First, yes, this ship is heavily inspired by the Jem'Hadar fighter from Star Trek, which is one of my top favorite space ships and I have been wanting to build one for a long time. Second, this is an instance where having fun and doing something that I enjoyed will most likely make me an outcast with the community. Especially considering that I am using the Covenant action figures as the aliens called, Jacqual, in my own little imaginary world. Let the tomato throwing begin!
About this creation
This ship was not built to scale with Lego minifigs, but was built to a slightly larger scale for Mega Brands Halo figs. So, instead of building to the standard 5-brick high interior, I actually had to build a 7-brick high interior. What is wonderful about this MOC is that the angles, the fins, and the nacelles all hide this fact rather well; otherwise if would be a very clunky and awkward MOC.
To sum it up, the ship itself only has 18 pieces that are not Lego, precisely that number. I guess the problem lies with the fact that I am trying to develop a comic (my first), and I will be using the figures in a major role. That will be hard to accept for some. Why am I doing that? Because I thoroughly enjoy building, and I have come to take a liking to the Halo sets. I still love Lego, but I guess I am not so, pure, on my tastes.
It is my hope that other builders enjoy what I have done, and perhaps get an idea or two of their own, more specifically on my use of the hinge pieces, both smooth glide and click, to create the angles of this MOC.
The ship is very symetrical, which adds to the fact that it balances superbly on one small point. There is a "Yuri Fassio effect" going on here, in that the two rather heavy nacelles drop the point of gravity for this MOC below the center of mass (its top heavy) which adds to its stability and balance.
To further anger the purists, a select few pieces made only by Mega Brands are what has helped to make this MOC possible. Specifically the small 1/3 slope angle pieces used to bring the control panel and the chairs horizontal with the rest of the ship, while the floor of the bridge is obviously at a steep angle. Also, I finally got some interesting purple parts (and not just those from the Harry Potter Knight Bus). An added bonus, I used these trans-blue half moon pieces that were originally windshields as advanced viewing screens, and I get to use those alien control panel stickers from Lego's Conquest of Mars series.
Yes, these are the Covenant from Halo. But where is it written that I can not use them for what I want? At first, I was highly skeptical about Mega Brands new launch of products - lots of negativity on the net - but every set I have bought has been superb with none of the problems mentioned by others. It seems Mega Brands is stepping up the quality. And their parts, so far, work very well with Lego, as far as I have found. Which is good because these figs and their sets are pretty cool.
Well, I´m a purist, but I´m tolerant. All I can say is that this fighter is great stuff! Love the shape and the purple details a lot. Just one thing: The figs are Elites, not Jackals. Anyway, cool work! ~Cheers
I think that overall this is a fairly smooth execution of integrating of mixed-brand pieces and non-lego figures. At a glance, I felt the purple detracted from the colour scheme; yet once I googled Jem'Hadar, I can now appreciate that the intended pastel purple is practically impossible to capture.
Overall a good job, a bit blocky but overall a nice effort.
Quoting Ryan Tennant
nice :) havent heard from you in a while, nice to yee you build!
Sorry to have been away from the 'net for a while. Been living with and getting to better know the in-laws. Now that I am back, I have been building. I intend to post another MOC soon (all Lego) that I built during my down time.
Okay I admit that I'm not in love with the idea of MegaBloks used in a Lego MOC but... you pulled it off well. This is a great MOC and I like that you designed it after a Jem'Hadar fighter. Great work!