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One of the most impressive and amusing creations I have ever seen was done by Pepa Quin. He created this incredible Futurama set that only the most insane builders could accomplish.
About this creation
I created this as a learning experience as well as an homage to one of my favorite non-lego builds of all time. Pepa Quin's Futurama set is legendary and quite simply one of the coolest constructions I have ever seen. Building the Planet Express ship was a challenge for a variety of reasons not the least of which was the rareness of the parts used in its construction. If you study my model and PQ's, you will observe some differences. Some are choice of colors and others are due to my inability to figure out just how he did some of it.



As you can see, the main construction is comprised of two halves -- a top half and a bottom half. In the bottom half, the studs are on bottom. This is largely due to the rarity and cost of some of the parts involved. (For example, check bricklink for a sand green 3747a! None are in the U.S. and the price for just one of these is between $30 and $50!!!) But that's a lesson in building things with LEGO® -- you work with what is available. As a result, the bottom half was created the way it is now.



But how to join the two halves?? THAT was a challenge and I ended up using my least favorite way: using 2x2 round plates and a Technic® axle. To be more specific, I used 4 axels and a bunch of 2x2 round plates so that the two halves are connected at four points. It's fairly solid. Using any other method, I would have ended up with a gap of about one half of one plate's thickness.

I hope to add stickers to this creation to complete its look and possibly change some colors as parts become available. (Anyone have a few sand green 1 x 2 plates, a sand green 1 x 2 plate modified with 1 stud and a sand green 1 x 1 round plate?) If anyone begs me for a parts list, I will add that here as well as assembly photos. My design is subject to change as I continue to learn more.



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  July 28, 2010
That's fantastic! How much did it cost you to make? I'd love to have one myself, any chance you could post the parts list and assembly photos? Or that I could commission one from you? Great work, regardless!
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  October 25, 2009
Very nice! I like this better than the pic you sent me. I see you solved the 2-side problem too. Awesome!
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  September 16, 2009
cool
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  September 10, 2009
That's pretty accurate. Once you get those Planet Express logos on it, it should be perfect.
 
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