MFZ Support Frame Design Contest: The Results

The wait is over. The results are in! The first inaugural grand all-star Mobile Frame Zero Support Frame design contest and tea dance is complete!

On behalf of the judges, I’d like to note how difficult this contest was to assess. There’s been lots of behind the scenes discussion and wrangling over the results and honourable mentions. In the end, it was an exceptionally tight contest with little to separate the top designs. What was interesting was the wide range of choices that the judges made. No two judges presented the same top ten lists in the same order. The standard of the contest was exceptionally high and we’d like to thank everyone who submitted an entry (or entries.)

So without further ado, we present the top three. Let me reiterate, there was precious little between these builds, a many of one or two points in our scoring system.

In third place, the Tarantula by Pasukaru76:

Tarantula Frame Carrier

This entry was commended for its simplicity, it’s use of colour, and the sense of fun. As always, Pascal’s presentation of the build was top notch.

In second place we have the EXPD009 recon frame by  256 ImageWorks:

EXPD0009

The judges considered this an exceptional build. The tiny piece of insulating tape on the head was a great finishing touch. And again, the presentation was first class.

And in first place, the king of the hill, the top of the heap…

The XMF-91L ‘McCoy’ Medical Frame by XGundam05:

XMF-91L McCoy

Rated highly by all the judges, the McCoy was found to be interesting, imaginative, and well designed. The frame was relatively simple, but made good use of colour to indicate what the purpose of the design was. The ‘jaws of life’ attachment was a fun and appropriate addition to the overall build. So, well done to XGundam05 for winning the first ever MFZ contest. I’ll be in touch shortly to sort of the prize.

The judges would also like to highlight some frames that didn’t make it into the top three, but that were felt worthy of a special mention.

Joe said: “Nice work from Cruelcynic whose two entries (the Hare and the Harvester) showed an imaginative range of support functions, and used *all* the transparent bricks to great effect. Frames have never looked so shiny.”

Joshua said: “The Recovery Frame helicopter by Onosendai2600 is an amazing combination of animal shapes and a Chinook chopper that work really well together. While I’d like to see it scaled up just slightly, the cramped cockpit has a certain charm.

The CF-kkp frame by Milt69466 is really showing the outer edge of mobile frame design. I’m really pleased to see something that is not only weird, but also coherent. The pilot’s head is what really sells me on it.”

Malcolm said: “My honourable mention is for Lt. Col. Thorin, who brought a colourful sense of humour to his designs. Both his Peach Picker and Helmet Head offer wry takes on idea of a support frame, and the Helmet Head especially uses setup and backdrop to illustrate its purpose and amuse the viewer.”

Soren said: LUGernaut by LowestFormofWit and Groundhog loader by Pasukaru76.”

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8 thoughts on “MFZ Support Frame Design Contest: The Results

  1. aimforthetop

    Great choices all around- the winner McCoy is an ideal pick, as stated it clearly looks like a medic. But I want to know more about the second-place frame. It’s well-made and is presented with some stylish graphics, but what exactly is its fluff substance? It’s a recon vehicle (a normal combat function) with some form of experimental propulsion that I don’t have any guesses on based on its design. With all of the cool support roles all of our fellows came up with here, I want to know what about the EXPD009’s support role made it stand out. Hopefully the creator can share some info on it here, as the Flickr photo post shares nothing and there is no Hangar thread on it,

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    1. Malcolm Post author

      Let’s just say there was considerable discussion amongst the judges regarding what was and was not a support frame. In the end the POV that recon should be excluded was discarded. However, some chose to express their opinion on this matter through their scoring.

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  2. 256imageworks

    Fluff:
    Rumored to be a myth and developed in secret by the 256Omincorp’s Experimental Propulsion Division, The EXPD-000 series of mobile frame represents the highest innovation in interstellar travel. Utilizing the Fleischmann and Pons Gravity Fold Micro-Reactor the EXPD 0009 is capable of instant transportation over massive distances without the use of a transit gate. The incredible amount of energy required limits the EXPD 0009 in its ability to make multiple jumps, and the collateral damage involved means she is currently confined to jumps within low orbit. The extensive calculations and low operator survival rate requires on-board AI assistance and can be deployed unmanned with limited capabilities if necessary. Outfitted with a subspace communications array, and zeta-pixel optics, the EXPD can communicate with its point of origin and transmit large information packets with limited loss. Should the AI or frame itself suffer catastrophic failure, the reactor and propulsion system can and be commanded to return remotely. Extremely expensive, dangerous to operate, and constant maintenance of the delicate and complicated systems mean the EXPD 0009 will never see mass production. However the appeal of circumventing the Terran Transit Authority has made this frame sought after by various factions. 256Omnicorp’s official position remains that this frame simply does not exist: coincidentally, the rising reports from various sources of hijacked satellites, strange low-orbital phenomenon, and the locations and capabilities of competing classified tech being broadcast publicly points towards corporate espionage and sabotage – casting a shadow on 256Omnicorps already less than sterling reputation.

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    1. aimforthetop

      Thanks- it’s good to see the 0009 isn’t just for show. A Frame that can Transit itself would indeed have great strategic value and take reconaissance to a whole ‘nother level.

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  3. LowestFormOfWit

    Grats to everyone on this really fun contest. I hope to see more like this in the future. The reaction seemed overwhelmingly positive. Also, I’m happy I made an honorable mention! It does seem the link to my LUGgernaut is broken, however. Grats to XGundam05!

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  4. cruelcynic

    It was an awesome contest. All of the entries were very impressive. The winner does look like something I would expect to see in the book. Glad to be an honorable mention. I did pick up a small bucket of transparent bricks from the Lego store shortly before the contest. LOL. Looking forward to future contests like this!

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  5. Pascal

    Thanks for a great contest! I’m floored that I made 3rd place given all those awesome entries. Congratulations to the king of the hill!

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