Okay, so we spent days and days pouring over flickr, brickshelf, MOCpages, desktopstarships.com, and lots of other great online resources for spacerific ideas for your own orginal MOC SHIP. We sketched some ideas down and that got us to thinking about some neat features we would like to include.
Now, we get to work on seeing if we have the resources to bring our idea to life. You got an idea from your sketches of what you will need -- a few hundred 2x4 bricks in this color, about a hundred 2x3 slopes in this color, a few quarter cylinder pieces in this color -- you get the idea. If you are lucky or have already dropped some money into this hobby, then you might already have most of what you need, or if you are frugal, then you planned your SHIP around what you already had in stock.
There are several Lego sets out right now that have more than enough pieces to create a 100 studs or more SHIP (a SHIP must have one measurement -- length, width, height -- that is more than 100 studs). And if you are not a purist, then there are Megablok sets that will also give you enough parts to build a SHIP. But, for this article, we will always refer to Lego.
Keep in mind, you will always find yourself needing more parts than what you have over the course of building your SHIP. This is true of everyone, and is the reason why that most beloved website, bricklink, has come to be nicknamed, cracklink, because it is addictive and it is hard to pull yourself away from it. Also, you will find yourself doing what alot of others do, and be examining and buying sets off the store shelves for parts.
Also, do not be upset when you have change your MOC, or a part of your MOC, because you simply can not find the resources to do what you want, or you get a different idea. Just consider the time you spent building as practice to better improve your skills. And your MOC will change over the course of time. Some changes will be small, some will be big. The more rigid you are with following a design, the longer it will take, and the harder it will be to find the parts. There is no problem with this, just be aware of this fact and be prepared for some serious sweat inducing dedication. Some people spend years working on a single MOC (look on brickshelf for the the Yamamoto project and be prepared to be amazed!)
ONCE AGAIN!!! I did the same thing. Almost all of my hull on my Falcon is made from Bricklink pieces. P.S. For those of you who use lego.com for pieces: they have a poor selection of pieces and they rip you off. Permalink