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Halo - Eye of Chaos Construction Journal: Entry 5
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1/15/11 - Word up, Legohaulics! And welcome to another lengthy episode of mindless rantings, with a minuscule smattering of actual worthwhile information - hmm, sort of like television or the Internet. Right, anyway...

Our last episode left off with the completion of the upper portion, and the MOC resting comfortably on the work table. As you can see from the main image above, I utilized my prodigious Harry Potter skills by waving my magic wand (shut it, Phipson!) and uttering "Wingardium leviosa!" Suddenly the SHIP began to...well, okay...it just sat there. So, I attached wires as originally planned, and hung that bad boy. And then it was on to the lower section!





One thing that's always been a given, is that this would eventually be displayed to the public. I realized that a hanging version of the SHIP, while perhaps more impressive than something on a stand, would limit viewers visibility - only allowing them to see it from three sides, rather than four. I suddenly found myself faced with having to come up with a new method of displaying the SHIP. After months of stalling, I finally made the decision to go with a stand, and cannibalized the metal legs from my photography lights...




...I attached reinforced pieces of 2 x 4's to the ventral section's main wooden support, and drilled holes.




...The skeletal support then slid onto two posts (made of wood and electrical conduit) that extended up from the metal legs you see in the first pic. Here I was checking to see that everything fit into place properly before diving into the build. The fit was good, and all that I needed was something really heavy to test the strength of the support...Phipson was kind enough to loan me his Mom.




After MONTHS of delays from a frustrating combination of a heavy work schedule, indecision about how to display this beast, and answering the door bell to Jehovah's Witnesses, I FINALLY sat down last month to do a little building!




Like the dorsal section, this bottom portion needed to be secured to the interior wooden element that would attach to the metal supports. Wow, talk about asking for trouble. Here I am talking about rods and wood on MOCpages...the AFOLs are going to have a field day with this!




Here we jump ahead to just a couple of weeks ago. The front section is now well under way. Keep in mind, as I mentioned in an earlier post, that the way I'm tackling this lower half is to build the entire section upside down, and then eventually flip it over. The portion that's currently hanging will then be lowered onto the flipped ventral section, and wing elements attached for display. So what you see here is the "upside down version" of the lower portion. And now on to some details about the techniques I'm employing in the construction...




One of the ways you can get studs going in both directions is by using these hinge plates...




Since the top half of the SHIP will be studs up, and the bottom half eventually studs down, I'm using this method in a few locations to provide some studs that the upper portion can attach to. It's nothing major, but there only to keep things properly aligned.




The main bulk of the bottom half will be a single unit. However, there will also be a lot of modular elements like this one, that will be added when assembling the SHIP for display. By creating modular sections, transportation becomes less problematic. This adds a lot of complications in the designing and construction process, but pays off BIG TIME when you've got to box up an eight foot MOC and transport it somewhere!




So for this little modular section, I'll also be adding a piece with some studs up. (Again, this will all be flipped over, so these studs will eventually face upward) To do this, instead of the hinges, I'm going with a bracket...




The bracket attaches to a Technic brick to complete the "opposing studs" effect. Give this one a try some time - it's a great little SNOT technique with a LOT of clutch power.




On the inside of this small modular section, I've got a couple of Technic pins. These will not only attach this modular piece to the main portion, but also serve to hold another modular section in place...




Here you can see the very front, bottom section of the SHIP (also a modular element), and the Technic holes for the aforementioned pins...




...that will slide into the main bottom section.




We ease it in like a gentleman, and then attach the smaller modular piece with the pins, which locks everything in place. Now, on to another issue that has been plaguing me literally since day one...




People ask me advice about building SHIPs and one of the things I tell them is to look for problematic areas right off the bat. Sometimes a shape can be so difficult to translate into Lego that it ruins the whole bloody MOC. I saw this little section of the Spirit of Fire, loved the look, but knew right away it was going to be an issue...




I was terribly vexed for a while...




So I put on my thinking cap...




And eventually the solution came to me in the form of this little beauty! This, my friends, is an air blast launcher base from the Power Racers sets...and my salvation!




If you follow the pics from left to right, you can see how I managed to secure these parts.


I could've gone with something I'd built, but the shape of the launcher base was just SO perfect for the job. Granted, it's a bit larger than what we see in the Spirit of Fire reference pics, but hey...this is the Eye of Chaos, right? And this brings up something that Brian Kescenovitz and I have talked a lot about. Lego elements have very recognizable visual patterns and rhythms. It's always great when you can incorporate an element into your MOC that breaks up the monotony - precisely what this rare part does here. I have to say, I was pretty stoked about the solution on this one.




So here's where things stand as of today. That top part is, of course, actually the very bottom part (once the section is flipped over). I'm working on a way to make it modular as well now, so it can be transported separately and attached for display.




And I'll leave you with a couple shots where I was testing out the clutch power and the fit of what I've built so far.


I was able to flip it over without any trouble, and the entire unit fits perfectly into place. So far, so good.



I'm now back to my favorite part of these large projects, which is the building itself. (The planning bores me to tears, but it's got to be done.) Now, I'm in for months of building as the ventral section is tackled - I'll keep you all posted, of course.

Meanwhile, thanks for checking this one out. This post was pretty long, but hopefully - unlike my usual ramblings - there was some info on technique that you can actually use. Don't get used to it, though. I'm sure the next entry will be nothing but mind-numbing dribble!

Aloha, boys and girls!



Comments

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  May 20, 2014
I have to disagree with the reasoning that all you wanted to do was show off your sword collection. It is, in fact, a way for you to show off your thinking cap. I can sense why the sheep are strong with this one. Oh, too soon? But anyways, this is a well-deserved MOTD, and I like the inverted hinge plate technique. I may have to use it some day and "forget" where I saw it.
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  May 19, 2014
You have may too much fun.....
  May 19, 2014
Oh wait, this is MOTD... My bad. :P
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  May 19, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Congrats on MOTD, Boss! I remember that bit with the launcher thing, and of course your sword collection. Awesome!
The MOC was all an elaborate ruse. I really wanted to just show off the swords. ;)
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  May 19, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Congratulations Mark on a well deserved MOTD! What a great opportunity to come back after seeing the completed model and seeing one of the WIP posts. Brilliant work!
Thanks very much. I hadn't looked at this since I posted it - seems like ages ago!
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  May 19, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 funny, I thought I had commented all these journals, and this round part was what I was looking forward most of this ship, I m glad I saw that, as I have one, great journal, and congrats on motd!
Thanks, bro...that was one of my favorite parts, as well.
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  May 19, 2014
Quoting Tyler Halliwell Mocpages comes back online and I'm greeted with your ugly mug? Now that's rough. ;)
The Universe can be cold and merciless, Tyler. We're all just pawns.
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  May 19, 2014
Congrats on MOTD, Boss! I remember that bit with the launcher thing, and of course your sword collection. Awesome!
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  May 19, 2014
Congratulations Mark on a well deserved MOTD! What a great opportunity to come back after seeing the completed model and seeing one of the WIP posts. Brilliant work!
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  May 19, 2014
funny, I thought I had commented all these journals, and this round part was what I was looking forward most of this ship, I m glad I saw that, as I have one, great journal, and congrats on motd!
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  May 19, 2014
Mocpages comes back online and I'm greeted with your ugly mug? Now that's rough. ;)
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  May 19, 2014
Cool MOTD - awesome to read this again.
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  September 22, 2013
Considering I joined MOCpages to both learn from others and to post my explorations into brick usage and starship design, this post I just came across is a goldmine. Keep up the inspiration and I now will spend hours reading all your posts....
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  August 30, 2012
I'd like to apologize to Chris' mum on behalf of Mark (and myself for LOLing) for that rude comment about her. Although if you want someone to blame, Chris is the one who drugged you after all. Mark only provided the van to transport you. (shudders) I ought to stop stalking people, it scares me I know so much. -Kav
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  June 7, 2012
cool I like it
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  April 1, 2012
wow this really great job
Mark Kelso
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Armageddon XD
  March 28, 2012
WOW YOU ARE A LEGO GOD! i can only dream in my dreams in my dreams of haveing that much lego!
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  March 28, 2012
Amazing! Building those huge ships is quite a process!
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  March 28, 2012
isnt this MOTD thing getting old for you? i mean 3rd time this month!....Great job!
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  March 28, 2012
That is crazy!
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  March 28, 2012
Awesome!
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  March 28, 2012
Wow, a great MOTD! Congratulations! :-))
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  March 28, 2012
dud!!! that is awsome!!!
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  March 28, 2012
Congrats to a new MOTD! But isn't it time for Entry 6? Everybody waits... Did you have found space for your Lego in the new house ?
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  March 28, 2012
100/100 Breathtaking... :-))Gongrats on MOTD!
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  March 28, 2012
wow, those were some incredible techniques. AND it looks like this things is going to be an incredible ship as well. a shame LEGO's designers can't do this good.
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  March 28, 2012
wow this is going to be a REALLY big ship... Amazing!
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  March 28, 2012
Congratulations on the MOTD! I hope you'll start building again! -LB Jr
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  March 28, 2012
Thanks for the update & fun read. Using that launcher base was a great idea. Actually, I think it looks better than the original! Building with Lego is often the art of compromise - if the part fits, use it! Regards.
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  March 28, 2012
congrats on MOTD!!!
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  March 22, 2012
THE GREAT WALL OF LEGOS!
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  March 22, 2012
Awww now that's cheating! Oh well. as if I could do any better. . .
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  February 23, 2012
Oh Gawd, thank you very much for the bracket SNOT idea. I've been looking for a good subsitute for the old finger hinge SNOT, cause these pieces are getting quite rare.
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  August 22, 2011
this is some amazing craftsmanship, it is people with your skill, or even just simply your amount of lego, that inspire the rest of us to keep going. great mocs, great commedy and great laughs. keep up the good stuff, cant wait to see more from you. now this is the part you go, "man time flies when you build lego, im already 46!" yours appreciatively- Liam
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  August 13, 2011
Been looking at this again, apart from the tardy updates, cough! splutter! ;o), I'm still in awe at the detail and the modular aspect of this build. Fingers crossed it all works out and looking forward to the next update. cough, splutter!
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  August 1, 2011
Can't wait to see it :) and I almost exploded when I saw the "Oh dear.."
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  June 25, 2011
Wow wow wow!!! I can't WAIT to see this!!! And lol I like your "OH DEAR" pic and the thinking cap one...hilarious. Did you have to dismantle your Invisible Hand for this? Please tell me no...
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  June 25, 2011
Looking forward to the finished moc. Im sure that the way te long the rit knzkjv ikjdgn dfjknvz bkjdhj 4545gfn 454545 2 42 253213 123..... Sorry.... just had to fight off a pack of rabid... I dont really know. Ill go find out, and letcha know later.
Mark Kelso
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dominick zola
  June 19, 2011
I cannot wait to see this finished, absolutely amazing work so far!
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  June 16, 2011
You're a cheater!!! I knew that it was to big to be completely made out of plastic. But it looks very very very very nice sir!
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  June 13, 2011
SWEET CANDEH'!!!! This... is... A SHIP WORTHY OF THE NECTAR OF THE GODS!!! OF SPARTA!!!
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  June 12, 2011
OMG! ITS THE BEST HALO SHIP EVER! below: go die in a hole
  June 9, 2011
i dont think that excellent is even good enough of a rating for this...they should have a speechless tab above it
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  May 28, 2011
i need to get a thinking cap fast LOL!
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  May 23, 2011
Hi Mark, and thanks VERY MUCH to come to see again Titan! As I previously said, I'm very honoured on your comments about my biggest project! Builders like you inspired me for my big sub, and I thank you for that! Hope my pictures were showing the sub a proper way this time! As people adviced me, natural light is far better to take pics of black bricks! Can't wait to see your Eye of Chaos finished! :-)
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  May 19, 2011
Seriously, if you produced a video webcast of your adventures building these massive (and gorgeous) MOCs, I would race home and turn off the phone to make sure I wouldn't miss a second of your program.
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  May 13, 2011
this has got to be one of the biggest projects on these pages. Sir, i salute you in this herculean effort. your construction methods and technique are absolutely top notch. Simply epic, in every sense of the word.
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  May 2, 2011
no halo kiddies have commented... and for the record, you're obviously a better builder than phipson.
Mark Kelso
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Lewis McAdow
  April 26, 2011
Great! Any idea of how long it will be?
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  April 24, 2011
Wow. Just frickin Wow! I really appreciated your comments on my works so I checked out yours. Just perfect. After seeing your work, I really really appreciate your comments even more! You are an amazing builder.
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  April 22, 2011
Wow, how long I was waiting for this! Well worth the wait! Keep it up, looks terrific!
Mark Kelso
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Mandalore The Ultimate
  April 19, 2011
I agree with your advice on looking for problematic areas before building, which I always use. Its to the point where I know almost exactly what pieces I own while evaluating whether or not to construct something. Good tips! But I hope the Eye of Chaos can survive the moving obstacle. Look forward to seeing her complete!
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  April 18, 2011
Loving the ship, definately worth the waiting. Disappointed to hear that we may not see anything for a while but good luck with everything!
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  April 11, 2011
THIS IS MADNESS! But I love it!... :P
  March 29, 2011
Hey, nice thinking cap, where can I get one of those? What kind of pop where you drinking? Anyway I love your ship, and Star Wars too. So see you later, Mark.
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  March 25, 2011
Best of luck! I know a little bit about going back to school and its effects on the lego lifestyle.
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  March 24, 2011
THIS IS AMAZING
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  March 19, 2011
Quoting Eggy Pop Dude get with it. Its been 3 months. I'm sure you're busy with life and all but heed this as a wake up call. Build until your fingers bleed and post entry 6.
Glad you're looking forward to seeing more, unfortunately...can't. Love to, but can't. I'm up to my armpits with a BW collaborative (my portions six feet in length, and four feet deep so, a bit time consuming to begin with) AND...we're selling our house this spring, only to move into a rental that may not have room for my Lego (praying I get the BW collab done before we move!)...all while I start a new career AND go back to school full time starting in the fall. So, sorry to break this to ya, but heed this as YOUR wake up call...don't hold your breath, Eggy.
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  March 18, 2011
Dude get with it. Its been 3 months. I'm sure you're busy with life and all but heed this as a wake up call. Build until your fingers bleed and post entry 6.
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  March 14, 2011
Wowee! I wish I could build something that wickedly cool!
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  March 9, 2011
Awesome! I love the piece used on that...uh... part. This is going to sound SOO clone kiddie, but... I really need some advice on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/256618 Thank you!
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  March 7, 2011
You are just the MAD SCIENTIST of Lego. i love the use of wood to support the build. May help on my next BIG ship build. I finally posted my ship which gave me a whole new found respect for this type of MOC. Great as always.
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  March 2, 2011
Big !!! Big !!! Big !!! Very Excellent Big !!!
  February 25, 2011
Ok, my eyes have just exploded then grew again and exploded, are you a robot and where are the cookies ?
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  February 24, 2011
Wow this is simply stunning..teach me your ways O great and wise Master Kelso...
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  February 12, 2011
Hey Mark! Where to start..? First off, the ship itself is looking amazing. It's funny, over the months and months spent on the Pages I find myself accustumed to your style - to the point where it's easy to over-look the build itself (design, greebs, angles, etc.) because it's...just...well...you! But even with this masterpeice we should all take the time to see every detail because you've put plenty of them on this beast! That aside, the engineering aspect of this is an awe in itself. Like someone esle said below, you don't even think of some of the challenges around this calibur of a build. Hypothetically, if someone broke into your man-cave and stole your SHIP, even with just the 'journals' it pure Lego-marvel history already. ~ Matt
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  February 12, 2011
Looks awesome so far, curious to see your next entry. Great usage of parts, just inspiring.
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  February 1, 2011
This will be a great memory!
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  February 1, 2011
this MOC looks amazing keep it up! I also love the tips u give us, its kind of like New Yankee Workshop but how to make great MOCs instead of wooden rocking chairs or dressers. GREAT STUFF!
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  January 31, 2011
Quoting Sammah . My only question though is what do you acomplish by making a moc this big?
...FUN! ;-)
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  January 30, 2011
OH..MY..GOD!! Words cannot describe how i feel about this creation! My only question though is what do you acomplish by making a moc this big? But still, flabbergasted!
Mark Kelso
Rtas 'Vadum
  January 28, 2011
So... when are you going to end up regretting this? You said it needed three times the pieces as the Invisible hand. One word of advice thouh: don't drop it.
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  January 27, 2011
"So I put on my thinking cap!" HAHAHAHA LOL!!! BEST, MOCPAGES, JOKE, EVER! I was rolling after I read that!
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  January 27, 2011
Wow! This is amazing!
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  January 27, 2011
AMAZING ! You're a Master !
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  January 26, 2011
Quoting Mihe Stonee Super ! thanks for all the details you explain, so other can learn from you... Do you use any programms to plan your creations - if, what is it for ran programm ? I search something witch includes the old pneumatik system... Any Help or comment on my spaceship "Betty" would be really nice !
I don't use any software for planning, other than Photoshop for reference pictures. I'll hop over soon and have a look at Betty!
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  January 26, 2011
Super ! thanks for all the details you explain, so other can learn from you... Do you use any programms to plan your creations - if, what is it for ran programm ? I search something witch includes the old pneumatik system... Any Help or comment on my spaceship "Betty" would be really nice !
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  January 26, 2011
..it takes away my breath... Very well done boy!
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  January 26, 2011
just... WOW ! ... and I'm not sure what I like more - the lego ship or your house - it's awesome ! - Dan
Mark Kelso
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tony hafner
  January 25, 2011
Lets hope you don't drop it! ;) Tony. H
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  January 24, 2011
You, sir, are a true artist. Nay, an artiste. With an 'e'! Never stop. Also, I wish you had your workspace.
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  January 24, 2011
Wowzas thats cool! I like how you did the "Oh dear!" thing. xD
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  January 24, 2011
And so it continues... Very nice models, I laughed a bit at the Robinson reference. ~Ryan
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  January 23, 2011
keep up the great work!
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  January 22, 2011
I love you. No, really, I love you.
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  January 20, 2011
While I can't say anything anyone hasn't already...I can throw in my support to what will be the most epic of epics. You sir, are a mad genius.
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  January 20, 2011
im your biggest fan i wish that i had that meny legos :)
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  January 20, 2011
Quoting Paul Martin This is going great, really coming together, will you also be doing the heavy drop ships that are docked to the flanks of the ship? looked cool in the trailers.
The one's attached to the wing elements? Yeah, that's at least in the plan. I've actually found some Bionicle parts that are perfect as a starting point for the drop ships. Now I just need to come up with the right parts combos to complete their design.
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  January 19, 2011
This is going great, really coming together, will you also be doing the heavy drop ships that are docked to the flanks of the ship? looked cool in the trailers.
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  January 19, 2011
The ENTIRE L.O.T.R sword collection? Really? Jealousy aside, you could have saved that cash and used it for something you definitely need, like more dark-bley plates (end sarcasm).
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  January 19, 2011
It's coming along nicely. I like ur fun room alot. U have a talent and a good eye for building large ships and I envy that ability. I'd go for my 170lbs draw crossbow when the zombie apoc hits. U can't beat a bolt travling at 400+ fps. Keep truckin away, ur about one third done.
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  January 18, 2011
Hahahaha!! Indoor display cave rules! What there was some building here too?
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  January 18, 2011
You mad man! You realize what's going to happen, don't you? Brickworld: Everyone is anxious and excited: you'll reveal it, there'll be a huge groaning noise and the whole thing will fall apart. Apart from that, great job! Great idea with power racers launcher by the way! Good luck and, most importantly, HAVE FUN!
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  January 18, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Dude, I'm still curious about the board. There's the photo of you eyeballing the length, and it looks like it's sitting nicely on the table. But what steps did you take to insure its accuracy? Or was it not even an issue?
I honestly didn't put a huge amount of effort into the board's accuracy. It appeared straight enough when looking at it lengthwise, and it rested flat on the table. My biggest concern was drilling the holes straight (which I managed), and a tight fit around the board with the Technic pieces.
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  January 18, 2011
A very intriguing and insightful look at what it takes to build a mammoth SHIP, looking really good so far Mark. Not to mention some of the hilarious uses of wood and crazy photos add up to an amusing diary entry.
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  January 17, 2011
The lord of the rings swords had me laughing out loud. You are such a nerd.
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  January 17, 2011
Your "ramblings" are so insightful, they're a joy, not a chore to read. A KELSOpedia of bulding techniques would be a bestseller, hands down.
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  January 17, 2011
Dude, I'm still curious about the board. There's the photo of you eyeballing the length, and it looks like it's sitting nicely on the table. But what steps did you take to insure its accuracy? Or was it not even an issue?
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  January 17, 2011
Reinforced ... wood. Drilled holes. Stroked, I mean, stoked ... Wait. What? Oh, the build. Right. Mind-boggling is an understatement.
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  January 17, 2011
I CANT GET OVER THE AMOUNT OF LEGO YOU OWN LET ALONE THE MOC!!!!!
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  January 17, 2011
Wow, it's all coming together! Now there's a worthwhile project. It could be just coincidence, but I think I'm starting to notice a lack of dark bley parts in some of the bricklink stores I shop at... BL's going broke!
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  January 17, 2011
Wow Mark, this is incredible! What luck to find out that a rare piece like that fits the design so well. It really does the trick! I also enjoy peeping into your workshop like a dirty Phipson.
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  January 17, 2011
Quoting Lucas F. Very empresive, can't wait to it's done, but one question though; How is the entire ship just hanging in the air?(on the first image) I see no supporters or wires in the air, did you photoshop it?
There are a couple of steel wires used for it's support. Above the wires is a 2 x 4. When transporting the ship for display, I can carry the entire upper portion of the ship (holding on to the 2 x 4), lower it on to the bottom portion of the ship, and then seperate the wires from the ship.
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  January 17, 2011
Dude! You are really into building this monstrosity! It will float! Oh, man! This is a good idea and I don't even want to comment on your ability to put every LEGO part there is to a good use. :)
  January 17, 2011
Mark Kelso is god.
  January 17, 2011
Very empresive, can't wait to it's done, but one question though; How is the entire ship just hanging in the air?(on the first image) I see no supporters or wires in the air, did you photoshop it?
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  January 16, 2011
This is going to blow everything else on the site out of the water. Keep up the amazing work.
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  January 16, 2011
Darn-fine update, Kelso! This thing is already 'BEAST' and it ain't even finished! But my nerdy eye instantly noticed the Lord of The Rings film replica swords. You rock, Dude! That's the last thing I'm gonna' say...
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  January 16, 2011
Nice progress, hopefully glue won't be needed to hold the bottom part!
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  January 16, 2011
Quoting Anth-Ony . I like it alot, but I'm just skeptical about how much weight that thing can hold upside down. I have a feeling eventually it will just fall right to the floor.
It's definitely a possibility. Place your bets people, and I'll roll the dice!
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  January 16, 2011
looks like its coming along nicely.
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  January 16, 2011
I like it alot, but I'm just skeptical about how much weight that thing can hold upside down. I have a feeling eventually it will just fall right to the floor.
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  January 16, 2011
I've read some of the comments in search for suitable words ... well, I couldn't find them. Always when I look at such greatness, I wonder if my MOCs have any right of existence.
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  January 16, 2011
Quoting Mudskipper 4 What? I want rocks in my house! That is so cool... Are Sting, Glamdring, Anduril, and the rest of the blades the United Cutlery versions? I want to get me some of those. Oh hey, Eye of Chaos is looking good too.
Yeah, I picked up several of the United Cutlery replicas a while back - absolutely love em. My favs, though, are two swords from Conan the Barbarian. They were made by Jody Sampson himself (the creator of the swords in the movie) in a limited edition. They're stunniny works, fully functional, and razor sharp. They'll be my "go to" weapons when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. ;-)
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  January 16, 2011
Very interessting project. Excellent presentation and almost mindless chatter. Excellent idea with the power racers piece!
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  January 16, 2011
I'd call you a H4X0R, but I remember that you're no human...
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  January 16, 2011
Mark, again, this is an inspiring piece of work. The amount of planning seems to be phenomenal. Thanks for posting another of your in process builds. I look forward to more. Regards, Eric.
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  January 16, 2011
Wow. You're a sadist for recreating something with such tremendous detail. But I'm green with envy at the excellent job you're doing. Forehead slap for the reversed hinge. I'm going to have to try that out on something.
Mark Kelso
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  January 15, 2011
Great job! It's so big and I love the use of the wood planks. Keep up the good work!
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  January 15, 2011
What? I want rocks in my house! That is so cool... Are Sting, Glamdring, Anduril, and the rest of the blades the United Cutlery versions? I want to get me some of those. Oh hey, Eye of Chaos is looking good too.
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  January 15, 2011
::sits in stunned silence::. . .makes my latest build look insignificant. Gotta go add some greebles! And look for strange, useless parts to add!. . .Or just admire the genius that is Mark Kelso. And hope that I too will be this good some day! Wish I could see this when it goes live at BW. Keep 'em coming!
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  January 15, 2011
wow, thats absolutely amazing! i can't wait for the finished product.
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  January 15, 2011
This is looking great! I am really happy to see the progress! And if you're bringing this to Brickworld, hopefully if I go, I'd be really sweet to see this in person, and to meet you. I LOVE the hat ;). The Oh mai goawd face is funny too, and the swords are sweet. Real or reproduction?
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  January 15, 2011
Hey Mark. Gotta say it's amazing how you can come up with idea's how to seperate your creations and put them all back together with simple brackets. Your idea for the hinges was great! Ill have to try that myself. When do you think you'll have this masterpiece up on display? Keep up the Awesome Work!!!
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  January 15, 2011
Ya know, I have a thinking cap just like that, only filled with 2 liquor bottles. Thanks for sharing some great techniques here. As much as I dislike technic pieces, I'm finding they help when building something heavy. Looks like you got some wood slid in there too:)
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  January 15, 2011
Wow! Nice use of parts here (The power slammers things).
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  January 15, 2011
Nice solutions! The wood plank I found interesting... are technic bricks with technic pegs and axles joining them too weak to support something this heavy?
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  January 15, 2011
Nice job. Do you have a flickr? If not then you should get one. As I bet you would get two or three times the comments than here.
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  January 15, 2011
Nice job. Do you have a flickr? If not then you should get one. As I bet you would get two or three times the comments than here.
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  January 15, 2011
Just wondering how does bud and sunkist taste together ????? But to the important stuff. The whole project amazes me. I really like the way you think outside the box in all your builds. Thank you for posting your ideas and solutions. I really look forward to seeing the finished project.
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  January 15, 2011
You got some brilliant techniques figured out there bro. I might have to figure out how to incorporate them into my next build. I am highly impresses by the amount of G'n'G you put int there. Well done and keep on bricking.
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  January 15, 2011
Great work sir :) Think BIG build BIG Do You need a lift ? :)
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  January 15, 2011
I showed my wife the picture with your thinking cap on. She was impressed.
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  January 15, 2011
Kelso, you are aa legend! So many inspired techniques. You make us sll regret not buying more of those racer sets.
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  January 15, 2011
A wooden plank, eh? I've always wondered how SHIPs could be so big without breaking... Can't wait to see the end result!
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  January 15, 2011
I learn so much every time you do one of these entry's. Thanks for the WIP diary as it educates us on many little things that make for a great final result! ...not to mention that you have bitten off more than I am willing to chew...
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  January 15, 2011
The power racer pod/node/module thing is an inspired usage. Like it was made for it! I think it's time you stopped holding back and committed to something a little bigger. Oh, and that shot of you in the bat cave, building a better tomorrow? Epic. Like something form a 70s movie montage. Attack!
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  January 15, 2011
Hello, Mark. Wow, who would have thought that the Power Racers pieces would have been nearly a perfect fit to simulate the Eye of Chaos on your Halo-themed vessel? (FYI: a LEGO rival, Mega Bloks, just so happens to have a Halo line.) At any rate, you did an excellent job on a vehicle that is part of a video game franchise that I enjoy (but my older sister enjoys more...go figure). Anyway, I got to get back to trying to trade off some PS2 titles and get some RPGs and good racing games in my collection...otherwise, I will be playing Burnout 3 and waiting for more packages to arrive from where I used to live so that, eventually, I can add to my LEGO site on here...and speaking of my MOC page, why not take a look at what I have there, please, Mark? The more the merrier, you know.
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  January 15, 2011
Hello, Mark. Wow, who would have thought that the Power Racers pieces would have been nearly a perfect fit to simulate the Eye of Chaos on your Halo-themed vessel? (FYI: a LEGO rival, Mega Bloks, just so happens to have a Halo line.) At any rate, you did an excellent job on a vehicle that is part of a video game franchise that I enjoy (but my older sister enjoys more...go figure). Anyway, I got to get back to trying to trade off some PS2 titles and get some RPGs and good racing games in my collection...otherwise, I will be playing Burnout 3 and waiting for more packages to arrive from where I used to live so that, eventually, I can add to my LEGO site on here...and speaking of my MOC page, why not take a look at what I have there, please, Mark? The more the merrier, you know.
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  January 15, 2011
Am I really the first to say this? Really? Well hung, Mark. Well hung. *Somebody had to say it*
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  January 15, 2011
I need to get me a thinking cap....
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  January 15, 2011
Very nice idea with the puzzle-piece style of fitting the sections together and securing them with decorative modular pieces. Otherwise im betting that it would be a nightmare to transport. Either way, keep up the incredible work and innovative ideas ;D
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  January 15, 2011
Wow, I never realized how much thought goes into a ship this size - display, structure, ease of assembly. That's almost more impressive than the build itself. Almost. That dome piece looks great. Excellent find.
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  January 15, 2011
i agree with Chris, videotape it when you turn it over..
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  January 15, 2011
Quoting Pedro the Puerto Rican Very neat! And must I say... When you hang it, does it really make a difference to viewing angles? If you hang it in an open room, doesnt it already have a 360 degree view of the entire ship? or is this going to be in a corner, and thats why you have to put it on a stand? My project is going to get hung, and where its going to hang is an open 360 degree view, so I have no worries of what side is showing or not. Blah back to my comment! I like the proportions of the ship right now. I wonder how your going to place the giant upward half of the ship, on that thin 2x4 piece of wood. Looking forward to another journal entry Kelso! GAH! Now IM going to get building on my FUD!!! catch ya later! ~Pedro Peguero
The design was originally going to include a space-themed backdrop, with an arm that extended out from the drop to hold the SHIP (which I still think would look AMAZING!). But that would've limited the 360 view. If I could've arranged to hang the SHIP directly from a ceiling when displaying, then that would've been ideal. But I couldn't count on every location allowing me to do that...better to provide all of the necessary display material myself. ;-)
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  January 15, 2011
You are a genius mate :)
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  January 15, 2011
Very neat! And must I say... When you hang it, does it really make a difference to viewing angles? If you hang it in an open room, doesnt it already have a 360 degree view of the entire ship? or is this going to be in a corner, and thats why you have to put it on a stand? My project is going to get hung, and where its going to hang is an open 360 degree view, so I have no worries of what side is showing or not. Blah back to my comment! I like the proportions of the ship right now. I wonder how your going to place the giant upward half of the ship, on that thin 2x4 piece of wood. Looking forward to another journal entry Kelso! GAH! Now IM going to get building on my FUD!!! catch ya later! ~Pedro Peguero
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  January 15, 2011
I ask only one thing... Video tape it when you turn that FULL thing over for the first time... just in case. (and yes, there's a joke in there somewhere). Say hi to mom for me! ~ Chris.
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  January 15, 2011
ahh!! i need your thanking cap ... btw i really can't wait for you to finish
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  January 15, 2011
The racers launcher base solution is excellent and I enjoyed the modularity explanation. Can't wait to see this complete.
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  January 15, 2011
VERY AWSOME. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THIS TURNS OUT!!! (sorry for my exesive yelling, it's just that it looks so awsome looking)
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  January 15, 2011
Breathtaking! Awesome thinking cap too!
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  January 15, 2011
This beauty will go down in history, thatís for sure. It is so huge, that even a superlative is not enough to describe it; we need a hyperlative here. Itís not only building it so it looks brilliant, itís building it modular and that it looks brilliant. Thanks for explaining several technics of yours, in fact, this journal is so much cooler than simply presenting the final ship. And if I ever have a gazillion bricks like you, Iíll probably build a ship that I designed (and never finished) for a movie I made with friends (and never finished (yet!)). You can see some renderings if you like when you scroll down on abandoned.de to the bottom. And now I go back to my few bricks and cry a little.
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  January 15, 2011
That racers base piece is perfect! The build is coming along nicely -- I'd completely forgotten about the clutch power of the plate/technic holes; going to try something with it this weekend (until game time, anyway, then I'm all about playoff football.) Looks good!
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  January 15, 2011
Brilliant work, quite a few techniques I have not seen before, they make the creation amazingly detailed and accurate. And great problem solving with the turret object.
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  January 15, 2011
yeah, Here I go thinking my latest MOC was good and then I saw this...
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  January 15, 2011
Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber You're the main reason for all of those who left MOCpages and quit building with LEGO! Oh man I h8 you! :'(
Then my work here is done! *Rides off into the sunset to the Indiana Jones theme song*
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  January 15, 2011
You're the main reason for all of those who left MOCpages and quit building with LEGO! Oh man I h8 you! :'(
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  January 15, 2011
Hi their,that looks nice i could build something like that if i had more lego's but how did you learn all these kind of building ideas. I know that i have discover idea's through just building so if that's the case with you then i feel better. Because i feel am behind the game when it come's to building very well. Which i do its just i need more lego's which am working on little by little.=D
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  January 15, 2011
Interesting thinking cap.... XD Looks great so far, I doubt I could have that patience you have. Love it! :D
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  January 15, 2011
Uhhhh...
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  January 15, 2011
I love it! The launcher elements were brilliant, as is all the modular planning that has gone into this. Keep up the good work!
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  January 15, 2011
It's coming along nicely. The way you build it is interesting, sections not all at once. Also I think you could build an entire port facility with the pieces from this. >Eric
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  January 15, 2011
Hmmm, Chris says there is nothing gentlemanly about the way you slide in and next time to take off your thinking cap before hand; he's been walking bow-legged for a week.~H
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  January 15, 2011
0.0 Genius, simply genius. When finished, this thing will replace your Invisible Hand and Daniel Jassim's numerous large SHIPS as the largest, and most well-built SHIP on Mocpages! Now, the question is, how much do you think you have spent on Bricklink orders?
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  January 15, 2011
Thanks for sharing Master Mark !!! It's gonna be your master piece even if I must eat my pride concerning the WOOD in a lego MOC !!!!! HARRRRGH !!!!! I think you can not do an other method with the weight it's gonna be... I'm impatient to see how you will fix the two parts. Are they going to be fixed with "pins" or you will just put both sides on your stand ???
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  January 15, 2011
Still looking good! Great job on finding that Power Racers part for the bottom side. Keep up the good work!
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  January 15, 2011
Pretty good update, Mark. That technique of sliding and using a double pin to secure it is pretty neat (wonder what you were doing when you came up with that).
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  January 15, 2011
that air blast launcher was just brilliant, an easy sollution it seems but then again, who would think of that, the fact that you have to put in some wooden stuff because the thing is too big to carry itself is intruging, I don't think I'll ever reach the level where this kind of issues are relevant. You probably don't need this advice but I'm saying it anyways, for those upside down placed bottom I can imagine some of those parts are quite heavy as well, hinges and brackets might not do, technic bricks and pins are the sullution...but you already knew that I guess, Great job, I love it
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  January 15, 2011
AMAZING work room! I love "cave" corner with swords and your H-U-G-E collection. Is it your whole basemant? Oh, and ship - nothing special, but nice still..... XD Perfect idea with this part! And your cap... :)
  January 15, 2011
Zounds Brain, you astound me! Not only do i appreciate the technique primer i always enjoy seeing other guys' man caves. Especially ones with so cool a cave effect on the walls =) i'm gonna leave all the obvious pricks and jabs about wood and rods to the AFOL for whom the A is more an honorary title. ;) We're all, ahem, gentlemen here, i'm sure.
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  January 15, 2011
Great work again. Always good to see what techniques are used. It seems you're almost there! Maybe it will end sleepless nights :-). Thanks for sharing.
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  January 15, 2011
Man, this is going to be your best work yet when its finished. This thing is incredible already! Can't wait Mark, keep up the great work.
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  January 15, 2011
Lol! I really need a thinking cap like that! This is some serious build.
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  January 15, 2011
Epic thinking hat XD CANNOT WAIT to see the finished project :D
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  January 15, 2011
This looks fantastic. Great use of that racers base, by the way. My first thought would have been to use the lid of the first generation bionicle containers. Anyhow, keep up the great work. Any possibility this will be done by Brickworld?
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  January 15, 2011
"ease it in like a gentleman"
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  January 15, 2011
Dang, you got sooooo lucky with that piece. NO not like THAT, I meant that it was a nearly perfect match for you- Let's try this again. What an amazing coincidence that the round piece just happened to be an excellent replacement for the dome on the SOF.
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  January 15, 2011
Awesome, as always. So good it makes me want to cry. That hemisphere section just looks fabulous, as you say it could have gone horribly wrong, but my word, it's so right!
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  January 15, 2011
Great job working that Mom joke in there! Oh, the ship's pretty cool, too...Maybe you've covered this already, but did you use a planer to get that 2X4 within .5mm precision?
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  January 15, 2011
I can't wait, your techniques are awesome and I love the way you did that ball thing. You are genius.
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  January 15, 2011
Amazing. I love how you used the Power Racers piece. Where can I get one of those thinking caps?
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  January 15, 2011
Looks great, nice ideas and techniques! When do you think it will be finished?
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  January 15, 2011
Brilliant solutions!
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  January 15, 2011
Lmao, finally!
 
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