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SpaceSlug Fighter- A Lego interpretation of Fred Bastide's award-winning 3D entry in the Grand Space Opera CGChallenge.
About this creation
September 2005

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Several months ago CGSociety.org ran one of their communtiy CGChallenges with the theme of "Grand Space Opera." Thousands of entries from around world can be found on that site and within the pages of the published book.

3D Runner-up Fred Bastide imagined a climactic event over the craggy hills and canyons on a peaceful spring day. The Space Slugs do battle with the Albino Atomic Hedgehogs in Helix Rugens One.

When I first browsed the winners a few months ago the ship caught my eye. When I purchased the book in July, and I got to take a closer look at the entries, I decided that this ship would be a fun building challenge. So immediately after posting the UCS Tank droid in late July, I went to work.

For 7 weeks the model progressed slowly (like a slug, as Tom McDonald has pointed out!) I established the outer shell of the ship fairly early on, but what tripped me up was some internal structure and detailing, which I held off to work on until the very end.

I opted to go for a direct interpretation of the ship, taking few liberties. I'm so glad I bought the book to have open on my desk ... I was able to see not only the final image but the concept and rough CG models, which aided in construction. I'm proud it turned out so well.

Criticism and comments welcome. I'm particularly interested in ideas you might have to mod the ship for other purposes (others have already suggested a maglev train car, police cruiser, ambulance, etc).



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   The large open hull is one of my favorite details of the ship, and it provided me a chance to work on my chunky greebling. I also love the side engine lobes and the tiny cockpit on top of the fighter.



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   This nose is one of the few portions of the moc I took creative liberties with. It was wide open to the empty innards of the ship for most of the construction process, until a few days ago when I finally figured out what I wanted to do. You can't see it in this pic, but the gaping holes leads to a big turbine intake (as suggested by Dan Rubin.)



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   Side profile. The straight red lines give balance to the hills and valleys of the moc.



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   The rear, where I changed things up a little bit from the art. The lower engines are an adaptation of this little trick, which I like to call the "Tom Engine" which Tom McD originally crafted.



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   Bird's eye view.



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   The detailing around the hatch came together pretty quickly. It's a little heavy on the hand weapon usage, but if your imagination's working right you won't even notice the revolvers or spearguns.



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   The forward landing gear retracts...



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   ...as does the rear landing gear.



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   Moving a slider at the bottom of the ship reveals a secret missile cluster ready to fire at those Albino Atomic Hedgehogs.



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   The slug pilot outside his hefty fighter.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 8, 2008
This is awesome. I saw the picture of the slug fighter before somewhere else and you depicted this ship exactly as it was in the picture.
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  July 26, 2008
amazing moc!!
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  September 27, 2005
I first saw this on FBTB, and I was extremely impressed! You did a great job recreating this fighter, and I just love the front. It looks so...sluggish. ;)
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  September 12, 2005
Shazam! You nailed this one. Wicked Sick angles, nice slug-alien, good color schema. Nicely done! Cheers! ~ Paul.
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  September 9, 2005
Ha! GREAT job! I saw this rendering when it was entered in the contest. You did a PERFECT job recreating the ship. Nice slug pilot too! I too think the best alternate use would be a space Ambulance, because it... just looks like one. Heh.
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  September 9, 2005
Wow, great job, Ry! You really captured the look of the ship from the original 3d artwork, and everything looks implemented so well. I really like how you were able to attach those large angled modules (engines? guns?) on the sides and really made them look like they're an integral part of the ship - no big ugly gaps, and those intakes/vents in between look really good. Really nice looking greebles all around.. even the underside looks very cool. Also, extra major props for creating the slug guy minifig, complete with the silly helmet. :)
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  September 8, 2005
Not only would it be beautiful by itself, but it's so similar to the pic you based it on! Plus the challenge of building in the details you couldn't see makes this an even more accomplished MOC.
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  September 8, 2005
It's all fat and the like! Beautiful! I approve! :p
 
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