It’s been a while since my last MOC, 4 years to be exact. Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people that left many kind words for my pervious creations – thanks, you guys are just great.
I finally decided to come out of hibernation after being truly inspired by the many wonderful MOCs that were being created. So, after four months of research and construction, here is my MOC that pays tribute to that ground-breaking Anime series – Space Battleship YAMATO!
About this creation
My 1/250 scale MOC of Space Battleship YAMATO is based on commercially available Yamato style models. As detailed plans were not available, I referred to line drawings, photos of completed models and even model box art illustrations. Only LEGO was used for the model’s construction, without any customizing.
After a long hiatus from the LEGO scene, I thought it would be fun to return with something I’d wanted to try for a long time. I guess that Space Battleship YAMATO was a logical choice between my love of modeling ships and a desire to venture into the world of science fiction & anime. (Incidentally, I’m a huge fan of all things Japanese – from The Big-G, to Studio Ghibli.)
Space Battleship YAMATO - STARBLAZERS to most of us outside Japan – has many a loyal following; the recent live-action movie was naturally a box-office hit in Japan. Space Battleship YAMATO is a symbol of hope – hope for all humankind in the hands of a few brave crew. I guess with that in mind, I had an obligation to build a well engineered and accurate model of the iconic ship… hopefully, I have not disappointed.
Length: 45 inches
Features: Rotating main turrets and working wings
The wings of the YAMATO are deployed during atmospheric flight. On the model, the challenge was to have the fabricated hull sections match up to the wing slots.
A little more extension of the wings would have been nice. However, to achieve this, the wings when retracted should have overlapped each another inside the hull. But in so doing, there would have been some compromise to the hull’s integrity, and hogging would have occured; so I decided against this. On such a long, narrow model, I needed all the rigidness I could muster.
One of my favourite views of Space Battleship YAMATO.
The Shock Cannons: Space Battleship YAMATO carries 5 three-barrelled turrets that fire powerful energy blasts.
The cylindrical nature of the hull resembles that of a submarine – more than 300 curved 3 x 1 slope elements form the shape of this hull – from the raked bow to the main & auxiliary engines at the stern. The shape of the hull was formed by fabricating the hull sections first, then putting these sections together on the model. Each section is held in place by hinge brick / plate assemblies – the workhorses of my construction method.
Two- & Four-barrelled Pulse Lasers are found along the Port & Starboard waist. The hemispherical construction of the four-barrelled lasers were really difficult to model. I tried several variations, though none of them worked better than the final assembly represented here. The guns were then mounted partially ‘sunken’ into the superstructure to suggest that they were hemispherical in construction.
The prominent feature of YAMATO’s superstructure is the pagoda styled tower and the distinctively raked ‘funnel’. The tower houses Bridge 1 & Bridge 2; the captain’s quarters is located at the very top. As with my pervious MOCs, the bridge is where I began construction of the model. I find that this is always a good reference point to base scale.
Bridge 3, found on the underside of the hull directly beneath the pagoda tower.
The raked bow houses the Wave Motion Gun, YAMATO's main weapon. Oftentimes, the bow and muzzle are depicted as a menacing opened jaws of a shark.
You sir. Just gave me great joy with the smoothness of this ship. I am a big fan of space animes. And this sir. Brings it to home. Hope more builds like this come from you, because you know how to do it.
Wow! This was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid and I built the Yamato out of Lego I don't know how many times . This is fantastic ! Mind blowing . It's perfect in every detail. I think this is the coolest Lego model I have ever seen!
I first saw the Space Battle Ship Yamato in a computer games magazine around 30 years ago. The concept looked brilliant and I wanted to be able to build it in Lego but I was only 10(ish)! It's brilliant to see your build of the Yamato. I like how you've got the round hull coupled to the sharp bows, with the bulge for the big weapon underneath. The detailing of the bridge is great, plus the thought that you've put into things such as how to make the small gun turrets. Excellent work!
Quoting Alex Storm
Thanks Alex. I'll probably do a group shot of the Lego ships I have left in my fleet upon completion of my next model. I too, enjoyed the movie. Regards, marko.
I like it
August 16, 2012
Mother Earth would be proud. This is quite an amazing creation, accurate to the finest detail, only thing lacking is more pictures! I just watched the live action movie yesterday and now started the series. Such a great inspiration.
I've never seen the show, so can't comment on accuracy etc! I can comment on the fact that I love this MOC! The shape and colour scheme really make this stand out, and the detailing is a feast for my greeble-hungry eyes - thank you!
Quoting Christian Davis
Salutations Christian, thank you very much for your kind words, and yes, I will definitely try to catch a couple of episodes of Starblazers on youTube. Building Lego ships has indeed been a passion of mine for some time now and when time permits, between family & work, you will find me hard at work trying to figure out which Lego element goes where. I buy parts I need in bulk, and most of the time from several suppliers (as supplier's stock varies). Builder's resource? No, I do not have any; I tend to employ my own techniques, but then, some of these techniques are really used universally. I prefer modeling ships in a smaller scale; for one thing, they are easier to display when completed - my favorite ones are displayed under acrylic glass. Lego architecture is another favorite of mine; actually, I really love Lego's Robie House – a really wonderful set. And to your last question; I guess the only trait I share with Mark Venture is that both of us can be said to be level headed. Regards.
I am here because I googled 'lego space battleship Yamato', after visiting a brand new Lego store at the local mall. I need look no further. I am floored by your ability, Mark! For the first time circa 1985 I have just watched season I and II of Starblazers (full seasons can be viewed free on youTube) and am viewing the Yamato feature films for the first time via Netflix. You even nailed the green of Yamato's windows! I 'Venture' to guess--get it??--that building models is an enjoyable past time for you [and other frequenters on this site], and not a source of income? I really wish you would submit your design to Lego (I'm ready to buy). I think you would do very well with Japanese sales alone if you got a percentage. Your Yamato is more impressive to me than the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House released last week or the equally awesome 48" Star Wars Executer Star Destroyer that hooked me into the store. Three questions: 1) How do you buy your bricks (in bulk, cannibalizing other sets, etc)? 2) Is there a Lego builders resource you have used for techniques? and 3) Is your real name Mark Venture Rodrigues?
wow! wow! wow!!!! I have loved this ship ever since i was a kid and watched Star Blazers all the time and have always wanted to build this, or a least see some one build it. Now i have and I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, other than this is the best and most detailed Moc I have ever seen. Very inspiring. Gives me alot to think about!! I would rate it but there is no scale to compare with! Excellent!
Hi Marty, nice to hear from you again. Nice recommendation, the IJN SATSUMA – just love those dreadnoughts & pre-dreadnoughts. Actually, I was considering the pre-dreadnought battleship MIKASA or the modern battlecruiser, PETER THE GREAT,... then, my long time friend from Japan sends me this Super Illustration guide of the IJN light cruiser MOGAMI. So now, I'm seriously considering building the cruiser in her original condition, before she was converted to the aircraft carrying version. I never had detailed plans before so this is another plus point. Lastly, I also feel a connection with the subject. As an artist, this is most important. So, let's see if I really have indeed found my next MOC. Till the next time, cheers!
Mark, may I suggest possibly the USN Des Moines class heavy cruisers (the last of the all-gun cruisers) for your next build or, to be different, the HMS Dreadnought or the IJN's semi-dreadnought, the Satsuma?
Quoting Marty Fields
Hi Marty, thanks for the support and heads-up on the ‘Phoenix’. While I do love Sci-Fi in general, I still keep going back to my love of ships –guess that’s why I joined the Navy in the first place! Anyway, I still have not decided on my next project yet… still scouting around… have to decide carefully, as my decision will keep me occupied for the next 4 to 6 months. Regards.
I remember managing to catch two episodes of the TV series when I was a boy in the States. I recall tryng in vain to find the next episode on some obscure TV station with terrible reception! I loved what I managed to see, though. The Yamato II herself was the star character. The hull shape is extraordinary-amazing work. Will you also construct a WWII Yamato/Musashi for comparison?
If you like Japanese Sci-Fi, I also recall watching "Battle of the Planets" aka "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman"; you could have a go at the "Phoenix".
I'm so familiar with the form of the ship in the original anime (it's a shame I still haven't watched the 2010 motion picture of it) and in my opinion your MOC is down-right PERFECT! I rate it 6 out of 5! Bragging rights are definitely yours! Envy is mine. ;)
Quoting TheSpectre 117
WOW....dude thats HUGE and really looks like the one in the anime! Is it true you're from S'pore too? :D
Thank you, and... Yes, I'm from the Lion City too. While there's not much LEGO Happenings over here, we still have a huge LEGO following. Maybe someday we'll have regular LEGO conventions. Looking forward to the future of the hobby... Cheers!
That looks good enough to scare away the Comet Empire !
Beautiful line, great shock cannons too.
Judging by no orange glow from the wave engine it's positioning itself for battle.
A proud member of the Star Force this ship is !
Brick On !
Quoting Dan Brown
Thanks Dan, that's about 4 months work you see here; guess I worked on her almost every day since the first week of March, some days for up to 10 hours - believe me, time flies! Regards mark.