The original Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica
About this creation
from the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
He thinks to himself "hhmm...what would be fun to build next? How about a MOC with nothing but angles and curves, a circular profile, and dome-shaped wings? Yeah, (heavy sarcasm here!)what could be more perfect for Legos!!"
We all know there's a fine line between bravery and stupidy, and though some might consider it courageous to tackle such an endeavor (as I did when starting this MOC), hindsight finds me questioning just exactly where that line lies.
Nevertheless, fearless or foolish, here's my completed model of arguably my favorite childhood, sci-fi space ship...
Underside: Those I would call my "mentors" of the Lego world influenced me to work with no studs showing (of course I'm not going to name names - curse you Brassington and Goldman!), which made the model infinitely more difficult. I have to admit being fairly pleased with the outcome, though, as the underside is as smooth and detailed as the rest.
Front View: Details and proportions are always very important to me (undoubtedly due to being a proffessional artist), but with my love of this ship it was extremely important to me to do the best I could. Not an easy task, given that I was determined to go "no-studs" on a ship that's nothing but angles and curves!
Front Three Quarters View: This angle shows the dome shape of the wings fairly well. I discovered that I could get a pretty smooth curve with no studs by placing a 1 x 1 round between the bricks, and then laying the entire section on its side. Hinges were used to add the "dome" effect to a curved section...
Side View:...avery labels were then used to cover some of the rounds, giving the wings what I thought, was a nice effect. You'll also notice variations in the grays. This was done on purpose to add some variation to the body paneling as is often seen in space vehicles.
Rear Three Quarters View: Some of toughest problems to work out with this MOC were the angles, expanding lines, and layers of the rear leading back to the engines. All I can say is I won't have to buy any more hinges for a while!
fantastic job - the best Cylon Raider model that I have ever seen.
Do you have a parts list, or maybe even a building instruction or maybe even a LDRAW file? :-)
This model I would like to put it next to my Viper on the shelf :-)
Greetings from Hanover, Germany
Just looking back and forth between this raider and 2X4's. Turns out that little pentagon symbol (which looks great on this MOC) is actually from the Graystone Industries headquarter building, if anybody cares, that is.
Gotta love the original BSG! I especially like the cylon bantor. But in spite of my fondness for the old show, I have to admit that I prefer the new one. Anything in the works? Resurrection bathtub? I see your skill with water in some of the other mocs...Caprica 6 perhaps?
Your BSG MOCs are awesome!
Last year I got inspired by your models and started coping your Viper, but it turned out slightly diferent (it's on brickshelf, search efter my nickname: cassiebsg if you wish to check it out ;)
Now I wish to make my own Raider at the same scale (1:40) and hope you have nothing agaist if I again start by coping your design. It's just briliant!
Hey! I had a bunch of these toys (not Lego of course) when I was a kid, I loved Battlestar Galactica! (The original version). Great design on the ships and a really original way to make the cylons. I may have to borrow that cylon design if Mister Bones ever heads into space. With a nod to you of course. Cheers.
I cant even wrap my head around your engineering skills, and I studied architecture for two years! And got Aís! I have a question, I want to buy more legos but I donít want to get whole sets at the store because there are only certain parts I need. Are there any websites or stores you could recommend? I would really appreciate it.
Well, I know I looked at this, and I know I commented on it, but I see it not. Must have been back in the dark days of "has been sent". Anyways, lovely job. I will have to join the line though with the "Legos?" (-)one smiley. Lee.
Very nice! I'm a huge fan of the original Battlestar Gallactica (hate the new one), I always love seeing ships from it modelled out. I think my favorate part is that it is almost exactly, as close as one can get anyway, minifig scale, and that you have an interior as well as exterior. Great job!
Kelso!?! Another MotD?!? I'm shocked... Anyway, congrats. Looking at those curved wings I feel like Neo watching that kid bend the spoon. I ask how, you respond, "there is no wing...". Um... Right. I'm looking at it and its right there! HOW DID YOU DO IT!?! TELL MEEE!!! ... Oh look! A riddelin tablet! Peace - Patrick
This is darn cool, you do everything so, so... PERFECTLY!!! I remember these ships from seeing them on the Space channel while they had some blast back to the past kinda stuff on. Cool stuff! P.S. Check out my S.H.I.P. WIP stuff, I uploaded more on it.
Haven't seen this one yet (shame) It's pure madness ! Before looking to the pics closely, I thought it was little, but it's huge in fact ! And so well done ! It reminds me when I looked "Galactica" in my childhood... A true masterpiece !
Even if it does not use slope parts, it is surprised that the curved surface is constituted.
Selection and how to construct of parts are brilliant.
PS:Thank you for the precious review to my work.
I like it
January 28, 2008
I just don't have the words. Amazing work. I just can't see how you can have a life too - that's what I find most amazing. :-)
To the guy below me: Hey, I've had runs of MOC of the Day too, and I haven't donated a dime! ... Much to my shame, of course. Anyway, after looking more closely at this model's awesomeness than the first time I saw it, I promptly went up to my LEGO room and kicked the wings off of a gunship I'd been building in shame. At least I finally figured out how you made your wings though (in other words, I finally read the text). Not that I'm planning to make a sad and pitiful derivative or anything, no sir!... err...
So much did you "donate" to MOCpages to get this successive run of MOCs of the Day, huh? I smell a conspiracy! I can see noone else is game to speak up because this creation is so freaking awesome... but I refuse to be dazzled by your skill! I demand an Inquiry!
This model makes me really happy. It's just perfect. There isn't much I can say about it that hasn't been already. I also noticed you entered it in that one kid's contest which is to bad for me, it's gonna crush my Star Wars scout walker.
Okay, when this thing first hit MOCpages, all I could do was stare in gapemouthed awe at my computer screen, muttering "Wow... wow." I could barely speak, much less type! Now several months have passed and I've collected myself enough to craft a review. This ship was a revelation to me. My entire building life, a bend in a Lego wall was a sign of rickety construction, something to be avoided. Here was someone actually using that bend -- masterfully. I could barely wrap my mind around it. Who would have thought hard plastic bricks would be more flexible than my brain? You expanded my consciousness, and I thank you for it.
oh dont worry guy below me: this is gonna score 5: AMAZING construction techniques!!!!!!! its a beautyful ship and really your technique amazes me! it looks heavy it looks solid, it looks angry , it looks great! have you considered microscaling? check out what i do with my homeworld inspired theme if you haven't i just wondered that you could do great things in microscale with your building techniques!