(via An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity | The Planetary Society)
So, I went to Emily’s blog to find the next item I’ll be sharing, a shot of the Mastcam from the MAHLI instrument (with the cover still on), that she then also tweaked a bit.
But that comes later. Right now, she’s got pictures of the Curiosity rover kit designed by a LEGO fan and voted for consideration by LEGO for the fall. The designer has sourced the bricks for the kit and assembled a few for educational organizations and offered one to Emily for the Planetary Society’s use.
Click through to see the full details, including a video showing how well the rocker bogie mechanism on the model imitates the functions of the real thing.
Turns out that’s a hard thing for people to figure out, but the designer of this kit is an engineer.
It even has Hazcams, though it is missing the mast-mounted Navcams/Mastcams and the Marsdial isn’t on there, but it’s an amazingly small kit (300+ pieces) for all the detail that it does include (inlet ports for SAM and CheMin, all the stuff on the HGA).
To top all this off, the same designer has proposed an EDL kit to go with it. Here’s his sample shot: