4/29/10 – Time for another update, my fellow addicts! Not a huge amount of progress since my last post, but a couple of fun additions over the past few weeks. And with Brickworld coming up next month, it’ll be a while before I’m able to post anything new with this project, so hopefully this will hold ya for a while with the same kind of warm and fuzzy satisfaction that Phipson gets when holding Dave Sterling in a fetal position. Anyway, for what it’s worth, here we go…
This first shot here gives you a pretty good indication of where things stand at the time of this post. I’ve moved a bit farther with the aft section now, but this is close. The area circled in yellow has been the primary focus of my work as of late. I noticed on the reference imagery that what I first thought was a straight section of hull, actually had a bit of curve to it. After several explicatives and a violent temper tantrum, I put down the chain saw, cleaned up the broken glass, burried the bodies, and jumped on board to attempt the curvature that I was seeing (which turned out to be not really that difficult after all, and definitely too cool to pass up on). Let’s have a closer look, shaaaaaalll we…
A bit more boilerplate work needed to be done before getting to the curved elements, and that was tackled first. Nothing all that extraordinary here, but just some fun greeb stuff, with room below (areas with studs still showing) for the wing elements to fit into. Unlike the Invisible Hand and the Rusty Ferret SHIPS, this one will be modular, and hopefully easier to transport and more structurally sound as a result. If not, I suppose I can always just bust out the chain saw and kill a few more innocent bystanders again. Not that doing so will solve the problem, but I dunno…I just feel so much better!
This area actually took a bit of playing around with. See Dennis…I do play with other things! In the end (that one’s for you, Phipson), it was a fairly simple combo of plating and hinges for both the curving walls and the top portion (which you’ll see a bit better in the next pic). The only problem remaining was that the front part of the angled walls didn’t want to fit tightly against the pyramidal form in front of it, leaving a visible gap. I solved this problem by attaching Lego rubber bands on the interior of the walls. The bands pulled the walls together and forced a tight fit against the pyramid that they butted up against. (shut it, Vonthako!)
Here’s a close-up of the section. To finish things out, I used tiles and hinge plates for the deck portion, so it matched the curvature of the walls. The addition of the hose elements helped to visually smooth out the subtle curve, and add a bit of visual interest to the area. Like my father always said…”when in doubt, use a hose!”
So, here’s what's in store for us next: the aft section of the upper half. Once this is completed, it’s on to the lower half of the ship. Meanwhile, you can see where I’ve leveled out the surface on the port side of the ship, and am starting the substructure of the starboard side. Substructures are where you can really add weight if you’re not careful…so SHIP tip #171: instead of stacking brick elements for height on an interior substructure, I recommend panels and/or technic bricks. They’ll provide excellent support, and weigh considerably less than regular bricks.
And speaking of excellent support (no, I’m not talking about breasts, Jones…go back to what you were doing), I’ve taken time on a regular basis to actually pick this thing up and just carry it around for a few minutes. It currently weighs in at 27 pounds and is, structurally speaking, far superior to my other SHIPS. It’s going to HAVE to be, though. Given the current weight, I’m guessing the completed version should weigh in at around 70 pounds or so…more than double that of the Invisible Hand, which was approximately the same length. Doesn’t surprise me, though. This has already proven to be MUCH more parts intensive, and I haven’t even gotten to the toughest areas yet (on the underside).
Well, that’s it for this one. Thanks, as always, and let me just leave everyone with some parting words of wisdom…don’t scratch, you’ll just make it spread.
u know you have a massive amount of legos all over the wall on top of the wall in the wall next to the wall and i makes me sad to look at my small pile of about 985 lego elements while you have like infinity. man you're awsome i just envy you and all of your doings. but still you haven't built an AT-IC yet and i hold the title of 2nd best designed AT-IC on all of MOCpages. but im sure you could whip up one in like a day, and you would make it actual scale. hhhhmmmmm... it frustrates me but still you are an moc idol and i praise you for that, and the last and closer for this would be, "keep on brickin" :) 11111/5 :)
What are the dimensions of the "actual" ship (in inches/feet/miles), and what are the dimensions of your lego version (in studs)? If you don't know that's no big deal, but I was just curious to see what kind of a scale it is.
Wow! This is amazing. I love all the intricate details. I have tried unsuccessfully multiple times to build detailed ships. My problem is that I don't have that many LEGOs and I have yet to learn how to create the details. I have tried LDD, but there isn't a COMPLETE database of LEGO pieces. Any advice?
Wow! Looks incredibly accurate, and as a non-Halo fan, I think this is an awesome ship. Er, SHIP. Keep working, and may it surpass the Rusty Ferret and the Invisible Hand put together. Awesome so far, and the curvature is indeed most well-executed. (Just don't drop it.) Most Sweet.
Every time I see that immense wall plastic drawers, I think of Charlie Bucket's first awe-struck entry into the Wonka factory. It just looks like the most magical playground. The build is looking fantastic, too; few have the ability to aim so big yet include so much minute detail. My hat goes off to you, sir.
Excellent as always. But I'm really jealous of your LEGO room. And it looks like it's all sorted the german way... Impressive.
I probably don't have the same amount of legos you have but as I never dismantle my MOCs, it's growing and I sometimes get the feeling I spend more time sorting than building...
I like it
Legion of Doom
May 2, 2010
A first rate journal entry; interesting how you tackled that curved section. The ship is progressing nicely. Your greebling, as usual, is perfect. Perhaps one day these lowly earthlings will understand your artistic temperment -- as one who has spent many seasons in the galactic art guild, I would sponsor your membership if you weren't a lowly earthling.
And now my entry for the caption contest:
"Hmmm, is it too obvious if I tell the folks this is a Compensation Class Battlecruiser?"
I like it
May 2, 2010
Well looks like I claimed the 100 i like on another over rated halo moc just kidding this looks great but I'm going to make fun of you for this at brick world got that commander Kelsy!
Umm... Don't by up all the gray from crack link I need that for my castle.
Mark as usual your work is out standing can't wait to see the finished moc . oh and by the way very jealous of your stock of lego i take it that's what's in the storage all round that room .must of cost you a fair packet :)
Very nice, i was like the first to look at it but i did not comment, any ways, yeah you should have planned on this being a 12 footer to add pelicans and stuff to bad, its still really good. Also where are the brickworld and brickcon and stuff i have never been and want to go?
Quoting tofuntomiss .
...will you be adding mini ships,tanks and/or dropships in the hangars?
Unfortunately, no. While the MOC is big, I don't think it's large enough in scale to accurately accomodate Pelicans and the like...they'd be about the size of a single stud. Too bad, I know. Guess I should have planned to make the whole thing more like a twelve footer!
Quoting Grand Admiral Darren .
You should try look for some screenshots of the levels where you actually play on the deck. it has some nice details like airlocks that you could include for the extra "wow" factor. Keep it up, and Hurry up! :D
I did manage to find quite a lot of screen shots from the game play, but discovered what appeared to be several differences between the design of the ship in the game and the still images that I'm working from. It was one of the reasons I went with the Eye of Chaos as a sister ship, and didn't attempt the Spirit of Fire.
I like it
April 30, 2010
Mark this thing is insane, I can only conclude that you were thinking 'Out of this world' when you decided on this project. It is looking fantastic so far. Just wish I could afford to fly over from little NZ and experience BW2010 - I get sick of all the lame events over here. Looking forward to seeing the finished result, keep up the building mate! PS Your walls of brick storage have made me envious for the first time in about 5 years LOL.
If you pull this off, you truly will be the master of SHIPs. I'm liking what you've done. You should try look for some screenshots of the levels where you actually play on the deck. it has some nice details like airlocks that you could include for the extra "wow" factor. Keep it up, and Hurry up! :D
So this is why I can't find any dark (bl/gr)ey on bricklink :-p
Excellent work, as usual. I find looking at projects of this caliber, even in their preliminary stages, both inspiring and intimidating. I'll wait with baited breath for the next entry :)
Okay, a working area like that with Sean Kenney. I got over it...but with you, it's kinda worrying ;) Great work, Mark, what can I say? I just pray to god the strings will hold this massive thing. Maybe you should consider transparant stands...
Wonderful, as always. I love the addage " If it doesn't fit, MAKE IT FIT".
Oh, and the green headed monster rears it's ugly head for your room, if only my missis would let me have a place like that. Of course you don't show the punchbag you use when things go horribly, horribly wrong :-)
Quoting Leda Kat
...speaking of screaming, if I came to that room and looked at all that lego in the flesh I don't doubt that I would begin squealing like a pig and not stop until I died of exhaustion.
Raise your hand if you had ANY idea that Leda was related to Ned Beatty...anyone? Moving on, caption:'Relax...get your feet set...it will all be over soon.' I'm not sure where to place my jealousy at the moment. There's you and your massive(wait for it) and oh-so organized LEGO collection, the numerous people who will be rubbing elbows with you at Brickworld, or Phipson cradling Dave Sterling in the fetal position...Great progress, by the way.~H
If only I had the Legos, and the space to make something like this. IF ONLY!!!
I like it
April 29, 2010
So... much... envy...
I like it
April 29, 2010
I would have a field day in that room. Can I come over? XD This is just impressive Mark. Once this is done, and needs to be recycled, can you try Darth Vader's Star Destroyer? That'll be great to see! Or maybe a huge mini-fig warehouse.
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
April 29, 2010
Nice idea for curving those panels. Still a long way to go, but no one here doubts it will be worth the wait! Let's talk about a christening party while we're at BW (that is if Ruth doesn't mind a bunch of us Blockheads...or is that "Brickheads" invading for a few hours!). So far, so good my Friend!
What? NO lego's lying all over the place in mountains, no over turned tubs, no dozen or so boxes laying open in haphazard fashion for the perusing be it on the desk, floor or wherever you can reach?
Mark, you are one neat artist, my sincerest congratulations on your methods, your Lego command centre is just awesome! Wall to wall drawers of lego! Genius, I might take a photo next time I'm at it, and post it, you will probably LYAO.
Anyway, this looks like it's going to go off, as it should, marvelous details so far, as usual, and keep pumping those weights to win that dude's lego!
That baby's got some sexy lookin' curves there! Haha, but in all seriousness the way you made that whole section work is really impressive. I may have to try out some of those unusual techniques of yours sometime.
At 27 lbs, I would suggest three sets of 15 reps of curls and dead lifts. When its up to 70 lbs, probably three sets of five reps. Maybe some squats, too. Looks amazing, and the engineering is even better!
Looks like it's really coming along. Now your what...15% finished? Anyway, fantastic work on what you have done so far, Mark. The completed sections are amazing and very realistic. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product...and 2031 is creeping up way too fast. -Dylan
Hmmm....Modular huh? Looks just like in Halo Wars. The reactor part, to be specific. I'd like to see how you tackle the rail guns on it like in the game. Probably some technic pieces required, I propose. Can't wait until this is done. I think It's fantastic so far. Hope it has enough structural integrity when you finish to stand alone. How do you plan to put the part of the ship towards the front that looks like an upside-down antenna? Do you plan on drilling a hole into your table? ; P
Ohhh goody! BK started a photo caption contest for the last pic. Here's mine. Mark: "Lee, next time you invite me over to help you surgically remove things from people's backsides, I think I'm going to decline... politely." Moving on, this is really coming along NICELY Mark! The way you tackled that curved area is really impressive. This is going to be an intensive build over the next year before BW2011, but it'll be SO worth it! Oh, and to John... I bet I can lift it when it's done. Having it not break when I do is another story all together. Keep em coming Mark! See ya in about 6 weeks! (why did that sound like a threat? hahaha) ~ Chris.
Mark Says: Ah, don't get too excited, Heath...I'm planning on the completed SHIP for Chicago in 2011.}
Roger that good sir! Either way, I'm certain that you will floor everyone with her! Looking forward to finally meeting you and maybe even Phipson in person.
Peachy keen, jelly bean…that tapered section is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing this in Chicago. Just don’t let your van’s automatic doors chop it in half while unloading. BTW, that last picture is a classic…you just look so buff and manly hoisting that hog around. OK, time for a caption contest for the last picture. Mine is- “Yeaaaah, that’s gonna hurt a bit goin’ in…”
You sir are insane! Great work, I cant wait to see the finished product. One question for everyone though. Is it just me or do new legos not "stick" together as well as older ones. I got the Star Destroyer set (the large one) and I use it for many projects, but some of my larger ships just seem to want to pull apart when I use new pieces.
Great progress Mark! 2 Questions: If you were to sell this, how much would it go for? Also, how many pieces do you estimate are in it so far? I love the idea of building a ship myself, but I'd have to get a good job first...
Sweet! I'm gonna be there 2011, have already started saving, I'm 1/6th of the way to Chicago! This is really really impressive stuff, I love all the fine detailing and the curves. It frightens me that you pick it up! Oh the tears and the screaming if it dropped... speaking of screaming, if I came to that room and looked at all that lego in the flesh I don't doubt that I would begin squealing like a pig and not stop until I died of exhaustion.
Ah, don't get too excited, Heath...I'm not planning on having this completed for Brickworld 2010. I'll have the WIP there for some close inspection, but this probably won't be finished for another six to twelve months, depending on my work schedule and finances. I'm planning on the completed SHIP for Chicago in 2011.
WOW, I can't believe you still have 50 lbs to add in just over a month! I'm rooting you on, but I fear it may be for selfish reasons as I do NOT want to miss out on seeing this beast in June!! I look forward to speaking with you at BW on how you create such great structural integrity, as I always feel my builds are too flimsy. The SHIP is looking excellent, and it just makes me that more excited for June!!
Wow, I am amazed at the way you did the curves, they really add to the feel of the whole thing. This thing (if it turns out to weigh 70lbs.) will be heavier than my sister, and almost as heavy as my brother. You have probably a whole building full of bricks, I guess as you get older you get more attached to your toys. =P ~Waff
Wow. I just checked the other Construction Journal Entries and you've already come a long way! This is amazing. I can only imagine how massive it will be, when finished... will you build miniature pelicans to land in it, later on?
Quoting Steef de Prouw
You didn't have to tear down the invisible hand in order to build this, did you?
Not really, but the Hand bit the dust a long time ago. I never expected to keep the IH around, even when first building it. This one may stay together for a bit, to show at the cons and son on, but it'll meet the same fate eventually, as well. Gotta recycle those parts, ya know!