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Invisible Hand . General Grievous' command ship: the Invisible Hand . Well, ladies and gentleman...oh, who are we kidding...Well gentleman, after nine months of late-night brick building, explanations, groveling, and apologies to my now-estranged wife, countless Bricklink orders, subsequent mortgages, loan sharks, black market sales of all non-essential organs, and more work-shirking than you can shake a stick at, the epic struggle to build my first SHIP has reached its conclusion... she’s finally finished. So without further ado (drumroll...) I proudly present to you General Grievous’ Invisible Hand(Cue symbol crash To start out with, I thought it would be fun to see a little comparison between the piece that inspired this creation, Erik Varszegi’s Venator, and my Invisible Hand. It’s not really invisible, though. I mean the ship, not my hand. Well, my hand’s not invisible either, but...say, did I mention I’ve been diagnosed A.D.D.? I might point out that while Erik’s masterpiece retained the studs, I chose to be bold! Adventurous!! Daring!!! (or stupid, take your pick) and eliminate most of the studs. This, of course, meant thousands of tiles in addition to all of the other parts. To all you Bricklink’re welcome! I think the thing I’m happiest with here at the completion stage is...well, hmmm...THAT’S IT’S AT THE COMPLETION STAGE!!!!!! Although, the issue that she’s still hanging AND in one piece ain’t too bad either. By the way, why is it that ships are referred to as female? I mean this one kinda seems to have a masculine quality about it...maybe it's the fact that it’s, I dunno, shaped like a giant condom? Here are some stats: She’s 231 studs long, 41 studs at the widest point, and weighs about 30 pounds. (Pretty curvy for a chick that skinny! ) She also enjoys rollerblading and Sushi. And hopes to meet a SHIP some day that likes her for more than her turboshaft. Okay that’s the bottom of the barrel. Moving on... This pic shows off the curves fairly well, and all those stinkin’ antennae. I suppose you’d need em though, for satellite tv out there in deep space. I mean you’re on a ship full of a bunch of droids doin’ all the work. What else is there to do, other than sit around drinking blue milk and watching the pod races on tv? Wait, don’t answer that. So here’s where the fun begins, and we get a few juicy details. If you look closely you’ll notice the inclusion of escape pods in the bridge section, torpedo bays along the hull, and a custom label created for the Trade Federation emblem (yeah, yeah...”Custom? Blasphemer!!! You’re gonna burn in Hell!!!! Yadda, yadda, yadda....”) And now we come to one of my favorite sections of the ship. The curvature of the upper hull came out just swimmingly, if I do say so myself. Also, I think the Ground Command section’s got kind of a cool look to it. Whoops! How'd that get in there? Moving right along...We’ve got the Conning Tower and Observation section where our silver screen heroes confront the villainous Count, I mean Dooku...who’s very name strikes fear into the hearts of billions! Say it with with me...”Dooku”...It just gives me chills. Oh, no wait...that’s a fit of the giggles. My mistake. I can hear Lucas now as he’s coming up with the design for this ship...”and antennae! Yeah, lot’s of antennae!! Gimme a whole mess of ‘em!! A nice little detail section complete with Quad turbolaser cannons, Atmospheric shield generator, and other greebley-type-sudo-sci-fi-parefenal...parifina...para...uh...stuff. Butt shot - always a winner. One last last look here with yours truly (yes, this is to scale)and it’s hasta la vista to the ol' IH. On to things bigger and brighter! Or maybe actually smaller and dimmer. Anyway, thanks to Erik Varszegi for all of the inspiration, and a big thanks to all of you for putting up with my innane babble, which has mercifully come to a temporary end. I know, I know, you can’t get enough. But as someone said in the Lego Classic Space Forum... “Less talking, more MOCing!” See ya next time! July 20, 2009 - Folks, I don't know what the holy @*&^%! is going on with the rating system, but at the time of this addendum here, the MOC should have something like 550 or 600. Just FYI. So now it's time to call for our overworked web master in my best Ozzy Osbourne impression as he calls for his wife... SSSSSSEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!

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