The Viking is a space battleship in the Lego Starforce fleet.
About this creation
Thank you for checking out my Lego creation! The Viking is a space battleship in the Lego Spaceforce fleet, along with ships like Gibraltar, Regent, and Dragonstar. It is my 5th large Lego capital ship. I've been working on it on and off for nearly 3 years. As of this writing it is a work in progress since the interior has only been partially completed.
Unlike previous capital ships which employed standard studs-up, box building techniques, the Viking utilizes a Technic frame. The inspiration came from Mark Sandlin's Asmodeus, which is truly a masterpiece in Lego capital ship design. The Technic frame allows more design possibilities, better structural integrity, and significantly reduced weight for a 5 foot long Lego model. Additionally, unlike the prior ships whose interiors were only viewable from above, the Viking's paneling removes from the sides throughout the ship. While Asmodeus had one side with removable panels while the other was fixed (for the sake of reinforcement), the panels on the much smaller Viking are removable on both sides. This will allow for better horizontal viewing of the various interior decks from either side.
As with ships like Regent and Dragonstar, the shape of the Viking and various design elements are very much inspired by the work of Leiji Matsumoto and the Star Blazers anime series, or Space Battleship Yamato as it was originally known as in Japan. In Star Blazers, earth is at war with distant aliens and thus the World War II era sunken Japanese battleship Yamato, which is at the heart of the series, is converted from a naval ship to a space battleship and in the English dub is renamed the Argo. The concept of a naval battleship in space carries through on the design of Viking along with the main guns and the conning tower. As with the Argo, the Viking's primary weapon is the powerful wave motion gun, a reverse engineered alien weapon that emits a highly concentrated tachyon particle doomsday weapon that wipes out virtually anything in it's path.
Further work on Viking has stalled for the past year or so ever since I encountered the Lego game figures with Classic Space printing. I am still considering scrapping the current interior layout, which is set to minifig scale, in favor of converting everything to Lego game figure scale. The conversion would not significantly impact the present exterior design, with exception to the airlock hatches. While it would have the novelty of being the first Lego capital ship to be built at that scale as well as allow more freedom of design, it would also represent a break from the prior ships built to minifig scale. So I'm still on the fence as of this writing.
The Viking is slightly shorter than Dragonstar but wider and taller and definitely more well thought out.
Top forward view, probably my 2nd favorite angle.
A view straight down the muzzle of the mighty wave motion gun.
Full view of the port side. Note the location of the circular docking rings and airlocks at the conning tower and also below on the underside just aft of the reverse thrusters. This angle also offers a better view of the 3rd bridge, which also serves as a detachable scout vessel.
My favorite view of the Viking. The honeycomb patterned detail is the forward screen projector (one on each side). This view also shows the ventral torpedo launcher (in blue) along the bottom centerline.
This low angle view of the rear port side shows the engine exhaust, the rear landing bay hatch (closed) and the defensive gun turrets and aft torpedo launcher.
A low angle rear view from the starboard side.
Another rear view from a higher angle.
The Viking alongside some other space vessels I've built shown here for scale comparison.
Full view of the Viking's conning tower. At the top is the command bridge and below it is the gunnery bridge.
As with the Dragonstar the Viking features a twin barreled aft cannon. This view also shows some of the greeble work in the aft section.
Detail view of the starboard engine scoop and the upper and lower defensive pulse laser cannons.
The Viking's "horns" are actually part of the ship's communications and sensor array.
A view of some of the conning tower detail.
The Viking in low orbit around the planet Mars. Centuries before, a space exploration craft from Earth with the same name landed on Mars and sent back the first pictures from the Martian surface.
Wow. I've been surfing MOC for over a year, but I had to make an account just to comment for this model. It's simply stupendous. I would seriously smash my piggy bank right now for the designs. Have you ever considered making/selling them?
That's another excellent build from you, Daniel. I wish that Mark, yourself, and I could build a massive capital ship. Thankfully, since the job situation has turned around in my life, I can get a few grand to buffer up my LEGO collection soon via purchases on Craigslist. I hope for lots of space parts, lots of bricks, plates, specialty pieces, windows, baseplates, and electric LEGO with my next purchase and, yes, minifigs, too. What do you say that we team up next time on your next build if you're in the Twin Cities area? Oh, and by the way, I'm having a bit of a rather unique entry in my next MOC, so please come check it out. Thank you.
An exceptionally well done vessel in my book, no doubt about it. The attention to detail is stupendous. You say the third bridge detaches to become a shuttle. Do you have any shots of this or is that description only? Either way, well done.
Very cool ship! I really like the shape, the well detailed paneling, and the color selection. I like all the open gaps that look like air funnels lend it a look of armor plating. That is a lot of hard work, and well worth it.
Dear Daniel, you can't imagine how glad I am to see you back here... You're the one who made me discover MOCs two years ago(with your "Explorer" and then all your major ships) and MOCpages from link to link. You were my very first favourite builder -do not look for my comments, at that time, I did not even dare writing anything for I had no account and no creation- So it's a real pleasure to re-discover your so unique style and skills. -sigh- Now, I can appreciate this one. Agressive but sleek. Massive but fluid. Detailed and balanced. The design is stunning. I'm impressed. Very. The same emotions just like the "Explorer". Respect, Master LegoJedi.
Yes, I did 'see' the naval battleship in its look! Then read your commentary and saw why! Nice! :)
I like it
November 24, 2012
And He's back! I always thought your builds were fantastic and was saddened that your visits to MP were few and far between. This ship screams "I'm going to recapture the audience on MP again!" Great to see you back and that you still work your magic with ABS. ~Thoy
Glad to have you back, Daniel. And what a way to make a comeback: I love the angle and the way those thrusters are attached to the sides, so different from your traditional studs up building style. Not much Goldman-like pattern greebling too, but still a very military look overall. Fantastic work, keep em coming!
This is crazy! Everything is so masterfully crafted; I'm not sure where to begin my praise! ;) The guns are simply magnificent, particulary the primary one in the front. All sides of the ship line up without a seam, and details such as the greebles and the exterior hatch are made in excellent taste. Nice photo effects as well. Good Stuff!
Inspiring! Amazing to see another capital ship from you, especially one this well built. The angles, textures, and colours are all excellent, and I love the bridge designs. Incredible work, can't wait to see the interior.
Hey, Daniel, where have you been? It would have been nice to seen the look on Mladen Pejic's face when you showed this bad boy to him. I am sure that he would have been like I am now, which is very impressed. This is yet another nice capital ship build from you and I would love to see more of your impressive work in the future. Keep up the good work, buddy.
Can't tell you how cool it is to see some new work from you, Dan - great stuff, as always! Love the more complex angles with the hull shape on this one, and really looking forward to seeing what you do with the interior.
Another masterpiece! Whatever you do with the interior, the exterior looks amazing - chunky and bristling with weapons, always a good look in my book! With regards to scale, it doesn't suggest minifig scale from the exterior - I think you may have the solution pitching it somewhere between micro and minifig using the game figs. I look forward to seeing the interior when it's done, keep up the good work!