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Battlestar Galactica building phase
Just to give some impressions about the progress to build the Battlestar Galactica from the original series
About this creation
Finally the frame looks a lot like a battlestar. So far I've used a little scale model as guide. Later on I discovered the blueprints from Jim Stevenson, that helped a lot more to get the right dimensions.



This topview gives a better look at the first generation launchbays. By now I've changed them already for so many times that I've lost count. I hope to give some impressions about them soon.



My first attempt to construct the motorpart. LDD doesn't show the strength of the result, so it's still try and error.





Frontview, I've removed the major part of the head. To keep it in scale, I'm afraid the whole construction will grow a bit more:-).



Rearview of the Battlestar, I've used some technic bricks to line up the three arms for the launchbay. There's still some space left at the upper back side of the engine, I'll deal with that later.



The launchbays are in place, they need still some work with plating at the ends and at the top. I hope the landingstrips will still be visible after adding the endplating :-)



A view at the basics from the head. Not visible at the picture is the bottom plating, more next time. I'll let it fly over me for some bottom details :-)



A closer look at one of the launchbays. More finishing at the top needs to be done.
That will be later on, I'll concentrate at the bottom details first.



Finally a little update. One of the biggest challenges: the head. A lot of angles, and I try not to let go too many details.



Fortunately the angles from the top layer are different compared to the sides, so I think my headache will last a lot longer.



A closer look at the cutout in the head, just the basics, waiting for details. Sometimes I feel very lucky when technical beams appear at with the right size to fit, most of the times I don't feel that lucky :-)



The console at the middle finally got his shape. Still a lot of plating to do.



Another view at the console. I've used a lot of angles with roof tiles, and now they're almost invisible.



A more extended view from the bottom part. Slowly but surely the technic bricks disappear.



More plating comes into place.



Three main batteries on top, I guess it needs a closer picture.



Side batteries in place, next time a closer look as well.






Comments

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  April 26, 2011
Quoting Frank R HI, real fine work. We are building right now the new battlestar and we are curious how you handled the front. there are all that edges and we cant figure out how you managed that. We have as well used forks. Due to the reason that there are no straights, we have problems to plate there properly. Any hint? Cheers Frank
Hi Frank, good to know there are more fans of Battlestar Galactica. About plating, yes, that's a pretty challenging part. I've managed to use technical bricks in a basic angle for support, and hinges for all those other unlogically bending. I had so many ideas about this, and after all nothing worked, except the hinge solution. I've still the challenge left for the bottom plating of the head, it needs again another approach.
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  April 21, 2011
HI, real fine work. We are building right now the new battlestar and we are curious how you handled the front. there are all that edges and we cant figure out how you managed that. We have as well used forks. Due to the reason that there are no straights, we have problems to plate there properly. Any hint? Cheers Frank
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  April 16, 2011
woow, what an impressive build, very big and cool...
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  February 13, 2011
Quoting Garry King I like the execution on the detail of the Galactica. Inspiring ..... Keep up the fantastic work
Thanks Garry, most of the details grow by themselves. But it still gives me headaches :-)
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  February 12, 2011
I like the execution on the detail of the Galactica. Inspiring ..... Keep up the fantastic work
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  September 14, 2010
Thanks for the positive commments! This will certainly help to keep up with the work. The project moved to the attic, not so bad choice, now I've got everything close at hand. New pics will show up pretty soon again. Not so much progress, but at least something :-)
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  September 13, 2010
WoW! Glad we found you, this looks frakn awesome! Can't wait to see this epic build done...
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  August 27, 2010
Can't wait for the finised project! I have some experience with large MOCs takes time and lots of effort. Great job!
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  July 16, 2010
WOW !!! You'r the crazy guy who's making this masterpiece !!! I saw it on brickshelf and thought that Iwant to do the same because I really love your "technic structure "!!! 45368/5 !!!
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  July 16, 2010
This is bloomin' awesome! Great job Ruud! Love it!
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  June 13, 2010
Yes, the whole bending thing can be a problem once the panels start to go on. It's surprising how the weight adds up in a hurry. My Galactica tips the scales at around 22lbs/10kilos. Given similar dimensions, I bet yours should be half that, maybe even less?
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  June 11, 2010
Quoting El Barto ! Very nice lightweight construction, and looks like it should be quite strong. I bet you'll be able to swoosh it around a lot!
After replacing the original frame with the latest one, yes it's quite strong now. No more bending. I've been doing workouts lately, so now I'm capable to swoosh it around with one hand!
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  June 10, 2010
Very nice lightweight construction, and looks like it should be quite strong. I bet you'll be able to swoosh it around a lot!
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  February 2, 2010
I too am guilty of checking in on your Battlestar from time to time. I hope to start back on the Basestar in March after the fire season is over. Don't want to risk having a pile of burnt plastic where my lego collection once stood. LOL . Keep up the great work LONG LIVE THE GALACTICA.
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  December 16, 2009
Greetings Ruud Good to see a fellow Galactican hard at work with designing Your battlestar looks as if it will be much lighter than my one. I am from old school lego designing. The fun part. Thank you for your support on the basestar, I need to wait till mid Feb to get back to work on it (expecting extreme summer conditions) I can't wait to finish it then take the photos. Keep up the great work. Congratulations on the new member of the family Good luck on the renos. I'm still doing mine after 4 years still no where finished.
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  October 23, 2009
I totally agree with Steef, this is very promising. Even its skeleton is very impressive! Keep it up!
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  October 23, 2009
Keep plugging away Ruud. This is going to be an excellent MOC. Youve got the shape nailed and I really like the hangar. It took me about 9 months to pull mine together. Between multiple redesigns, waiting on Bricklink orders, work and family, and the Xbox distraction, I didnt think I would ever finish mine.
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  September 1, 2009
Quoting chris short wow, it looks huge. What are the dimensions aproximately? I built a 6211 Star Destroyer sized 2003 Galactica, but this seems to be bigger than even the UCS version
Hi Chris, It's indeed bigger than the UCS, after completion the battlestar will be about 130 cm long. The motorpart is almost finished, so a good moment to publish some more pic's
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  August 31, 2009
wow, it looks huge. What are the dimensions aproximately? I built a 6211 Star Destroyer sized 2003 Galactica, but this seems to be bigger than even the UCS version
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  April 23, 2009
Wow! This looks very promising. Can't wait to see the final build.
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  March 30, 2009
Your welcome, im definately looking forward to see this project completed. I hear ya, self built projects are hard to buid but its definately worth the strugle to see something you created with out official building instructions. Since that's the galactica, perhaps i should make the Pegasus. :D
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  March 29, 2009
Quoting Grand Admiral Thrawn Wow, looks like you have already beaten me to making one from the origional series. Very cool and I cant wait to see it finnished!
Thanks a lot for your comment! I think there's still time enough to build one yourself. I've been building for one year, last year I needed to have a break because of the birth of our son and a new house to decorate. So this year I want to continue with the Battlestar project. Actually this is my first self made project with Lego. I think that's slowing me down too, it takes a lot of time to find the right way for constructing. I will keep on placing the progress here.
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  March 28, 2009
Wow, looks like you have already beaten me to making one from the origional series. Very cool and I cant wait to see it finnished!
 
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