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Super Star Destroyer Construction Journal Entry 3: Design Complete... Finally!
Final stage of my Executor design.
About this creation
After another long break -- this one two years -- I finally decided to finish the design of this damn ship. I mean, I only had to mirror the right side and complete the city on top. I mean, ha, how long could that possibly take, right? Well, 5 months and 500 hours!

LDD 4.3 now has a piece limit of 41300, so I STILL had to construct the ship in two halves. I then combined the two in MLCAD. LeoCad and SR3D Builder both crash if I attempt to open the complete ship.

I can't stress to you enough the pain and frustration this endeavor has caused me. It's not just placing virtual bricks on a program. It's constantly going BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH between pictures and screen making sure every detail is right. And then realizing: "oops, this 4000 piece section is too wide. Better take the next two weeks to fix it." Grrr. I'm not doing this ever again!

Some final virtual stats:

Piece Count: 71,000 (Hollow!) the REAL ship will be in the 90,000 - 120,000 range.
Length: 12 foot 6 inches or 470 studs.
Lights: 2800.
Design Time: 1200 Hrs.
Cost: In the $50,000 range.

To help generate the funds needed for construction, I'll be selling the digital model on Ebay starting Jan 8, 2014 for $40. I'd appreciate it if ya'll (I'm not Southern) would get the word out to friends / enemies / crooks who might be interested. I think it would be a great model to play around with / use for animations / render (if you dare).

Until next time, keep building, and more importantly, have fun! (designing this was NOT BLOODY FUN!)

EDIT JAN 7: Check out more rendered pics in my Brickshelf folder.

EDIT 2016: To raise the $25,000 needed to build the ship I'm now selling
The Executor's Digital File







Above three renders courtesy of Nachapon S. on FlickR.























I rendered pics using LDD2POVRAY converter. Lego Otaku from Eurobrick Forums rendered the main pic.



Eric Albrecht's beautiful render.






Comparison shot with real Executor.






For whatever reason (I'm cursed), when I bent the wings using the hinge tool, they went out of alignment. I couldn't slide the flat portion of the wing underneath the row of tiles you see bordering the city. I had to "peel off", "flatten" and re-construct all four wings -- took an additional 50 hours of work.






With ISD to scale. This brilliant ISD design is Brickdoctor's from EB Forums.




It's hard to see 'cause LDD doesn't do shadows properly, but the dorsal city is nearly an EXACT REPLICA. It took around 200 hours of work to get all the "city blocks" to correctly fit. Another 200 was spent on all the major/minor details. And another 100 just to fill in the walls with my "busy" greeble technique -- Patent Pending.






The entire engine section took 300 hours. Because of deceptive angles in reference pics, I'd often build sections too high or too low. I must have fiddled with it a hundred times. On that note, a MOC'er once commented that it takes more skill to build with just your hands and mind -- no CAD. Perhaps, but those people's models are always out of proportion :)






Engine section in MLCAD.








Forward belly groove.




It's interesting how in MLCAD, the colorization perfectly matches the scenes from Return of The Jedi.










The dorsal city was in my nightmares for many months. There is no actual "floor" to the city, just a continuous series of descending rectangular blocks.












I managed to snap these pics in SR 3D Builder just before the program exploded and locked up my computer. Didn't the founding programmers take me into account?




With work on the Executor finally finished, an exhausted slave Kelso took some time off in the dorsal city to party with some smokin' hot clone babes.




Unfortunately for Kelso, due to a glitch in the cloning process, one of the babes was a bit psychotic.



Comments

 I like it 
  November 23, 2018
Fantastic work!
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  April 16, 2017
I came back to get another look at this mighty machine. The Force is strong with you.
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  April 4, 2017
Sooooo You built it yet? Or is it still "Coming Soon"?
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  October 7, 2016
WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY
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  August 27, 2016
Very nice, but I disagree with the time using LDD versus the actual hand. I spent 24 hours trying to fine tune a suspension using the LDD. I then looked in my old Lego's grabbed 5 pieces and made a perfect prototype in 3.8 seconds. LDD is nice because it gives you access to a large variety of Lego bricks but using the hinge tool and others is extremely time consuming.
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  February 28, 2016
Awesome! Can't imagine what kind of computer set up you'd need to even start on something like this.
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  February 28, 2016
My mind has been blown from one side of the room to the other. I really appreciate the time and effort that must have gone into this. The detail on each and every part is incredible, especially the fact there is so much each and every part to detail - 90,000+ peices!? Incredible work, it looks fantastic.
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  December 15, 2015
Quoting Evan Hoffman I would love to build this my self and can't find designs I love big Lego projects like this and if I could find or get these plans and I will buy them that would make my life js but this is the most impressive Lego creation I've ever seen good job good job
You can now purchase the file on Ebay here: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/231773460164?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
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  December 15, 2015
I would love to build this my self and can't find designs I love big Lego projects like this and if I could find or get these plans and I will buy them that would make my life js but this is the most impressive Lego creation I've ever seen good job good job
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  July 16, 2015
could i download this onto ldd. I think that this is an amazing design that has clearly taken a lot of your time and effort, thanks for making this, harry
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  November 15, 2014
Very Impressive design. cool pics. Just Amazed with the details! 100/100
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  September 9, 2014
Holy smoke, that's massive. Are you gonna build this thing? The mind boggles!
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  September 9, 2014
Wow, that's absolutely awesome. This one has almost left me speechless! I can't imagine how LDD might behave with such an amount of bricks loaded. My biggest LDD model has about 20,000 bricks and it already makes my computer running in slow motion. What a great design! Good luck with the crowd founding! :-))
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  September 8, 2014
Quoting Nannan Z. Good luck with your kickstarter project, looks epic!
Thanks, Nannan! And thanks a ton for blogging it! I need all the help I can get.
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  September 8, 2014
Quoting R . This is ambition at its finest, or worst, depends on how you look at it. How long would this thing take to render?
2 Hrs on low-med quality. The high-quality prints on the Kickstarter campaign took 24 HRS.
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  September 8, 2014
This is ambition at its finest, or worst, depends on how you look at it. How long would this thing take to render?
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  September 8, 2014
Good luck with your kickstarter project, looks epic!
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  August 28, 2014
Extremely impressive work. I search on ebay, but did not found the moc. Have you stopped selling it? Impressive man!
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  August 27, 2014
Still impressive. I looked on Ebay but could not find the files for sale. Building is no option I think, but I would buy them just to look at the details . And of course it's a kind of support towards one of my favourite builders.
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  July 16, 2014
:0 .... enough said
  March 19, 2014
Wow crazy LDD works! I still haven't used LDD to this day and think it's very complicated. I cannot imagine the complexity of designing this with LDD. Simply amazing. I only managed to make actual improvements to Lasse Deleuran model (length : 1.6m) http://www.flickr.com/photos/40383898@N08/sets/72157624361404100/ and made the actual LEGO Imperial Death Squadron. Check it out ;) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/40383898@N08/5581092779/in/set-72157626410441408
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  February 7, 2014
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Such an awesome virtual model! Looking over this post it reminded me indeed to many aspects of my BoP working days. Sorry for my late response, I'm not that often on the pages these times. Do you still need contact to Eric Albrecht or did you contacted him personally? - K.
No. I got in touch with him. Great guy!
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  February 7, 2014
Such an awesome virtual model! Looking over this post it reminded me indeed to many aspects of my BoP working days. Sorry for my late response, I'm not that often on the pages these times. Do you still need contact to Eric Albrecht or did you contacted him personally? - K.
  January 8, 2014
Well I was wondering which Executor between yours and one from Skayen would be the first to have its design finished. Not only yours is ready, but it is also much better than skayen one (which was already awesome in my opinion, this give an idea of what i am thinking right now). I would gladly participate to your future crowdfunding project as I want to see it in real lego, but I ask in return to have a replica of my imperial destroyer (which is to scale, and buildable) in side of your executor ! (this would be an honor for my destroyer to help your executor destroying the rebels once for all ^^) See it if you are curious : http://www.flickr.com/photos/66888731@N04/8419989069/in/set-72157632622039829
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  January 4, 2014
Wow! Incredible build! I'm impressed with the amount of time you were willing to put into the build. I host a weekly LEGO builder interviews show called Beyond the Brick. Would you be interested in coming on the show to talk about this build? You can email me at Joshua at Brickpodcast.com if you're interested.
 I like it 
  December 20, 2013
Wow! Absolutely amazing! Stunning!
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  December 19, 2013
Congratulations on a fantastic accomplishment to say the least! I just commented on Kurt's Imperial class and see that you got this gem out in the same week. A great week for the Empire. This beast is truly fantastic. That arrowhead shape was so distinctive and, not to sound at all insulting, so ridiculously massive. The level of detail you've mastered here is admirable. And those engines are impressive. A real beauty! Outstanding work!
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  December 17, 2013
$30,000! I spend around $50 on legos a year. Also wish i had ldd, but I think that it is cheating (no offence, for a model that big you had no choice, so in this case it is fine), but great job! Someday (not soon at all!) I'm going to raise a lot of money and build a model of the executor that is ~5-6 feet long. Ho long is yurs?
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  December 17, 2013
That is an insane amount of time invested in building a model... however, it paid off! Well done!
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  December 17, 2013
Excellent work! This is obviously a labour of love. I've followed your progress with great interest and congratulations on finally finishing! You have a great balance between detail and form. I also enjoy your sub-narratives: they add a wonderful flavour to your project! Keep up the great work!
Thomas Benedikt
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lone wolf
  December 15, 2013
And to think a single, one man spacecraft could take this behemoth down simply by ramming the bridge... Very awesome star destroyer though, looks like it took forever but definitely worth it.
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  December 15, 2013
Quoting Mark Kelso Incredible, Thomas! I can't imagine the amount of work involved in designing this. As much as I enjoy large projects, I simply wouldn't have the patience for something this daunting. I look forward to seeing your continued progress. Best of luck with the financing (I wonder if there's something you could do with Kickstarter to raise funds?), and keep up the phenomenal work!
Thanks, Mark! Long time no speak. I've thought about Kickstarter, but this project may be too big for it. I've known people who couldn't even raise $500 for super-cool comic or video game ideas. Just imagine how a giant toy might fair. However, if Ebay is a bust, I'll seriously consider it.
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  December 15, 2013
Quoting Michael K. Jaw dropping intricacy. I'm so glad it's done, I was worrying you might have died :P BTW, what are the specs on the computer?
Intel i5 core with 8 gigs of RAM. I took the programs to their limits for sure.
  December 15, 2013
What a construction, congratulations!! Maybe you can finance it by creating part lists of the hull (about 200 pieces) which somebody can buy and send to you in reward of beeing mentioned on a list if the SSD goes to a museum....
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  December 15, 2013
This is the most EPIC creation ever!!!!! 1200 hours though! Thats a long time!
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  December 15, 2013
Unbelievably Hugh! I can't wait to see the real one. Beautiful job
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  December 15, 2013
!!!!! At last !!! Yes I know, sorry to say that after the thousands hours you spend in to.....but you made us so fan of the project you dam'geek !! And know, I can't wait to see the real one.....Haaaaa !!!!!
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  December 15, 2013
Sir, hats off to you! This is one amazing build. Can imagine how frustrating it sometimes must have been, designing this beast on a computer. Have my own huge project going on and processing is getting slower and slower with the inreasing amount of parts. ~Cheers
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  December 15, 2013
Incredible, Thomas! I can't imagine the amount of work involved in designing this. As much as I enjoy large projects, I simply wouldn't have the patience for something this daunting. I look forward to seeing your continued progress. Best of luck with the financing (I wonder if there's something you could do with Kickstarter to raise funds?), and keep up the phenomenal work!
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  December 15, 2013
like capt Kirk said to mr Spock; you re a stubborn man...xd, wow, I did some extensive constructions on ldd, but, this is unimaginable, what was the price tag? let me guess...$50 000? xd, it s a feat!
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  December 15, 2013
Wow respect man! All those long hours spending to desing this ship, but it all has been worth it! this is truly perfect! Hope to see it in real bricks someday! Great job man, you truly are one of the most amazing starwars builders on the pages!
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  December 15, 2013
Wow... can't believe the dedication that went into this. I personally can't even do the software building (LLD, etc.) b/c I don't have the patience. I have worked with the software extensively and know what it takes... so this really is a work of art.... AND endeavor. Well done!
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  December 15, 2013
How the Empire ever fell is a mystery when I see this. It goes beyond a simple MOC. The Force is very strong with this one.
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  December 15, 2013
Wow, this will be one of the amazingest Moc of all time! I am a incredibile big fan of the Executor and this simply blow my mind! It is awesome! I am building a Executor at the Moment, too! It will be 2.19 meters long and maybe I finish it this evening and I will realese it this month! I hope that you can check it out and leave a little critic. I am looking forward to see the pictures of this as a real modell.
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  December 15, 2013
Looks amazing, but with a heavy heart I have to tell you the proportions are not quite accurate, it's 1.5 studs too wide for the length. You'll have to start again sorry. Seriously though, that is amazing. Congratulations, you have incredible patience and skill.
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  December 15, 2013
It will be interesting to see this built though the inside structure will require a metal or wood reinforcement.
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  December 15, 2013
crazy job...! i didn't thought you will finish this beast, when i saw your last entry. But this effort is awesome! And so is the built itself! Are you also planing this in real bricks? And to your notice for LDD users: I did once the Nostromo ("only"9000 pieces) from blueprints and start also in LDD. It is really not easier to get things right in such a programm... i also spent hours to get what i wanted ;-)
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  December 15, 2013
Amazing work! the amount of time, effort and detail you put into this is awe inspiring creation is incredible! magnificent job!
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  December 15, 2013
Well, my jaw is on the floor, and my mind blown away. Absolutely phenomenal job so far!
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  December 15, 2013
Jaw dropping intricacy. I'm so glad it's done, I was worrying you might have died :P BTW, what are the specs on the computer?
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  December 15, 2013
This is absolutely amazing Everyone who works with digital building programs knows how difficult this is. You have been a example of how to build great ships. Your droid control ship was a true inspiration (to make mine) . As I understand it you've build everything in LDD? Did you try to generate instructions for the ship? If you were able enter the model into the MLCAD program this is even more amazing. On the other hand if you could devide the ship in smaler sections you might be able to create the instructions.(LPub) It makes no sense if there's no inside frame of course ... I'm sure that you'll find some buyers for the model and I might be one of them. Anyhow Thomas, it looks great and I'm even more a fan than I allready was.
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  December 15, 2013
Amazing work.....this is clearly not from this world so unreal....the amount of hours....unbelievable.
  December 15, 2013
Wel, you did it again, you make us LEGO fans look like fools ;P. What a great masterpiece, I cant say it in words. AWESOME
 
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