Dr Sinister says: Having once owned a large Moonbase made from early 1980's LEGO Space sets as a child, I wanted to recreate the wonder and joy of being able to swoosh a LEGO spaceship in the classic livery around my living room.
The brief I gave myself was to create a small one-man fighter craft that would pay homage to both LL 918 (my favourite set as a child) and the larger LL 928. There's a small resemblance to LL 928 in the general shape of the craft and the upright winglets on either side of the cockpit.
In addition, I was greatly inspired by the work of Peter Reid - and I wanted to build something to a similar style - and you'll find a couple of touches on LL-444 that are a reference to the work of the Master.
I've stuck rigidly to the rules of Neo-Classic Space, although I took a small liberty with the yellow and black "bumblebee stripes" which I've tried to make a little more functional in appearance. Luckily I seem to have gotten away with it without Admiral Shields putting me before a firing squad.
The landing gear is, as far as I'm aware, a unique design that I'm quite pleased with and the addition of "cheese" slopes which weren't available in 1979 adds a really sleek finish to the model which I like.
In order to have as much fun as possible with making images of the LL-444, including a mock blueprint, I have rendered the ship in a virtual format as well as building a physical model. For anyone wishing to build their own LL-444, you can download the .ldr file here.