Well, here goes my first upload to MOCpages, and my first relatively well-documented MOC. Progress has been a bit slow, on account of the whole college thing, though I'm hoping to make significant progress once this semester finishes. Also, I started designing this before I realized studless was the in thing. I'll get around to tiling those studs eventually.
I didn't make the background in the main picture.
Also, if you prefer Ramses, Ramesses...or Ozymandias, for that matter, feel free to go with that.
Ooh, super-duper DeathRay-thing:
From the side, in unfinished (pseudo)glory:
I figure I'll spare all the technobabble mumbo jumbo, and more photoshop-cleanup, for when it's done.
But basically, the ship is meant to be a highly mobile and independent platform of overwhelming firepower, and is also optimized for the coordination of large-scale and long-duration fleet operations. Hence the "strategic" in the name. Befitting the "battlecruiser" part of the name (which honestly I just picked over battleship because I think battlecruiser sounds cooler), the ship is capable of delivering significantly more offensive punch than it can take in return. The model is at 1:5000 scale--the actual stud length isn't finalized yet, but I expect the thing to be a bit more than 7 feet long (a bit more than 2 meters), representing a ship that is around 12.5 km long. At that scale, 1 stud = 40 meters.
The frame under construction, with some experimental cladding in place:
The front section, more or less completed but still detached:
Details, details, details (In various stages of completion)...here, we have a turret-bay and a missile battery.
One unit of exterior cladding of that big ring structure. Something about warp-fields being stabilized or something.
Hangar bays. What giant interstellar battlecruiser can get by without hangar bays? Or tons of ambiguously-purposed antennas?
Primary command bridge. The people on the bridge don't actually do a whole lot of commanding, but they sure like to pretend they do.
Ground control bridge. I'm not entirely sure why the ship needs one, but there it is.
Absurdly large weapons with seemingly absurdly small fields of fire. Dear Ship, what are you going to do with those big shiny cannons and such if someone creeps up behind you?
More big cannons. Not sure why anyone thought putting them at the end of a wing was a good idea--or why anyone thought a wing was a good idea, for that matter. Increasing the moment of inertia for the sake of aesthetics? How silly!
Old version of a sensor array. I could've sworn I took a picture of the new version, but apparently not.
Remind me again why we put all these important-looking systems on the outside so they can get shot at? Or bombarded by radiation? Or corroded by interstellar dust?
A prototype of a propulsion-related thing. I wasn't very satisfied with it, but haven't come up with something nicer yet.
For the (arguably unnecessary) sanity of the crew, four of the modular bays have been converted into parks. Go figure.
So, on the to-do list:
-Tile the still-studded sections, and revise some detailing work once the parts come in.
-Add a reinforcing steel rod to the frame to alleviate the bending issue.
-Find a more elegant way of hanging the construction.
-Take better photos.
-Buy tons of pieces so I can make progress on the thing.
-Do some color revision/cleanup
-Break up the heavily-detailed sections with plainer cladding
-And much more...
Comments, suggestions, and helpful criticism are all appreciated.
Particular thanks goes to Thomas Benedikt, Mark Kelso, Kevin Walter in particular for inspiration/ideas (especially those minifig-hand turrets. I couldn't resist, they were so cute); and the greater MOCpages community as a whole. Creation never happens in a vacuum, no doubt I've at least unconsciously absorbed something from every creation I've seen since I discovered this website a bit more than a year ago.
Wow! Amazing what kind of detail you put in during you build (instead of doing that afterwards). I am often too impatient to put all the ideas in during the first step.
And we have a common issue:
"-Buy tons of pieces so I can make progress on the thing." :-)
Keep up the progress and the details, it looks stunning!
Thanks for the kind words :)
I'm not sure how many pieces there are at the moment, nor how many the completed ship will wind up using. Many thousands, I suppose.
I should be back from school and able to continue working in a week or so...
Dude, this is seriously cool. I'll spare too much comment on the ship for obvious reasons (WIP), but I will say your pretty funny! The commentary about why we put all the important, fagile, working mechanisms of the ship on the outside, undcovered, is classic. I am studying to become an aero/ astro engineer and I can't help but think of the same stuff; Wings and aerodynamics in space?!? (ect.) But, growing up watching Star Wars what else do you expect? Anyway, very nice build. Epic, I would dare say. Thoughtful as well - appreciated. I'm fairly new to the pages, maybe you could check out my debut ship? Again, good work.