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LEGO Death Star
5000+ piece custom Death Star - NOT exactly minifig scale (a minifig scale Death Star would be approximately 75 feet high lol), but is built to fit minifigs. 6 Levels, composed of 6 individual stacking modules. Measures approx. 22" tall.
About this creation

This is definitely my crowning achievement in LEGO building. The project started out as a small 8-inch high Death Star that was made up of 5 small stacking sections. A fun little exercise really. But over time I constantly expanded it, tore it down and rebuilt it, added levels and details, until it is now the 22" tall behemoth you see here.

Die-hard LEGO fans will notice the large amount of non-LEGO pieces present in the model. I make no apologies for this - fact is that the easiest and cheapest way to find the thousands of battleship-gray pieces required for this was to use Mega Bloks USS Kittyhawk aircraft carriers. There are 3 used in this model, along with 2 Mega Bloks Battleships. Many of the details are built with LEGO, so it is a hybrid model making the most of both families of pieces.

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UPDATED MARCH 2011 !!

I wanted a new large LEGO project to work on, and decided it was time for yet another rebuild of the Death Star. So it was completely torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. This time I did not include the outer shell, which is what had kind of set me apart from most other models, but I really wanted more play area and the outer walls were getting in the way. With all the pieces I had to work with by not doing the outer shell, I was able to make the core structure much stronger and larger. So the model grew in size and now has much more space for rooms and hangar bays, etc.

I had a lot of fun incorporating the details I had used before, and also took some ideas from LEGO's own Death Star. Funny thing - the official LEGO Death Star did not exist when I did the previous Mark V version, which had many things that showed up in LEGO's offering when it came out about 6 months later... Sometimes I think they saw my model here and took some cues, lol :) Anyhow, I turned around and rebuilt mine like theirs (no outer shell), only bigger and with more going on inside.

Here are pics of the latest version, I am still adding details as I go but this is pretty much final (used up all pieces from previous MARK V version, as well as additional LEGO and Mega Bloks elements I had lying around):

(More text below images)

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DEATH STAR MARK VI (SPRING 2011)


FRONT:



BACK:




ALL MODULES AND SHIPS SEPARATED:




LEVEL 1 (Trash compactor - note plunger on side to move wall):






LEVEL 2 (Detention block, cargo bay with manual lift, armory):










LEVEL 3a (Main hangar bays, platform):



LEVEL 3b (Secondary hangar, tractor beam control, platform)):








LEVEL 4 (Gun turret control, Emperor's throne room, control room, superlaser):
















LEVEL 5/6 (Main elevator control, gun turret, shuttle landing platform, meeting room):






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PREVIOUS VERSION (MARK V)
Here are pics from what it was before I tore it down to build the above recently. After these images, you can see a history of the model further below on the page.


EXTERIOR VIEWS:









SUPER-LASER AND ROOFTOP CONTROL ROOM:




ENTIRE ASSEMBLY HINGED OPEN:




INTERIOR, LEFT SIDE:




INTERIOR, RIGHT SIDE:




RIGHT SIDE, TOP LEVELS (SMALL HANGAR BAY; TRACTOR BEAM):




RIGHT SIDE, MIDDLE LEVEL (LARGE HANGAR BAY; REMOVABLE CONTROL ROOM):




RIGHT SIDE, BOTTOM LEVELS (DETENTION BLOCK; REMOVABLE TRASH COMPACTOR):




LEFT SIDE, TOP LEVELS (ELEVATOR, SMALL HANGAR BAY WITH ROTATING GUNNER):




LEFT SIDE, MIDDLE LEVEL (MORE ROOMS; LUKE AND LEIA SWING ACROSS THE CHASM):




LEFT SIDE, LOWER LEVELS (EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM; REACTOR ROOM):




MINI MILLENIUM FALCON AND TIE FIGHTERS:




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ARCHIVAL PHOTOS SHOWING THE EVOLUTION OF THIS MODEL OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS:

MARK I - 2005
- First prototype, 5 stacking levels



MARK II - 2006
- Remodeled with hinges, elevator, hangar doors
- Lowest level did not hinge and served as a base/stand



MARK III - 2007
- Enlarged and rounded, bigger hangar bays, more details
- Base/stand expanded with escape ship and hatch



MARK IV - 2007/2008
- Large middle level added with huge hangar bay and various rooms


- These shots show all the modules unstacked, and then all separated individually


MARK V - 2008
- Model had gotten too big and awkward to be balanced on base
- Base/stand dismantled, lowest levels strengthened to compensate
- Super-laser rebuilt, trash compactor and control room now removable
- Many details and decals added




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Comments

 I like it 
  December 19, 2011
nice i also created one but its good but yours is better than mine had some rooms i didnt able to add good job in it
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  July 5, 2011
Very nice work! I have tried, and failed, multiple times to build my own Death Star; congrats on yours! Also, your use of Megabloks is completely acceptable. It's not cheating, it's being frugal! And finally, a suggestion: make the vehicles unable to fit a minifig. They will look fine and fit better on the model, and you will be able to achieve proper detail and scale, with more room to play on the actual Death Star. 5/5!
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  March 28, 2011
a good job....no problem for megablocks.. now ill begin to build a death star for me and my son..i m searchin for ideas and i found here lots of good stuff
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  August 12, 2010
Hey all, Haven't checked in for a while... Thank you for the nice comments. I actually went recently and rebuilt the left side middle section, adding some hallways and lookout spots for Stormtroopers, makes it even nicer. Will post pics soon, along with another giant Space LEGO MOC that's been taking my time up lately. One question - why so much hate for MegaBloks? I mean really, I know they're not as good as LEGO in how they click together, but in the end who the heck cares what pieces went into the model, it looks just as it would if all the grey pieces were LEGO. I just don't get all the hate. Plus, LEGO simply does not make those nice smooth flat plates that I used for the flooring, which I have to say are the best most appropriate thing for the Death Star floor and really make the model. Anyhow, thanks again for the kind words, but please tone down the MegaBloks poo-poo'ing, as I don't think it's relevant to the actual appearance and playability of the end product. I had 3 MegaBloks USS Kittyhawk aircraft carriers in my possession and they allowed me to build all this just fine, why invest tons of $ on bonafide LEGO pieces to achieve the same result? It's all LEGO minifigs and specialty pieces, just MegaBloks for the structure and flooring. I worked with what I had... Cheers, Paul
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  August 9, 2010
amazing! that is one of the coolest MOCs i've ever seen! i love how you were able get the tie advanced in there. bottom line: AWESOME.
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  March 26, 2010
This set is truly magnificent! for many reasons: has docking bay has tie fighter cool minifigs 5000 pieces!!! has many rooms and it is really custom! and one more reason: SO! AWSOME!
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  March 21, 2010
Nice job man!! The TIE Fighters and Millenium Falcom need some work, but good job overall, 5/5 ^.^
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  March 21, 2010
This one looks so nice! I like the way you hinged it. I agree that the lego one that came with minifigs is cool but needed the outer shell. The USC version is nice but you can't play with it. With this one you get the best of both worlds
  March 21, 2010
Mmmm.. Its good "Rainbow warrior", but if it was all grey it would be even better!! Keep the collection growing and you'll get there! P.S for grey I would buy the Knight sets..
  March 21, 2010
no comment, no rating. without the impurities, it would have been a genuis creation. it's nothing personal, but this moc perfectly describes my view of megabloks http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/173766
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  March 21, 2010
A true dedication to Lego! Congrats you became Moc of the day!
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  March 21, 2010
apart from your size calcs of 75ft minifig scale being WAY off it's a rather impressive work you show here. could get a little rounder in the next version but that's details ;-) ... As for the size, the first DS is said to be 160km in diameter, given an average size of 1.75m per male human this would be somewhere around 91.5k males on top of each other to get the size; with a plain minifig standing at amazing 4.1cm you come to an approximate minifig scale of 3.7km diameter so a true(!) minifig scale Death Star 1 would stand at about 2 miles height
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  March 21, 2010
looks cool, nice interior details ;)
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  March 21, 2010
Nice
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  March 21, 2010
Its totally awesome!
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  March 21, 2010
pretty good without instuctions!
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  January 16, 2010
Well, some of the models I've made (not viewable here) have alot of maga bloks & k'nex. you are pretty good at using what you have.
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  January 12, 2010
nice but umm..... how much of your life did u waste making this
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  December 26, 2009
i am speechless!
Paul Weston
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commander sidewinder
  December 14, 2009
Wow, It's people like you around here that bring tears to our eyes when you put so much time and devotion into something your never too old for, Bravo, Bravo
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  November 12, 2009
Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very good! Awesome minifigs!!!
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  September 4, 2009
i love this! the lego one seems "naked" to me because it has no outer shell... and a minifig scale death star would be about 2-2.5 miles wide
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  June 17, 2009
AWESOME!!!!! even better than the 1 made by lego
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  June 3, 2009
The best part about your Death Star is playability (I think if you figure a minifig is 1.5 meters then a scale death star would be way bigger than 75 ft. A scale Blockade Runner would be like 6.5 ft. long.)
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  March 25, 2009
awesome! im trying to build my own now. I just have one question, why are battle droids in it?
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  February 27, 2009
Truly a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts. nice job
  January 1, 2009
You sneaky dude! You used mega blocks.
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  September 6, 2008
THAT IS SUPER SUPER SUPER AWESOME!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!
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  August 8, 2008
Coolio! Well done.
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  July 7, 2008
great re-make of the Empire's greatest and deadly-est weapon with a two meter wide Target in a trench, it deserve's it's 5/5.
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  April 10, 2008
i think this model is so cool i, know that i could and probably wouldnt build it i just dont like the thing my favourite space crafts the republic cruiser and the land craft 4 me would be the AT-AT (snore......so boring) my rating is 5/5
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  April 10, 2008
hey guy below leave hm alone its a good atempt better than any model you could probably build, anyway nice detailing inside could do with a couple more photos though, average rating..........10/5 well done
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  November 9, 2007
Big, detailed, but this is a Lego MOC website. Since you admit using a LOT of Megablocks parts, may I suggest finding a Megablock MOC site for this? Still nice though, even if you "cheated", lol.
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  September 30, 2007
HOLY COW! That is big!!
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  May 9, 2007
GOOD! It isn't the perfect copy of the Death Star, however it's one of the best customized creations I've ever seen! Excellent job.
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  May 8, 2007
Not as round as it should be, and a bit too blocky; however, I can't give something that required so much work anything less than a five. Nice job. Lee.
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  May 8, 2007
I guess you should try to make it rounder
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  May 8, 2007
anyone who wants to make a "minifig" scale death star can do the math and kill themselves trying! lol this a good little set though.
  May 8, 2007
that is not minfig scale and it looks ugly like a deflated football
 
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