The Grande Emporio is a science vessel from the Renroc Efac system. The ship is designed for travel through interstellar medium and the collection of deuterium monoxide (heavy water) found in ISM. The inhabitants of Reroc Primo have been conducting experiments to lengthen the life-cycle using deuterium monoxide's properties of extending cell division. This vessel travels throughout the cosmos in search of the rare and valuable element in it's purest form.
The command center is located at the bow of the ship, allowing a panoramic view of surrounding space. A dense scanning array is constantly searching for the elusive deuterated molecule. The storage modules are located in two semi-spherical compartments on the command section.
Sixty four collection stations line the central section of the ship. Five super-dense rings attract the dust particles allowing for clean extraction of the deuterium monoxide. The molecules of heavy water are then pumped into the collection pods for safe transport.
The aft of the Grande Emporio contains the four navigation arrays and the engines. A exoskeletal framework protects the power core of the vessel.
The ship requires different types of thrusters and engines to navigate the treacherous spans of ISM.
Another day in Lego Design, another creation. Today we showed the kids nnenn's work on mircoscale spacecraft and I was again inspired to build one of my own. My co-teacher, Nick, and I put this ship together in a few hours. I chose the color scheme (thanks to the Grand Emporium for dramatically increasing my supply of forest/dark green), and we broke the build into three sections.
I started on the command section, using a three sided shape that I have become so fond of lately. I put Nick to work on the engines using SNOT and negative space to create an interesting framework (Nick has only been building for 3 weeks!). The center section was based on an idea I had yesterday for the front prongs of a Vic Viper, but ultimately didn't use. We built the three sections separately, and connecting them together was an extremely fragile endeavor.
This is my first mircoscale ship, and I must say, I really enjoyed the process and freedom allowed. It was also great collaborating with Nick and bouncing ideas off each other. I didn't really notice until we were finished that I was using negative space as a theme over the three sections; sometimes unifying themes are accidental!
Mate, you seem to either do a dozen or so random entries that barley get a comment at a time, or a string of insanely awesome Mocs like you are currently on. This is frkn awesome dude! I could see thios housing nay of that cool VV you just did with the angel wings... Cheerio
This is a gorgeous build, even for a first! Congrats on a winning build.
I like it
July 13, 2010
This is an impressive build both visually and technically, but building this as a collaborative effort is extra remarkable.
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
July 13, 2010
This ship hails from we Coffee Lover's favorite Star System, I see (LOL)...
This is a terrific build Dave...We've looked VERY closely, and see a lot of extremely clever parts usage. The overall design is awesome, and the color scheme is excellent, but you get the highest points for ingenuity on this one! VERY nicely done!
Ah! Negative space indeed! What also lends to the striking appearance of those wings is the fact that you combined the negative space with another eye-catching visual technique: stripes. Call me crazy, but the first reference that popped into my head upon viewing this beauty was one of those high-brow artsy photos of Adirondack chairs casting uniform striated shadows on a patio.
Quoting Jeff Fauble
I love the colors, I love the engine array, and I love the detailed design! Just a question, though, what do you mean by negative space, is that a lego building term that I'm just not familiar with?
"Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image." (from Wikipedia)
This theme is repeated in the "wings" and arch of the front section, the underside of the five white rings, and the use of the "window" elements in the engine module.