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Custom Rock Raiders Building Instructions

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
JimbobJeffers

I'm in the process of amassing a LEGO Rock Raiders collection, but obviously many of the buildings/vehicles in-game don't exist. I found a couple of reproductions online (and have been very inspired by RRChief's work on this forum), but no building instructions. So I thought I'd try and put together a complete set of instructions for every unreleased Rock Raiders set which anyone can print off and utilise.

The instructions have been categorised below, in spoilers. Click on a spoiler to preview the model. Each model then has two instructions links to choose from:

  • LDD, an online HTML version which can be saved as a PDF or printed. These instructions were made in LEGO Digital Designer, and as such the instructions are generated by the program itself. This means the steps are at times illogical in order, and difficult to understand. However, I have included this version because it contains a parts list and some people may prefer the aesthetics.
  • LeoCAD, an online/downloadable PDF set of instructions. The models were made in LeoCAD, and the instructions created through LPub, allowing me to define the order of the instructions myself. For this reason I recommend using the LeoCAD instructions.

Simply choose your preferred link and view the instructions. Please allow time for the instructions to load, there are lots of images referenced in the HTML versions especially.

 

Buildings

 

Docks

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Docks.png

 

Geological Centre

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Geological%20Centre.png

 

Ore Refinery

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Ore%20Refinery.png

 

Power Station

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Power%20Station.png

 

Super Teleport

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Super%20Teleport.png

 

Support Station

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Support%20Station.png

 

Tool Store

LDD     LeoCAD

 

Tool%20Store.png

 

Vehicles

 

 

Cargo Carrier

LDD    LeoCAD

 

Cargo%20Carrier.png

 

Large Mobile Laser Cutter - Not started yet

 

Small Mobile Laser Cutter

LDD

(credit for this model goes to Oboe Shoesin this thread.)

 

Small%20Mobile%20Laser%20Cutter.png

 

Tunnel Scout

LDD    LeoCAD

 

Tunnel%20Scout.png

 

Miscellaneous

 

Electric Fence

LDD    LeoCAD

 

Electric%20Fence.png

 

 

I'd like these to be as good as they can in terms of accuracy to the game/theme, and understand that I may have reproduced certain areas wrong. When the in-game model differs from the models in the booklet, I've generally prioritised the in-game model. Please post with any errors I've made, and I'll patch them up when I get the chance.

Also, a big thanks goes to PeabodySam for his recreations. The programs used to produce these models were LEGO Digital Designer, along with LeoCAD, LPub, LDView and POV-Ray which are available in the all-in-one-installer. Finally, thanks to Arthuriel for showing me the LDraw suite.

Note: Please do not edit and/or redistribute these without my prior permission (I've heard that people take freely distributed LEGO instructions and sell them).

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Retsnom Kcor    39
Retsnom Kcor

One thing I would recommend is using LDD Extended. There are quite a few more pieces, and you can get the colors right.

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mumboking    675
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One thing I would recommend is using LDD Extended. There are quite a few more pieces, and you can get the colors right.

I thought you don't need to do that any more. It's unlocked by default isn't it?

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Phoenyx    211
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One thing I would recommend is using LDD Extended. There are quite a few more pieces, and you can get the colors right.

I thought you don't need to do that any more. It's unlocked by default isn't it?

Unlocked, but you still have to select it from the home menu.

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RRChief    84
RRChief

If u need any help in figuring out how the sets are constructed, just ask me :)

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Antillies    297
Antillies

Besides the slight absence of some parts and the fact that the front of the Support Station is facing away from the builder, I appreciate that you built them and posted the instructions. Others have reproduced the buildings but I don't think anyone has posted the steps. Would be nice if we had a repository of them.

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MCHover    11
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Hello, and welcome!

These are very nice, and I think many will find them useful, too. It's not always too easy to see what bricks are used in game.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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Thanks for the replies, I thought I had LDD extended selected, but I'll check again...

If modding isn't easy, I can always Photoshop the building instructions to show the right pieces.

If u need any help in figuring out how the sets are constructed, just ask me :)

Please do, that'd be great! I'm struggling with the Power Station, I'm working from screenshots at the moment which aren't particularly clear...

Besides the slight absence of some parts and the fact that the front of the Support Station is facing away from the builder, I appreciate that you built them and posted the instructions. Others have reproduced the buildings but I don't think anyone has posted the steps. Would be nice if we had a repository of them.

Sorry that some pieces were left out, I couldn't find a pipe or the rear yellow panel on the Support Station. I wasn't sure how to get the Support Station rotated the right way, although it's probably very simple. I kept rotating it and the program chose to use the rear each time. Although, as I said, this is a draft :)

A file repository sounds great, my idea was to make these files easily accessible.

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RRChief    84
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Please do, that'd be great! I'm struggling with the Power Station, I'm working from screenshots at the moment which aren't particularly clear...

Drop me a PM if u need some assistance, but I can only answer on weekends since I won't be home on the weekdays

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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I've updated the first post with three new sets of instructions - the Ore Refinery, Tool Store and Tunnel Scout. I accidently saved over the Support Station, so I had to rebuild it, however this turned out to my benefit as it is rotated correctly now and a little more accurate to the actual thing (I think).

I'm not sure how accurate they all are, again please post any errors I've made! The Power Station is nearly finished, I just need help with the inner section of the tall building.

Please do, that'd be great! I'm struggling with the Power Station, I'm working from screenshots at the moment which aren't particularly clear...

Drop me a PM if u need some assistance, but I can only answer on weekends since I won't be home on the weekdays

Thanks, I've sent you a message ;)

EDIT: I've also added the Docks (although I'm unsure how to do the interior as the booklet/game screenshots I took aren't clear, so I've left it out for now), and the Cargo Carrier.

Here's a little list of what's left to do:

  • Complete the Docks
  • Complete the Power Station
  • Add the Geological Centre - LDD doesn't have the main grey body of this, so I'll have to find a work-around
  • Add the Small Mobile Laser Cutter
  • Add the Large Mobile Laser Cutter
  • Swap replaced pieces for the proper ones

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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I've updated all the instructions now, including completing the Power Station and Docks. They should be very accurate to the game now, I actually put LRR on one monitor and LDD on the other for a full, real-time 3D comparison (sounds snazzy).

I still have the Geological Centre, Small and Large Mobile Laser Cutters to do though. Plus, either replace the parts in LDD itself or create a list of the proper pieces.

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RRChief    84
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I think the instructions for the Power Station looks great!

I have some recommendations for the Ore Refinery & Cargo Carrier. For the Ore Refinery, the original design doesn't seem to be able to fit a single ore in, which was why I made the loading area in mine a little higher & wider. It's ok if u want to keep the original design, but it would be better to let it have some function :)

For the Cargo Carrier, regarding the front part of the vehicle, instead of using those 1 x 2 plate hinge w.stick, maybe you could use the other 1 x 2 plate hinge w.stick 3.18. This way you only require a single 8 x 6 plate for the loading bridge, but you'll need 4 of the 1 x 1 plate holders instead of 3

And try to use LDD Extended mode instead because it has the teal colour & patterns that Rock Raiders usually use

Other than that, great job on making these instructions

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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I think the instructions for the Power Station looks great!

Thanks! Although it was helped along by your design :)

I have some recommendations for the Ore Refinery & Cargo Carrier. For the Ore Refinery, the original design doesn't seem to be able to fit a single ore in, which was why I made the loading area in mine a little higher & wider. It's ok if u want to keep the original design, but it would be better to let it have some function :)

Thank you - not having the models physically I didn't see this - I've fixed it up. I guess in some cases functionality has to take over accuracy, I've made one or two changes elsewhere for similar reasons, if I remember correctly.

For the Cargo Carrier, regarding the front part of the vehicle, instead of using those 1 x 2 plate hinge w.stick, maybe you could use the other 1 x 2 plate hinge w.stick 3.18. This way you only require a single 8 x 6 plate for the loading bridge, but you'll need 4 of the 1 x 1 plate holders instead of 3

I've done this now, too, it looks sturdier that way. The only downside is that it's a plate thicker, but if the vehicles are boarding through a 1-block-high Docks then it's actually perfect!

And try to use LDD Extended mode instead because it has the teal colour & patterns that Rock Raiders usually use

I feel so stupid, this has been posted a few times now and I was sure I had, turns out I was in the wrong tab all along... It's got the right colours now, although I didn't see the patterns (and I'm pretty sure on this one) so I may Photoshop them.

Other than that, great job on making these instructions

Thanks again!

As well as updating every model, I've also added the Electric Fence. It's pretty obvious how to make it, but it's a cute little model :D

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Cyrem    1,967
Cyrem

This is really excellent work!

I am now quite tempted to build a Rock Raiders scene based on one of the levels.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
JimbobJeffers

This is really excellent work!

I am now quite tempted to build a Rock Raiders scene based on one of the levels.

Haha, well I used to make Lego animations, and am considering making one when I get a full Rock Raiders base... Although I'd need some kind of story, and either a voluntary voice actor or no dialogue.

EDIT: Here's a picture of all the custom sets together...

gallery_5738_265_182519.png

Also I've made some modifications, due to some pieces not actually existing.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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I haven't done any more work on this for nearly two months, but I'm gradually going back and rounding up projects I started and didn't finished - this included.

So I've completed the Geological Center, excluding its cockpit as using the cockpits people have made (which use many different pieces) would confuse the parts list. I've also started the Small Mobile Laser Cutter, but am stuck on its front as I can't tell how to connect it to the vehicle - if anyone can help that'd be great e342154.png

I've updated the original post with all the links.

EDIT: Oboe Shoes has provided the SMLC instructions (thanks!) and all PDFs have been updated to include the advanced shading options in LDD, just to look nicer.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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Updated - all models have been rebuilt in LeoCAD, printed in LPub and rendered in LDView/POV-Ray. Thanks Arthuriel for showing me how.

Links have been updated to have both HTML and PDF versions, and preview images have been posted. Please let me know if any links are incorrect.

 

I will also endeavour to add a list of replacement parts for each set.

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Fush    1,489
Fush

I don't think the docks are entirely accurate, the walls should be more like this:

dockswalls.png

Of course, this isn't 100% either, but it was easier to show a picture than explain what was wrong with it.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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Ah yes, thank you very much for pointing that out. I'll try and update it soon. Looking at the image here, it doesn't appear to have a ladder, but if the in-game one does than I'll include them too.

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Fush    1,489
Fush

Looking at the image here, it doesn't appear to have a ladder, but if the in-game one does than I'll include them too.

The in-game model does in fact have a ladder. Here's the image from the wiki:

DocksAndRapidRider.jpg

It's barely visible at this angle but you can tell that it's there.

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Ben24x7    1,115
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Those models are not entirely accurate to the game and set versions. Look at the teleport station and the tool store!

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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Looking at the image here, it doesn't appear to have a ladder, but if the in-game one does than I'll include them too.

The in-game model does in fact have a ladder. Here's the image from the wiki:

-snip-

It's barely visible at this angle but you can tell that it's there.

Excellent, thank you. I guess I'll have to order a couple more parts from Bricklink as my current order has now been proven inaccurate!

 

 

Those models are not entirely accurate to the game and set versions. Look at the teleport station and the tool store!

The Tool Store and Teleport Pad shown in the manuals (and thus the link I posted) are different to the models that appeared in the game. As I said in my original post, I decided I'd go with the in-game models over the manual ones where there were discrepancies, but if I get the time I may create the alternate versions too. Sounds like a neat idea.

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Fush    1,489
Fush

Those models are not entirely accurate to the game and set versions. Look at the teleport station and the tool store!

Those would be the pictures from the instruction manual. They were made while the game was still in beta and as such are based on the beta designs of the buildings (or something like that)

If you look at the buttons on the GUI in-game the icons on the buttons match the instruction manual almost exactly.

Also of note, this 'beta' teleport pad became part of the tool store in the final.

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PeabodySam    514
PeabodySam

Fushigisaur is right about the design of the Docks.  When I was building my version of the Docks for the Rock Raiders Buildings and Vehicles topic, I got really up close and personal with the Docks, as seen in these two screenshots, especially screenshot on the RRU Wiki (previously linked to by Fushigisaur) is rather dark and hard to make out details.  Looking at the textures, especially in the first screenshot, you can clearly see the ladder bricks, plus the fact that, despite the model (due to graphical limitations in polygon) appearing to be one continuous curve, the grey section would be sloped while the teal section would be straight (see the textures on the "back wall" of the Docks).

In addition to what Fushigisaur pointed out in regards to the renders of the Tool Store and Teleport Pad, take a gander at this beta screenshot which clearly shows the beta Tool Store in-game, lending more weight to the theory that these renders represent how these buildings appeared in-game during beta.  Since the beta Teleport Pad is basically a segment of the final Tool Store, you're already all set in that regard, but it might be fun to add instructions for the beta Tool Store.  I certainly had fun building it.

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JimbobJeffers    1,587
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Wow, thank you for those screenshots. I can see now that my mistakes were made from the textures being square and consequently, as you pointed out, making the indents appear to be angled.

 

I'll probably build the beta Tool Store and stick in the alternate Teleport Pad for good measure.

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