70cm replica of the Stealth Frigate from Mass Effect 2 and 3. Considerably smaller than my more renowned SR2, this version is designed to be more playable, but with more accuracy.
About this creation
Sorry I've not updated in a while, was a little disheartened when the CUUSOO project was shut down when they changed their terms of service. The project had a decent amount of support (just over the 1000 mark as I recall) when it was killed and I wasn't given any additional information as to why and just had to work it out for myself. My guess is that all Mass Effect related projects were in violation of the new TOS, which was changed to specify that no content be based off of first person shooter games, which is fair enough - I just wish they'd let me know.
Here's the latest version - I may go through and update the old images at some point, I may not. Originally, I had planned to build my own version, and in fact ordered and received one third of the parts needed, but issues beyond my control have prevented the completion. I'll be sure to update this page if I continue with construction.
I know a couple of people have built or are in the process of constructing this model and am aware of a couple of issues:
- The space for another row of plates at the back of the wings is there on the LDD file because the program had some placement issues. In the real model, filling this space is advisable as it adds support for the engines.
- The stand is insufficient to hold the weight of the model and may not be placed at the center of gravity. I would advise constructing your own until I have updated. This will not likely happen until I have built my own version
-The cowlings at the very backs of the engines can be fragile. To add strength, addition of a 1x1 round plate or tile between them where the components do not connect (inner side on the current LDD) is advised.
This MOC is a direct response to the interest expressed in my last SR2, which was itself inspired by a member of the community. Fear not, I am still working on designs for the monster, but being over 100 miles away from her for the most part of 2 years has made things difficult.
The biggest limitation of the 1.26m Normandy will always be here sheer size - most people wanting to recreate her for themselves will be hampered by the number of parts required. So to address this, I set about creating a smaller rendition from scratch. This means that the parts for the smaller ship total a fraction of the cost of her bigger sister - I estimate $200-$300 compared to the quoted $819 of Jeremy Pettit's LDD version of the big'un.
As you can see, I'm no photoshop expert.
But it can't hurt to try, right?
She's not quite a SHIP. 88 studs/70.4cm to be precise. But this isn't a bad thing. It means less weight, so more structurally sound. But the bit you really care about - it should be swooshable. Much more so than my unwieldy 'Big SR2' (which could be swooshed with some difficulty!)
That doesn't mean I skimped on the detail though, no sir.
This iteration of the Normandy features all the usual features and more. Opening hangar bay, retractable Thanix cannons, movable thrusters, hinge-opening roof section as well as the ability to retract all four engines closer to the hull for FTL flight.
I've also fitted a preliminary interior at the rear of the hangar bay which includes a mini-cockpit (complete with Joker and EDI) as well as a galaxy map.
So, Alliance colours first, Cerberus below. Featuring a display stand emblazoned with the insignia of the Systems Alliance cerca Mass Effect (one). I initially had doubts about the new paint scheme the SR2 sports in the third game, but it's starting to grow on me. I don't really know what to say, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.
The promised Cerberus livery. It still holds a special place in my heart. The same display stand, this time sporting the distinctive black and orange of the Cerberus logo. I opted for the same dark grey hull scheme as on the bigger counterpart because is allows the window lines to be distinguished. I've included the black version in the LDD file so you can decide for yourself. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments section below - I'd like to get as many opinions on the matter as I can.
No SR2 would be complete without the trusty UT-74 Kodiak shuttle - which caused countless headaches during construction due to the extra width demanded by the 'A' variant's guns. The shuttle also features poseable engines as well as a hinging roof allowing it to carry one minifigure.
Both shuttle variants are designed to fit snugly into the hangar bay of the Normandy.
Thank you for your time. Make your words below.
EDIT: Design version 2.3 is now available as the building instructions. If you wish to use the wantedbricks parts list generator for the Alliance (blue) colourscheme, you must first change the colour of the 4x4 wedge plates on the dorsal blue stripe of engines 2 and 3 (closest to hull) to a colour that is in the wantedbricks database (black works fine).
Building this model, and it was very difficult to assemble without bits dropping off here and there. I added some temporary bracing during the build process to help with that. Unfortunately, when all the pieces were finished and I joined them together, the model disintegrated. Not enough structural integrity in the body. Going to eliminate the hinged roof and internal bridge "playset" and re-engineer the top plating and internal frame to be more supportive.
Other than that, I love the model and when completed it will be on my shelf for years to come.
Edit: Build complete. Pic: http://i.imgur.com/pGmnZBx.jpg NOTE: This model WILL NOT support its own weight without redesigning the internal structure and portions of the external plating for additional stability. I'm in the process of sourcing some additional Technic pieces to create a cradle-like stand, which I think will work great for it. Thanks for the model!
Edit again: Here is a link to the LDD file of the stand I made. http://souris.me/normandy/stand.lxf The modified ventral hull is also included in the file, but you'll need to add internal bracing yourself for it to support the ship's weight. As an added bonus, here's a fun little UCS-style placard that I made to affix to the stand. http://souris.me/normandy/Normandy.png
I tried building this myself, but was unable to complete it due to structural issues related to the working shuttle bay and hinged roof.
I have everything built out, but I am unable to get the front section, the rear bottom, the rear roof, and the rear sides to all intersect at the same time without pieces flying everywhere.
It probably didn't help that I was using auto-generated instructions created by the LDD (even though I attempted to mitigate some of the program's problems by sectioning off the digital model and then requesting build steps for each section).
I'm putting away what I have in a drawer while I work on other projects. In a couple months, I plan to come back to it and eliminate one or both of the hinged sections in the rear and rebuild the back section to be more stable.
You can obtain a parts list by importing the LDD file into a program called Wanted Bricks (http://www.nolberger.se/lego/wantedbricks/). As Steven suggested, I'd separate and save the version of the ship you want to its own file so that you're not also importing the parts for the other version.
This is amazing. I have never done a huge Lego build such as this before but I am dedicated to getting into the craft and I think this is the perfect place to start.
Not to sound like a broken record but does anyone have a parts list? I have no idea how to determine what to buy to build this kit and I'm very eager to get started!
Luc, it may just take that long. It took around 4 or so hours for some SR 1 directions and this has 2 models at 2800 pieces each if memory serves. Select one of the ships then do directions...then go to work or something. :P
Just finished building the Cerberus version, even printed out the text and stuck it on and it looks fantastic. It took a couple of days since LDD generated instructions were useless for the most part, but I figured it out eventually. Thanks for sharing this.
I've been able to find all the parts for this (the Cerberus) project on the bricklink site. It took ordering from a bout 20 or so different sellers but all the parts are there. I suggest making a checklist of all the parts and checking off the part and quantity as you purchases them.
What happened to the support page on the Lego site? I supported the design about a month ago and posted a link on a mass effect message board trying to get people to support it. I checked 2 days later and the page was deleted? People thought I was playing a prank or something because it happened so fast.
I just ordered the missing parts for the V2.3.
Luckily I've only finished the wings/engines.
I would recommend adding a black plate 1x2 to the engines, it would go right at the back, to keep the wall plates from getting squeezed together. Also another black plate 1x2 added to the wing structure that is encased in the farthest (all black) engine. Place it at the bottom of the last row of 1x's. This will greatly minimize the engine from rocking.
Quoting Donald Hallama
I'm going to be building the Cerberus version.
The parts are in the mail. She cost just over $300. I'll try and post pics of the build.
Great to hear! I've got cash for the time being, and with a very favourable pound-dollar exchange rate, will be ordering my parts within the next 48 hours. I should warn you, I don't think I updated the designs here on Mocpages to V2.3 when you ordered, so be prepared for a potential structural weakness in the bow section. The remedy is fairly simple though, so if you already few parts, you should be able to modify it with little trouble. Good luck and thanks for the support!
Supported this project on cuusoo and blackmailed all my friends to do the same >:D Amazing model.
I downloaded the LDD files and started modifying one into the SR1
Anything you would suggest?
This is amazing. Very impressive detail and moving parts. It is perfect. The only improvement I could imagine is somehow making the room under the top of the hull modular, so you can have a set of rooms (like the AI core, Shepard's cabin, or the engineering bay) and swap them out. Lego needs to pay you some bank, and get on this ASAP!