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Imperial Star Destroyer Chimaera
Imperial Star Destroyer mark II - the pinnacle of all sci-fi spaceship design. Brutal and massive yet elegant.
About this creation
The Star Destroyer might be very well the best looking sci-fi vessel in any franchise and for a good reason. Its design combines simple, clean lines with fine detailing where required, and the way bridge section arrogantly perches on top of the massive warship tells much about the Empire itself. Most people know that a Star Destroyer measures 1600 meters in length, but not many know that it is actually about 1000 metres wide!


Building a huge Star Destroyer was my long lasting child dream, and by some luck I came across such time of my life when I can build it. Year earlier it would be impossible and given amount of money required, it might not have been possible in the future.




First, some raw data. The model dimensions are 202x125x58 centimeters, or 252x156x72 studs. This alone makes it bigger in ANY dimension than ANY of my previous builds. The already large Titow Battlecruiser was probably a tiny bit longer than the Chimeaera Star Destroyer is high, but the SD might be a bit too low actually.

Such dimensions naturally causes considerable heft of the construction and indeed - the model weights approximately 50 kilos. Approximately because it is impossible to lift it by one person so I cannot really check precise value. It is not the structural integrity which is limiting, the model is durable enough - it is the pure weight and dimensions.

The Star Destroyer design process started in early November and actual build started just after Christmas, when first (...large...) batch of parts arrived. Since the model was meant to be featured on Zbudujmy.to LUG exhibition in Swarzewo which was to start at 1st of July, 2014, it was also the deadline. The model was ultimately finished just few hours before the beginning, which is the reason why some little sections are unfinished.I also had no possibility of taking good quality photos, since when the model was encased in glass cabinet, sunlight and reflections made that almost impossible.






The ship in its full glory, standing in the display cabinet. The stand itself is made of steel but does not enter the structure - model is simply lying on the stand which is profiled to match ship's anges.




"Terraces" section of the vessel, also the highest concentation of greebles and sometimes difficult angles. While the whole ship is a SNOT-ly mess, the superstructure greebling is actually built with common studs-up technique which allowed me to use some trans-clear plates. They will be required later on.




Each of those engines took about 1,5 hours to assemble, and first one took about 1,5 weeks just to get the design right. Imagine you have to build a smooth 15-cm diameter bowl which is empty inside, stays straight and is durable enough to survive transport. In such a massive ship, every detail that can fall off during transport, will fall off during transport. Generally the bigger your MOC is, the more durable it has to be.




Altough exact proportions of the Star Destroyer Mark II are an absolute mystery, I based them on known ISD-I proportions and common notion that the second ship was a bit more narrow than the original. Thus, while ISD-I would be 200x132 cm, mine is 202x125 cm. Either way, this is a stunningly wide ship which I have realised only when I started the build.




Notice how the ship stays straight... while weighing around 50 kilos, measuring 2 meters long and having absolutely no steel or non-lego structural supports inside. LEGO and LEGO only! :)






Bridge and terraces section close-up. The goal of greebling was not to recreate greebling of original ship, this would cost me too much time given the strict deadline. Most important features are included, though and greebling is easy to replace so maybe one day... :)






As said before, the entire frame is made with LEGO pieces only, and consists of well over 1.000 technic bricks, out of which 700 are 1x14 or 1x16. There are also hundreds of plates, pins, liftarms and unimog suspension parts... yeah, no mistake here :)
The ship is modular - it is too heavy to be moved around by two people safely, so entire top section can be taken away. Not only it makes it lighter, but allows easy access to the frame which is both required for maintenance and also offers good holding points. One who wants to pick it up by the frame needs to have good leather gloves or it will hurt. A lot. With blood. :D




This little viginette shows how empty the model is inside. I wonder how heavy would it be if it had an interior... not that the interior would be interesting, considering that if a minifig was to-scale with the ship, it would be shorter than one plate's height.





That's me :)
Maybe tired a bit after another sleepless night but happy anyway. One of LEGO-related dreams fulfilled!


Plans for the future?
The ship will stay at Zbudujmy.to exhibition at Swarzewo in Poland for next three months, after that I will take it back and properly finish. Altough detailing is more or less done, some parts of the structure are not reinforced and are too fragile in long-term. I also plan to add fully working lightning, which you sneakly peek at here:



That photo dates back to March or so when the ship was still under constructions, but shows how hangar lightning already works.



And in the end, few more or less interesting facts:
  • There were more than 1500 used of each of: 1x2 plates, 1x1 bricks with headlight, 1x4 bricks and 1x1 tiles - all in light bluish grey.

  • Sensor globes on the bridge were actually designed to be 6-stud diameter, but one BL seller decided it would be fun to change splash terms at night and cancel my order - few days before the deadline. So I had to use whatever I had at hand...

  • The halfway-done ship was entirely dismantled near April because I found out it was less than 10 centimeters too shallow.

  • For quite a time it was impossible to pick the ship up, because its structure relies not only on the frame but external covering as well. If one side - either top or bottom - is missing, the other side won't stay attached to the frame.

  • Originally I have based the model dimensions on drawings taken from Essential Guide to Star Wars Vehicles, which was a bad decision. The model would be 200x100cm while it should be 200x125cm.... even bigger problem surfaced when I have realised that my car's trunk opening is actually only 110 cm wide. It would be ok for the ill-proportioned EGSWV design but not for the proper one.

  • For last two weeks the model was built in the dining room. I was testing if it would fit in the car after "cutting off" the edges (and it did!), but I found out that it is impossible to drag it back to 1st floor due to narrow staircase. It was hard enough to get it down.

  • Original estimate for 1x2 plates was 2000. By a mistake I have ordered that lot twice... which eventually proved to be beneficial, as there are over 4300 of them used in the final iteration of the model. 1x2 plates are by far the most common element used.

  • The model can be actally hung from the ceiling on some kind of a steel wire - the frame will easily support the weight. The problem to solve is in the ceiling itself, it would need three quite massive hooks.


Be sure to see a movie about preparations to the exhibition - which also shows the Star Destroyer being carried and worked on:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbqLiKxVQNY
The movie was made by our LUG member, Allemov.



Comments

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  October 7, 2014
Quoting Jerac. I have seen his model. In fact I have based my LEGO model on his renders. His ship is more canon when it comes to details than general shape, which has severely damaged my own model as mine was not accurate with details, so it ended up being wrong with both proportions AND details. Generally, entire terrace/bridge structure of Ansel's model is too small in almost every direction. However - I finally got it right, I think: http://d.naszemiasto.pl/k/r/ef/eb/543003d1a0ea1_gd.jpg
Ah, I thought Fractal’s superstructure was too small; glad to see I wasn’t the only one. ;) Your model looks perfect to me, although I’m not exactly an authority on the subject. . .
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  October 7, 2014
Quoting Joshua O'Rourke Jerac, I saw your refit WIP pictures. Have you seen Ansel Hsiao's Star Destroyer? http://fractalsponge.net/gallery/ISD/index.html His 3D model is not quite canon as to the details, but. . .
I have seen his model. In fact I have based my LEGO model on his renders. His ship is more canon when it comes to details than general shape, which has severely damaged my own model as mine was not accurate with details, so it ended up being wrong with both proportions AND details. Generally, entire terrace/bridge structure of Ansel's model is too small in almost every direction. However - I finally got it right, I think: http://d.naszemiasto.pl/k/r/ef/eb/543003d1a0ea1_gd.jpg
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  October 3, 2014
Jerac, I saw your refit WIP pictures. Have you seen Ansel Hsiao's Star Destroyer? http://fractalsponge.net/gallery/ISD/index.html His 3D model is not quite canon as to the details, but. . .
 I like it 
  June 23, 2014
Wow, fantastic Moc, wonderful details! Very well done on the inner frame. Best Star destroyer I have ever seen
  June 20, 2014
Hi, I just joined the Star Wars group and was immediately attracted by your star destroyer...My most sincere congratulations! This is more than lego, it is art! Thank you, keep dreaming...
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  June 16, 2014
you should have the first "Across MOCpages" position for a month OMFGOSH. [[barely contained hysteria]] i was 113th ;)
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  June 15, 2014
Wow, looks amazing!
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  June 13, 2014
Amazing work all around. It seems there is no compliment fitting for this. Simply put: you put your all into this and it shows. This is one in a million ("Never tell me the odds!"). Thanks for sharing.
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  June 12, 2014
I totally agree with the design of this ship....the best of the best !!! and I'm so jealous that you made it before me !!! but still, I'll do it also in this kind of scale. Wonderful job you made !!!
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  June 12, 2014
Spectacular! You have created an amazing star destroyer!! I love it!!
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  June 12, 2014
OMG! I'ts a... ok, I have no words... Spectacular!!!
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  June 12, 2014
10/10 Positively the greatest Lego Star Wars MOC ever. A flagship worthy of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Pallaeon. Keep up the amazing work.
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  June 10, 2014
Most beautiful Imperial Class I've seen. Simply amazing.
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  June 10, 2014
This is by far the coolest SW MOC I've ever seen! WOW!
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  June 10, 2014
the best star destroyer ever! p.s. loved the vignette.
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  June 10, 2014
Fantastic creation. I Always loved the 10030 set. I have hesitated years to build a larger one just because the ultimate question was how to keep this design interesting. This is the answer to all my questions. It looks absolutely stunning. Saw it on Flickr, did not even know it was on MOC pages...well here it is. I'd like to build one of my own . Some high resolution pictures would be welcome. If you used so many 1x2 plates, I guess you used even more bricks 1x2 1x3 1x4 1x6? because it's build in SNOT to get the smooth look.
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  June 9, 2014
Yep, u get a point ;) Loooks so great, no point to criticize, just _P_E_R_F_E_C_T_
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  June 8, 2014
Oh WOW! Only now I noticed this and I must say this is THE most perfect recreation of a star destroyer. The Lego only internal construction really blew my mind, as did the fact that it looks like it's a plastic model from afar. What will happen to it now that it's built? Will it be on permanent display somewhere? it certainly deserves it.
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  June 8, 2014
I caught some of the WIP shots on this and it turned out perfectly I'd say. One for the ages and deserving of much study. Thanks for this.
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  June 8, 2014
Congrats on an impressive building achievement!
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  June 8, 2014
Words fail..!
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  June 6, 2014
truly amazing work
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  June 6, 2014
My brother sent me a picture of this yesterday! Jaw dropping work, here. The best, most accurate Star Destroyer ever.
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  June 5, 2014
What I would give to see this monstrosity in person... Wow!
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  June 5, 2014
Indeed a masterpiece. Great idea of making the hull out of normal bricks instead of plates. I'm stunned by it's elegance, accurateness and size. Amazing!
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  June 5, 2014
Darth Vader would not kill with a force choke for this masterful design!
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  June 5, 2014
This as absolutely jaw droppingly beautiful! You've created a masterpiece of engineering and aesthetics. And the fact that you chose to make the cholera makes it even better!
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  June 4, 2014
This has got to be the coolest, biggest, most detailed LEGO Star Destroyer I've ever seen. The SNOT makes it look really good.
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  June 4, 2014
Congratulations on a spectacular model. Your design and building skills are incredible. This is the best star destroyer MOC I have ever seen. Well done!
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  June 4, 2014
Mad skillz!
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  June 4, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Wow! I don't even know what to say. Your MOC makes me think that there are no limits to what one can do with Lego. Thank you for that.
Because, indeed, there are none :) Except $$$, though. But I have already seen working 1:1 scale cars, flying helicopters, machine which is a quickest rubiks cube solver in the world and many-meter long gothic cathedral... everything can be built!
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  June 4, 2014
Now that's perfection!
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  June 4, 2014
truly a masterpiece of lego art...! especially the engines are so beautiful!
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  June 4, 2014
I have to say one more time! Masterpiece in every way!
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  June 4, 2014
I'm just wondering!! 8-)
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  June 4, 2014
Wow! I don't even know what to say. Your MOC makes me think that there are no limits to what one can do with Lego. Thank you for that.
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  June 4, 2014
Well, I've already gushed over this on Flickr, but I'm happy to do it again. This is easily THE best Star Destroyer that I have seen made from LEGO. What really sets this one apart from the rest is the fact that you went with the studless look, which not only improves the appearance, but gives me a deeper respect for your vision and execution of that vision. I love the greebled sections, they are definitely the highlight of the build for me. Although it may not be "accurate" in the small details, the sum of the whole makes the look unmistakable, and therefore, nothing shy of "accurate." The only suggestion that I would have for any future builds is display it in the States. Preferably Ohio. Around the Dayton area;) Really a superb piece of work. One of the most impressive to show up in the community in a long time. You should be proud.
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  June 4, 2014
Ho-ly bananas! Wow that thing is big! Amazing work, sir! Brilliant job. --Blast--
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  June 4, 2014
8-0
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  June 4, 2014
One word only: WOW! (... *still trying to close my mouth* ...) :-))
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  June 4, 2014
Can't wait for the full lighting, but this is already a masterpiece! I admire the Technic frame. Perfect!
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  June 4, 2014
Probably the most detailed out there. Sheer awesomeness mister, hat's off!
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  June 4, 2014
Absolutely Incredible!!
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  June 3, 2014
fabulous! what a feat! very interesting technical file!
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  June 3, 2014
Oh, I didn't know you had a MOCpages.
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  June 3, 2014
That is, absolutely massive! I think the greeble work looks great! I'm surprised there isn't a steel structure on the inside; most other large scale spaceships seem to have a steel backbone, but it's great to see some actually build something 100% LEGO :-D
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  June 3, 2014
Holy epic build! Congratulations man!
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  June 3, 2014
That is truly astonishing! Possibly my favorite vessel from the SW universe realized in perfect detail and, more importantly, perfect efficiency. It is a Star Destroyer in every respect. This has such outstanding presence that in spite of the globes not being 6X6, this thing is mean. ;) This is flawless! Thank you!
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  June 3, 2014
Absolutely stunning model, but I'm also impressed with your thoughtful descriptions and information about the ship. Thanks for sharing!
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  June 3, 2014
Yet another great build Mr. Kelso! Wait, what? Your not Kelso?! In all seriousness though, this is pretty darn amazing, you captured all the aspects of the Star Destroyer into one beautiful build, I tip my hat to you good sir. ~Zach P.S. Imposter!
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  June 3, 2014
Absolutely amazing! Very well-detailed SD, in fact it can serve as movie props for the upcoming StarWars film if they would consider it.
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  June 3, 2014
Wow.... This is mind-blowing! Best Star Destroyer I've ever seen!
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  June 3, 2014
This is deluxe! Ohh what I'd do to build the Eclipse...
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  June 3, 2014
Truly impressive, from the way you have approached the design to the final result. Beautifully designed, beautifully managed, beautifully achieved. Bravo !
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  June 3, 2014
Neat star destroyer. For a little bit I thought that picture of the hanger was a real Star Destroyer's hanger.
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  June 3, 2014
Mere words cannot express the magnificent piece of work that we are all looking at right now. Easily THE BEST Star Destroyer I have ever seen rendered in LEGO bricks. I really enjoy the greebling details, the overall sleekness, and the 1x1 tiles scattered about to give the ship that last stroke of perfection. Absolutely stunning work!
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  June 3, 2014
INCREDIBLE!
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  June 3, 2014
Oh dude . . . Jaw - dropping stuff.
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  June 3, 2014
One I've been waiting for with bated breath - and it's a masterpiece. Can't wait to see what kind of response this gets from the community. Incredible job, Jerac!
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  June 3, 2014
This is truly a beautiful masterpiece! The accuracy, detail, and sheer size are breathtaking. Bravo!
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  June 3, 2014
It looks like a picture of the studio model! Congratulations, sir, on such a magnificent build.
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  June 3, 2014
Grand Admiral Thrawn's ship the Chimaera. Positively beautiful . Those engines are a thing of beauty. Love all the incredible detailing. The main deck turrets look fantastic. Stunning work!
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  June 3, 2014
The technical side of giant Lego creations is truly astounding. It's incredible to think that the web of beams is holding it all together, in perfect shape. The detailing is also fantastic, I love the smooth and functional look. The overused word 'epic' definitely fits this build - a superb creation!
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  June 3, 2014
WOW, this is really super cool. Never seen anything like this. CONGRATULATIONS, MZ
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  June 3, 2014
Great see this on MOCpages after it's appeared on so many blogs - it's a truly astonishing piece of work. I can barely wrap my head around the dimensions, the detail, and the cost of this! One of the standout Lego creations of all time. 5 stars.
 
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