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Solar Sailer concept
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Award-winning MOC based on Episode II concept art of Count Dooku's Solar Sailer
About this creation
June 2004

Update: In October 2004, this moc won first prize in a contest hosted by FBTB Community members Joseph Kazmo, Mike Crowley, and Reto Geiger. Dozens of entries were submitted in the "Alternates" contest, which challenged builders to build either an original Star Wars moc, or use every pieces from up to 4 official SW sets to build a SW-inspired moc. This Solar Sailer Concept took first place for the original Star Wars moc half of the contest. It was an unexpected win, and I'm extremely grateful to the judges for the honor.

A huge shout of thanks to the organizers, and congratulations for all the members who presented new and exciting mocs to the community for the contest. It's been a pleasure building with all of you.

This is a moc loosely based on some concept art of Count Dooku's Solar Sailer from the "Art of Episode II: Attack of Clones" book. Recent contests have finally given me the kick I needed to make this creation, which I've thought about making for nearly a year.

I guess it's for the best that I waited, because I feel my building skills are now suited for the task.

I've yet to come up with a good sail and a way to display the whole thing. Propping up a vertically-oriented moc with spines all over it is pretty difficult, and I didn't think about it until the model was completed. The perfect version of this craft is larger, more like a UCS scale, and has a big beautiful sail tethered to the main craft. Someday I'll build that vision.

I mentioned the difficulty in supporting the moc. I had the most difficult time during photography. First I had to rebuild portions of the moc to be strong enough to have string run through it strong enough ti support the weight. Then I had to set up an area outside in good light to photograph the moc. I had the moc hanging by supports over a white sheet outside, and everything was going sort of okay, although since I'm on crutches it was a little annoying.

And then the wind blew, the sheet billowed, and the moc fell. Not cool :(

I repaired the model and took the decent pic you see here.

I appreciate any and all positive and negative feedback you guys have to give, especially in regards to the little bit of color I used. I'm not sold on it, but I think it was a case of "less-is-more."

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   The model next to the original concept art. I know they don't look much the same, but that wasn't the goal. I took elements I liked the best (large curving shape, support spines, cockpit) and put them into an original design which I wanted to make look like it could have been a potential final model of the Solar Sailer.

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   This was a quick photoshop job, because I really want to see the Solar Sailer with its necessary sail. The ship is actually facing the wrong way in the pic, my mistake when tired, what I really wanted was an opposite flight orientation than the one in the concept art. When I finish the moc someday you'll get to see what I picture in my head.

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   Straight at the craft

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   I could just snap off the spines and call it the "Iron Banana." Think the Reich is looking for new ship designs?

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   Back of the ship.

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   3/4 angle view.

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   Don't ask me why, but this is Keith's favorite angle.

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   Back view, showing off some greeblies and maneuvering thrusters.

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   Front of the craft showing the cockpit placement and some of the greeblies.

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   The droid pilot in his lower cockpit.

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   The Count sipping some tea and relaxing in a chair. His cape swings from a hook on the wall alongside his distinctive curved lightsaber.

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   The "Lenny Shot," despite the lack of thumbs-up.


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  September 20, 2010
How this only has four comments i've not a clue. This is so cool! I'm a huge sci-fi nerd and this tickles my nerdom quite nicely. You sir are one heck of a builder. Beautiful concept ship - I'm blown away. You must've been one of the original lego space pioneers on this site; very inspiring.
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  January 9, 2010
Hey mate, i love this ship so much and it has what inspired me to make it my self but more mini scale lol. and it would be just grand if you took a look at mine and give me feed back please? Thanks a hundred.
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  September 6, 2009
awesome im gunna make a lego solar sailer like urs but urs is better than mine by a long shot
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  November 20, 2007
I have allways wanted to make that ship. I think you did a good job. Nice camera shooting.
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  June 26, 2004
koolllll! but then u already know i think that lol.
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