After over a decade hiatus from Lego, I'm re-discovering the absolute joy of the little plastic wonders!
So thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy this one!
About this creation
My debut ship! The Special Operations Reconnaissance and Raid ship Endeavor.
My name is Matt and I'm brand spank'n new to the MOC pages. Thanks to all of you for motivating and inspiring me to keep building (I thought I was the only adult this side of the big-ball-of-nuclear-fission-in-the-sky who still wanted to collect and build these things!) and to try a little harder to keep up with you all.
The Endeavor is a galaxy class, Spec-ops recon and raid ship. She has a six man crew; all highly trained pilots. Their missions come straight from the Tri-Monarchs (An office of three non-executive elders who have equal power. They oversee all other planet rulers, system representatives, system senators, system presidents and galactic lords) and the captain of the Endeavor reports only to them. In fact, the Tri-Monarchs have kept the Endeavor, her crew and their missions a total secret as they are the ghost-like eyes, ears, and guillotine for the TMs.
The crew is well financed and extravagantly paid. They were hand picked by the TMs of old and since then the crew has been family operated for generations – living on a well guarded, small, out-of-the-way moon just barely in communication range of the TM’s headquarters. There are two other ships just like the Endeavor: the Rapier and the Ehud – Hey, it’s a big galaxy!
I was thinking about making her into an exploration and research ship, but black-ops is way cooler than collecting boring data.
Anyhoo, bon appétit!
This is the main muscle of the Endeavor in the 'closed' position. Whenever she’s not carrying the other two hitch-hikers, she folds up nice and neat.
This is where the gunner sits (foreground). The gunner's cockpit is directly from Starkiller's ship, whatever that thing is called, from the Force Unleashed. I liked the sleekness of it so I dug up the instructions and popped it on there after adding a few things.
Here is the 'medium' ship. All three ships are surface-to-vacuum capable, but the smaller two usually do the atmospheric flying - the big one is a little bulky and uneeded for most missions.
No, I didn’t have Wookies in mind when I designed her.
This ship has literally been around since the 80’s. I built it when I was a kid. It’s nothing fancy, but I could never bring myself to retire it. Of course it’s been modified a few times but the general shape has remained the same.
I know the thrusters seem massive for it's size, they were added when I decided to piggy-back it to the other ship. Let’s say this: When the littlest ship is flying solo, the engines can only produce about quarter-power. When it’s attached to the main unit they're all push'n power!
I know, you were wondering how the pilot gets in, well, that’s why I took this shot, I didn’t want any confusion.
This is the docking area for the little ship. I designed it so that when it’s seated I can hold it upside-down and it stays secure [patting myself on the back].
“Do these thrusters make me look fat?”
Passing-spaceship-looking-down-on-top-of-this-ship’s eye view... get it, because it couldn’t be a birds eye view because a bird would die in space…
Here is the main ship in the open position. You can see the carrying pillars up.
You can barely see it but right underneath the Captain and engineer’s cockpit you can see some little pieces forming like an L-shape; this was the hardest part of the build. That cockpit rotates freely and I had to come up with a way for it to be able to sit upright when in the open position but also easily unlatch and be out of the way when closed. I forgot to take close-ups of it, but you probably won't miss it.
Okay, I didn’t really need these little turny-knobs, but they make me feel better about myself… Is that such a crime?
The start of the docking procedure…
These little buggers are necessary, without them the smaller ships are highly unstable.
Extra stability and support. These were tricky because they had to face outward to latch on to the ship but were too wide for the main ship's cockpit to close left in the latched position, so I made them to pivot side-to-back.
I’m not real excited about this cockpit, but, here it is.
Getting a layered look was a big part of why I designed it the way I did. I've been wanting to make a big, multi-layered-cockpit ship ever since I was little and saw the original Space Police layered car thingy.
This is the Muli-ray telescope I was going to attach to the Endeavor but, quite honestly, it looked ridiculous.
But, I still like the idea, so I think I might keep this telescope around for a future project.
Thats it, thanks for looking..
Any tips welcome.
Retro-commentary: Lack of peices and more of an engineering mind than an artistic one account for the rough, un-sleek look of it. But its rough, chaotic look has grown on me. Sleek, good looking ships are a must, but something like this may be a little more realistic.
Wow this is epic. I love how they all clip together - quite a challenge I bet. All the little details are amasing. My fav is the one you made as a kid ;). I think we are of similar age, and I too have just rediscovered the joys of lego. Keep on bricking.
Well, the Eighties produced a lot of great classics, such as a bunch of wonderful space-related LEGO themes. There's a nice feel of nostaligia to that small ship, no doubt because it's from more than twenty years ago.
I'm not fond of black LEGO but these ships are incredible ! And the backstory and explanations are great too. For a first MOC (really ?), it's amazingly complex and detailed. I also love the "functionality" point of view: I myself prefer functionality over aesthetics. It's a pity you didn't take pictures of the crew, but I can understand you wanted to keep their "anonymity" (I'm not sure of the word, sorry I'm french...) ! This is really a great MOC.
Hey! Thanks for viewing my lil ship, I dont get many people seeing my MOC's and having a look. I think my ship does look a lot like the smallest one here as you said. Granted your's is cooler since it fits onto this beast. You obviously put a lot of effort into its design and I love a good backstory, it's a must have for scifi creations! Excellent job. I'd love to see more of your MOC's, after 10 years you should be brimming with ideas! :)
Very cool build! The playability far surpasses anything lego has done(except the bricks themselves of course) The main ship in the open position reminds me of a barge or ferry. All in all, amazing job.
Wow, not a bad way to jump on to the scene! I'm diggin' the modular ascpect of the build. While I don't focus much on playability, myself, it's always fun to see those that do. I'll look forward to seeing what you bring us here on the pages, but meanwhile, nicely done!
Nicely. I like all the movable bits and the fact that it's three (or actually four) ships in one! Alsways a bonus with me. I know that black is hard to photograph, so some of the details seem to have gone missing. Nice build though!
Welcome at MOCpages; Your contribution makes me curious about your future MOCs! Great MOC, great story! :-) The shape is great, both loaded and seperated. BTW I too rediscoverd LEGO a few months ago, after having it stashed 15 years... Keep it up.