(Just something old while I build some new stuff.)
The USS Lydia was built by Volvo Industries on Earth. Its boxy appearance could only mean one thing: this baby was built to carry some heavy loads, and not to look pretty.
About this creation
Aside from the regular cargo holds below the bridge and in the aft of the ship, the Lydia could also carry five large containers externally.
Hundreds of these ships were built to carry hundreds of thousands of containers of lard from the lard mines of Pusz VII back to Earth.
Let's get some stats out of the way eh:
- Scale: minifig.
- Length: 77 studs or 43 metres
- Capacity: 178.3 metric tonnes (41.3 tonnes internally, plus 5 x 27.4 tonnes externally).
- Crew: three minimum; room for four more.
- Engines: six main, two auxiliary
- Standard equipped with one Volvo Industries FL-134 Grablift. Could be easily attached to main walkway roof and even used as a lifeboat (see free brochure for details and low low retail price)
Contruction of a Volvo Industries Lardfreighter. It's being closely guarded, as there were always interested parties that didn't want to pay for their freighters.
Volvo experimented with several bridge designs, but decided to steer clear of the Imperial or Classic Space look.
Here comes some serious LARD! Would you like fries with that?
The space inside spacecraft was measured in STUs, or storm trooper units, in those days. As they were fairly similar in size, anyone would know how roomy the room actually was.
Officers on the bridge.
O HAI. We're sitting on about 17 tonnes of lard here. And that's just the container below the bridge. Move out of the way, please.
Roof parts come off to show that the minifigs can actually walk from the bridge, between the large containers, to the aft section of the ship. The open yellow/dark grey doors on the side of the bridge lead to another storage room, where smaller containers would be placed.
Actually, I was reading the stats then, and your length in metres seems to be off. I've got it at 25.7 metres, not 43. Think of it this way; if 3 feet is approximately one metre to us, then to a fig, one stud is one foot, so 3 studs is a metre. 77 studs would be as I mentioned, 77/3=25.7m Do you see where I'm coming from? It's a handy conversion of lengths, if you wanted to know =P
Dude, you have given me a brainwave!
I haven't been able to think of anything to build for ages, and this has done me a favour!
I like it
October 9, 2009
Mmm, lard... not the first thing I'd think of needing space transport, but I suspect it is the fuel of the future. Our current obesity problem is really just a stepping stone to energy independence! Oh yeah, and I rather like the ship. It's very industrial and serious looking, as if it could be a real thing someday.
This ship has an ambiance of freighterieness to it. Yep, simple and utilitarian design. I like it a lot, nice freighter. I guess it's hauling lard to be processed into Spam to fuel spam-drives and spam-weapons.
Quoting Doctor Ownage
very nice, its a nice piece of lego too. i like how it is...well, huge :D also, for your first picture, you've got a picture of an earth, and you do that for some other pics, too. could you please tell me how to do that, via email? - Devilgraffiti@Hotmail.com thanks, oh, and please check this out : thanks :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/113370
Okay, I'll just reply here, so other people who were wondering might also see this. I just cut the ship out in photoshop (I use an eraser on my Wacom, or the polygonal lasso tool with 1px of feather and antialias), and add a layer with the space background. You can find those all over the internet.
It's very basic photoshopping, really. But you need reasonably sharp, well lit pictures to start with. For unsharp bits in the picture, you might want to consider using more feather pixels on the lasso tool. If this doesn't make sense to you, don't worry about it.
very nice, its a nice piece of lego too. i like how it is...well, huge :D also, for your first picture, you've got a picture of an earth, and you do that for some other pics, too. could you please tell me how to do that, via email? - Devilgraffiti@Hotmail.com
thanks, oh, and please check this out : thanks :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/113370
Thanks for all the replies! Really appreciate them.
Quoting Space Pirate
it can't be that old...those rebel troopers were introduced last year...right? ^^
Not that old. About one year, a year and a half maybe. But I count it as old if the model is long scrapped and gone, which means that the model is 'as is', and no modifications can be made without rebuilding them from scratch. The Cobra and the Judicator are much older though. At least five or six years, as they were built in my old house. So now you know. But now I'm going to stop giving the age of my MOCs this much importance.
Quoting Chas Irish
I was just wondering. You build these ships fast and it surprises me how detailed they are.
Ah! Nah, I only just signed up on MOCpages a couple of weeks ago. Posted some fresh ships then, and thought it'd be nice to show some older models too (the ones I've had the common sense to photograph anyway). This is the first time I've been sharing any of my creations online (or to anyone else, for that matter), and it still feels a bit weird. A lot of the older models aren't as good as I'd like them to be. I can see many flaws in them, but as long as people keep liking them, I think I'll continue dusting off old photos while I'm in the process of creating new ones :)