Next to LEGO Set 920 – in the US sold as LEGO Set 483 Alpha-1 Rocket Base – which I described in an earlier post, LEGO Set 6970 – named Beta-1 Command Base – is the other early surface base available in the early 1980s. The third is LEGO Set 493, the Space Command Center. Of all three, the Beta-1 Command base is the largest one, spanning two crater plates.
Again, I got mine on eBay, took it apart and cleaned it first before reassembling it again. Not quite following the instructions, I established the ground floor of the command post as well as the supporting structure for the launch pad first.
This set is – as far as I know – the only set that comes with some sort of “living quarters” for the space men – all other sets don’t seem to worry about where astronauts might sleep (although this set seems to suggest they must be sharing their bunks with the other shifts…)
The row of digits above the monitor reads “LL 2079” – possibly a reference to LEGO Land and the year 2079 (the set was sold in 1980 but I am sure the design would have started in 1979)… the launch tower and the rocket, by the way, closely resemble the Alpha-1 Rocket Base.
The completed building features a support structure for a large antenna on top, complete with a hinge-mounted antenna dish.
All in all a very nice set, one of the real classics of its time and one that I really enjoyed having back then… a significant element of every boy’s moon base back then.