Space Battleship YAMATO . It’s been a while since my last MOC, 4 years to be exact. Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people that left many kind words for my pervious creations – thanks, you guys are just great.
I finally decided to come out of hibernation after being truly inspired by the many wonderful MOCs that were being created. So, after four months of research and construction, here is my MOC that pays tribute to that ground-breaking Anime series – Space Battleship YAMATO!
My 1/250 scale MOC of Space Battleship YAMATO is based on commercially available Yamato style models. As detailed plans were not available, I referred to line drawings, photos of completed models and even model box art illustrations. Only LEGO was used for the model’s construction, without any customizing.
After a long hiatus from the LEGO scene, I thought it would be fun to return with something I’d wanted to try for a long time. I guess that Space Battleship YAMATO was a logical choice between my love of modeling ships and a desire to venture into the world of science fiction & anime. (Incidentally, I’m a huge fan of all things Japanese – from The Big-G, to Studio Ghibli.)
Space Battleship YAMATO - STARBLAZERS to most of us outside Japan – has many a loyal following; the recent live-action movie was naturally a box-office hit in Japan. Space Battleship YAMATO is a symbol of hope – hope for all humankind in the hands of a few brave crew. I guess with that in mind, I had an obligation to build a well engineered and accurate model of the iconic ship… hopefully, I have not disappointed.
Length: 45 inches
Features: Rotating main turrets and working wings
The wings of the YAMATO are deployed during atmospheric flight. On the model, the challenge was to have the fabricated hull sections match up to the wing slots.
A little more extension of the wings would have been nice. However, to achieve this, the wings when retracted should have overlapped each another inside the hull. But in so doing, there would have been some compromise to the hull’s integrity, and hogging would have occured; so I decided against this. On such a long, narrow model, I needed all the rigidness I could muster.
One of my favourite views of Space Battleship YAMATO.
The Shock Cannons: Space Battleship YAMATO carries 5 three-barrelled turrets that fire powerful energy blasts.
The cylindrical nature of the hull resembles that of a submarine – more than 300 curved 3 x 1 slope elements form the shape of this hull – from the raked bow to the main & auxiliary engines at the stern. The shape of the hull was formed by fabricating the hull sections first, then putting these sections together on the model. Each section is held in place by hinge brick / plate assemblies – the workhorses of my construction method.
Two- & Four-barrelled Pulse Lasers are found along the Port & Starboard waist. The hemispherical construction of the four-barrelled lasers were really difficult to model. I tried several variations, though none of them worked better than the final assembly represented here. The guns were then mounted partially ‘sunken’ into the superstructure to suggest that they were hemispherical in construction.
The prominent feature of YAMATO’s superstructure is the pagoda styled tower and the distinctively raked ‘funnel’. The tower houses Bridge 1 & Bridge 2; the captain’s quarters is located at the very top. As with my pervious MOCs, the bridge is where I began construction of the model. I find that this is always a good reference point to base scale.
Bridge 3, found on the underside of the hull directly beneath the pagoda tower.
The raked bow houses the Wave Motion Gun, YAMATO's main weapon. Oftentimes, the bow and muzzle are depicted as a menacing opened jaws of a shark.