HALO SPIRIT OF FIRE. DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION TOOK ONE YEAR . 38000PARTS. 210CM LONG.
About this creation
The UNSC Spirit of Fire was originally created by Mark Kelso. I loved the size , the design, and for once it was not a Star Wars ship.
The way Mark handled the size and the design was simply jawdropping. I studied the images over and over again. I would spend hours counting studs untill I finally decided to build my own in LDD.
The ship is about the same as the version from Mark Kelso. I've changed some parts inside because it would be stable to build in real bricks. But that's about it.
It was my goal to create the ship in real bricks once I had created the virtual version. So I ended up in building 15 different units that could be assembled. Currently I've started building several sections in real bricks. It's still a joy building.
Mark gave me his permission and send me high resolution pictures so I could study his creation even closer. Thanks again Mark.
Building "his damned ship" gave me even more respect for the man. The building techniques are all different and the way some parts are being used is just amazing.
You can see the real ship here : http://mocpages.com/moc.php/380177
Building the ship took about a year and the piece count stopped at 38000 pieces.
Here are some Pov-Ray renders of the ship and some units.
The compleet ship (file) was so big it was impossible to flip it over. This is a bit a strange effect after rendering it and turning it over. Looks like the ship was glued to the ceiling...
Complete front unit . Just this piece is about 1300 parts. Highly detailed and very difficult construction as this unit is constructed holding the Dorsal (studs on top ) and the Ventral part (studs facing down) at the same time.
Detail of a gun that is connected at the large sidewings.
Huge wing (about 4000 pieces each). Lots of greebles on the sides and very interesting building method. Connection to the central body is done with lots of liftarms connected to the inside technic structure.
Paul, I'm am absolutely BLOWN AWAY with how well this came out!!! And it's quite an honor to see a piece of mine rendered so incredibly precisely. I couldn't fathom being able to do this with someone else's work. Really...just amazing!! I hope you've enjoyed the process and are also enjoying the building aspect of this project. I'm looking forward to seeing it in brick. As always, give me a shout if you run into any problems (or come up with better building solutions than I did!), and again...I'm just floored! Brilliant work!!!
Quoting El Barto !
Awesome stuff, Dude! Amazing detail, just wish the pics could zoom in closer.
Thanks for your kind words; Problem with this ship is that it's so big and there are hundreds of details to zoom in. For more details i would suggest to look at Mark Kelso site. The ship is exactly the same and so are the details.
Quoting Pieter Vanden Meersschaut
Stunning work Paul! I never thougt to see this recreated so masterfully as Mark did it. You pulled this on of perfectly!!! Will the instructions be for sale in the future?
I have all the LDD files from all the separate units. LDD then generates a building instruction that is not perfect , but Lego has been improving the logic behind their "building guide" In its actual way of working you can indeed use this guide to build the model. Building it in a digital way has advantages. As it is a highly complex build it avoids starting over and over again as you would have to do with real bricks. firstname.lastname@example.org