The more I studied the UCS Falcon, the more my scratch-built v.6 looked kinda crummy in comparison... So I started a v.7 from using the UCS as a rough outline.
About this creation
It's been a while since I've been on MOC (moving, family, etc.). So I bought the kid-scale #7965 Falcon for my son, but it ended up kinda being for me. You know how that goes... I thought the use of all those hinge pieces for the "saucer" rear end was a good idea. Upon seeing online the manual for the UCS Falcon and discovering that's pretty much how they did the big one, too, I decided I needed a new project. Could I build 10179 out of parts I had lying around?
It was with no small amount of bittersweetness I "crash-landed" my old falcon... After all, isn't wrecking a LEGO creation almost as much fun as making one? I was sure I had at least 5,200 pieces after that (though maybe not all the right ones for an exact copy of #10179).
And so why didn't I just get the UCS? Well, I can't seem to scrounge the $1500 it takes to buy one these days, and pretty much like most of y'all, I wanted an interior!
Here, I'll stress that my Falcon's outer skeleton isn't of course just like 10179. I think the front mandibles are 2 studs closer together, the port/starboard side hatches will be completely different--but they WILL open, and the greebles I'll just make up as I go along.
And I realized as well why the official kit is so dang HUGE! It almost seems too big for mini-fig scale (am I the only one who feels this way?), but sources I could find seem all to confirm 10179's size. While my old one looked right on scale-wise outside (as per the Hoth Evac ESB scene), there just wasn't enough room inside for everything I wanted to add. So, bigger it had to be. After all, don't the discrepancies between in the interior and exterior scale on the "real thing" leave us room for creativity?
I have seen many jaw-dropping Falcons on MOC (You 10179 modders ROCK! and I humbly submit mine here for critiques), but the one area which seems to be the hardest to get right is that blasted cockpit tunnel! The angle is just nigh-on impossible. So I tied mine in at a right angle with the edge of the starboard mandible--connected with one common stud to the main hold floor. (Sort of makes a 3-4-5 triangle in plan view.) Used two of the big old black airplane wings for the tunnel floor, which leaves an odd sort of "crack" down the tunnel...patch that later.
I wanted a rear compartment with radial floor plates so I could get the living quarters and engine quadrant close as possible. I also plan to have the working pneumatic entrance ramp from v.6, the "glass" cockpit from set 7965 (I know it's too small, but I like the details), and as much of the full interior as I can build. If there's one thing I've taken away so far, it's that the Falcon has got to be one of the most complicated LEGO shapes out there, but also the most satisfying when you get it right! Let me know what you think so far, and gimmie advice--thanks!
PS--Anyone ever built one of these things with sturdy-yet-retractable landing gear? If so, mind sharing? Some kind of worm gear and rack on each leg tied together through shafts and u-joints... Hmm, seems like a Herculean engineering task.
Very nice job! I have been doing the same thing on and off for 7 years and I know what you mean about the shape and construction. I really like the cockpit attachment mechanism, very clever attaching it to the side shell. Can't wait to see it when it is done. With the landing gear I attached mine to the bottom studs and made compartments in the floor that they flipped into, but I don't know it that will work or not for you. Keep up the awesome building!
-To answer your question I do have pictures but they seem to be not working.
Thanks for checking it out! Yeah, I finally got the "saucer" looking pretty good, and the cockpit tunnel is the closest I've ever gotten to the "real thing". However, it's only half-done, and already SO HEAVY that I don't know if any kind of retractable gear will work. (Somehow I get the feeling that fixed gear, however cool looking, might just bug me too much.) More new stuff this weekend I hope! You have pics of the Falcon you built? Any ideas appreciated.