Ladies and gentlemen, friends and fellow builders!
I’m proud to present you now - after over two years of stress, problems, etc. - the final post and the end of this virtual journey:
The Klingon Bird of Prey!!!
Here is a nice little animation of the cloaking device!
First of all, I want to thank Eric Albrecht (Blakbird) ! He was the man, making the rendering in a high quality of a 50 MB POV-file, initial possible. I think it was a quite big challenge for him, if not the biggest itself. I asked him what the biggest POV-file, he rendered, was - his answer: 5 MB! With much effort and time he achieved the success! He also made the animation above!
I can’t even thank him enough for his help - I can only say it again and again: Thank you very much Eric!!!
Before we start with the actual presentation, I want to share some facts about this model with you:
- Warning: Astronomical numerical values!!! -
Size in studs:
Size in centimeters:
Total count of parts:
274.350 (This is no joke!!!)
Okay, after the shock about these facts, we can now even start the presentation - Enjoy it!
Here are the pictures I used for the "construction":
Here are the renders I made - not as phenomenal as the renders of Eric - where you can see the details and the patterns!
And last but not least, the best render of all!
Thanks for your time, your patience after more than two years and all the motivating comments on the "journal entries"!!! Now I have to find a new, big project for the next two years...
I can't believe I missed commenting on this. I'll second the others when I say this is the best virtual model EVER. I'd love to know how you even went about designing this on a CAD program. PS: I'd love it if you could connect me with Eric Albrecht. I'm in need of a genius to help render my 71,000 piece Star Destroyer.
Das ist unglaublich, was du da gebaut hast, einfach klasse! Ich bin schwer beeindruckt! Dies ist eins der besten Lego Raumschiffe, die es überhaupt aus Lego gibt! Eher gesagt ist es das beste was es immoment gibt! Du hast alle Details von dem Raumschiff gebaut, selbst die aller kleinsten. Die Form ist dazu noch eine sehr schwere baubare Form und es ist sicher nicht einfach, alles stabil zu bekommen. Dazu kommt galaktische Größe von über 4m, bei 2m ist es schon sehr schwer. Und ich kann sowas durchaus beurteilen, weil ich in der Kategorie der Großenraumschiffe von Fach bin. Hier kannst du dies sehen: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/324928
Vllt. hättest du ja auch Lust der größten deutschen Lego Star Wars Community bei zu tretten, die auch im Legoland an den Star Wars Tagen die Mocausstellungen macht: http://www.imperiumdersteine.de/
Ich würde mich freuen, wenn du beitritts. Es sind auch nicht SW Mocs gerne gesehen.
Ich wünsche dir gutes Gelingen bei deinen weiteren Mocs.
i cant fiend words for how much i like this,
and the scale holy mother of mercy,
but something i has thought about is, how much do you think it would cost to create this beast in the reality world? ???
Its absolutly beautiful! I had to take a second look to make sure if it wasnt a real 3d model made in 3DS or Maya. ^_^ Its wicked detailed and very accurate. Congrats on getting Moc of the day. It was truly worth the wait.
Quoting Tf Wiki LIKE SOME PREDATORY BIRD
* "Bird of Prey!" —title of Marvel US #62
* "Like some sleek, deadly bird of prey, Thunderwing dropped towards Yuss's Amprodome — a bowl-like structure housing its treasured antiquities — and dropped the thermo-charge." The Magnificent Six!
* "I now believe a SECOND menace exists, one that hovers like some predatory bird at the edge of my consciousness." —Optimus Prime, "Devices and Desires!"
* "Ahead, hovering like some vast, predatory bird on the fringes of Fahl Space... the Decepticon flagship, Twilight--" —Narration, "New Dawn"
* "Like some dread bird of prey, Megatron would hang suspended in the upper atmosphere, raining lightning bolts down on enemy emplacements while his drone (ground) troopers picked off any who attempted to flee or fight back." —Description of Megatron's vehicle mode, Transformers: The Movie Guide
This takes LDD to a whole new level amazing amazing work. I use LDD and I would never think about tackling a project of this size. This is outstanding work. First time too i've seen a MOC of the day that was LDD. Again amazing job.
OMFG!!!! that is A-W-E-S-O-M-E it would be an awesome flagship for like the republic in star wars except for colors but dude you're the lego god!!!!!.....wait a sec!!! you have blown your cover!!!!! you are chuck norris!!!
Wait a second, so this is... Lego? Cmon, I'm not gonna fall for that trick! I admit, you did have me convinced for a while that this is actually made of Lego bricks, but.... Wait- is that... Holy.... (faints)
Wow... it's a shame it hasn't been built in real life (maybe your next two-year project can be saving up enough cash to buy the bricks!). I think it would be nice to see some closer shots... I can't really appreciate the details this far out. I still can't believe this thing is four meters long.
Wow! I love ST and Bird of Prey is mine favourite space ship after Aquatics Cruiser(maybe you could build it, you said you need something that will take 2 years to build).
Ans sorry for my bad english.
This is the only thing on MOCpages I've seen that's so big, you can't even see the lego pieces... It looks EXACTLY like the Bird of Prey. Excellent indeed (too bad there isn't enough ABS plastic in the world to make it).
I would write my comment in german, but unfortunatly, I don't remember enough at this point in the summer...Anyway, as a suggestion for your next two year epic- A minifig scaled death star. That'll take a lot of time off of your hands.
I like it
May 31, 2010
Und ich hatte geglaubt, das mein Reichstag ein großes Computermodell war...es gibt keine Adjektiven für dieses Modell.
WOW .... it was worth the wait !
It's amazing what you can achieve making virtual models on the computer - never running out of bricks gives limitless possibilities - as you've aptly shown here !
4 metres long ? ... wow, that makes my 1/3 scale lamborghini look small !
Excellent work, this is one of the best models around - certainly the best computer-made one I've seen !
i have been following this whole project from the beginning and i hate to admit it it but i thought it would never be done. i am however pleased and really impressed on the over all results. i don't think anyone could do any better than you have. all thumbs up on this one.!!
Are you going to tell us the virtual weight of this creation ? Want to know if my estimate between 100-200 kg was right.
I like it
March 31, 2010
This is so incredible Kevin. Thank you for updating me, I'm not on MOCpages as much anymore. I can't tell you how cool this thing is. From one builder to another, you have done exceptional work and I think the time you have put in to this model has paid off. Congratulations are in order, but the question is... what's next?
Too bad there's not an option for 6 or 7 stars. I have just one question, though: How much hollow space is there in the design? It doesn't matter for a digital model, but it would if someone were insane enough to try and build it in reality.
I could write awesome or something like that...but anyone who's able to build even virtually something as gorgeous as this deserves my respect and gratitude. 5460parts was the max i've done with the LDD and it was difficult to render the whole thing, so I can only say congratulations on this superb creation.
For the metric-challenged, its dimensions convert to
L: 13' 5.13"
W: 10' 11.56"
H: 5' 0.75"
This couldn't be built in real life without a steel frame to support it. How thick are the wings? It's hard to tell from the pictures. Steel plates might be needed there.
Without a doubt, THE finest virtual creation I've ever seen. While renderings don't have to deal with the physical stresses, and are free from parts and color limitations, there is still no denying the extraordinary investment in time and energy, and the patience and skill required for such a monumental feat. Absolutely beautiful work!!!
Als ich deine WIPs das erste Mal sah, hatte ich keine Vorstellung, was da wohl rauskommen könnte... 4m lang, 3m breit, 1,5m hoch? Abgesehen davon, dass das Schiff technisch perfekt und die Details atemberaubend sind, konkurrierst du hier größenmäßig wohl mit Kelsos "Invisible Hand", wenn man das überhaupt mit etwas vergleichen kann. Das ist eine neue Definition von Nanoscale, und jeder Kubikzentimeter davon genial...
YES! Wow! Why do I have not seen this before?
You already know that it's epic, wonderful! I know how much effort it was as I have a 280,000 brick model myself made with MLCad and I also know the problems with POVray :-)
Would be nice if you join the "Beyond 15,000 bricks" group (http://www.mocpages.com/group_mocs.php?id=11151) and add your very fine model there. This group is intended for those gigantic projects like yours.
Do you plan to build it with real bricks or sell the building instructions?
Anyway, 5 points is not enough.
or did you use Ldraw because it's not sure the ship could support its own massive weight ? I guess it would easily weigh anywhere in between 100 and 200 kg at that brick count. I'm sure you could easily deduct it's virtual weight by examining the ldraw bill of quantities.
wow very epic proportions, hard to make out it's LEGO even at 800x600.
I hope to god you were able to copy / paste groups of bricks or even better, wrote a script to mirror modules ( let's say half the ship :D ) ?
Don't know it this feature exists in ldraw but must be doable in txt-mode changing all the "y" axis values by "-y" for instance ( if it's that simple ). What's the reason you built this in LDD, is it cost or too much rare colors ?
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
March 29, 2010
Truly magnificent! Johnny and I were very close on our size and material estimates (we guessed around 250,000 elements). It's been a great experience watching this baby "grow up" through her design phases. If you ever turn this into a real world MOC, we'd be tempted to fly to Germany to see it (and you, my Friend!)! As the Klingons would say..."Today is a good day to Lego"
I'm speechless. well. Actually I would make sure you have the computer file of this build either on many different computers or on one computer set up in RAID 2 in case of HDD/SSD failure. :P well done mate.
Truly amazing ! if digital lego becomes a category in the MOCie awards I'm going to nominate you, definitly, I really like the paterns on the wings, the ship is in great shape, imagine it to be built for real :o
You did a fantastic job !
I hope you got paid to do this since two years is a long time to create one virtual MOC! XD ... That being said, this is probably one of the most spectacular undertaking! I could only imagine being built with real bricks. Bravo!
Ich bin grad extrem überwältigt! Das ding ist 4 meter lang?! Wahnsinn! Ich glaub die zahlen sprechen für sich. Man ich weiß gar nicht wo ich anfangen soll: Dein freund hat echt gute arbeit geleistet, die bilder sind perfekt. Die ganze Form ist einfach fantastisch, so viele steine, ich kann förmlich deine Mühen spühren. Wenn das ding wirklich existieren würde, hättest du kelso locker vom thron gestoßen. Wow, überwältigend!
Wow! This is seriously awesome, and I don't use that word lightly. That's about 5 times the number of all of my parts. I am not one for LDRAW or LDD usually, and the same goes for Star Trek (so I cannot judge how accurate the shape is). But you, you've grabbed my attention and I'm still looking at this. Probably will come back to look at it some more too. Sterling effort!