jme Wheeler This is such a unique and interesting design! Great use of the treads!
Thanks! I've ended up with a lot of these Technic treads through buying different sets. I just had enough to make two wheels with 48 in each one.
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  May 18, 2016
Quoting Daniel Calleri Ha! What a fantastically odd vehicle. But the hinge access makes it all good. Nicely done!
Thank you! I haven't had a proper hinged roof on a model, like LL918 had, for a while now.
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  May 18, 2016
The Vehicle Design Department of Llwyngwril Systems has outdone themselves in creativity, but I guess the have forgotten one tiny detail; How does it turn left or right, when both wheels are interconnected by beams?
  May 18, 2016
This is such a unique and interesting design! Great use of the treads!
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  May 18, 2016
Ha! What a fantastically odd vehicle. But the hinge access makes it all good. Nicely done!
 
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