From all the Space Lego themes, I really love the Explorien theme. This is my humble contribution, and the first MOC I'm uploading to MOCPages!
This is the Explorien Battlecruiser "Nimrod", preparing for it's maiden voyage through the Andromeda galaxy. Captain Bob and the crew are running some checks and making sure everything is ready for take off!
About this creation
Top view of the "Nimrod". The ship consists of 3 sections - a bridge, a main section where the 4 Class A "Stinger" fighters can be docked, and the engine section.
Side view of the "Nimrod".
This is a close-up shot of the bridge, showing the green laser cannons pointing forward. The bridge section came out a little more "boxy" than I hoped, in future I plan to make some adjustments and give it a slightly more sleek look...
Close up shot of the science room, where "Doc" Jones runs all kinds of experiments on alien DNA samples.
A close up view of the engines. When traveling through hyperspace, you need all the propulsion you can get! Captain Bob has a lead foot, so all these thrusters are really pushed to the limit whenever Captain Bob is in charge.
Side view of the main section, where the 4 Class A "Stinger" fighters can be docked.
Top view of main section. This is where the fighter ships are docked. You can also see a rotating laser cannon mounted on top for defensive purposes.
This is Captain Bob and the crew of the "Nimrod".
From left to right: navigator Spikey, weapons officer "Dangerous" Dave, Captain Bob, first officer Higgins a.k.a. "Number One" and flight officer McNugget.
The 4 veteran space fighter pilots, from left to right: Maverick, Iceman, Mother Goose and Viper. Iceman and Viper are identical twins :-)
Engineering crew, from left to right: Geordie LaFarce, science officer "Doc" Jones, Scotty and the malfunctioning droid, Tux. Captain Bob purchased him at a huge discount price at a yard sale on Andromeda 4, but as with all things in life, you get what you pay for as far as droids are concerned! Tux exhibits "erratic" behavior from time to time, part of Captain Bob's mission is to find him a new motherboard before he accidentally blows up the ship...
The entire crew of the "Nimrod", also showing the 3 separable sections and 4 fighter jets. The 3 main sections can be reconfigured.
Main airlock to the bridge section.
View of bridge through main airlock.
The roof of the bridge can be lifted up so I can get my fingers inside!
Top view of the bridge, showing Captain Bob's seat, the two pilot seats and two bridge stations.
The bridge crew in their positions!
This is the airlock to the science lab. Eventually I want to make this section bigger and build a full size sliding airlock like the one leading to the bridge, but I don't have quite enough white bricks yet! So I improvised a little, and made a door that can slide upwards, as demonstrated here.
I can also lift the roof of the science room, to put "Doc" Jones in his seat.
This is a special compartment for the droid, Tux. When I have more white bricks, I plan to build full scale living quarters for the crew. Right now, there are no bathrooms or beds, so if they need to uh.. "go", they just have to boldly go where no man has gone before!
This is the rear view of the engine section. All those orange translucent pieces are from various "Ice Planet" sets that I've collected.
The main airlock to the engine room features a similar mechanism like the one I built for the science room... Eventually I also want a full scale sliding airlock door.
I can lift the roof of the engine room to gain access to the interior and put Scotty and LaFarce in their seats!
Top view of the engine room.
View through engine room airlock... Scotty is on the left, LaFarce on the right.
Closing the roof, minifigs safely inside...
Connecting the engine section to the main section.
I use this little lever to make sure the engine room and main section stay connected. You don't want to leave half the ship behind when making hyperspace jumps!
Everything nicely locked into position.
Connecting the main section to the bridge section, using a similar mechanism.
The 3 main sections of the "Nimrod" connected together, minus the 4 "Stinger" space fighters.
Close up view of the "Stinger" docking stations.
I use these pins to dock my "Stingers" to the main section. Eventually I plan to build a separate little hangar for each little space ship, but I don't have enough white bricks to do that yet...
These are the 4 little Class A "Stinger" space fighters! They have proven themselves over and over again during various Explorien conquests through the years.
Ace pilot Maverick in his seat... The 4 fighter pilots have black visors, instead of translucent green like the rest of the crew.
Docking one of the "Stinger" space fighters...
...and it snaps nicely into place!
Top view of the main section, showing the 4 space fighters docked into their stations. While docked, Tux runs all kinds of analytics to make sure these are in top performing condition.
The "Nimrod" can be reconfigured in "compact" mode when the situation arises, by connecting the engine section to the bridge.
Side view of the "Nimrod" in compact mode.
The "Nimrod" in compact mode next to the main section, so you can get an idea of the scale.