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USS Lydia - container/freighter
(Just something old while I build some new stuff.) The USS Lydia was built by Volvo Industries on Earth. Its boxy appearance could only mean one thing: this baby was built to carry some heavy loads, and not to look pretty.
About this creation

Aside from the regular cargo holds below the bridge and in the aft of the ship, the Lydia could also carry five large containers externally.

Hundreds of these ships were built to carry hundreds of thousands of containers of lard from the lard mines of Pusz VII back to Earth.

Let's get some stats out of the way eh:
- Scale: minifig.
- Length: 77 studs or 43 metres
- Capacity: 178.3 metric tonnes (41.3 tonnes internally, plus 5 x 27.4 tonnes externally).
- Crew: three minimum; room for four more.
- Engines: six main, two auxiliary
- Standard equipped with one Volvo Industries FL-134 Grablift. Could be easily attached to main walkway roof and even used as a lifeboat (see free brochure for details and low low retail price)


Contruction of a Volvo Industries Lardfreighter. It's being closely guarded, as there were always interested parties that didn't want to pay for their freighters.


Vroom vrooooom!


Volvo experimented with several bridge designs, but decided to steer clear of the Imperial or Classic Space look.


Here comes some serious LARD! Would you like fries with that?


The space inside spacecraft was measured in STUs, or storm trooper units, in those days. As they were fairly similar in size, anyone would know how roomy the room actually was.


Officers on the bridge.


O HAI. We're sitting on about 17 tonnes of lard here. And that's just the container below the bridge. Move out of the way, please.


Roof parts come off to show that the minifigs can actually walk from the bridge, between the large containers, to the aft section of the ship. The open yellow/dark grey doors on the side of the bridge lead to another storage room, where smaller containers would be placed.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 19, 2011
I have got to do something in minifig scale
 I like it 
  April 27, 2011
Actually, I was reading the stats then, and your length in metres seems to be off. I've got it at 25.7 metres, not 43. Think of it this way; if 3 feet is approximately one metre to us, then to a fig, one stud is one foot, so 3 studs is a metre. 77 studs would be as I mentioned, 77/3=25.7m Do you see where I'm coming from? It's a handy conversion of lengths, if you wanted to know =P
 I like it 
  January 1, 2010
Dude, you have given me a brainwave! I haven't been able to think of anything to build for ages, and this has done me a favour!
 I like it 
  October 9, 2009
Mmm, lard... not the first thing I'd think of needing space transport, but I suspect it is the fuel of the future. Our current obesity problem is really just a stepping stone to energy independence! Oh yeah, and I rather like the ship. It's very industrial and serious looking, as if it could be a real thing someday.
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  May 17, 2009
I'm surprised a ship of this size could get an awesome interior!
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  May 17, 2009
Great interior and snot work. Given the compact size of most of your ships you should be able to produce a few of these beauties a month.
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  May 15, 2009
interessant ontwerp, schitterende foto's
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  May 13, 2009
Volvo in space?! What's next, VW Moon Bugs?
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  May 13, 2009
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  May 12, 2009
This ship has an ambiance of freighterieness to it. Yep, simple and utilitarian design. I like it a lot, nice freighter. I guess it's hauling lard to be processed into Spam to fuel spam-drives and spam-weapons.
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  May 12, 2009
Stormtroopers in volvo ship???? Strange- but design is nice :)
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  May 12, 2009
Nice work! The container section looks very nice, and the overall shape is really nice!
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  May 12, 2009
Hmm... Volvo, that's a Swedish company... good, good. Once again you spoil us with a very well executed MOC, I personally favour minifig scale. And of course, nice Photo-shopping...
 I made it 
  May 12, 2009
Quoting Doctor Ownage very nice, its a nice piece of lego too. i like how it is...well, huge :D also, for your first picture, you've got a picture of an earth, and you do that for some other pics, too. could you please tell me how to do that, via email? - Devilgraffiti@Hotmail.com thanks, oh, and please check this out : thanks :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/113370
Okay, I'll just reply here, so other people who were wondering might also see this. I just cut the ship out in photoshop (I use an eraser on my Wacom, or the polygonal lasso tool with 1px of feather and antialias), and add a layer with the space background. You can find those all over the internet. It's very basic photoshopping, really. But you need reasonably sharp, well lit pictures to start with. For unsharp bits in the picture, you might want to consider using more feather pixels on the lasso tool. If this doesn't make sense to you, don't worry about it.
 I like it 
  May 12, 2009
very nice, its a nice piece of lego too. i like how it is...well, huge :D also, for your first picture, you've got a picture of an earth, and you do that for some other pics, too. could you please tell me how to do that, via email? - Devilgraffiti@Hotmail.com thanks, oh, and please check this out : thanks :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/113370
 I like it 
  May 12, 2009
Another fabulous ship. I love the colors. Have u seen Keith's new super cool mecha contest entry?
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  May 12, 2009
Very nice, every fleet needs a Lard carrier. I'll take two.
 I made it 
  May 12, 2009
Thanks for all the replies! Really appreciate them.
Quoting Space Pirate it can't be that old...those rebel troopers were introduced last year...right? ^^
Not that old. About one year, a year and a half maybe. But I count it as old if the model is long scrapped and gone, which means that the model is 'as is', and no modifications can be made without rebuilding them from scratch. The Cobra and the Judicator are much older though. At least five or six years, as they were built in my old house. So now you know. But now I'm going to stop giving the age of my MOCs this much importance.
 I made it 
  May 12, 2009
Quoting Dali Zheng This ship is awesome, I like the arms in front and the overall studless look. And it doesn't look like a dong ;)
Well, mine's a bit yellow and grey ;)
 I like it 
  May 12, 2009
a very nice and detailed work, I have to say! Bravo! The details are outstanding!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2009
Another fine creation. Well done on the design. Lee.
  May 11, 2009
I disagree with areetsa C. i like how it looks without slopes, i think it goes better with the "freighter" theme to have it more boxlike. just my opinion.
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
Nice design, Steef. Always fun to see Minifig scale MOCs, and this one's a solid build to be sure. Love the pics over the planet, too. Good stuff!
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
This ship is awesome, I like the arms in front and the overall studless look. And it doesn't look like a dong ;)
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
it can't be that old...those rebel troopers were introduced last year...right? ^^
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  May 11, 2009
Sounds good to me! I build smaller ships, but I don't know if I have enough pieces to build a bigger ship like this.
 I made it 
  May 11, 2009
Quoting Chas Irish I was just wondering. You build these ships fast and it surprises me how detailed they are.
Ah! Nah, I only just signed up on MOCpages a couple of weeks ago. Posted some fresh ships then, and thought it'd be nice to show some older models too (the ones I've had the common sense to photograph anyway). This is the first time I've been sharing any of my creations online (or to anyone else, for that matter), and it still feels a bit weird. A lot of the older models aren't as good as I'd like them to be. I can see many flaws in them, but as long as people keep liking them, I think I'll continue dusting off old photos while I'm in the process of creating new ones :)
  May 11, 2009
I know, the back is fine. No, I've never seen a Volvo, why do you ask?
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
I was just wondering. You build these ships fast and it surprises me how detailed they are.
 I made it 
  May 11, 2009
Quoting Areetsa C Impressive, but a bit of slope on the upper surfaces would have been nice. You can have boxy without something being completely boxlike, you know.
Thanks. There are some slopes on the back part of the ship, but not on the bridge. I mean, have you ever *seen* a volvo? ;)
 I made it 
  May 11, 2009
Quoting Space Pirate it's a bit blocky at the front, but the bridge design is cool! and so is the whole interior! Overall nice build! So how many STU is it? :D
Cheers, and it's about 65-70 STU :)
 I made it 
  May 11, 2009
Quoting Chas Irish Are these all old ships?
No. Only when I say they're old. This one, and the Cobra and the Judicator are old. Why is this important though?
 I made it 
  May 11, 2009
Quoting Galvan . thats cool, btw could you check out my mocs
Gee, I really didn't see through that. And posted five seconds after I posted this entire page. You're a really quick reader! ;) 2/5 must try harder next time :D
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
Impressive, but a bit of slope on the upper surfaces would have been nice. You can have boxy without something being completely boxlike, you know.
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
it's a bit blocky at the front, but the bridge design is cool! and so is the whole interior! Overall nice build! So how many STU is it? :D
 I like it 
  May 11, 2009
Are these all old ships?
 
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