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LEGO Setmod/Custom Hybrid UCS Snowspeeder Cockpit and other details
Closeups of the cockpit interior and other new or modified features of my new UCS Snowspeeder Setmod/Custom Hybrid.
About this creation
The only annoying thing about Brickshelf Subfolders is that they require a separate MOCpage! Otherwise this would be part of my main page for this creation.

In any event, here are all the closeups of the cockpit and other areas of this project that ended up very different from the official set. I had fun adding little touches here and there... well, adding touches, then tearing sections apart and having to add little touches all over again...it took a while for me to finally "finish" this thing (and of course I'm already thinking of things I could have done differently), so look closely - especially those who own the official set!




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   Cockpits are always the most fun to detail. There are just so many cool LEGO computer elements you can use that it can be hard to decide...which is partly why this was an area of this project that took the longest (that and the fact that the entire thing was ripped apart and reworked so many times)!



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   Console removed to better show one of my favorite features, foot controls (as shown in the Incredible Cross Sections book).



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   Here is the cockpit with the stickered piece (though modified) from the stock set. I like it, but the fake "empty" area blocks my foot peddles from view! That's why I came up with the console version shown above and in the folder header pic.



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   A side view with the stickered piece. The black handgrips are also as seen in the ICS book. The control stick piece in the stock set (a classic space metal detector) looked cool but was not at all accurate to the film.



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   A side view showing how the top of the console better matches both the ILM models and full-scale version, as well as showing the angled side panels (a literally last-minute inclusion that required reworking several parts of the cockpit to include, and done after I'd taken many pics of the previous rendition - as seen several pics below this one).



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   Side view of the whole cockpit. I swear I moved the chair four or five times trying to get a believable amount of space for each pilot while still orienting properly to the rest of the ship!



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   The Gunner's station. Hardly any room to get in (though the bulkier-than-reality LEGO canopy is the big reason why).



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   Side view of the Gunner's area, again with a more movie-accurate take on the control grips. Also seen is one of my favorite features, the magnetic cable gun Luke uses to draw himself up to the AT-AT that crushes his speeder. Of course I don't know exactly how it was stored back there, but Luke definitely had to reach back to Dack's right in order to grab it.



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   Here's a closeup of Luke's cable gun...just about right-on in scale. Not much to it, but being such a last-munute, throwaway addition, it's definitely a fun extra.



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   My version of the handgrips used by the gunner to open and close the canopy. I thought about how to render these quite a bit. They're too big and not very movie-accurate (reference shows two smaller curved handgrips on each side, four total), but I guess they look alright.



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   A previous version of the cockpit, with a few less details, the console extending further towards the pilot's seat, and without the angled side panels. I had of course just taken many great shots of this when the mental itch "made" me change things...again.



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   Gunner station with previous flat side panels.



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   Side view showing the exposed area of the wing missing cover panels, revealing structural support girders and hydraulic or other piping. This is based on one of the ILM models with this feature.



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   Initially I tried to simply replace some of the white plates with brown and orange, but it didn't give a realistic recessed look to the area, so I proceeded to tear apart the wing and start from the ground up.



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   Fortunately I had already planned to rework the bottom of the ship to provide an area under this (the original UCS set had only open space here, being based on the chunky but sparse underside of the full-scale setpiece instead of the flatter and sleek underside of the ILM models).



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   Controversy! The Incredible Cross Sections book shoes this area in the nose to be "targeting sensors." However, the ILM models (and MPC/ERTL kit) show what to me has always looked like a screened vent here, which thought was an air intake. So, i made it a cockpit air intake, complete with an actual space for the air to go through into the cokpit (actually into the cockpit console for distribution in the cockpit).



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   Even if people prefer it to be targeting sensors, I can say "those ARE targeting sensors" (though I'd have used different elements if that was my goal)! Either way, it's a fun little hidden feature.



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   Here's a shot of my upper airbrake flap. Not the best angle to show it, but it's much different than the official version (smaller, more accurately shaped, and double-hinged to make it pop up and forward to avoid hitting the engine thrust emitter (the double hinge feature was neccesitated when I decided to reduce the oversized height of the housing assembly on the official set).



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   Front view showing altered detailing to give the effect of the continuation of the cylindrical structure through the housing area.



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   Closeup of engine radiator area, showing the surprise I mentioned in my main Snowspeeder page: the cable spool for the harpoon gun! Both the ILM models and the AMC/ERTL kit feature this (though it's two smaller spools side by side), and again, this was a last minute spur-of-the-moment addition that I had never thought of before.



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   Closeup of my version of the harpoon gun, much slimmer than the one from the stock set. Now, the Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology claims two things disproven by the film: one, that the upper cannon barrel fires the harpoon, and two, that the cable feeds up through the base of the gun and out the barrel. Sorry boys, but the film clearly shows (and I watched it frame-by-frame) that the LOWER barrel fires the harpoon (I always assumed the upper barrel was a laser cannon), the long shot of Wedge's speeder shows the cable trailing from the lower rear of the ship, and when Jansen detaches the cable, it comes from...right where I placed my spool!



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   Landing gear! Never shown in the film or any reference pics I've seen, so they're whatever anyone wants them to be!



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   Closer shot with flash to show the simple design.



Comments

 I made it 
  May 25, 2012
Sorry I don't check my pages often and haven't responded individually. Just wanted to say a humble thank you for all the comments and compliments over the years.
 I like it 
  May 3, 2011
Outstanding!
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  May 3, 2011
oohh!
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  May 3, 2011
This setmod is magnificent! I also like to have rediculously detailed cockpits. A job well done!
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  May 3, 2011
Outstanding work! It's rare to find this level of detail on any build based on a franchise. I applaud your work and am inspired by it. I would greatly appreciate someone of your ability to look at my latest moc: www.mocpages.com/moc.php/255317
 I like it 
  May 3, 2011
All cockpits should look like this. Or at least most of them.
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  May 3, 2011
Nice , very detailed and the cockpit was very creative , the part that I most liked was the accelerator.
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  May 3, 2011
awesome your page is so cool
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  May 3, 2011
Fabulous detail! Kudos on MOTD!
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  May 3, 2011
moc of the day yay
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  May 3, 2011
Amazing detail!!!
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  May 3, 2011
Great Job. All it needs now is Luke. Haha.
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  May 3, 2011
epic
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  May 3, 2011
Excellent work. I really appreciate your attention to detail and passion to be accurate. It is interesting to see how the Snowspeeder is probably the SW ship that MOCers tend to try to perfect the most.
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  May 3, 2011
The detail is amazing. Congrats on MOTD
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  September 13, 2009
Aren't details awesome?
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  September 13, 2009
Amazing detail! Please rate mine http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/152224
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  September 13, 2009
Nice Job On MOTD
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  September 13, 2009
Good job! Congratz on MOTD!
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  September 13, 2009
I must Agree. Gratz on MOTD.
  September 13, 2009
Your comments on your MOC reminds me of Jeff Albertson... ROFL!!! Congratz on MOTD.
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  September 13, 2009
cool great job!
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  September 13, 2009
great job on MOTD man, this fully Deserves it.
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  September 2, 2009
Very cool! Could you check out my newest creation? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/149515
 I made it 
  May 12, 2009
Quoting Cameron Thomas Hey, lots of comments on your overall speeder but none on the cockpit! Great job on this, I really like all the detail you've added. The gunner seat is fantastic, and I love the added grappling gun! Sweet detail on the removed panel as well. 'Grats on MOC of the day! (Other page)
Thanks, Cameron (and everyone who has commented). The cockpit is always a favorite place to add detail for me. Glad you enjoyed it!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2009
Hey, lots of comments on your overall speeder but none on the cockpit! Great job on this, I really like all the detail you've added. The gunner seat is fantastic, and I love the added grappling gun! Sweet detail on the removed panel as well. 'Grats on MOC of the day! (Other page)
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  November 30, 2008
awesome!the detail is great.come check out my stuff
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  August 15, 2008
Wow This is great
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  October 31, 2007
Wow. That's incredible!!! It's so realistic!!! Props on...... EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 smiley's is not enough. Seriously, good job.
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  February 18, 2006
amazing detail
 
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