[SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

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[SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby FragsturBait » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:31 pm

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I got two of this set mostly for the orange cones and the blue fender flares, and decided to do a hard-mode SSC with it, as it's mostly plates with very, very few good parts for joints.

Mantisking style review as follows:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Meh, kinda. It's a statue but it looks OK. +2

Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? (Below = +5 / At = 0 / Above = -10) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
Creator sets are usually below the ratio, and I got it at a slight discount at Target for $4.74, which puts it at $0.07 a part. +4

If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Yes. A good assortment of brackets, curves, 1x1 bits. A frame is a challenge, but this is a FANTASTIC parts set. +5

Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? (Yes = +5 / No = -5)
Yes. It's 99% useful parts. Here's the full parts list.+5

That adds up to 16, making this a solid A set.

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Re: [SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby darksyntax » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:53 am

Nice review and valiant effort on the SSC. Some of my SSC's have pushed the limit of what I'd call a viable frame.

For the the rating, I'm not sure I'd count the frame on this and although there are lots of good pieces at a great price in easily used colors there aren't enough. The larger plates and brackets and wheels/axles cut into the frame-useful parts count. I'd give this a solid B.

While I didn't manage to pull a frame from this set that didn't just look like a box, I did get some alt model vehicles from it. Maybe I'll give it another go.
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Re: [SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby darksyntax » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:19 pm

I really had my doubts about what kind of frame I could get out of this set. After I gave up on trying to get any articulation from the clipplates and the axles I worked on a studs-out box with the brackets and this came together quickly. My first version was 4-wide with the brackets and was way too wide so I reworked it into this 2-wide config that let the shoulders sit flush and gave the head a 1/2plate neck gap. It's got a bit of a Battletech feel to it.

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Re: [SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby FragsturBait » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:49 pm

So as it turns out, this might actually be a decent squad-builder set. That's a great little frame. For about $35 you can get 5 of these and a PAB cup to accessorize. Can you post a breakdown for us?
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Re: [SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby darksyntax » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:40 pm

FragsturBait wrote:So as it turns out, this might actually be a decent squad-builder set. That's a great little frame... Can you post a breakdown for us?

Thanks. The "shoulders" and back plate offer easy system attachment, but the legs, especially the feet/calves, are fiddly and wouldn't hold up well to vigorous play.

breakdown - the "guts" of this are fairly simple, but photographing it was harder than I expected
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Re: [SSC] 31027 Blue Racer

Postby FragsturBait » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:18 am

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I took your idea and ran with it, flipping the front and back and reworking the legs. The collar sits flush now, and the legs are pretty sturdy.

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You can also stretch the tires over the legs like rubber bands for a bit of extra stability, but I wouldn't exactly call that a legal connection.

The big drawbacks are that the back is a mess of exposed studs (but It was kind of that anyway wasn't it?) and the legs don't look nearly as nice, even if they work better.
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