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Sleeper Ship
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A Sleeper Ship, sent out by an unknown species to colonize an unknown world. It missed its target planet for mysterious reasons... Now, it drifts through space, its passengers still sleeping, never to wake.



My first SHIP! Built in one month six days for SHIPtember. I haven't posted anything Sci-fi in a year, so this is exciting.



This SHIP is a little over 103 studs long. I built it in about six days over the course of last month. I used all available time to build, so that should give you an idea of how little available time I have. It uses lots of interesting techniques, most of which are my own.



This is the side shot that was required for the SHIPtember poster. I managed to make the profile easily recognizable, which is good.

Check out the swoosh here!

Next are a whole bunch of shots of the whole SHIP from various angles. Sit back and browse through!























And now for some detail shots! I'll be providing commentary for those.



The front. When building this SHIP, I worked from front to back, and so this is the first part I worked on after finishing the core. My original plans for the colorscheme were black, red and silver, but I only had five of those spiky pieces, so I needed to add on a dark green one.



Actually, I added the spikes on after the weird curved squid leg thingies. The yellow SNOT bricks that attach to the supports that hold up the curves are what defined the colorscheme for this Moc. As I mentioned, my original plan was red, black and silver, but I could only find the SNOT parts used here in yellow, and then I had to add in that dark green spike. Those basically informed the colorscheme of the rest of the build. Because I wanted another accent color, I also added some blue to the greebles, so that the blue technic pins in the curves would look less out of place.



The curves. These are my own technique. See how to make them here.



After finishing the front, I was at a loss for what to do next. I tried several spike designs before settling on this one. Then I put in some more greebles. I didn't plan out how the SHIP would look, so I basically improvised everything.



The intakes! I really like how these look, although I wish I could have made them all black. As it is, there is some green on both sides of the SHIP at this point. Figuring out how to attach the intakes was quite the puzzle. Oh, and don't ask me why a spaceship would have intakes.



So, getting towards the end of the SHIP, I really had no idea what I should do. Then I spotted these old train parts, and that gave me some inspiration. Yes, those are old train wheels, fleshed out and turned upside down. I really, really like how these look, they have a very functional feel to them.



So, at the end, I was really out of pieces and inspiration. I put on some more greebles, and then the wedge fins, but I only had enough wedges for three fins, to I had to make the other three using slopes.



And finally, the engines. I absolutely love the engines. They are my favorite part of the MOC. Even though they don't quite fit with the rest of the MOC. The middle engine uses a technique based on Halhi's well technique, but with two steering wheels instead of a lifesaver.



Artistic shot! I imagine that this is what you see when you fly by the SHIP in a starfighter.



Alternate focus.



And from the front.



And alternate focus again.

A few WIPs...

SHIPtember: Day 1

Day 1. This is the core on which the SHIP is based. Building a sturdy hexagonal core is extremely piece intensive and not easy. The core is extremely sturdy, and you could basically swing it around like an oversized lightsaber handle.

SHIPtember: Day 2

Day 2. Getting started on the front of the SHIP.

SHIPtember: Day 3

And Day 3, fleshing out the front.

I didn't take WIPs of the other days for lack of time.


Well, my first Sci-fi Moc in a year, and my first SHIP! Next up is a modern Moc, and after that, I'll be back to medieval for a while.

I hope you liked it!



Comments

 I like it 
  October 10, 2015
Nice build, especially the rear section / engines
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  October 10, 2015
Really neat ship design.
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  October 9, 2015
Wow, awesome job!
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  October 8, 2015
Fantastic design man! The flower-like front really stands out, great work!
  October 7, 2015
Maybe next year I'll try to make a legit SHIP. maybe...
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  October 6, 2015
Wow! Superior work, for sure! I love the overall organic quality of the thing, and the radial symmetry or whatnot. Given, the color scheme, I wonder if some classic space ship stumbled upon this thing back in 1987...they could have retro-engineered some of the technology, and then gone on to found Blacktron...
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  October 6, 2015
A cool SHIP with some cool angles (though maybe a few too many studs)! I should get around to posting mine.
 I made it 
  October 5, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 Nice! I really like the shape, although I'm not too fond of the somewhat chaotic colors and textures. Generally, it looks best to have more focused greebles beneath larger smooth panels, rather than randomly tacking them on. My favorite part is definitely the engines - the curves and smoothness there look great.
Thanks! I agree about the greebles and chaotic colors. Now that I've actually built a ship, I think I can do a much better job of that when the next SHIPtember comes around...
 I like it 
  October 5, 2015
Nice! I really like the shape, although I'm not too fond of the somewhat chaotic colors and textures. Generally, it looks best to have more focused greebles beneath larger smooth panels, rather than randomly tacking them on. My favorite part is definitely the engines - the curves and smoothness there look great.
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  October 5, 2015
Saw this on Flickr, this a very worthy entry in the SHIPtember roster. Love the colourscheme, and the core design - thanks for showing the WIP shots! Very cool and alien-looking.
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  October 5, 2015
Very nice work dude! Love how you've used your own techniques to achieve a very alien like spaceship. Fantastic job!
 I like it 
  October 5, 2015
Looking good! It's also interesting to see a SHIP with something other than a Technic core. Your hexagonal tube must be very strong but quite light too. A clever idea!
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  October 5, 2015
Gewaltig, mächtig gewaltig Dein Schiff. Mir gefallen die vielen greebles und besonders das Du auch Laubteile verwendet hast (das ist einzigartig) . Die Form wirkt sehr einschüchternd und erinnert mich an ein Schiff aus einem alten Scifi-Horror Film " Lifeforce ". An excellent ship my friend.
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  October 4, 2015
Great build, technique and use of pieces.
  October 4, 2015
Awesomememe and one of a kind. Can't ask for much more.
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  October 4, 2015
Amazing spaceship! I love the unique design! :D
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  October 4, 2015
"Everything about it's just plain impressive..." Awesome work, Cabbie!
 
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