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About this creation

Length: ~123 studs, ~38.5 inches, ~97 cm




The inner Technic frame is 102 studs long, and has studs facing up, down, and to either side. Essentially this creates a long thin box with four faces to put an outer skin on.




Construction commenced in the summer of 2009. Once I had my sturdy frame, this ribbed section was where it really all began. I wasn't sure whether to orient it so this section was wide and flat (as it ended up), or tall and thin. Spaceships don't need a "top" and "bottom" if there's no gravity, but you have to display it somehow.




It sat for a long time untouched, then I started on the main bridge and center section. This pattern would continue over the course of the build. A week or two of work on a particular section, then weeks or months of no building, just staring and thinking, then work on the next section, then let it sit for months...




Early on there was a hangar deck in the space underneath the four tanks. But the more I thought about it, the less I liked it there. There are tanks below as well, and it seemed that between and inside would be extensions of those tanks, pipes, refinery equipment, who knows what kind of machinery. No room for a bunch of shuttlecraft to be docked or launched.




Building a SHIP with a lot of little nooks and crannies on top over the course of a year and a half is an excellent way to collect dust. And if you're building a big dust collector, you might as well build it in black so that every little speck of dust and bit of lint and ABS-seeking cat hair is painfully visible.




The underside is as detailed as the top. In fact I think the bottom looks better. Maybe it isn't really the bottom, maybe I'm displaying the damn thing upside down. It doesn't matter -- it's in space, there is no up.




With the frame pointing studs out in four directions, I had a wild idea at the outset to make each surface different. Something that Other Shannon could pull off, but not me. I'm not obsessive-compulsive in any meaningful real-life way, but I have problems building spaceships that lack bilateral symmetry.




My favorite part of the SHIP, buried on the underside. I really like the texture of the minifig legs used this way.




The underside bridge. My original plan was to have a lot of superstructure down here, something that extended down a good long way. It ended up being much more sparse.




Next came the tail section. I had a basic engine design I liked, and it was just a matter of getting the right skin over the frame to go with it.




In taking a year and a half to build a SHIP, there is no excuse for having any section look like less than your best effort. I thought the thinness of the hoses going into the engines looked okay when I built it, but it kind of bothers me now. I do this all the time, looking back I'm rarely satisfied with anything I did. I had to restrain myself from constantly reworking previously built sections, otherwise this never would have been completed.




I like this back panel with the technic pieces. Over the course of the build it was a constant search for new and different black parts to make a variety of details and textures.




On the top and bottom are red highlights and minimal gray conduits. On the sides, mostly gray grills and these. There were always gaps in the design here for greebling of some sort, but I'm no good at greebles.




Looking up at it from a slightly low angle, we call this our hero shot.




The nose was the last thing tackled. More greeble space I had no idea how to fill, so just decided to echo what was already there elsewhere on the SHIP.




Red highlights and trans-red for windows. Maybe I should have gone with trans-yellow or clear?




I had a lot of different ideas for how to finish the front, none of which remotely resemble what actually got built.




We'll call this the hangar deck. Or the wave motion gun, I don't care. Just like all the hollow studs on the ship are either thrusters or torpedo tubes. Yes, space torpedoes. Haven't you ever seen Star Blazers?




Underside of the front, showing the different techniques used to extend the red highlights all the way to the nose.




The final detail shot. In starting out to build this, I thought microscale would make it easier. Now I'm not so sure. At this scale almost every square inch needs to be detailed or textured in some way, or it would look empty. At minifig scale larger blank sections would not look so bad. I looked a lot at Mark Kelso's build journals, as it seemed his large SHIPs were about the same scale -- two or three times the size, but the same scale. I found this detailing work tough on a three foot SHIP, so I can't imagine doing it on a six or eight foot one.




And so, in spring of 2011, all that's left is to build the stand. And wonder how in the world I was supposed to photograph the damn thing. This may be the first time a Lego spaceship has been presented against the wall of an old barn for a backdrop. Short of spending a ton of money I don't have on a nice photo studio setup, this is my best option.




It may not be eight feet long, but at least I can swoosh it!



And if you're interested, a video tour featuring the barely coherent mumbling of a Lego geek trying to relate all the relevant information off the top of his head. The presentation can only be described as white-trash-eriffic, but I think you do get a little better idea of the scale as opposed to the still shots. Warning: my writing is much more eloquent than my speech. Or, if I was to say it aloud, me write more good than talk. You'll probably have to turn the sound way up; apparently I'm too soft-spoken for my poor old camera's little microphone.





Details of the frame alone:


The core, this is where the frame rails will connect.




Add four 1x8 technic bricks...




Then your 16, 14, 12, or however long frame rails.




There are four joints to be secured, so multiply this by four...




Attach thusly...




And lock everything in place with some plates on top. You can use more 2x4 plates to secure the joint from underneath as well, but I found it wasn't really necessary.




The major drawback is that when the frame is skinned over, the side panels will not be flush with the top or bottom. The variance here is probably about a quarter plate.



Comments

Shannon Young
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Dr. Monster
  September 12, 2013
Wow! This has to be one of the finer spacecraft that I've ever seen. Your design, PU, and over all style are amazing. Congrats on MOTD.
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  September 12, 2013
WOW. Too bad I can only "like" this once...
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  September 12, 2013
Me and my friend love this MOC. It is awesome!
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  September 12, 2013
Nice use of the green trans globe pieces on the back! I wish this had an interior.....
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  September 12, 2013
Man that is amazing ! Congrats on MOTD !
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  September 12, 2013
great looking space ship! very intricately detailed, congrats on motd!
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  September 12, 2013
Congrats on MotD!
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  September 12, 2013
Oh God, THE FREAKIN' DUST!!! What is it about black Lego that makes it a magnet for every particle in the house to cling to? I feel your pain! This ship is completely awesome. The colors, the greebling, the shape, the logic. Everything makes sense. Fantastic build with a beautifully simplistic technique. Just stunning! Love that base too.
  September 12, 2013
This is absolutely amazing. I've been building castles up till now, but this REALLY makes me want to have a crack at a spaceship. Good work!
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  September 12, 2013
Awesome!!! Congrats on MOTD!
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  September 12, 2013
cool looking star ship well decided MOTD
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  October 12, 2012
Great build. Fantastic colour and love all the detail perfect positioning and the beard is growing well too. Well done.
  October 1, 2012
Great design and great page. Definitely love the use of the legs:) I am in the process of my first MOC - Herald 1 - Attack cruiser (silly me started with a big one) and I started on the bottom first and had to flip it; one heavy son of a goonie goo goo!! I tried a little swoosh and nearly dropped it! Thomas Benedikt is right, you can build anything. Keep on MOCing AdamTg
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  April 12, 2012
This is really impressive. Honestly, it is a tough thing to create a ship from scratch that is really sleek and good looking. Oftentimes ships are detailed but plain ugly. This ship is sleek and it really looks ready to do battle. I like the size of it too. Just perfect for "swooshing" (which I am totally guilty of ;), easy display, and great detail. A truly excellent build.
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  April 12, 2012
That's a great looking ship, and swooshable too. Nice to see some 'how it's done' too.
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  February 9, 2012
Wow! Truly stunning:)
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  January 6, 2012
I really love this design. Great shape, structure, and of course the swooshibility on this thing is amazing! :P
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  January 6, 2012
Wow. This is stupendous! And it's even swooshable! I'm impressed.
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  January 5, 2012
Wow, that's one heck of a Lego ship! Great job!
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  January 2, 2012
several of your detailings, particularly on the underside, resemble turrets. the whole thing looks fantastic. i am in need of a good criuser for a group i run, just go to my page, and click the very long acronym. (starts with U.N.A.)
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  January 1, 2012
Strange...I just did an test on that exact poem. Awesome moc anyways.
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  January 1, 2012
Best Lego space ship I've ever seen. 5 stars.
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  January 1, 2012
ITS SO AWESOME IM GONNA DIE! No really, this is EPIC!
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  January 1, 2012
I like how you did the rear engine ports. Was this design inspired by the Dino Crisis Spacecraft U.N. Ozymandias?
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  December 31, 2011
Lovely Design! Happy New Year!
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  December 31, 2011
Wow, this is amazing!
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  December 31, 2011
Wow this is really amazing! Great job on the engines and I think the trans-red plates are a nice touch.
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  December 31, 2011
Wow, that's pretty cool! As it turns out, I agree with just about every single opinion you make in the text. ;)
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  December 30, 2011
Congrats on front page! EEEEEPPPPPIIIIICCCCCness!
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  December 30, 2011
All i can say is ... WOOOT I love it. Looking forward to get all my old LEGO from my basement and make my kids share theirs to get the amount i need to be able to make somthing similiar. Your details are stunning and my kids love it. :)
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  December 29, 2011
love that poem!
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  December 29, 2011
this is a beauty.
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  December 29, 2011
Brilliant ship and clever building!! Great work!!
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  December 29, 2011
A real beauty! Congratulations! It's also great how you made such a sturdy technic structure, great engineering!
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  December 25, 2011
Brilliant, amazing details.The engine part is my favorite.
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  December 24, 2011
Such an amazing ship! The level of detail and all those yummy greeebles are brilliant! Love the jets too! Amazing work man :)
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  December 23, 2011
So this is the real reason you didn't catch up for a beer in October - I knew you were closet building - you beach! Love it man, and welcome back. Lee.
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  December 23, 2011
Brilliant work! The black colouration scheme looks great, and all the details are stunning. I must say, it reminds me of that ship Lee Jones did, I'm sure you know which one. The colours and general shape are startlingly similar. I guess great minds think alike! I especially like how you built the bridge, although I'm not exactly sure why. I definitely understand why you were builder of the year!
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  December 23, 2011
haha! awesome name! good stuff!
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  December 23, 2011
From one ship builder to another this is a fantastic build! Thanks for showing the detail of the main structure' love photos like that. I think it time for me to build a big ship! I give you 5 happy lego heads!
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  December 23, 2011
WHAT THE F.... !!!!! This ship is simply mega super huuuuuge wicked cool !!!!
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  December 23, 2011
It's great to see you back on the pages and active again! Swoosh that thang one time for me! ~ Chris.
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  December 22, 2011
Awesome ship. I love all the detail work you put into this build.
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  December 22, 2011
I like your method for making the dots face all directions. I have a few methods of my own but none are as strong.
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  December 22, 2011
That thing is huge! that must of cost $5,000,000 to make!
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  December 22, 2011
wow
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  December 22, 2011
Wonderful! Looks like it took you a LONG time to build it!
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  December 22, 2011
Absolutely stunning! Your color choice hides the details at a distance but as you get closer you realize just how detailed it is. I am envious of your building abilities. If you have a free moment, I would greatly appreciate your advice on my Flying Rhino.
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  December 22, 2011
Absolutely amazing work. Spectacular.
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  December 22, 2011
Now that's a swooshible ship after my own heart! The detail you put into this beauty looks perfectly proportioned to me. Just enough to give it that wow factor but not so much to make it overbearing. Best of all thank you for sharing your framing technique. I have no doubt many of us (including myself) will attempt our own ideas utilizing your technique.
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  December 22, 2011
Something absolutely brathtaking in my opinion. I love all the detail and texturing. A fine build Sir! I have had a microspace SHIP in the works for at least two years now and actually find it comforting that others have had the same issues I have been having. I wanted to thank you for your "build journal" as it was just as cool as the build itself!
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  December 22, 2011
Man, I'm blown away!
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  December 22, 2011
OMG.....THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!
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  December 22, 2011
Christmas has come early! I've been longing for a really nice microscale ship from someone for a long time now (they may be out there, I just haven't seen one in ages). Shannon, this is GORGEOUS! There's not enough time or room here in the comments section for me to cover everything I'd like to, but suffice to say this beauty awes from every angle. I'll be back several times to view this and drink in all of the wonderful details. Just...thank you!
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  December 22, 2011
Whoops, different clips on guns of the underside bridge. :P Nice build, I like how you photographed black and it's not just a huge shadow.
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  December 22, 2011
Ooh yeh, that's a sweet starship man, superbly detailed and a great shape...
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  December 22, 2011
Wow, what a beautiful ship! The details are spectacular. It being swooshable is awesome! Nice work!!!
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  December 22, 2011
amazing,,,
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  December 22, 2011
Swoosh!
Shannon Young
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Oliver King
  December 21, 2011
cool!!
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  December 21, 2011
Now that's a beautiful SHIP. Simple, yet sophisticated. And you can never go wrong with black. After all, Henry Ford once said, "You can have any color you want... As long as it's black." ^Blub^
  December 21, 2011
Mind if I use teh frame on Digital Designer? Looks great :D
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  December 21, 2011
One truly sweet SHIP! Being able to see the guts of the thing makes one appreciate the wonderfully detailed exterior even more. Speaking of which, the frame design is brilliant– I can think of multiple uses other than gigantic spacecraft as well. Very nice work!
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  December 21, 2011
Wow, that's awesome! Amazing work here.
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  December 21, 2011
Wicked! Great to see all the details up close, inside and out!
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  December 21, 2011
The most important feature when building a ship, SWOOSHABLITY! Very good, this thing is excellent! The parts usage is wonderful, the techniques used are great, and the overall look is fantastic! Definitely has to be one of my favorites from you! - KP
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  December 21, 2011
Great detailing and colors. I particularly like the engines. Keep up the great work. This will have hundreds of likes soon at the rate it is going.
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  December 21, 2011
Fantastic work Shannon! I love the colour scheme, shaping and the detailed guide on frame work, makes me want to pull the Ticonderoga apart for some detailed pics. Well worth the wait.
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  December 21, 2011
Great work, looks fantastic! It was really interesting to see the actual scale as all the detailing made it look much bigger (which I guess is the point, lol).
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  December 21, 2011
Extremely interesting, and many thanks for the construction tips with technic. I love look ofnthe ship, and your detailing isnsuper.
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  December 21, 2011
Right on man! She looks ever bit os lovely as I remember. The detailing is awesome without losing sight of the overall shape. And I was getting worried you might never finish it and just go on forever adjusting or refining it! Kiddies take note, this is a masterpiece: worship it and study it in detail. For your own good!
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  December 21, 2011
My mind reels, the eyes goggle. One wicked construction.
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  December 21, 2011
Super spiffy ship! Looks really nice.
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  December 21, 2011
Proton torpedos, High velocity Proton torpedos, Proton Bombs, Photon torpedos, Quantum torpedos, Plasma Torpedos, Tricobalt torpedos, Nuclear Fusion torpedos, Gneisis-Effect Torpedos, Trans-Phasic torpedos, Lightspeed torpedos, Resonance Torpedos, and... That's pretty much it.
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  December 21, 2011
I can't wait to be an AFOL. until I am one, I'm stuck building tiny mini-scale ships on LDD that are no longer than a foot, tops, and using my real-life LEGO collection to build blocky ships out of red, yellow, blue, and white 2x4 bricks. incredible work on this, I don't expect to ever be able to build something like this for another couple years at least. and I think the greebles are fine. by the way, do you have any idea how many "space torpedoes" there are? I know of at least fifteen different types. three different kinds of proton torpedoes, plasma torpedoes, diamond boron, antimatter, baradium-tipped, you name it. :P
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  December 21, 2011
Wow! That really is a fantastic SHIP. Just beautiful to look at, but quick sleek and dangerous looking at the same time. The time & effort was definitely worth it.
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  December 21, 2011
This is insane just insane:)
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  December 21, 2011
Swoosh! :)
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  December 21, 2011
ude... you know it's against the law to be this epic. :P I would take that off your hands as I see all the trouble your having with it ( JK :3)
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  December 21, 2011
I'm not sure what universe you're from, but over in these parts, torpedoes in space are commonplace on most military ships! I don't know why you'd think we don't have 'em! (Just incase, that's all said in a sarcastic voice). Anyway, nice ship you have here.
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  December 21, 2011
Nice model, pretty huge too, awesome. Idea: When using a greenscreen while filming you can edit the footage in adobe after effects and replace the green background by a spacy background.
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  December 21, 2011
I like how this has been in hiding for over a year. I'm glad we can finally see it. Nice work.
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  December 21, 2011
Great nmae and ship! WOW :D
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  December 21, 2011
Magestic in black! Insane greebliness even if you claim you're not good at it. The red highlights and trans-red windows are a fine choice methinks. I agree the hoses look thin; maybe a Rusty Ferret type of hosing would do. Can totally relate with the dust dilemma since most of my creations are black. Nonetheless, this SHIP is a thing of beauty! Makes my battlecruiser look like rookie material. :(
  December 21, 2011
Whoa, where did this come from?! You have a very discreet nature, if you can build a SHIP without any WIP posts.
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  December 21, 2011
Y'know, Those Space torpedo things aren't such a bad idea.
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  December 21, 2011
Nice looking ship and thanks for some construction pictures aswell. Ever concidered building a minifig scale ship? Even though it's more parts to use it's more fun and challenging. Great ship and details. Thanks, check out my ships:-)
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  December 21, 2011
Nice work! It has lots of nice details!
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  December 21, 2011
And many thanks to take time to explain the building process! I love the "how to" time!
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  December 21, 2011
Beautiful name, magnificient spaceship, what more to say?!? Excellent work, Shannon, and thank you to have added me in your favs! ;-)
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  December 21, 2011
Where could I've possibly heard Ozymandias before? I recognize the name.
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  December 21, 2011
Excellent! Congrats on a great achievement. I usually don't go for micro-scale, but the sweetness of this ship is undeniable.
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  December 21, 2011
Wonderful ship! I love all the details you added! Excellent work.
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  December 21, 2011
Wow. More than incredible!
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  December 21, 2011
Nice ! must be very sturdy if you can swoosh it like that :P Technic bricks always come in handy indeed, love it.
 
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