Friday Night Fights [Round 38]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another bolo-punch edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of the rovers, with crater naming rights and a fresh bottle of oxygen on the line. Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from a cafe on the Champs-Élysées, it’s “FabulousF@bz and his “Yamaha Paladin Rover”.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from his double stuffed recliner in the AFOL retirement home, it’s “Badass” Billyburg  and his “Big Wheel Rover“.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of the stag party, with access to a pile of acorns and an exemption from hunting season on the line.  In the end, Joe “The Punisher” Perez and his “Stag“ scored a staggering (thanks Aaron) 11-1 victory over Tim “Lionheart” Lydy and his “The Ravenstag”.  Perez scores his first victory (1-0) while Lydy runs his record to (0-1).


21 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 38]

  1. “a punishing 11-1 victory”

    Shouldn’t that be a “staggering” victory?

    F@bz’ builds have a recognizable style and consistently excellent use of obscure elements, and I think that combo almost always ends up being a winning one. This rover is not an exception. Even though there’s a bit of a comparison gap between Billyburg’s down-to-moon, jeep-like rover and the more distant future tech vibe of F@bz’ rover, I’m casting my vote to the Paladin.


  2. Billyburg. The color scheme on paladin doesn’t work for me at all, I don’t like the gold accents and the random bits of black, old grey, dk grey, silver and so on don’t mix well.


  3. This is tough as I love both. Fabz’ has a purity to it that screams like it rolled right out of the NASA drawing boards. Billyburg’s is so deliciously truck like though, a real beast that I can hear the suspension squeal as it tops a crater spitting regolith in low gravity rooster tails. This one’s a coin toss. Heads it is, Fabz gets my vote.


  4. I vote Fabz.

    The space truck is cool. Looks like a real thing… sort of like the lunar rover from real life. I mean all the small parts that “add up to a car” not the over all shape.

    But anybody who can use Lego Packaging and make it look that good… it’s just to cool. A bit of a gimmick, sure… but cool none the less!


  5. Tough call, but I cast my vote for F@bz. Though Billyburg’s rover does look slightly more realistic, and the techniques he’s pulled off being downright awesome, F@bz build is just something else. The Packaging inclusion is great, but my personal favorite part of the model is the wheel design!

    Great match up this week Keith, good stuff.


  6. F@bz all the way. I love the wonky shape from that weird container part, and has anyone mentioned the 10-sided corn cob wheels? What is even going on there? It’s got the retro wackiness of Tintin but with more hardcore SF detail. The background planet color is perfect and that italicized “123” on the side does a lot for that retro vibe, as does the silver/gold color scheme (feels good to disagree with Absurde on something again).

    Billyburg’s just feels like a boilerplate NCS rover to me.


    1. Damn you, Keith, that’s just what we needed, people using boilerplate. :)) Doesn’t really apply here as far as I’m concerned, I find it quite creative in applying the skeletal/greebly style of NCS to a jeep rather than just taking the color scheme make-over builders usually take; doubt you’ll find many similar builds.


      1. I guess it does set itself apart by being a Jeep, but still I’ve seen plenty of NCS rovers that all run through the same hoops. There, I worded it differently 😛


      2. @Vitreolum One of Australia’s greatest legends! A national criminal! 😀

        But I’m glad that I could impart some history on you mate, it’s a rather interesting story if you look into it, and it ends with a police shoot out…so there’s that.

        But if you want to know about a true Aussie legend, look no further than this bloke.


  7. I agree this is a terrific match. Well spotted!

    Between the two, I’d go with the Paladin. It’s just so incredibly creative, and those wheels are a marvel. (The Big Wheel is still excellent, and looks so fun to zip around.)


  8. Gotta go with F@bz. I love Billyburg’s work, and this simply isn’t one of my favorites of his. F@bz made a creative and curious design, which seems to be a hallmark for this contest. Plus I like the large prefab piece in the back, even though I don’t know what it is.


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