Blogged on Eurobricks! BACKGROUND STORY I love Lego®, I love Star Wars®, I love the Ship which made the Kessel Run in less then 12 parsecs!
Five years ago 10179 was sitting in front of me on a dusty bottom shelf, half hidden, the box thorn and squashed, 500 bucks the price tag... I left it there. I have been cursing myself ever since and finally, the last year, I bought a 7965 instead! For my kids : P
It turned out to be such a great model with so much to play with. Kids were happy. Lego® made a beautiful toy but - with my long gone 10179 in mind - I wanted to have more "realistic" feel. I also wished to keep the playability. In fact, the only flaw I see in 10179 is the weight/size and the lack of the interior. Surely it is "THE model" but it is designed to be displayed not played : ))
So, after some research on the web which I will mention in the acknowledgements, I finally decided to MOD my 7965.
To great disliking on my 8 years old and delight of my 6 I started tearing the model apart... The more I dug the more I had to change and after a while I noticed I was faorced to modify the whole inner technics structure to move ahead with my project...
So I got hooked, downloaded LDD and finally decided to build my falcon from scratch... 7965 was a smokin chunk of bricks: form its ashes a brand new MOC was about to be born!
Well.... Not so fast. I first drafted it in LDD ( 6 months), built it and modified it to check and improve its sturdiness, revised it in LDD (3 more months) and finally built it again. All in all one year: I must be the slowest builder on earth. Yet I would do it again...and my kids are happy with the result!
The new falcon counts 2884 bricks, mostly medium dark grey. I reused all the original 7965 pieces I could but still bought quite a lot on brick owl and Lego®. Receiving and opening the small envelopes week after week made me feel like a child on Xmas day! So thank you all who had the patience to deal with me!
Here follow some picture of the MOC. I will also upload some LDDs of the original 7965 to show the differences.
7965 - overall view
BODY SIZE AND SYMMETRY
The Falcon in slightly bigger than the original 7965. The rear engine determined the size of the disc... It also stands higher from the ground but the main circular body is thinner. The real falcon is very thin and definitely flatter than my version but I needed enough space for the minifigures and the 4 passage archway in the middle of the ship. So the final height is the minimum possible.
The main feature is that the circular body is symmetrical as it should. Most of the underneath is also stud on. Top and bottom's plates have almost the same inclination. The original 7965 has a flat bottom instead. Also, the plates along the cargo bays leave them visible to the same degree both above and below.
7965 - side view
The whole roof is completely openable, even if to a less degree thank 7965 due to the engine plates.
I put all 5 "feet" as per the original Falcon. The rear ones actually have two legs each and are bigger than the front ones.
7965 - Landing Gears
The legs can be easily removed and the bays can be closed for "flying mode" ; )
79179 ; ) - Flying Mode!
7965 - Underbelly
The upper and lower laser cannons are identical : )) as well as the central round plates which support them. They are bigger than they should be but I could not manage to reduce them while keeping enough detail so for me it is a good compromise!
The cargo bays are the most complex build of the model. The are almost exact hexagons, which I obtained through a 1/2 brick side displacement of the side walls. Also, they are centered on the sides of the body and they end into round "doors". For the outer ring I modified a solution applied for the same area on 10179. It is a chain of 2x1 supported by 2x2 plates with grid slopes on top. I which they were in medium stone grey but Lego only does hem in dark, so I added some more dark here and there as well as red and sand to give some continuity to the whole. Miraculously, the radar plates fit seamlessly inside the ring and are attached to the bays through SNOTs.
The final shape of the bays is quite similar to the real Falcon.
The mandibles of the original 7965 are possibly it's weakest point. They needed to be thicker, wider and with a different connection angle. The new mandibles are quite faithful to the real Falcon, I also added the 4 holes as per 10179 and other builders. The mandibles are stud on also on the lower face and are as thick as the side perimeter of the circular body.
The mandibles' structure is part of the main technic skeleton to ensure the necessary sturdiness.
The two central "channels" are almost identical to give symmetry to the front and side views. The side slopes are attached to the main structure through SNOTs. It was a fun build!
7965 - mandibles
For the cockpit I wanted to use the 7965 and managed to seat 4, even if not in 2 x 2 rows... Still, there was no space left for interiors and my wife insisted to have a red steering wheel instead. It is fun, I like it now : ))
The whole cockpit position was also to be revised, it had to be attached further back than 7965. This part is one of the most elaborated in terms of roof plates. It is still completely openable though. There is also a small "door" on the back of the corridor...
REAR: THE ENGINE
As many know, if you try to "rebrick" 10179 the rarest part is the rubber light grey ladder... Very very hard to find. I opted for normal hard ladders in dark stone grey. They are attached through joints to the upper and lower part of the roof. I thought they would fall off but, incredibly, once the up and down are joint, the whole results very strong!
I decided to go for a black engine since I imagined the ship as landed. Yet I also have some clear blue... Sooner or later I will switch to "flying mode".
Many thanks to all the great Falcon builders who inspired me, I hope not to forget anybody. The list does not follow any particular order...
Michele Fabbri is here on MOCpages with his "7965 with interiors", amazing! I got the idea for my 4 holes in the mandibles from him! Thank you Michele!
J.K. with his "7965 Modification". The way he managed to match all the roof plates' angles while maintaining the original supporting "ring" is brilliant. I loved it! It was his picture which got me started ; )
Infinite brickman with his "7965 4504" ... He made a wonderful job with the top and sides of his MOC and gave me a lot of ideas!
Marshall Banana is far too famous to be cited here but I will anyways. Probably my favorite Star War builder ever. His sandcrawler and falcon are unique!
Thank you all guys!
The inside is not finished yet and I will post more pics ASAP... Preview Peek: C3PO says hello...
My favorite aspect of your design is the underbelly, it looks so well put together. I thought about doing something similar with my ship! The cockpit slope and mandibles are also fantastico!
Thank you Caleb! I posted some more pics of the under belly "flying mode" ... (No landing legs and bays closed) Hope you like it!
Amazing! Looks exactly like a mini UCS version. I love seeing how everyone can come up with their own way to make their Falcon unique and different from one another! My favorite aspect of your design is the underbelly, it looks so well put together. I thought about doing something similar with my ship! The cockpit slope and mandibles are also fantastico!
Fantastic! I absolutely love this model. As someone who has successfully brick linked the 10179 I would say you nailed the proportions while keeping true to the soul of LEGO: playability for your kids. Don't kick yourself too hard for missing the UCS version when it was out. As awesome as it is I can tell you all mine does is stay at the top of my display case so my daughter doesn't climb up on it and fly away LOL. By the way, thanks for the ideas for my outrider, I'll be sure to mess around with the suggestions to see what I can come up with.
Lobot! Many thanks for your support... being blogged on eurobricks Star Wars - the place to be - and with such good review is a wish come true! I will post more pics with details and more internal asap! Thanks again