So…I’ve been away for a while, a mini dark age…I suppose…if you will. The last pic in this post will give you a better idea of why I’ve been away from building for so long. I certainly have missed building and can’t wait until I can start sitting down with my pieces on a schedule that resembles more what I was doing about a year ago. Until then, I ask you to bear with me.
This work is actually one that dates back a bit. I finished this work at the beginning of June 2016. This was my BrickWorld build for 2016, so I decided to think outside the box on this one. There are a few techniques that I utilize pretty much any time I build a SHIP, like the brick sandwich that I talk about now and again. This brick sandwich was a bit different, though. It was very long, and I had to layer several of them on top of each other linked together by Technic liftarms just to compensate for the weight that I was hanging off of these things. You can see that the engine section is a mite bulky, and after I hung that, the core looked like it wanted to fold itself in half. Pretty sure that if LEGO bricks were capable of cursing a builder out, the bricks involved in the construction of the core would have had some very creative words for me on my living room floor that night. Hello…BrickLink?
This was my first SHIP that isn’t predominately light bley. I looked at my white collection and said, “Yeah, I got this.” Then, after I finished the engine section, (it’s always that engine section), I discovered that I had burned through the noticeable majority of my white pieces. Um…BrickLink? Yeah…it’s me again.
Furthermore, coming in at 164 studs, this is my longest SHIP to date. I didn’t realize it before this, but 132 studs of SHIP was about what my collection could absorb before I would have to start using purple 1x1 round plates and minifig legs to create the outer paneling of a SHIP. Hey, BrickLink! How’s the kids?
Finally, I brought this SHIP to BW along with Battlestar Menoetius and my Colonial Fuel Frigate. When I left BW for home I had a 2.5 million gallon tub filled to the top with loose ABS. Almost exactly one month of free time, (and a couple impotent, incoherent temper tantrums), later, I had all those pieces sorted back into their homes. I will not be doing that again…until the next time I do it.
I turned 40 in 2016, and I appear to be getting lazy in my old age. I’m only giving you a few pics that have been edited beyond just correcting the color appearance. Not sure, but I’m guessing that this is the kind of cantankerous behavior you can expect from me in the future: A few edited pics accompanied by a handful of see-I-took-more-pictures-than-that pics. However, it should be noted, I’m pretty proud of that lead pic.
Thanks for having a look! Hopefully, I’ll have something else to show you soon. If you feel so compelled, let me know what you think of this one.
I am particularly pleased with how the trans-blue areas of the engine section turned out.
Most of the rest of these pics are just to show some of the finer details of this MOC.
Here it is sitting on my table. This is one that I wanted to edit some space into, but I wanted a shot of the elephant legs I had to build for the stands to this thing. My first two attempts at stands made this thing look like a giant metronome.
Here it is on display at BrickWorld, next to Stanley, Herb and a large box of Cow Tails. What? Of course there was Cow Tails.
This is the pic I used for inspiration on this.
And the reason I'm having trouble finding time to build. I pull out my LEGO collection, and she thinks I've put out a bowl of food. Once she realizes that I don't want her eating my pieces, it becomes a battle of will between me and the dog to see who can pay attention to the other the longest. Once I lift my concentration from her...no LEGO is safe.
Yet another overwhelming, stunning, incredibly sensationally created build. From stem to stern is outstanding in every minute detail. Boy do I know the creative inner technic framing required for the big wee beasties to be self supported and not implode. A super congratulations for getting the BB and as the editor had said its not gray. Well done.
Wonderful ship Tim, a lot of great shapes and angles there. I love the whole 'big greebly thing wrapped in a tasty shell' thing you have going on. Lovely colour blocking as usual too, looks much better than the source material IMO.
Hey, Tim, it's nice to see your "return"! What can I say about this monster? It's beautiful with all the various angular pieces. It's also nice to see you using some color other than bley. The red accents really pop. Impressive build all around!
Another superb ship from you. I like how you've kept the original shape but added the coloured panels and made it your own creation. The some of the greebled panels seem less detailed than on some of your other ships but I like the slightly "cleaner" look.
I'm not a system builder (Well, a good one, anyways), and I don't often comment on system builds, but this is an exception. The ship is masterfully crafted, and I'm immensely impressed with this. It looks like something you might see in, oh, maybe a century or two into the future. Lovely work!