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ARC-170
The ARC-170. Aggressive ReConnaissance fighter.
About this creation
One of my main building goals is to have at least one sizable creation from each of the six Star Wars movies (sizable = bigger then my cat). With the Winter '06/'07 competition at FBTB.net, I finally got inspired for a creation from Episode III.

This ARC-170 measures 100 studs across and took about a month and a half to build. This creation is unusual in that I'm very satisfied with it - the first version may just be the final version.



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   Front



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   Side



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   Back



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   The wings can close, but they are not automated at all. Each one is manual.



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   The guns are heavy enough that they actually weigh down the wings just slightly. However, this is a desired effect! See below.



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   The nose took a lot of work. I finally settled on a stepped-plate look to it, instead of rounded pieces. A friend's version made the rounded-piece construct work really well, but my internal structure wouldn't permit it. :(



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   The engines were actually the first thing I made. I was inspired to create the rounded look when I spotted some 1x3 rounded-slopes in my collection, and just had to do it.



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   The scale of the ship was then based on my engine design. The front of the engine is 10 studs long, so I based the 100 stud width on a bit of fuzzy math. :)



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   While the front cockpit is rather cramped, the middle one is very roomy. It is also entirely 'sealed' - the 'trangular' windows on the side are made from one full window pane.



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   I originaly used a red Astromech head (2x2 dome) but went to this version based on some feedback. The detail is gone, but the scale is more correct.



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   Due to the angle of the body at that point, the rear guns don't really 'sync' with each other. One of the few things I'm slightly disappointed with.



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   Not a lot of reference material for the bottom section here. A bit of this is guesswork, but I think I got it fairly well.



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   Thanks to my roommate for holding this up. Without dropping it. :)



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   I spent a day on this - it deserves a picture of its own. :)



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   I have a few comparison pics of my model with pics of the actual 3D model. As you can see in this pic, the main wings actually tilt down just a bit. There are more pics in my Brickshelf gallery - you can see where I went for accuracy and where I fudged a bit. :)



Comments

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  February 13, 2012
Nice Job! The ARC-170 is my favorite starfighter!
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  December 11, 2011
Do you have instructions for it?
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  December 11, 2011
Do you have instructions for it?
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  July 6, 2011
I would love to take that thing for a flight.
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  November 19, 2010
It's really good! This is one of the best UCS ARC-170-s I have ever seen.
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  August 23, 2010
now THAT is an ARC 170!
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  February 27, 2010
WOW!!!!!THIS IS THE BEST ARC-170 ON MOCPAGES!!!!!EXCELLENT JOB!
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  December 19, 2009
AMAZING!!!!!
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  December 19, 2009
great!
  December 17, 2009
very god work im jealous =)
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  September 5, 2009
very nice building
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  September 4, 2009
Very good...
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  August 17, 2009
wow this is AMAZING please comment on mine
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  January 16, 2009
DUDE THIS IS THE BEST FREAKING ARC-170 I HAVE EVER SEEN. THIS SHOULD BE A ALTIMATE COLLECTORS SERIES
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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masterchief 1
  January 7, 2009
This is perfect!
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  November 8, 2008
Why the heck isn't this moc at the top! This is an almost perfect ARC 170!
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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John Parker
  October 28, 2008
Its the best i've seen! The slope in the wings works really well, keep up the great work! ~Kyle
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  April 21, 2008
Andy Rees told me to have a look on your MOC and he was right that's an excellent improvement to the official set and it do deserve a better rating than 4
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  April 21, 2008
A really like that one. The official Lego was quite good and it was a real challenge to revisit the concept and you did it right. Especially like the engine design. Hope to see your MOC rising up.
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  December 4, 2007
that has UCS written all over it!!! how'd you manage the engines?? I'm trying that method but not getting good results. If you review one of my creations, PLEASE add a PS about that!!
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  November 15, 2007
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAH! That thing looks huge!.
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  June 29, 2007
wow! nice UCS ARC-170 fighter! the wings looks rally nice when closed and open! Check out my UCS Nebulon-B too!
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  January 10, 2007
Incredible, however the "nose" of the ship is a hair short, but that is DEFINITELY not enough to decrease from the over-all magnificance of this creation.
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  January 7, 2007
When I first saw this, I thought it was a screenshot from the movie! Wow. You have created a truly majestic piece of art.
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  January 6, 2007
truly a work of art! the engines intakes are so beautyful!great great quality work here! just one tiny regret is the repulic sign on the wings...a sticker would have been better but that s a tiny detail! Congratulations!
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  January 6, 2007
This is the best ARC-170 I've ever seen - it looks just like the one from the film. I cannot stress this enough; it is a perfect representation of the vehicle. I can only wish I had your talent.
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  January 5, 2007
Impressive. The details are very true to the film. The "fuzzy" math seems to have worked. XD
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  January 5, 2007
good work looks much better than the offiacial model.
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  January 5, 2007
Pepa! This is a truly remarkable piece o' work. The engines are real nice. So is the cockpit, the wings - oh heck, everything's nice! Way to go, man!
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  January 5, 2007
WOW! once again, you have created a perfect model! The engines, the cockpit, the wings, ALL perfectly done!
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  January 5, 2007
Exellent work! It seems to be a well planned, well built, and well executed design. I cannot really see any problems worth mentioning (the only ones I could even notice would be the slight nose bluntness and the engines shape around the grebbles). In short, exellent work; keep it up!
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  January 5, 2007
Supernice work!
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  January 5, 2007
With the Official set in my collection I'd say you've nailed it! :)
 
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