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How to build a S.H.I.P. -- chapter 1: design
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The first step in building any spacerific MOC is design. This is very true with a S.H.I.P. (seriously high investment of parts). Before you start building, spend alot of time thinking about what you want to build and why. Is is a troop ship, science vessel, carrier, personal yacht, freighter, or intergalactic traveling night club?
Then grab a piece of paper and pencil and get to work sketching. Sketch the whole thing, the bridge, the landing gear, the crew quarters, whatever. Just get your creative juices flowing and start getting some nebulous ideas turned into concrete designs. This will so help you in determining what pieces you will need before you start building. And, you will find that things will change drastically from the idea you had, once you start putting thought to how you are going to build this monstrous MOC.
Next in the design phase, get some inspiration. Visit classic-space.com, desktopstarships.com, brickshelf.com, MOCpages.com, fbtb.net, flickr, saber-scorpion.com, and there are dozens of other websites where you can spend all day looking at awesome sci-fi starships for inspiration. Do not use these peoples' work for your own, just use it to inspire you to do something original.
This design work is to help you with formulating your own, awesome, and well detailed SHIP. You will probably get so many ideas that your brain will burst, but it really helps in preparing yourself to committing on working on an MOC that will last months to build, and it will help you to know what parts and pieces you will need to acquire from sets, pick-a-brick, bricklink, etc.,

The last step in design is to figure out your theme for this SHIP. Is it Blacktron, Pre-classic Space, Space Police, something from MOCpages, Eastern Block, Space Hippies, or something of your own? Take that into serious consideration because this will dictate color and even the overall design ethics/criteria for the SHIP (Eastern Block and Pre-classic Space can only have certain colors and must look kind-of low tech). If it is your own creation, then just consider the time period, level of technology for your civilization, and their color scheme.
Some helpful books are those Star Wars cut-a-away books where you get to see the plumbing of Star Wars vessels. This might be pretty advanced to take wiring into consideration for your MOC, but then awesomeness is in the details.
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| April 30, 2009, 3:54 pm
Quoting Alan Crisp
The first step in building any spacerific MOC is design. This is very true with a S.H.I.P. (seriously high investment of parts). Before you start building, spend alot of time thinking about what you want to build and why. Is is a troop ship, science vessel, carrier, personal yacht, freighter, or intergalactic traveling night club?
Then grab a piece of paper and pencil and get to work sketching. Sketch the whole thing, the bridge, the landing gear, the crew quarters, whatever. Just get your creative juices flowing and start getting some nebulous ideas turned into concrete designs. This will so help you in determining what pieces you will need before you start building. And, you will find that things will change drastically from the idea you had, once you start putting thought to how you are going to build this monstrous MOC.
Next in the design phase, get some inspiration. Visit classic-space.com, desktopstarships.com, brickshelf.com, MOCpages.com, fbtb.net, flickr, saber-scorpion.com, and there are dozens of other websites where you can spend all day looking at awesome sci-fi starships for inspiration. Do not use these peoples' work for your own, just use it to inspire you to do something original.
This design work is to help you with formulating your own, awesome, and well detailed SHIP. You will probably get so many ideas that your brain will burst, but it really helps in preparing yourself to committing on working on an MOC that will last months to build, and it will help you to know what parts and pieces you will need to acquire from sets, pick-a-brick, bricklink, etc.,

The last step in design is to figure out your theme for this SHIP. Is it Blacktron, Pre-classic Space, Space Police, something from MOCpages, Eastern Block, Space Hippies, or something of your own? Take that into serious consideration because this will dictate color and even the overall design ethics/criteria for the SHIP (Eastern Block and Pre-classic Space can only have certain colors and must look kind-of low tech). If it is your own creation, then just consider the time period, level of technology for your civilization, and their color scheme.
Some helpful books are those Star Wars cut-a-away books where you get to see the plumbing of Star Wars vessels. This might be pretty advanced to take wiring into consideration for your MOC, but then awesomeness is in the details.

You know what??? I use the EXACT SAME technique as you. And check out my Millennium Falcon for proof. It really is a S.H.I.P.

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| May 16, 2009, 8:57 pm
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