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UM Warship
About this creation
And now for the unveiling.

I’ve been at this build now for about the last three months, and I’m proud to say that I can put a sheet over it to keep the dust off and forget the last three months. Whew…glad I got that off my chest.

Okay, it was fun, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be glad it’s done.

This build is going to Chicago in two months and what I’ve discovered about BrickWorld is when you’re building something that’s to be scrutinized by your peers in public, you take the extra time to make sure everything is in exactly the right spot…and to circle it like a hungry shark wondering if that last piece you put on should stay there…and to curse at it when you realize that it shouldn’t…and to cry a little.

But only a little.

That being said, I’m pretty sure that I haven’t been more proud of a MOC in the nearly two and a half years that I’ve been doing this and I’m happy to be able to show it off to you now. This is my UM Warship. It was inspired by the science fiction book that I attempted to write seven years ago. Let me catch you up:

The Commonwealth is a governing body overseeing a territory that encompasses the entirety of the Tyhandian Galaxy, as well as several isolated star systems in some outlying galaxies. It is a coalition of planets that have united in a sliver of The Universe that once was a cutthroat environment of various races trying to claim more territory. It was established by the leaders of likeminded peoples with no more interest than in protecting what they have and none in gaining more, and The Commonwealth was able to achieve just that.

The simple act of unification went a long way to accomplishing that singular goal, but when the initial shock of its formation faded from the surrounding galaxies, the old tradition of occupying weaker planets and eventually taking over, by force in many cases, for the sake of expansion recommenced.

Enter the Universal Military.

Soon to be more commonly known as the UM, the Universal Military was assembled as the strong right hand of The Commonwealth. Its strength was almost exclusively interstellar warfare, and mostly served as a threat to those hostile races with designs to invade a protected planet, but it was prepared to clench into a tight fist if the actual danger arose. If the need presented itself, the UM was a force that proved to be as good as unbeatable. It didn’t take long for the UM to stand in many successful defenses and only a slightly longer time before the appearance of invading fleets within the borders of The Commonwealth became a rarity.

However, despite the overall efforts of peace within the Commonwealth, the criminal element is present in every society. With the threat of invasion a virtual thing of the past, the UM was put to use as the highest level of law enforcement within the coalition. The jurisdiction of the UM was not to impede upon the atmospheric borders of a sovereign planet, but it had complete control of the happenings in the neutral cosmic territories not under planetary control. Illegal gambling rings, weapons transfers, unsanctioned space salvage missions, starjumps, (illegal space races), or any other unlawful activity that was beyond the reach of planetary control was not tolerated by the Commonwealth High Council, and it did not hesitate to deploy the UM to keep the peace within their borders.

The true muscle of the UM was their Warships. In most cases, a UM Warship was like setting off a nuclear bomb to kill a sentripid, but if a Warship showed up in the throes of a turf war, it was normally the best idea for the offending parties to go their separate ways, and with great haste. In fact, it was uncommon for a Warship to fire even one of its fourteen dual cannons before it got its point across. The Warships quickly became more of a symbol than an actual weapon.

Until now…

Many hundreds of light years away from the most distant border of the Commonwealth dwells the Hexan race. A highly advanced civilization, its sole mission was exploration and peaceful expansion. Although not a member of the Commonwealth, the Hexan race was no enemy and had even supplied the Commonwealth with many highly evolved technologies that were constantly utilized in such fields as medicine, space travel, and even defense.

The Hexans have found themselves in a bitter struggle with a hostile force known only as The Darkness and they have called upon The Commonwealth for assistance. After a short deliberation, the Commonwealth High Council has agreed to send a Warship as well as a squadron of UM Cutters to assist in their distant ally’s defense.

Cue dramatic theme music. I know this was a long commentary, and I commend you if you’ve made it this far.

For the record, the micro ship that I posted a couple weeks back is the LEGO representation of a Cutter from my book. It received its name from one of its first appearances in battle when one flew straight through the hull of an enemy cruiser. It effectively took the cruiser out of the battle, and although the Cutter was totaled, its heavy armor held up enough for the pilot to survive the attack.

In the next two months, I will be attempting to build a ship that acts as transportation for the Cutters, (if my piece collection holds up). Wish me luck.

In the meantime, I present the UM Warship. Enjoy, and if you feel so compelled, let me know what you think.




So I think it's been established that I really enjoy a good photo edit, but I think I may have gotten a little carried away with this one.


I decided that the size of this ship deserved an upper and lower command deck. This is a good look at the lower command deck.


The underside.




Not the best shot, but I wanted to give a view of the engines. This was a particular challenge.

The following shots are just to show some closer views of the details.














I'm particularly proud of the parts usage on this one. I've been trying to find a decent use of the ray guns from the Alien Encounter sets. That's what the communication dishes are mounted on.


The upper command deck.





Bonus shots: The first is a shot with three Cutters flying alongside the Warship. The last two show the very scary setup that I had to use for the photography.




You can see that it is upside down for this run of photos. The scariest part of this shot is that it is resting on the 2X2 round tile atop the upper command deck. For the record, I got this set up, then realized too late that my camera's battery was dead. It had to sit like this for about an hour while I let my traitorous camera charge.



Thanks for checking it out. If you are going to be at BrickWorld this year, make sure you stop by and say hi.



Comments

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  July 11, 2014
Neat detail around the bridge, and a cool shape overall.
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  June 16, 2014
interesting backstory! ship looks cool too - i was drawing space battles when i was young and this ship would fit right in :D BrickWorld is in Chicago? when is it this year (2014)?
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  June 13, 2014
I was too busy ogling the underside of this last time I looked at it and forgot to comment. Really amazing detailing and I particularly like the ventral/underside bridge. Per my last comment - wish I could see it in person.
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  June 11, 2014
Wow, never got around to commenting on this one, I guess! Really top-notch stuff here, Tim. On the one hand, you've perfectly captured some of the staples that make the SHIP genre brilliant--hulking behemoth of a craft, bley with just the right amount of color. But on the other, you branched out in some awesome ways--the shaping on that hull is just fantastic. Keep on building!
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  April 23, 2014
Thanks for all the comments, everyone. I'm thrilled it was so well received. Sorry it took me so long to respond to them. It doesn't diminish my appreciation. I will reiterate, if you're coming to BW, stop by and introduce yourself. It would be a pleasure to meet all of you.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Every time I see a hull like this, with wonderful shaping and commitment to capturing difficult shapes I have to stop in my tracks and stare. I can't do it yet, don't know how to do it yet, want to do it, gnashing my teeth trying to get my brain around it... great job! Not only is the overall shape a thing to behold, but the details are simply excellent. All very well photographed and presented. Well done. Attack!
Your comments are always so thoughtful, Michael. I'm glad you like how this turned out. I must say, though, some of your accomplishments with the brick make it hard to believe that you have trouble with SHIPs. Especially that Talon 14. What a beaut. It would feel strange to try to encourage such an advanced builder, so I'll just say that if/when you do come out with one, I'm sure it will be long remembered. Thanks again, Michael.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Mark Kelso Wish I WAS going to BW this year...for many reasons, not the least of which to talk shop with you about your ships. I know I commented over on Flickr, but couldn't resist stopping by for another look here. Great work, bro!
Well, Mark. I am met with a certain ambivalence to your comment. On the one hand, I'm glad to know you think enough of my builds to want to talk shop with me. It would be great to pick your brain a bit about your MOCs. Especially that 7-foot behemoth you recently produced. The Reign of Fire makes me want to become a HALO fan. WOW! What a SHIP. Can't say enough about it. On the other hand, I'm bummed to get the confirmation that you won't be attending. Maybe next time, good sir. Thanks for the compliments.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting David Roberts It takes a while to take in your huge builds. I still like the diagonal bits on the red stripes as my favourite detail. I'm not so sure about the lower command deck but it does mark this as defiantly deep space ship that will never land. I love the white bands around the vessel. To me, they suggest perhaps that the ship is a framework of thicker beams with panels in between. A bit like a steel skeletoned skyscraper. As always, there's some great quality greebling to spotted all over the place too.
I wasn't so sure about the lower command deck myself when I first built it, but by the time it was done, that feature had found a home. I always appreciate your honesty in your comments. I mean that. I'm glad you like the white framework. I wasn't sure about that feature either;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Alex TwentyTwo That must have taken you a long time to add all those grebles, very nice detailing, you should add an interior.
The dk bley section especially. But I must admit. A large portion of the time was just staring at it, trying to figure out what was going to come next. Interiors on micro SHIPs are beyond me at this point, but I will get there. Thanks for the compliment.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Brody Allen Truly Excellent. Great part usage and details. The time you put into it is really noticeable. I am sure it will be a favorite at BrickWorld.
Here's hoping, Brody. Glad you like it. And yes, the amount of time is immeasurable. Which is to say that I didn't measure it;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting christophe corthay WOOOOO That's a ship !!! I love the red part and the color balance between the DBG and LBG... so cool !!!
Thanks a lot, Christophe. I really appreciate getting your take on this.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown Is it meant to look like a large lego super soaker as a side effect..if so GREAT!
Wasn't the original intention, but I see what you're saying. I take that back. I'll say that it was the intention and take the compliment;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Very impressive, and quite beautiful.
I appreciate that, Nick. It's nice to get the attention of such an accomplished builder.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Magnificent!
Thanks!
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Kjell-Arne Wilsgård NICE!..I very much like the detailing:)
Thanks, Kjell. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Stellar ship and presentation! :)
Thanks, Topsy. I always look forward to seeing what you have to say.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Justin L. Definitely a SHIP, yet it is a clean build and is not littered with random detail. Stuff I want to build someday. :P nice work!
You've put out some pretty sweet builds, Justin. I would love to see your take on a SHIP.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad As usual Tim, you've proven yourself to be the best regular SHIP builder out there. I've personally been out of the hobby for a few months now (school and general laziness), and I'm humbled to see that others are at still kicking. The parts usage is inspirational, and the shaping is clearly calculated and well done. Excellent work, and I hope to see more of the UM!
And here I was hoping that you were just sitting on a large MOC that was to be unveiled some time in the near future. It's a bummer to hear that you're out of the game right now, Achintya, but I do know how school can take precedence. And we all need some time for general laziness;) Glad you like the SHIP, but the best? Awfully generous, but I'll take it;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Stephan Schumann Well Tim, it's exhilarating how you combined a great book with outstanding moc-builts! I really would like to read the complete Book. Your UM Warship fits perfect to your background, the trans-red marks maybe an hexan...-design? Also i find the small fighters fits perfect side by the Warship! On your proud of UM I like most the parabolic cutout of the engine-section at the bottom. The whole ship offers some more great shaping and likely details. As I know, for myself, how exhausting it can be building for an exhibition, I am impressed by your stubborness of made it complete perfect finished! Congrats to your awesome Warship!
Thanks, Stephan. I would definitely consider you an authority for the exhausting nature of building a SHIP. I'm glad you like mine. As far as the book goes, I'm afraid all I can do is just assure you that there is the bare bones of a book in my computer. I fear that it well never see the hallowed shelves of a bookstore. Thanks for the interest.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Hayden . What an intretsing concept, the UM. Great build, I'm loving the greeblies and I fell in love with those epic engines many WIP pictures ago :) Great Work!
Thanks again, Hayden.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Greeble-tastic! Love the engines, guns, and those trans-red highlights, in particular.
Hahaha! Greeble-tastic. I like it. Thanks, Moodswim. Any chance we'll see a SHIP out of you one day?
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Eric W. I really like the transition from light to dark grey on the under side of the ship. Lovely details throughout the build. Excellent work!
That transition was very important to the design. I'm glad you think it came out right. Thanks, Eric.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Eric Landreneau Um, it's ok I guess. Kidding! Tres bon! Details are extensive but not obtrusive or distracting. Weapon placement is suitable for a vehicle meant to fight in a 3d vacuum (one o my pet peeves, starships with main weapons on one plane only, like nautical ships). Th shaping is graceful and bulky simultaneously, an the bright red angular cutout thingy - whatever it's supposed to be - is a perfect and much-needed break to all the grey!
I appreciate that Eric. You are not shy to give constructive criticism, so the fact that you have many compliments to give on this one means all the more. I actually took some criticism that you gave on The Orion for the placement of the cannons on this one. Glad you noticed that.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Peter Mowry Great job on this build Tim! And I have to say your backstory is a keeper:-). Loved the part where your UM Battleship would come on the scene and only have to fire a warning shot and the opposing races would leave in a hurry. Making your battleship more of a symbol than a weapon. Your backstory really makes me want to complete mine and tell the world as well. But going on a almost 15 year story on notebooks and ideas in my head I don't think it will ever be done sadly:-(. But don't worry we will exchange stories soon enough. Congrats on your build as well Tim! Your best so far to date. Love all the little details through out on her. Can't wait to see both our ships at BW:-)
Yeah, this is going to be fun, Pete. I'm still waiting to see the final presentation of your SHIP. The WIPs have been very intriguing. The backstory is largely from my own book, but I'm glad you approve of integrating the Hexan race into it. I think this may be my best as well.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Totally Awesome Tim. I really like the addition of the two command decks to break up the shape - kind of reminds me of a massive plasma gun :D. Loving those engines too. Also really like the flashes of colour.
When I finished it, I got that same feeling, Joe. Thanks for the compliments. I still can't get enough of that dinosaur. Wish I could see that display in person.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Mad skillz!
Hahaha. Thanks, Shifu. I would expect that you would know what mad skillz looks like.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Wow! This is amazing! Fantastic shaping and detailing!
Thanks, Mark. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Amazing!
Thanks!
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting That guy you saw earlier :O Amazing again! That puts my ship to shame!
Thanks, That Guy. Not to shame, just a little more developed. Cover those studs and it's one of the coolest SHIPs I've seen.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Justin Knelsen Wow, this is above excellent! The colour scheme the greebles; they all work together perfectly. Top notch work as usual. :)
Thanks, Justin. Always glad to hear from you. Glad you like it. I tried to give some continuity to the design elements to a higher level than I have before. Glad it works.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Amazing! The size, shaping, and detailing of your model are all outstanding.
Thanks, Doc. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Tim S A beautifully shaped, masterfully built ship! The details are fantastic and the stripe of red is wonderfully integrated into the whole. You've made an awesome piece of work here and that story wasn't half bad either :)
Thanks, Tim. I'm pretty happy with that red stripe. It was something I hadn't yet tried, so I'm glad it's being so well received.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Mastermind7 ¿? Holy macaroni! I must say, this has gotta be one of your greatest masterpieces Tim! It's too bad I won't be able to make it to the BrickWorld to see it live :(
Mastermind? Where have you been? You still have some LEGO bricks, right? Thanks for the compliment, good sir. I am definitely most proud of this one. Glad you like it. Now, go build something;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Gerald F. And yet another jaw-dropping masterpiece!!! I wish I could see this in person. Maybe you can exhibit one of these bad boys in Puerto Rico, I could then meet it in person haha! Just... wow!!! Keep On Brickin'!
Puerto Rico...no problem;) Thanks for compliment Gerald. Always appreciate hearing from you.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, absolutely fantastic! I did a double take when I saw that you had built it :P Well done Tim!
OUCH! But...but...I can build cool stuff too;) Thanks for the compliment, Alex.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Philippe Moisan Nice job!
Thanks, Philippe!
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Meh, not bad for a paperweight. XD Holy Toledo Tim, where to begin! Let's just say that the true test of something wonderful is that there is no favorite part. When you can look at a build and love everything about it, then there really is nothing that can be added to a stellar accomplishment. All the comments prove that there are aspects of this behemoth that appeal to every taste. THAT is a remarkable achievement in it's own right. If only this had a completely engrossing and fascinating story behind it. Oh, wait... never mind. ;) Actually, what happened with the book? I am MOST interested. I do believe that I know where I'll be spending a good chunk of time at BW. (No, not the bar. Well, maybe.) Can't wait to drool all over this thing. XD Exceptional and inspiring!
Yes, it's a paperweight, Matt. Sheesh! No satisfying some people;) By the way, only old guys say things like, "Holy Toledo." We may have to sit around BW, drink some Metamucil, complain about the weather, and grumble at the TFOLs and all their dag-blasted energy;) I always look forward to seeing what you have to say, Matt. As for the book: it was something I put a lot of time into about seven years ago...my daughter is now seven. See any connections therein? I traded my typing fingers in for diaper-changing hands, (and a killer gag reflex). I discovered LEGO around the same time that I was aching for a hobby and dumped my time into that. Unfortunately, the book is currently shelved, (get it?) Thanks for the interest. Just something else to talk about in a couple months.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 great ship design!
Thank you good sir. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Amazing SHIP, Dude! I see a few glints of Colonial design in there. Great pics to show it off, too. Can't wait to see it at Brickworld!
Thanks, Barto. I have found over time that Garry King is probably my largest influence when it comes to SHIP building, so if it has a little Colonial persuasion, it's probably appropriate.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting James Prins The whole thing is just incredible, but my favourite part is the engines. They are perfect, and the greebling around them is stunning. Great job!
Thanks, James. The engines were quite a challenge. I'm happy with how they turned out. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Mihe Stonee wow... what a beauty Tim ! So many nice details. The overall shape and your coloursheme -the different layers in grey- are really well thought out! top work! ;-) !
Thanks Mihe. You have become quite the SHIP master, so seeing you sound off on this one makes me happy. Can't wait to see what's next for you. Another USCM inspired work? Please?
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny This is GLORIOUS! So giant, it doesn't matter what scale it is in. It's so full of details, but my favourite are the red stripe on top and the round transition from grey to dark grey on the underside, the sort of a revealing disc. The edited shots are glorious too, you are really good with that.
Thanks, Alex. I think sometimes I only build LEGO spaceships so I can edit the background. Glad you like the red stripe. That was going out on a limb for me. Using trans pieces as highlight hasn't been in my arsenal until now. It was for the sake of a little continuity with Pete Mowry's Hexan theme. If you haven't checked out his stuff yet, check it out: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/64901
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist The WIPs were promising, but this is incredible, Tim. As always, you've left no surface undetailed, even the bottom. Heck, you probably greebled the interior... ;) I especially like the transition of light grey to dark grey on the underside, you've emulated thick armor plating perfectly with the rounded fall-off. It's hard to imagine a ship topping your last behemoth, but this fellow might be the chosen one. The red highlights are very aggressive, and the bridge design is very reminiscent of some Star Wars ships. I liked reading about the backstory too, looks like the Hexans have a valuable ally in this ship. Definitely looking forward to seeing more from this theme.
I tend to look back at my book for a lot of my builds, but you're right about the Star Wars influence. I gladly admit it. I have yet to see any ship designs that top them. Glad you like the details. This being on display in a couple months had me laboring over them. Great to hear from you, Luke, and I can't wait to see what shows up next with your name on it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Pieter Vanden Meersschaut Great work as always Tim! Love the studless look and your eye for detail
Thanks, Pieter. I don't know why studless is such a big deal for me, but it is, although I have found myself exposing a lot more these days.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Jon Blackford This is a beast Tim, really cracking ship! Was fun watching this come together with the WIP shots, and you certainly inspired me somewhat to get on with my own build. You've achieved some great shaping there, and that greebling is divine! The two command decks were a great idea, and you did a great job with the presentation. Be careful at BrickWorld - better keep people back a bit, or you'll find it's covered with drool!
Hahaha! Yeah, I'll keep an eye on it, Jon. Thanks for the compliments. The Relentless Fire is always going to be a major source of inspiration for me as well as your...encouragement, (yeah, I'll call it encouragement, though peer pressure might be more accurate). Great to hear from you, Jon, and I can't wait to see the finished product on your SHIP. I've only been waiting for about eight months now, but no pressure;)
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Nick White That's beautiful! It looks like the invisible hand from starwars! The greebles are perfect! Very well done!
Star Wars will always be an influence in my builds. I've squared with that. I definitely see what you mean with the large upper command deck. Thanks for the compliment, Nick.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Hayden . Woho that was a lot of reading! But worth it! Great ship, with excellent greeblies, and as I've already said, magnificent engines!
Thanks, Hayden. Yeah, a lot of reading, but thanks for sticking it out and getting through it all. I appreciate the compliments, and I'm glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Pico van Grootveld There you go! I was expecting this post any time now since your notice on Flickr. One word: Fantastic! You certainly can be proud of this accomplishment Tim. I'm sure it was a tough job. Now you're all set for BW! Love the greebly goodness all around, your detailwork is as great as always. Same goes for the edits. Is there a opening hangar of sorts incorporated somewhere for the Cutters? If so, a detail shot would be awesome. I have to go with David here; masterfully done :)
Thanks, Pico. This one is ready for BW, yes. Unfortunately, this one doesn't have an opening hangar for smaller ships. Wasn't the objective for this one. I am, however, in the midst of building a smaller ship with a large topside hangar bay for a squadron of eight Cutters. We'll see how that goes, including being ready for BW. Wish me luck. Thanks again, Pico.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Ian Diller Very nice! Great greeblework and engines.
Thanks, Ian. I may have picked up my LEGO hobby again just for the greebles.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith You now are officially a master builder! The engines are probably the biggest win, amongst many others. I also personally love those little cut alway sections with the red poking through. Greebles top notch. The subtle asymmetry on the bridge also works well. All I can say us I wish I was going to Brickworld. I know you are going to wow them there!
Thanks, as always, David. Glad you like the details. As for the trans-red section, I was given a ton of those 1x1 trans-red tiles for Christmas last year and had no idea what I was going to do with them. This idea came to and I went with it. I wish you were going to BrickWorld as well. I'd love to see some of those silhouettes and automatons in person. Alas, crossing paths will be difficult.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Stephan N The ship is beautiful, the details are excellent and I love the shape
Thanks, Stephan. Shape and details are what I pay the most attention to, so I'm glad those elements work for you.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Jozsef Venczel Great Job! Many interesting details!
Thanks, Jozsef. It's all about the details with me.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Mister Lego ~ Wow, what a spectacular ship! This has definitely got to be one of my favorites from you. I love the transition of the smooth areas to the greebled sections, which are of course excellent as usual. I also think the inclusion of the second command deck was a wise choice, it makes the ship look a bit more unique, and I'm sure the pilots appreciate it ;) Nice work!
Thanks, Mister. The jury was out for a while on the lower command deck, but in hindsight, I'm glad I did it. It's a little different now than any of my other builds. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Karol J WOOOOW! It is huge! Amazing ship!
Thanks, Karol. Glad you like it.
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  April 23, 2014
Every time I see a hull like this, with wonderful shaping and commitment to capturing difficult shapes I have to stop in my tracks and stare. I can't do it yet, don't know how to do it yet, want to do it, gnashing my teeth trying to get my brain around it... great job! Not only is the overall shape a thing to behold, but the details are simply excellent. All very well photographed and presented. Well done. Attack!
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  April 23, 2014
Wish I WAS going to BW this year...for many reasons, not the least of which to talk shop with you about your ships. I know I commented over on Flickr, but couldn't resist stopping by for another look here. Great work, bro!
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  April 15, 2014
It takes a while to take in your huge builds. I still like the diagonal bits on the red stripes as my favourite detail. I'm not so sure about the lower command deck but it does mark this as defiantly deep space ship that will never land. I love the white bands around the vessel. To me, they suggest perhaps that the ship is a framework of thicker beams with panels in between. A bit like a steel skeletoned skyscraper. As always, there's some great quality greebling to spotted all over the place too.
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  April 15, 2014
That must have taken you a long time to add all those grebles, very nice detailing, you should add an interior.
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  April 15, 2014
Truly Excellent. Great part usage and details. The time you put into it is really noticeable. I am sure it will be a favorite at BrickWorld.
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  April 15, 2014
WOOOOO That's a ship !!! I love the red part and the color balance between the DBG and LBG... so cool !!!
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  April 15, 2014
Is it meant to look like a large lego super soaker as a side effect..if so GREAT!
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  April 15, 2014
Very impressive, and quite beautiful.
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  April 14, 2014
Magnificent!
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  April 14, 2014
NICE!..I very much like the detailing:)
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  April 14, 2014
Stellar ship and presentation! :)
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  April 13, 2014
Definitely a SHIP, yet it is a clean build and is not littered with random detail. Stuff I want to build someday. :P nice work!
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  April 13, 2014
As usual Tim, you've proven yourself to be the best regular SHIP builder out there. I've personally been out of the hobby for a few months now (school and general laziness), and I'm humbled to see that others are at still kicking. The parts usage is inspirational, and the shaping is clearly calculated and well done. Excellent work, and I hope to see more of the UM!
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  April 13, 2014
Well Tim, it's exhilarating how you combined a great book with outstanding moc-builts! I really would like to read the complete Book. Your UM Warship fits perfect to your background, the trans-red marks maybe an hexan...-design? Also i find the small fighters fits perfect side by the Warship! On your proud of UM I like most the parabolic cutout of the engine-section at the bottom. The whole ship offers some more great shaping and likely details. As I know, for myself, how exhausting it can be building for an exhibition, I am impressed by your stubborness of made it complete perfect finished! Congrats to your awesome Warship!
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  April 13, 2014
What an intretsing concept, the UM. Great build, I'm loving the greeblies and I fell in love with those epic engines many WIP pictures ago :) Great Work!
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  April 13, 2014
Greeble-tastic! Love the engines, guns, and those trans-red highlights, in particular.
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  April 13, 2014
I really like the transition from light to dark grey on the under side of the ship. Lovely details throughout the build. Excellent work!
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  April 12, 2014
Um, it's ok I guess. Kidding! Tres bon! Details are extensive but not obtrusive or distracting. Weapon placement is suitable for a vehicle meant to fight in a 3d vacuum (one o my pet peeves, starships with main weapons on one plane only, like nautical ships). Th shaping is graceful and bulky simultaneously, an the bright red angular cutout thingy - whatever it's supposed to be - is a perfect and much-needed break to all the grey!
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  April 12, 2014
Great job on this build Tim! And I have to say your backstory is a keeper:-). Loved the part where your UM Battleship would come on the scene and only have to fire a warning shot and the opposing races would leave in a hurry. Making your battleship more of a symbol than a weapon. Your backstory really makes me want to complete mine and tell the world as well. But going on a almost 15 year story on notebooks and ideas in my head I don't think it will ever be done sadly:-(. But don't worry we will exchange stories soon enough. Congrats on your build as well Tim! Your best so far to date. Love all the little details through out on her. Can't wait to see both our ships at BW:-)
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  April 12, 2014
Totally Awesome Tim. I really like the addition of the two command decks to break up the shape - kind of reminds me of a massive plasma gun :D. Loving those engines too. Also really like the flashes of colour.
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  April 11, 2014
Mad skillz!
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  April 11, 2014
Wow! This is amazing! Fantastic shaping and detailing!
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing!
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  April 11, 2014
:O Amazing again! That puts my ship to shame!
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  April 11, 2014
Wow, this is above excellent! The colour scheme the greebles; they all work together perfectly. Top notch work as usual. :)
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing! The size, shaping, and detailing of your model are all outstanding.
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  April 11, 2014
A beautifully shaped, masterfully built ship! The details are fantastic and the stripe of red is wonderfully integrated into the whole. You've made an awesome piece of work here and that story wasn't half bad either :)
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  April 11, 2014
Holy macaroni! I must say, this has gotta be one of your greatest masterpieces Tim! It's too bad I won't be able to make it to the BrickWorld to see it live :(
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  April 11, 2014
And yet another jaw-dropping masterpiece!!! I wish I could see this in person. Maybe you can exhibit one of these bad boys in Puerto Rico, I could then meet it in person haha! Just... wow!!! Keep On Brickin'!
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  April 11, 2014
Wow, absolutely fantastic! I did a double take when I saw that you had built it :P Well done Tim!
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  April 11, 2014
Nice job!
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  April 11, 2014
Meh, not bad for a paperweight. XD Holy Toledo Tim, where to begin! Let's just say that the true test of something wonderful is that there is no favorite part. When you can look at a build and love everything about it, then there really is nothing that can be added to a stellar accomplishment. All the comments prove that there are aspects of this behemoth that appeal to every taste. THAT is a remarkable achievement in it's own right. If only this had a completely engrossing and fascinating story behind it. Oh, wait... never mind. ;) Actually, what happened with the book? I am MOST interested. I do believe that I know where I'll be spending a good chunk of time at BW. (No, not the bar. Well, maybe.) Can't wait to drool all over this thing. XD Exceptional and inspiring!
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  April 11, 2014
great ship design!
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing SHIP, Dude! I see a few glints of Colonial design in there. Great pics to show it off, too. Can't wait to see it at Brickworld!
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  April 11, 2014
The whole thing is just incredible, but my favourite part is the engines. They are perfect, and the greebling around them is stunning. Great job!
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  April 11, 2014
wow... what a beauty Tim ! So many nice details. The overall shape and your coloursheme -the different layers in grey- are really well thought out! top work! ;-) !
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  April 11, 2014
This is GLORIOUS! So giant, it doesn't matter what scale it is in. It's so full of details, but my favourite are the red stripe on top and the round transition from grey to dark grey on the underside, the sort of a revealing disc. The edited shots are glorious too, you are really good with that.
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  April 11, 2014
Another brilliant starship Tim! I love the red stripe on the side . It's greebles heaven! The communication dishes look fantastic. I have to agree with the comments below those engines are a thing of beauty. Amazing work!
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  April 11, 2014
The WIPs were promising, but this is incredible, Tim. As always, you've left no surface undetailed, even the bottom. Heck, you probably greebled the interior... ;) I especially like the transition of light grey to dark grey on the underside, you've emulated thick armor plating perfectly with the rounded fall-off. It's hard to imagine a ship topping your last behemoth, but this fellow might be the chosen one. The red highlights are very aggressive, and the bridge design is very reminiscent of some Star Wars ships. I liked reading about the backstory too, looks like the Hexans have a valuable ally in this ship. Definitely looking forward to seeing more from this theme.
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  April 11, 2014
Great work as always Tim! Love the studless look and your eye for detail
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  April 11, 2014
This is a beast Tim, really cracking ship! Was fun watching this come together with the WIP shots, and you certainly inspired me somewhat to get on with my own build. You've achieved some great shaping there, and that greebling is divine! The two command decks were a great idea, and you did a great job with the presentation. Be careful at BrickWorld - better keep people back a bit, or you'll find it's covered with drool!
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  April 11, 2014
That's beautiful! It looks like the invisible hand from starwars! The greebles are perfect! Very well done!
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  April 11, 2014
Woho that was a lot of reading! But worth it! Great ship, with excellent greeblies, and as I've already said, magnificent engines!
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  April 11, 2014
There you go! I was expecting this post any time now since your notice on Flickr. One word: Fantastic! You certainly can be proud of this accomplishment Tim. I'm sure it was a tough job. Now you're all set for BW! Love the greebly goodness all around, your detailwork is as great as always. Same goes for the edits. Is there a opening hangar of sorts incorporated somewhere for the Cutters? If so, a detail shot would be awesome. I have to go with David here; masterfully done :)
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  April 11, 2014
Very nice! Great greeblework and engines.
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  April 11, 2014
You now are officially a master builder! The engines are probably the biggest win, amongst many others. I also personally love those little cut alway sections with the red poking through. Greebles top notch. The subtle asymmetry on the bridge also works well. All I can say us I wish I was going to Brickworld. I know you are going to wow them there!
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  April 11, 2014
The ship is beautiful, the details are excellent and I love the shape
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  April 11, 2014
Great Job! Many interesting details!
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  April 11, 2014
Wow, what a spectacular ship! This has definitely got to be one of my favorites from you. I love the transition of the smooth areas to the greebled sections, which are of course excellent as usual. I also think the inclusion of the second command deck was a wise choice, it makes the ship look a bit more unique, and I'm sure the pilots appreciate it ;) Nice work!
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  April 11, 2014
WOOOOW! It is huge! Amazing ship!
 
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