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J Type 327 Nubian (Royal Naboo Starship Ep I)
The Royal Naboo Starship complete with a minifigure scale interior, retractable landing gear, and more.
About this creation
Its been my dream for a very long time to build this ship. Its my favorite Star Wars ship. I've always admired how smooth and beautiful of a ship it was. But without a doubt its smooth shape and sleek design make it very difficult to design with legos, especially in a size that holds lego minifigures. But After throwing out previous models and spending about a week on this one, I've finished my Royal Naboo Starship. I didn't have near enough angled bricks to make this so I first designed it on LDD then purchased my model. Designing and purchasing my own lego set has been a dream for awhile too, so what better time than to do it with my favorite ship.

Design
I went through several different design ideas to create this ship and in the end I determined this one to be the best. I decided to use old school style triangle bricks instead of the new sloped kind. If this set had been released with the other Episode I sets, this is possibly how they might have done it. I toiled over different windshield ideas and different brick sculpting window solutions, but in the end a custom decal ended up being the best option. I really wanted the model to be more than just a sculpture, but more like a lego set built for minifigure scale. So the challenge of building it to minifigure height, but still maintaining a thin look was present. The engines were also a design beast. I though about using the typical cylinder pieces (4 x 4) so often used for engines, but it just didn't flow well to the rest of the ship or hold the right size. So in the end I sculpted the engines from angled bricks and am pretty happy with how it turned out. Getting the nose to come to a point was a challenge and in some respects I'm still not super happy with how mine turned out, but I suppose its acceptable. It was difficult to balance using bricks to maintain a uniform look and using plates that allow a more gradual transition.

Specs
Length: 19" (1 ft. 7 in.) (60 studs)
Width (at widest): 10"
705 pieces



Here's a top view of my ship but I feel this pictures make the ship feel a little stubby. In real life it doesn't feel or look stubby at all but oh well, cameras can sometimes take pictures with that fish bowl look.



So here's a side shot that'll give you an idea of how I tried to capture how thin the ship was while at the same time maintaining a height minifigures could stand in. As you can see the ship has retractable landing gear and the side boarding door realistic to the movie model. When retracted, the landing gear flows flush with the shape of the ship to keep the sleek feel.



Here's a shot of the cockpit opened up. As you can see it holds 4 sitting minifigures. I have Qui Gon, Obi wan, Padme's Royal Guard Panaka (if that's how you spell it), and a pilot minifigure I arranged from other minfigures I had, made to resemble the pilot in Episode I. These were the 4 you see flying the ship as they flee Naboo.



Here's a shot facing the back of the cockpit with no one inside. The white obstruction at the back was my attempt at creating a door that looks like the one in the cockpit in the movie model.



Here's a lower level room. This room is built for minifigure standing height. In the far back is the hyperdrive. Close up is Jar Jar Binks sitting at a repair table and behind him R2-D2 the famous Astromech droid docked in this station. I know that the droid room and hyper drive room were not combined in the real model,but due to limited space, I put them together.



This is the queen's thrown room which as you can see is unfortunately empty. I don't at this time have a Padme figure or a custom made queen minifigure, so that'll be an issue I'll have to address in the future. I know, I know, its sad to have made the queen's ship and not even have the queen! If anyone was a padme figure or custom queen minifig they'd be interested in selling me, let me know!



Here's an overall shot of the ship with all top plates removed revealing the entire interior.



Finally this ship wouldn't be complete if R2 didn't get to make his heroic repair to the hyperdrive saving the entire Saga and giving us Star Wars nerds 6 incredible movies! ;) Anyway it was a detail I thought was important to include.

Well finally my dream of building and buying this ship is realized. PLEASE let me know what you think and comment! I appreciate it!



Comments

 I made it 
  August 6, 2011
Sorry for the late reply! I've been busy working this summer and haven't spent much time on mocpages in a long time. Unfortunately, the model is outdated to the new bricklink so its incomplete. Additionally I still feel there are flaws in the model and would hate to see someone spend so much money on an imperfect creation. I thank you for your kind complements though
 I like it 
  July 11, 2011
Can u please put up a Ldd link I really want one and think that the sloped plates were a much better choice than flat plates
 I like it 
  June 21, 2011
Well, First I Want To Say Your Starship Is Absolutely Beautiful. Best RNS MOC Ive Ever Seen. And About The Amidala Problem. The Kimono Girl's Head From The Collectible Minifigure Series 4+Simple Black Robes+ An Upside Down Beard On Her Head Secured With A 1x1 Stud= Your Own MOC Amidala. I Have A Similar One ( Im Building A Theed Palace Occupation Diorama).
 I like it 
  June 5, 2011
WOOW that a great ship PLEASE PLEASE could you give a link to ldd instructions i really wanna build this thing if i would ever use it in a moc i would give you full credit for the whole thing. :)
Blake Ewton
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Logan Tomczak
  May 26, 2011
I Understand not wanting to give a link to LDD where you crafted this beauty, but if anything please tell me how many pieces and how much it costs, plz!!! Oh and if you change your mind about instructions we'd all love a link.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2011
Fantastic!~H
 I made it 
  November 9, 2010
Quoting David P. great! i always thought this ship could be cool in lego, but how build it? you've done it in an awesome way, congratulations!
Thanks man! Its always been one of my favorite Star Wars ships and seemed like an impossible build for a long time. But after a couple tries I think it worked out pretty well. its not perfect, but hey is anything? :)
 I like it 
  November 7, 2010
great! i always thought this ship could be cool in lego, but how build it? you've done it in an awesome way, congratulations!
 I like it 
  July 23, 2010
where you buy it ?
 I like it 
  December 24, 2009
awsome!!!!!
 I like it 
  December 23, 2009
Wow. It's fantastic.
Blake Ewton
Darin Linder
  August 19, 2009
Hey buddy! Me again. Now, a few notes to everybody out there: 1. It looks better in person! 2. I would like it known that I made a significant contribution to the design of a whole two pieces. Yeah, that's right, two pieces. So when Lego buys the rights to this set, I'll be expecting my .0149% of the royalties, Blake. 3. That R2 unit was stolen by Jawas from my Lego collection and sold to his. Those pesky critters. Alas, I digress. Rockin' job, buddy! If anything should be ceiling-hung, it should be this. In the front room, over the TV.
 I made it 
  August 7, 2009
Quoting Thomas Benedikt I like the use of slope pieces instead of flat plates to capture the shape - it looks much better. You could also contemplate putting down some tiles to cover the studs for a smoother look. Great build!
Hey thanks so much for your comment! Tiles would add a smoother look, but due to budget constraints at the time, I had to do normal plates. Maybe one day I can tile it.
 I like it 
  August 7, 2009
nice work i like the insides, the 2 bits on the end of the wings need to bit bigger. but othrewise good moc.
 I like it 
  August 7, 2009
I like the use of slope pieces instead of flat plates to capture the shape - it looks much better. You could also contemplate putting down some tiles to cover the studs for a smoother look. Great build!
 I made it 
  August 6, 2009
Thanks for your comments! I tried my best to design this great ship. It was really tough though!
 I like it 
  August 6, 2009
from the thumbnail I didn't like the "step" method of making the front area, but now that I look at it closer it works rather well. Nice job. I like the engine area as well.
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  August 6, 2009
Excellent work- there is rumours that one Naboo starship would appear as official next year- if it is as great as this i would like to have it- this is very good almost in minifigfscale- of course it is pretty blocky- but since it is lego it is understandable and don't matter- it is smooth enough to look like Nubian ship- Good work!
 I like it 
  August 6, 2009
This is really cool and I think one of the few of it's kind! Very accurate design and construction. I like it!
 I made it 
  August 5, 2009
Quoting Philip Morgan You have put a great effort in to this model and got a great result, love the shape and interior detail. I have not used the Lego design factory, did you think it was ok value and easy to work with?
Thanks so much! About Lego factory... Short answer: use bricklink. Long answer: I would say value wise its a bit too pricey. I probably won't be able to use it again. At the time I didn't know about bricklink, but I'd say its a much better value. However I'm glad I did the factory because getting my own designed set in the mail with its picture in the box was pretty exciting for a lego nerd like myself.
 I made it 
  August 5, 2009
Quoting Robo Man Wow this is a beautiful moc, it is really accurate to the real thing, Lego should pay you to work for them
Wow thanks for the nice compliment! I appreciate it!
 I like it 
  August 5, 2009
Wow!
 I like it 
  August 5, 2009
You have put a great effort in to this model and got a great result, love the shape and interior detail. I have not used the Lego design factory, did you think it was ok value and easy to work with?
 I like it 
  August 5, 2009
Wow this is a beautiful moc, it is really accurate to the real thing, Lego should pay you to work for them
 I like it 
  August 4, 2009
Cool ship.Great work!
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  August 3, 2009
This is totally awesome!! Loved all the details and the working parts..WOW!!
Blake Ewton
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Alex Kindred
  August 2, 2009
that is wy better than the actuall set!
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  August 2, 2009
im working on one but its too huge to buy. :(
 I made it 
  August 2, 2009
Quoting Ryan Jackson Mr. Ewton i understand if you dont wish too give up a prized creation. i'll make my own. lucky you got a comment from mark kelso! i can only hope and wish for sutch.
I haven't decided for sure yet. I really appreciate your comment and am honored you consider it worth purchasing. Thanks!
 I like it 
  August 2, 2009
Mr. Ewton i understand if you dont wish too give up a prized creation. i'll make my own. lucky you got a comment from mark kelso! i can only hope and wish for sutch.
 I made it 
  August 2, 2009
I just want to thank everyone for their comments! Its very encouraging and moves me towards bigger and better things!
 I made it 
  August 2, 2009
Quoting Mark Kelso Hey, not bad! This has got to be one of the toughest kinds of forms to build in Lego. Unless you go absolutely huge with the build, it's virtually impossible to get the smooth look. Having said that, though, I think you did a brilliant job here with the slopes and their placement. Kudos for tackling such a difficult build, and congrats on what I consider to be a very successful model!
Wow thank you very much Mr. Kelso for your nice comment! Your an incredible builder! Your Invisible Hand was spot on! I can only dream of possessing your skills one day. You have no idea how much it means to me to have you comment! Thanks
 I like it 
  August 2, 2009
That is rather well done. I love it!
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  August 2, 2009
Can I please state here that this is an epic build? THIS IS AN EPIC BUILD!!! Wonderfull on shape, detail, and even some playable interior. What the heck is the Lego company waiting for?? Let's get this thing in the stores!
  August 2, 2009
very cool!
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  August 2, 2009
Nice work on this one.
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  August 1, 2009
Hol-ley crap!thats amazing!!You say you made it on ldd eh? please i beg you put up a link!! id buy it!! if its not all done if youve seen my other creations i can finish it! its obi-wan not obi-one, sorry.if you dont wish to share i understand, but if you do i will give full credit!!
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  August 1, 2009
Flippin' brilliant.
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  August 1, 2009
NICE! Like Kelso said, it's VERY difficult to do curved ships right. That's why I've been putting off trying to build Serenity (ever since Mark said he wanted to build it but wasn't going to, I've been thinking about it). Now all you need to do is head over to Watto's and get a hyperdrive for it. ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  August 1, 2009
Hey, not bad! This has got to be one of the toughest kinds of forms to build in Lego. Unless you go absolutely huge with the build, it's virtually impossible to get the smooth look. Having said that, though, I think you did a brilliant job here with the slopes and their placement. Kudos for tackling such a difficult build, and congrats on what I consider to be a very successful model!
 I made it 
  August 1, 2009
Hey thanks everyone for your nice comments! Its really encouraging! To answer Ryan's question, I'm not sure yet if I want to release instructions or not. Its hard to part with some of my best work. I'll think about it. Sorry, I don't want to be mean about it, but a lot of work went into it and and it one of my personal best. But thanks again everyone for your comments!
 I like it 
  August 1, 2009
Amazing !!! I want one of these :) I like the way that instead of just using specially shaped new lego parts, you'd made the curves by sued different sorts of slopes arranged next to each other in a certain way, looks very good; and the cockpit's great too ! Dan
 I like it 
  August 1, 2009
6 Incredible movies eh? more like, 1 extreme movie, 1 very good movie, one good movie, one pretty good movie and two F41LZ.... great moc by the way, i recognized it instantly
 I like it 
  August 1, 2009
this is excellent! great work on the shape and interior ;)
 I like it 
  August 1, 2009
Nice, Perfect
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  August 1, 2009
holy cow!thats amazing!!You say you made it on ldd eh? please i beg you put up a link!! id buy it!! if its not all done if youve seen my other creations i can finish it! its obi-wan not obi-one, sorry.if you dont wish to share i understand, but if you do i will give full credit!!
 I made it 
  August 1, 2009
Quoting A.J. Pride WOW! That's Great!
Thanks man! I really appreciate you commenting!
 
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