Edit: replaced most of the old dyslexic pics on the blue background with better, less dyslexic pics on the light background.
Rounding out my tour of Mass Effect capital ships is the SR1 (again). This build is right around 5 feet which is just over 1.5 for the metrically inclined. Construction is mostly studless and was built from primary reference.
The build is fairly sturdy if a bit cumbersome to move. Everything is brick built except the detailing on the tail fin and the name on the side. The SR1 designation is brick-built and in the lighter pictures, the 1 is even facing the right direction. It's amazing what you can miss when you're focused on other details :D
Total build time is around 160 hours over the span of about four weeks. Most of the parts used are brand new mostly coming from one of the three (!) Lego stores within driving distance and several orders on BrickLink . Total cost: ~$500 (within original budget).
The important things for this build were to:
Express the gentle curve of the fuselage in bricks
Build the ship as accurately as was convenient
Make up for my horrible rookie attempt
I'm pleased with the results. Minus some late-developing shaping issues the ship is fairly accurate. Possibly the most glaring issue is that he addition of the side ridges pushed the angles of the fuselage walls up which widened the fuselage substantially.
I did manage to get the build to BrickFair in August. I took most of the big and unwieldy sub-assemblies apart but despite my careful labeling, it still took the better part of three hours to re-assemble.
The Normandy stood on display to a crazy number of people at the con and won the "Best in Sci-Fi" award. If you look around you can find pictures from the con in a bunch of places, most of them better than the ones I have here :D
I got lucky with BrickLink; the pieces I sourced from there are mostly odd ones which I got at a relatively cheap price in bulk. Everything else I either had in stock (large technic rails, technic pins, etc.) or ferried two large PaB cups at a time from one of the three Lego stores in the area.
Now this is just stunning !
Having just finished Mass Effect 2 and being completely hooked on both games, this caught my eye and certainly appeals - what a wonderful build !
What surprises me more is, knowing just how expensive lego orders can get on bricklink (I wish my 1/3 lambo would have cost $500...) , that you've managed to make such an accurate, big model with $500 - great work, it's just spot-on, flawless !
Quoting iomedes ruuan khel
...infortunately, I cannot understand how did you make the internal structure, which technic did you use to give this shape (large at the center and thinner at the end of the front section...) tiles give a good render...can you tell me what kind are they ?...
Hi, incredible creation, i also like and made Huge creations !...Fuselage of SR1 and SR2 seems to be very similar, I planned to make a 2 meters long overdetailed SR2...
I think, by the way, that your conception of the hull seems to be the best one...infortunately, I cannot understand how did you make the internal structure, which technic did you use to give this shape (large at the center and thinner at the end of the front section...) tiles give a good render...can you tell me what kind are they ?...And how you make them stand together ?...( if you got a reference of the white rectangular tile, it could be better...)
I also created a very large (10196 parts) tank from command and conquer III "tiberium wars", I want to create a special group only with game LEGO creations...
Sorry for my english, i'm french.