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Star Wars: Kyle Katarn's The Moldy Crow
This MOC is based on the The Moldy Crow starship featured in the Star Wars video games, Dark Forces and Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight.
About this creation


Built October and November 2010, Updated March 2013

This was the first MOC that I tried to tackle. My LEGO building passion started with my building classic Star Wars star-fighters sets. Once I had a decent representation of both Imperial and Rebel fighters, I realized that I needed some "rogue" ships to balance out the collection (the only one I had at the time was Slave 1). I loved the look of the Moldy Crow back when I played the Dark Forces games. After seeing how other LEGO builders had interpreted the model, I figured it was worth a shot.

My main focus was to build a version of the ship that would fit in with the rest of my official LEGO collection. I tried to keep it clean and economic while capturing the profile of the original design. Needless to say, compromises were made. Since the first build back in 2010, LEGO has manufactured pieces that better fit to color profile and shape of certain bricks used in my MOCís design. Iíve posted an image of the original to show the differences between the two versions.

The final compromise that I decided to fix was the issue with the cockpit windows. The official Moldy Crow has a unique window design, one that is hard to replicate with LEGO. So I asked myself, what would LEGO do if releasing an official set. Molding my own cockpit window seemed extreme, and would take me too far away from keeping this build legit. However, LEGO does use stickers to help push details, especially with their Star Wars licensed sets. So, as dirty as it felt to first apply those custom stickers, over time, Iíve gotten used to their placement and no longer feel guilty for using them. In the end, what counts for me is that it's playable and looks right at home next to the out-of-box sets I have on the shelf.
























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 I made it 
  July 30, 2013
Quoting ObiShawn Crosby I was linked to this by a friend of mine who is also a giant Dark Forces fan. Nicely done! The city in your last picture of fly-by dogfight looks like Los Angeles - are you local? I'd love to see your stuff in person at Legoland at a fan event... if I haven't already!
Good eye on the city background. Calista and I are local to Southern California, but live just beyond the SC spawl, about 2 hours from downtown LA. We would love to display our builds at a fan event. Both of us have judged a number of FIRST LEGO League competitions at LEGOLAND (Carlsbad), but haven't had a chance to participate in any of the fan day events (Star Wars Day would be the most appropriate). How does one register to show their builds there, or is it by invite only? We've talked about starting our own LUG, but there aren't enough LEGO enthusiast in our area keep such a club going.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
I was linked to this by a friend of mine who is also a giant Dark Forces fan. Nicely done! The city in your last picture of fly-by dogfight looks like Los Angeles - are you local? I'd love to see your stuff in person at Legoland at a fan event... if I haven't already!
 I made it 
  June 20, 2013
Quoting Brickdoctor - In part because the ship was created as 3D model for a 1995 video game, this might appear to be somewhat simple. But I look more closely at this MOC, and I notice the SNOT work in the engines, the skillful blending of Technic with System along the underside, and the little details like the printed flags in front of the engine pods and the door pieces that add texture to the top. Excellent work! Blogged: http://eurobricksstarwarsforum.com/2013/06/15/fighting-the-dark-forces-with-a-moldy-crow/
WOW! I'm excited you've enjoyed checking out my version of The Moldy Crow. And, thank you so much for sharing my MOC on your blog. I noticed a few comments highlighting the choice of color. The pictures were taken in direct sunlight, so the Dark Orange bricks look more like standard Orange LEGO. If the pieces were available, I would give it another shot using Dark Tan as the primary color. As it turns out, LEGO hasn't produced some of the brick types I would prefer to use in Dark Tan (yet). Thank you again!
 I like it 
  June 15, 2013
In part because the ship was created as 3D model for a 1995 video game, this might appear to be somewhat simple. But I look more closely at this MOC, and I notice the SNOT work in the engines, the skillful blending of Technic with System along the underside, and the little details like the printed flags in front of the engine pods and the door pieces that add texture to the top. Excellent work! Blogged: http://eurobricksstarwarsforum.com/2013/06/15/fighting-the-dark-forces-with-a-moldy-crow/
 I like it 
  June 8, 2013
very nice ..
 I like it 
  June 7, 2013
I'd say you doing a fine job re-creating these SW ships for all of us to enjoy. I may have never had the pleasure, or pain, depending on your point of view of playing the games you mentioned but more importantly I know a quality build when I see it. This bird definitely counts!
 I made it 
  June 6, 2013
Quoting David Roberts I think that the stickers help to keep the build neat and clean. They're a clever solution to what would have otherwise become a fiddly bit of construction. Well done with the colour matching. I know from my experiments with printing stickers that this is tricky!
Color matching IS tricky. My solution was to isolate the color I thought was closest to the actual brick color, and then create three columns of the that color with slight tone adjustments shifting between warmer and cooler, lighter and darker, more and less color saturation. The sheet of sticker paper was solid with orange tones. Not very efficient when it comes to printer toner, but I didn't have to burn through a bunch of paper to get what I needed.
 I like it 
  June 5, 2013
I think that the stickers help to keep the build neat and clean. They're a clever solution to what would have otherwise become a fiddly bit of construction. Well done with the colour matching. I know from my experiments with printing stickers that this is tricky!
 I like it 
  June 4, 2013
Nice improvement! Those stickers make it look a lot more accurate.
 I made it 
  June 4, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Nothing wrong with stickers. I love the front windows, look sleek and intimidating. I haven't played the games, but the name seems odd for the ships colors and shape. But, seeing that this vessel is pretty cool, who cares what it's called? Great fighter!
Thanks! I'm happy you like it. It was a cool looking fighter when the game showed it in action. However, I agree that the name was/is an odd choice. I don't recall crows being a species in the Star Wars universe. But neither are falcons, vultures and ducks.
 I like it 
  June 4, 2013
Nothing wrong with stickers. I love the front windows, look sleek and intimidating. I haven't played the games, but the name seems odd for the ships colors and shape. But, seeing that this vessel is pretty cool, who cares what it's called? Great fighter!
 
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