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1:1 scale L.M.S. Explorer
the famous spaceship from the computer game "Lego Rock Raiders"
About this creation










If you want to see these pictures in their original resolution (1920*1080 and in one case 16k), you should visit my flickr page: LINK

Update [2014-Aug-08]: There is also the original thread on rockraidersunited, which includes a bit more stuff about the L.M.S. Explorer (as a RRU member you can download the model. btw: the 3MB file is too big for mocpages) and a link to a blog post of mine, where I made a overview of all the L.M.S. Explorer MOCs, that you can find on the internet: LINK

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Hi,

I want to show you my LMS Explorer MOC, which is maybe the best recreation of the Rock Raiders colony/miningship I`ve seen so far on the internet.

The crazy idea began around christmas last year, when I was playing Lego Rock Raiders again after lots of years and watching the intro and the outro.
My first thoughts were: "Hmm, had someone from Lego or another person ever build a 1:1 scale model of this ship? This would be very cool"
After searching some minutes on the internet the final assumption was: There was no L.M.S. Explorer model in the original size yet. Maybe some people hat started with the construction and gave up, because it was too big, too expensive, too complicated etc.
That was the moment I had the idea that building this spaceship myself would be a funny idea. I had enough time and started with this crazy project on my computer.

Phase 1 "Okay, lets start!":
In the beginning I downloaded the Lego Digital Designer from the Lego Company itself, because it seemed to be the easiest way to start. The reason for this were the easy controls and the possibility to build with a high speed, but there were also problems like non available pieces or pieces in certain colors. At this moment I hadn't figured out the biggest problem. I will tell you later.
Beneath a contruction program I needed picture sources too, because the LMS Explorer is a very big ship, it's difficult to see all the details etc., if you watch the videos only a few times.
So I decided to look on youtube and began watching the intro and outro over and over, while I was building the ship in the LDD (Lego Digital Designer).
The hardest part is to figure out, how long or high the different parts are, but with some exercise you will get it. Then you will know for example "Hmm, this could only be a 1*2*3 panel. That means that this section is 48 nubs long and three bricks high" and other stuff. All in all it's just trial and error (or more errors than trials in the beginning ;) ).

Phase 2 "Oh, that's very "funny". Now I have to look for new solutions":
A month later the ship had around 16.000 pieces, but now the real "fun" (aka "Aaargh, WTF?!" or eternal damnation) began: LDD crashed more and more, because the number of pieces was too high. With some tricks (lower details etc.) I came to a limit of ~18.000 bricks, but the program crashed again and again (and again and again :D ), when I was adding just one brick.
I concluded that I needed a better program to continue. There were only two interessing programs: LDraw and LeoCAD
I took the last one (maybe it was a mistake, because some colors were missing and it was much slower than MLCAD, but in my opinion it has the easier controls).
After this decision I tried to convert the LDD file in a lcd (LeoCAD)-file, but it wasn't successful. The "pleasure" to build the whole ship in LeoCAD again wasn't very funny, but it gave me the advantage to change some construction mistakes, which I made in the LDD-Version.

Phase 3 "Building and building and building..."
It think that this decribes the situation very well, because you will know (while watching the videos on and on :D ), how to build the different sections of the ship.
Sometimes the programm crashed (I don't know, if it depends on the number of additional pieces, because it crashed sometimes after thousands of pieces or only after five new bricks).

Phase 4 "Almost finished"
Now the ships contains (October 2011 is near^^) around 57.300 bricks (and it's just the hull) and LeoCAD crashes very often, but I can still continue. I will have only a few, but optional, things to do:
-changing the five slope rows on top of the ship front
-changing the black area in front of the brigde
-maybe changing the engines (they look a bit to small, but it's hard to figure out the right scale)
-adding the teleporter
(-export the ship to MLCAD and changing the colors of almost all bricks, because the ships is brighter in reality. That means for example: turguoise instead of green etc.).

Maybe I will realise only one point, because it's getting very boring to complete the ship, but I think that's okay:D.

Here are some data (I used the dimension tool in MLCAD) from the ship:
Length: 975 studs/ 773,44 cm/ 304,51 in.
Width: 134 studs/ 106,38cm/ 41,88 in.
Height: 133 studs/ 104,93cm/ 41,31 in.
pieces: 57.397 (with a stable inner construction it would have 300.000 and more pieces and if you would build rooms with details for the hole crew (2000 until 3000 rock raiders in my opinion), it would contain one million until two million pieces.
building time: 9 months (or 10/11 in the end)
weight: in reality it would be too heavy. Maybe 200 kg/ 441 lb. or more:D

Update [2013-Oct-06]: I didn't really work on the model since Oct 2011, because it was very slow and boring. I also slightly updated my computer (new OS and a SSD) and somehow I can't even load it in LeoCAD. The only option is MLCAD, but I don't really like the controls of this program.
There are also good news: I replaced the old pictures with POV-Ray renders, which look much better (I always thought, that it was impossible, because I don't have much memory, but it worked anyways :D).


Main video sources, which were extremely helpful and I used to watch again and again (and often freezed to look at a single frame):
Lego Rock Raiders Intro Movie uploaded by rockraider13
Lego Rock Raiders Outro #1 uploaded by rockraider13



Comments

 I like it 
  November 24, 2014
Looks cool!
 I like it 
  August 17, 2014
This is stunningly accurate. Very nice job!
 I made it 
  August 13, 2014
Quoting Jack Scharr I've waited a long time to see the LMS explorer recreated. too bad I discovered this 3 years late. This is fantastic.
Thank you. That's the reason, why I put this model in many groups some days ago: to maximize the probability, that more fans of this spaceship will stumble upon it. I also did it, because the original pictures weren't as good as the recent ones.
 I like it 
  August 12, 2014
I've waited a long time to see the LMS explorer recreated. too bad I discovered this 3 years late. This is fantastic.
 I made it 
  August 11, 2014
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde Pretty cool ship, dude! Now I know where they stole the design for reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Hehe. ~Cheers
Thanks, yeah I looked it up and there are some similarities. btw: you have some nice Freelancer (I remember that game) MOCs in your folders :D
 I like it 
  August 10, 2014
Pretty cool ship, dude! Now I know where they stole the design for reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Hehe. ~Cheers
 I made it 
  October 2, 2013
Wow, thanks for all the comments :). It took a long time to build it and I think, that it turned out pretty good. Maybe I will upload the files from the smaller LMS Explorer models first and at the end the 1:1 model. PS: I've uploaded the lxf files from the LMS Explorer bridge and the 1:16 LMS Explorer.
 I like it 
  June 8, 2013
This is nothing short of astounding. I was proud of my (definitely not 1:1 scale) model of the LMS Explorer that I made; the sheer dedication to complete this boggles the mind--and this is coming from a huge Rock Raiders fan here. My hat's off to you on this incredible work! And I understand if you don't want to post it, but I'd love it if you posted the model file to download. What an accomplishment...
 I like it 
  May 12, 2013
Utterly perfect. You deserve a medal, or perhaps several, for building something this big, and accurately to boot.
 I like it 
  August 31, 2012
Any chance of getting a download for any of the finished files? I'd like to recreate this on Roblox, and yours is by far the best model out there for reference or otherwise. I have built ships of both similar size and detail before, and it would be amazing to be able to explore this ship from the point of view of a Lego man.
 I made it 
  April 28, 2012
Quoting CheeseCake 1128 Any chance of instructions? :p
A complete instruction manual would be insane (imagine the number of pages etc.) ^^. The main problem is the time, which a thing like that would take. There are only files of the final version and some intermediate steps, but no step by step instruction.
 I like it 
  April 19, 2012
Any chance of instructions? :p
 I made it 
  February 17, 2012
Quoting Robin Nocon I�m a big LEGO Rock Raiders fan and I was ever impressed of this ship. Your work looks very difficult. I think you need many hours for that. I now how muchtime it takes to build something with MLCAD. Maybe I try to make an own version of the L.M.S. Explorer, but it could never be as good as yours.
Thanks for your comment:). Yes, it took many months (~9 months and there are still some things missing or wrong, but I haven't continued it yet) to build this ship. If you want to build it you will need many months (and lots of patience), too^^. PS: Creating a smaller version will only take some hours (e.g. my 1:8 LMS Explorer, which I built in LDD in ~30 hours).
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Im a big LEGO Rock Raiders fan and I was ever impressed of this ship. Your work looks very difficult. I think you need many hours for that. I now how muchtime it takes to build something with MLCAD. Maybe I try to make an own version of the L.M.S. Explorer, but it could never be as good as yours.
 I made it 
  February 1, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf I agree with Goldfish, this would make a good battleship. Where the heck do i get the program you used to make this?
Just look on leocad.org and click on the left side on "Get Started". The LDraw-All-In-One-Installer contains all the programs you can use but actually I have only installed LDraw (the part library), MLCAD, LeoCAD and LDView. The most time (>99%) I used LeoCAD (in my opinion it is a easier but much slower) but in the end I used MLCAD (to recolor the ship), too.
  January 31, 2012
I agree with Goldfish, this would make a good battleship. Where the heck do i get the program you used to make this?
 I made it 
  December 25, 2011
Quoting Rabid Goldfish I'm not familiar with this ship, but it looks great. Nicely designed and well thought out. Was this done on LDD? It doesn't look like it. Anyway, it looks like a very good chassis, and would make for a very good warship should you refit it. Nicely done! ^Blub^
Thank you :) First I tried it with LDD but after that I primarily used LeoCAD (and MLCAD for recoloring) because it can handle very big models (several 10.000 bricks). Another program I use is LDView because I cannot view the whole ship in LeoCAD. This is the reason why the pictures are from LDView. PS: According to the english wikipedia article about Lego Rock Raiders the LMS Explorer is a colony ship but I also think that the ship can be used as a chassis for different ship types (battle ship, transporter etc.)
 I like it 
  December 25, 2011
I'm not familiar with this ship, but it looks great. Nicely designed and well thought out. Was this done on LDD? It doesn't look like it. Anyway, it looks like a very good chassis, and would make for a very good warship should you refit it. Nicely done! ^Blub^
 
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