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Space Battleship YAMATO
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.

Godspeed, YAMATO!

MOC specifications.
Scale: 1/250
Length: 45 inches
Features: Rotating main turrets and working wings



Under-hull detail.



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.



Comments

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  December 16, 2014
You did an excellent job... this model is simply amazing. Can you send me the instructions if they are available? Thanks and congratulations again... petrivelli@gmail.com
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  November 8, 2014
It's fantastic very very good model, Can you email me the instructions pls?
  October 24, 2014
Fantastic!! Amazing job! If you share instructions would you email to me? eroalboran@hotmail.com
  October 13, 2014
Another person that would love the instrutions and parts list to this piece. Just a beautiful work of art. If there are any instructions available, please e-mail me at greggpulliam@gmail.com Thanks!
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  October 7, 2014
Amazing build! Im a huge Yamato fanatic and I love legos! please email me @ tbrogden2012@yahoo.com I would love instructions!
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  August 17, 2014
I just wanted to see this hit 200
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  July 21, 2014
Excellent Build. are the plans at all for sale or download? Please email me at rodcasjr@gmail.com.
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  March 7, 2014
I grew up watching that show & found it to be the most awesome cartoon back then, great job in recreating the ship.
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  January 5, 2014
This is by far one of the best MOC's I have ever seen. Are you willing to sell the instructions to this MOC? contact me at alimkamel@hotmail.com
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  December 20, 2013
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.
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  July 19, 2013
it is amazing, i m interest to build one, can share some tips to me dunsend@yahoo.com.hk
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  June 29, 2013
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!
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  June 7, 2013
I'd be interested in purchasing the instructions too!
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  May 10, 2013
If you have the scheme instruction I will buy it.....any price.
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  January 7, 2013
I'm stupefied. Your work is amazing! Could you share us yours schematics of construction?
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  November 21, 2012
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!
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  August 23, 2012
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.
Mark Rodrigues
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Alex Storm
  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.
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  March 20, 2012
Quoting Dave Lee Mark, what happened to your teddy bears?
Good to here from you Dave! Taking a break from bear making to dive into this fascinating world of Lego. Regards.
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  March 20, 2012
Great ship for a great series
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  March 20, 2012
Mark, what happened to your teddy bears?
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  March 14, 2012
AMAZING
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  February 28, 2012
Oh Wow! This .. is ... simply... AWESOME!! Definitely remember watching this when I was a kid and that theme song is still fresh in my head. Really grand creation.. and those details.. Speechless...
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  February 28, 2012
Oh Wow! This .. is ... simply... AWESOME!! Definitely remember watching this when I was a kid and that theme song is still fresh in my head. Really grand creation.. and those details.. Speechless...
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  January 25, 2012
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!
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  September 28, 2011
excellent MOC, true to the original, time well spent on your research, I built the Bandai model kit of this ship(Yamato 2520)and you got all the lines right, nice replica
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  September 17, 2011
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.
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  September 17, 2011
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?
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  August 25, 2011
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!
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  August 17, 2011
Genial ! why not post you're creation on "Design By Me" ? Here : http://designbyme.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx Regards, CKJ Pixs'n Bits :: iPhones, iPads Games & Applications http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=332102344 http://www.pixsnbits.com
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  August 14, 2011
Hi, very interesting approach using massive amount of slopes and wedges...I'm also building huge ships, and I will seriously study your techniques... Nice work again...
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  August 14, 2011
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!
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  August 13, 2011
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?
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  July 28, 2011
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  July 15, 2011
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.
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  July 15, 2011
I have no words! I'm breathless!!! Simply perfect!
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  July 14, 2011
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".
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  July 14, 2011
All I can say is: OMG - Great creation... I was thinking about building the Yamato for a long time... but this one is almost perfect!
  July 14, 2011
I say, skip Uchuu Senkan Yamato and do its clone instead, Chou Jikuu Yousai Macross. http://www.thoughts.com/Hennyponny/hcg-activator-review-boost-fat-loss-spree
  July 13, 2011
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. ;)
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  July 13, 2011
WOW. Stunning ship. Four years in hibernation, but you still came up with something AMAZING. And get this: I'm a Singaporean settled in the USA. Cool!
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  July 13, 2011
My bonus vote, because that thing is just perfect, and for your kind comment on my sub!
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  July 13, 2011
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!
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  July 13, 2011
Wow. About the only thing that could be done to improve on this would be to make it have more of a SNOT-like appearance. Other than that, it's a prime example on how to make a capital ship right.
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  July 13, 2011
This is really stupendous. Simply an amazing build, all the details, color, shape it’s just a great build. Makes me want to check out the anime it’s based off of.
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  July 13, 2011
Truly a masterpiece, you've captured that bulging, organic look to the hull perfectly, not easy to do with Lego. Top marks! A++
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  July 13, 2011
WOW....dude thats HUGE and really looks like the one in the anime! Is it true you're from S'pore too? :D
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  July 13, 2011
Simply breathtaking. I was working on one in the LDD before a HDD failure wiped it out. This one is far better that I could have hoped mine would be.
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  July 12, 2011
My jaw hit the floor when I looked at this! Magnificent work!
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  July 12, 2011
Been a while since I've seen a Space Battleship YAMATO creation. This is simply breathtaking. Such attention to detail and accuracy is awe inspiring!
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  July 12, 2011
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 !
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  July 12, 2011
Simply staggering. Don't wait four years for the next one!
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  July 12, 2011
That is just ridiculously good
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  July 12, 2011
Really awesome! Good job!
  July 12, 2011
Uber awesomeness!
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  July 12, 2011
One of the best ships i've ever seen. I love the angles and slopes on this thing, a real beauty.
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  July 11, 2011
This is such a *bleep*ing thing of beauty, it makes me want to curse out loud.~H
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  July 11, 2011
Great job, interesting techniques
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  July 6, 2011
breathtaking. This building is so brilliant!! A master piece.
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  July 6, 2011
So many beautiful techniques. Epic is a much overused word on the internet, but I believe it fits here. Amazing stuff, 10/10
Mark Rodrigues
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Lucas .
  July 5, 2011
Very nice work, I really love every bit of it! This is probably one of the best mocs I have ever seen in my entire life, hope to see more mocs like this from you in the future!
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  July 5, 2011
It's a thing of beauty!
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  July 5, 2011
Brilliant! I love it! Keep bricking and thanks for sharing with us!
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  July 5, 2011
Brilliant work!
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  July 5, 2011
StarBlazers tune...as it would be rendered by the Philharmonic Orchestra.
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  July 4, 2011
As a huge fan of Space Battleship Yamato I am in awe of this stellar design and workmanship.
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  July 4, 2011
Epic Excellent! 5/5 Brickheads!! Btw, "Yamato" means "Japan".
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  July 4, 2011
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.
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  July 4, 2011
One word: epic. How long did it take you to build this?
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  July 3, 2011
Boy that´s awesome! Love the sleek lines and smoothe curves on this one, as well as the red and grey colour scheme. Nice rendition of the original! ~Cheers, Marc
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  July 2, 2011
utterly spectacular. fantastic work. WOW.
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  July 2, 2011
Wow! Never did I expect such a welcoming committee! My heartfelt thanks goes out to one & all for making me feel at home again. Humbly, mark.
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  July 2, 2011
This is, wow. This is absolutely LOADED! Great work, and welcome back! Hope you give us another treat soon!
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  July 2, 2011
Welcome back sir! This is a great model, I've never watced any of the Yamato Anime, but have seen the ship numerous times. This is an incredible reproduction in brick form! Bravo!
Mark Rodrigues
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AA (Noname)
  July 1, 2011
Wow! A stunning amount of detail, you certainly know how to put the "Ship" in "SHIP".
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  July 1, 2011
This is a masterpiece a work of art!!! I really liked how you were able to curve the hull like a sub. Great use of bricks throughout. Glad to have you back from hibernation my friend. Keep it up!!!
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  July 1, 2011
Too much here to comment on specifically. This is an amazing MOC.
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  July 1, 2011
This is one beautiful ship! The rounded sides look amazing on this model. Outstanding work!
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  July 1, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous! Great work with the curvatures and a wonderful spin-off from the original ship - Terrific work!
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  July 1, 2011
It's really one of those MOCs that I can't say much about, simply because it's far too awesome for something like that.
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  July 1, 2011
amazing job,I love the color scheme and the techiques you employed, excellent!!
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  July 1, 2011
love the design! great work!
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  July 1, 2011
Well done, this is brilliant! Even after four years, you certainly haven't lost it! I hope to see more awesome stuff from you soon!
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  July 1, 2011
Outstanding creation. :)
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  July 1, 2011
i love everything about it, i specaily like the coler and the heavy wepeons, great job keep it up.
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  July 1, 2011
... that's simply... uhm... i don't know what to say, this MOC is absolutely over perfection :D
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  July 1, 2011
Holy crab cakes,that thing is awesome!Welcome back to MOCpages,Mark!
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  July 1, 2011
Wow, I got to say this is simply awesome.
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  July 1, 2011
Wow, I got to see this is simply awesome.
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  July 1, 2011
This is a beautiful rendition of an iconic spacecraft. I fell in love with Starblazers as a teen. You've captured this extremely well. Regards, Eric.
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  July 1, 2011
Its hard to believe that I am actually looking at Lego here. Incredible work!
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  July 1, 2011
SPACE BATTLESHIP YA-MAMA. LOL! nice job.
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  July 1, 2011
MIND. BLOWN! What a freakin' comeback!
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  July 1, 2011
Great hull work! The whole thing has a nice tubular feel to it.
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  July 1, 2011
WOW!!!! DUDE THATS ALLOTA GUNS!!!!!
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  July 1, 2011
FANTASTIC!
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  July 1, 2011
Again, an impressive work. Five stars! *****
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  July 1, 2011
Wow! Amazing! I love it!
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  July 1, 2011
Just absloutly magnificient! Great Design!
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  July 1, 2011
Wow! This is quite an achievement in design and building quality. Plus it's all shiny! Congrats, Dude!
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  July 1, 2011
That's what I call freakin insane!!! The curved hull section is just awesome - Kevin
  July 1, 2011
Awesome, I like al those details
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  July 1, 2011
wow! I was only a few days ago wondering if this would be a great lego project after watching an old episode! The answer is.... YES! Quite and amazing build! Detailed! Just awesome!
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  July 1, 2011
That is a very impressive piece of work. I love how detailed this model is.
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  July 1, 2011
Holy freaking' moly, this ship is AWESOME...!
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  July 1, 2011
Oh my God! You have destroyed me, and made my day at the same time. Luv it!
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  July 1, 2011
Oh my God! You have destroyed me, and made my day at the same time. Luv it!
 
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