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UNSC Spirit of Fire . . UNSC SPIRIT OF FIRE LEGO MODEL 2/1/2014 – Once upon a time, some knucklehead (that would be me) had the brilliant (or not) notion of building another Lego SHIP (Significantly Huge Investment in Parts). He thought it sounded easy enough. After all, other builders had cranked out epic, towering monuments of ABS homage. And he himself, had managed several other large creations in the past, including a six foot model of the Star Wars ship, the Invisible Hand. “No problem,” he said. “Piece of cake,” he said. Psssssh, yeah. What…an…idiot. Over FOUR *insert explicative* YEARS LATER, we finally come to the end of one of THE most challenging endeavors of my life. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the construction of the ship that turned out to be the biggest challenge, but life itself. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say the moment I finally locked the final brick in place (January 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm, but who’s keeping track?) was an accomplishment that I’ll never be able to fully put into words. Yes, it’s just Lego. And to others, it’s just another Lego SHIP among a sea of mind-blowing creations. But, for me it was about having the tenacity to keep getting back up, no matter how many times life knocked me down, to see this bloody project through to its completion! Chris, you were right. This really was my own personal “There and Back again.” Alright, enough of that. On to the finished MOC! I should begin by explaining the change of name, for those who’ve been following my progress in the WIP journals (and who’s faces are now frozen in an expression of utter confusion). See, I initially planned on numerous changes to the overall form of the Spirit of Fire, and called the project the Eye of Chaos. This was in anticipation of design changes due to limited reference sources. But with the heaven-sent help of Heikki Anttila, who was involved with the original ship’s design and 3-D modeling, I was able to render a Lego version of the ship that was far closer to the original design than I ever expected. There are, of course, variations which we’ll lovingly call artistic license. Nevertheless, upon completion, it seemed to me the overall look of the ship really WAS that of the SOF, and I felt it should be referred to as such. Heikki, I know somebody who's getting a huge fruit basket next Christmas! Some Stats: Brick Count: more than six. Weight: less than Phipson’s Mom. Height: 85 studs Width: 70 studs Length: 297 studs, or 7 feet (which, by the way, is just over the length of your average NBA player…I mean, that’s what Google says. I can’t really be certain of that as I’ve never actually had an NBA star turned sideways hanging from my basement ceiling for comparison. I suppose now’s probably not the time to discuss what I HAVE had hanging from the ceiling, either. You’ll let me know when I’m rambling?) One of the things I think I was over the moon (pun intended) about with this space ship was the level of detail. The ultimate goal was to eliminate nearly every stud, giving this creation the appearance of a scale model. I'm callin' it a win. On that point I was happier than the camel on hump day. Between that and the fact this behemoth’s done? Oh, yeah...downright giddy. Right. Moving on... Anyway, for the most part, I love the look of this ship. But, I gotta say this head-on shot kind of creeps me out a little. And is it me, or does that rounded, central section below the wings look like Stewie Griffon from this angle? “Lois! Lois! Lois! Lois! Lois! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mama! …” So, is it wrong that I really like the butt shots? I mean, seriously…baby got back. Time for some close-ups... And that's a wrap. For those that are seeing this work for the first time, thanks for stopping by. For those who’ve been kind enough (or crazy enough, more like!) to follow my progress through the journal entries, thanks so much for sticking with me. Nice to be able to say this beast is finally finished. Over and out, Lego fans! WIP Journal Entries Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Entry 4 Entry 5 Entry 6 Entry 7

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