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Cylon Raider
The original Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica
About this creation
CYLON RAIDER


from the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA


He thinks to himself "hhmm...what would be fun to build next? How about a MOC with nothing but angles and curves, a circular profile, and dome-shaped wings? Yeah, (heavy sarcasm here!)what could be more perfect for Legos!!"


We all know there's a fine line between bravery and stupidy, and though some might consider it courageous to tackle such an endeavor (as I did when starting this MOC), hindsight finds me questioning just exactly where that line lies.



Nevertheless, fearless or foolish, here's my completed model of arguably my favorite childhood, sci-fi space ship...




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   Underside: Those I would call my "mentors" of the Lego world influenced me to work with no studs showing (of course I'm not going to name names - curse you Brassington and Goldman!), which made the model infinitely more difficult. I have to admit being fairly pleased with the outcome, though, as the underside is as smooth and detailed as the rest.



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   Open Cockpit: Just a quick peek here at the canopy in the "open" position, revealing the interior of the cockpit.



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   Interior View: Moe, Curly, and Larry at the controls.



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   (From inside the ship)"This is gonna be a long recon mission. How 'bout some tunes?"



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   (First Centurion)"I've got the new "Keith Goldman's Greatest Ukrainian Polkas"


(Second Centurion)"yuck...oh well...By your command."




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   Front View: Details and proportions are always very important to me (undoubtedly due to being a proffessional artist), but with my love of this ship it was extremely important to me to do the best I could. Not an easy task, given that I was determined to go "no-studs" on a ship that's nothing but angles and curves!



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   Front Three Quarters View: This angle shows the dome shape of the wings fairly well. I discovered that I could get a pretty smooth curve with no studs by placing a 1 x 1 round between the bricks, and then laying the entire section on its side. Hinges were used to add the "dome" effect to a curved section...



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   Side View:...avery labels were then used to cover some of the rounds, giving the wings what I thought, was a nice effect. You'll also notice variations in the grays. This was done on purpose to add some variation to the body paneling as is often seen in space vehicles.



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   Rear Three Quarters View: Some of toughest problems to work out with this MOC were the angles, expanding lines, and layers of the rear leading back to the engines. All I can say is I won't have to buy any more hinges for a while!



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   Overhead View: A moment of silence here in appreciation for slopes and greebling (where were they when I was a kid!).



Comments

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  February 23, 2014
Wow! Overwhelming great! How can anybody be so perfect?
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  August 13, 2013
prepare to launch vipers.
  June 22, 2012
This model is amazing. Add me to the "perfect" chorus...
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  April 28, 2012
An excellent model. Takes me back to the TV series...
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  January 29, 2012
Beautiful! Great shape :)
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  January 28, 2012
Well, you nailed that! Great MOC, and thanks for the insight into how those curves are achieved.
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  January 28, 2012
I....am.....awestruck....
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  May 24, 2011
Hi, fantastic job - the best Cylon Raider model that I have ever seen. Do you have a parts list, or maybe even a building instruction or maybe even a LDRAW file? :-) This model I would like to put it next to my Viper on the shelf :-) Greetings from Hanover, Germany vegiwhopper
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  October 30, 2010
Hey i watch battle star galactica. Nice moc.
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  September 14, 2010
Lord that's good! Gorgeous greebling, awesome curves. WOW!
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  September 3, 2010
Gee, every one of you creations are cool.I'm very impressed!
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  August 23, 2010
Sooo coool!
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  May 27, 2010
Just looking back and forth between this raider and 2X4's. Turns out that little pentagon symbol (which looks great on this MOC) is actually from the Graystone Industries headquarter building, if anybody cares, that is.
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  May 23, 2010
OUTRAGEous, Dude! I concur with whoever said, "Perfect". Congrats on such a together build. - Huss Q.
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  May 17, 2010
Perfect!
  May 6, 2010
Between this and your viper, you are pretty much ready to make your own home episodes. Couple your MOCs with a script written by a small child and it will be indistinguishable from the real thing.
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  April 16, 2010
Excellent, I love to see this studless design
  March 18, 2010
Gotta love the original BSG! I especially like the cylon bantor. But in spite of my fondness for the old show, I have to admit that I prefer the new one. Anything in the works? Resurrection bathtub? I see your skill with water in some of the other mocs...Caprica 6 perhaps?
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  February 6, 2010
Your BSG MOCs are awesome! Last year I got inspired by your models and started coping your Viper, but it turned out slightly diferent (it's on brickshelf, search efter my nickname: cassiebsg if you wish to check it out ;) Now I wish to make my own Raider at the same scale (1:40) and hope you have nothing agaist if I again start by coping your design. It's just briliant!
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  December 10, 2009
Hey! I had a bunch of these toys (not Lego of course) when I was a kid, I loved Battlestar Galactica! (The original version). Great design on the ships and a really original way to make the cylons. I may have to borrow that cylon design if Mister Bones ever heads into space. With a nod to you of course. Cheers.
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  October 6, 2009
I think all of your creations are great. I wish I could build like this.Keep up the good work!
  September 11, 2009
This is so nice, smooth and elegant. Where is the building instruction...Lego should bring out building sets like your model, I'm sure it would sell. I would surely buy it
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  August 20, 2009
aww man i was waiting for the rear view. i wanted to check out that sweet caboose ;)
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  July 30, 2009
Quoting Mark Kelso I've got several MOCs still in tact from childhood, and I love seeing them.
You should make a special page, we'd love to see them :)
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  July 18, 2009
That's friggin' sweet! Love all the details. Also, those Cylon minifigs are totally AWESOME!!
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  July 3, 2009
i havent seen much galactica, but it reminds me of the alien vehicles from independence day
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  June 28, 2009
perfect work
  April 1, 2009
I don't believe you did this with Lego, I call shenannigins!!!
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  March 29, 2009
Way to put my Raptor to shame. Great work.
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  March 27, 2009
hmm were those Cylon Minifigs?
Mark Kelso
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Simeon Robrts
  March 19, 2009
That looks like i could walk into it
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  February 21, 2009
oh Yeah ! ... another EXCELLECT moc of the *original* Battlestar Galactica ships ! ... Wow, the details are incredible !
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  February 8, 2009
Wow, just, wow. I've never seen any entity, be it human or mechanical, this curvy. Wait, oh, that came out wrong. Great Job!
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  February 1, 2009
I cant even wrap my head around your engineering skills, and I studied architecture for two years! And got Aís! I have a question, I want to buy more legos but I donít want to get whole sets at the store because there are only certain parts I need. Are there any websites or stores you could recommend? I would really appreciate it.
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  January 14, 2009
you should be thoroughly reprimanded for posting pictures from the movie and trying to pass them off as your Lego creation. shame shame shame...
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  January 10, 2009
Another perfect MOC.
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  November 8, 2008
The Best Cylon Raider I Have Ever Seen. Come See My Stuff
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  November 3, 2008
The Frakkin best cylon raider I have seen yet!
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  September 29, 2008
Happy MOTD! Great work!
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  September 26, 2008
cool but i still prefer stargate
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  September 26, 2008
youknow... its scary... it looks a bit too real... It hardly look like legos at all! great job!
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  September 26, 2008
Well, I know I looked at this, and I know I commented on it, but I see it not. Must have been back in the dark days of "has been sent". Anyways, lovely job. I will have to join the line though with the "Legos?" (-)one smiley. Lee.
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  September 26, 2008
Now that you mention it Mark... no, no I don't.
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  September 26, 2008
I haven't seen so detailed, smooth and genlte set in my life. Looks like it was mase from one piece. Excellent!
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  September 26, 2008
very impressive
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  September 26, 2008
IMPRESSIVE!! So smooth, so round.
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  September 26, 2008
Phipson, don't you have anything better to do than going around impersonating great Lego builders (jab) all day? Wait...never mind.
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  September 26, 2008
Legos, Legos, Legos, Legos, Legos, Legos, (I'm such a button-pusher!) Legos, Legos, Legos, Legos...
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  September 26, 2008
dude LEGOS is not a word!! nice ship though.
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  September 26, 2008
Hey, shouldn't you be getting a call sometime soon? I mean, moc of the day (again) AND the 2,000,000 comment...
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  September 26, 2008
Original Battlestar Galactica! The old one is so much better than this new series that has plot.
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  September 26, 2008
Very nice! I'm a huge fan of the original Battlestar Gallactica (hate the new one), I always love seeing ships from it modelled out. I think my favorate part is that it is almost exactly, as close as one can get anyway, minifig scale, and that you have an interior as well as exterior. Great job!
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  September 26, 2008
To say this is a worthy motd is the understatement of the month!
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  September 26, 2008
Very nice design and build and I'll stop there for you would be sitting there for hours... P.S. Congrats on Moc of the Day!
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  September 26, 2008
Great Scot!!! *dies* *gets revived by voodoo magic* This is the best Raider I've seen! Check out my LDD Crab Droid.
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  September 26, 2008
Just a worthy MOC of the day!! well done >>> peace.. fofo
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  September 26, 2008
MOC of the Day, it's logical ! Congrats !
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  September 26, 2008
this inspires me.... i wish i could make stuff like this
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  September 26, 2008
Kelso!?! Another MotD?!? I'm shocked... Anyway, congrats. Looking at those curved wings I feel like Neo watching that kid bend the spoon. I ask how, you respond, "there is no wing...". Um... Right. I'm looking at it and its right there! HOW DID YOU DO IT!?! TELL MEEE!!! ... Oh look! A riddelin tablet! Peace - Patrick
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  September 26, 2008
Somehow, this is the first time I've seen this. And it was build almost 2 years ago? Very cool my man. I still don't forgive you for not voting for me though!!!! No, just kidding. Great build =)
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  September 26, 2008
Congrats on MOTD! My dad loved the Cylons.
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  September 26, 2008
MOCotd...zee high point in any MOCer's building life. Unless he gets it repeatedly... =)
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  September 1, 2008
Great job. It's PERFECT! Ahh F---ing Caps Lock!
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  July 25, 2008
This is darn cool, you do everything so, so... PERFECTLY!!! I remember these ships from seeing them on the Space channel while they had some blast back to the past kinda stuff on. Cool stuff! P.S. Check out my S.H.I.P. WIP stuff, I uploaded more on it.
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  June 14, 2008
Haven't seen this one yet (shame) It's pure madness ! Before looking to the pics closely, I thought it was little, but it's huge in fact ! And so well done ! It reminds me when I looked "Galactica" in my childhood... A true masterpiece !
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  May 8, 2008
How did you... where is... that's not possible... you can't... (continues stuttering incoherently...) THUD! (Pick self up off floor) Thank you. Later ~ Chris.
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  March 23, 2008
Even if it does not use slope parts, it is surprised that the curved surface is constituted. Selection and how to construct of parts are brilliant. Great JOB! PS:Thank you for the precious review to my work.
Mark Kelso
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Dave Shaddix
  January 28, 2008
I just don't have the words. Amazing work. I just can't see how you can have a life too - that's what I find most amazing. :-) Great work.
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  January 27, 2008
To the guy below me: Hey, I've had runs of MOC of the Day too, and I haven't donated a dime! ... Much to my shame, of course. Anyway, after looking more closely at this model's awesomeness than the first time I saw it, I promptly went up to my LEGO room and kicked the wings off of a gunship I'd been building in shame. At least I finally figured out how you made your wings though (in other words, I finally read the text). Not that I'm planning to make a sad and pitiful derivative or anything, no sir!... err...
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  January 27, 2008
So much did you "donate" to MOCpages to get this successive run of MOCs of the Day, huh? I smell a conspiracy! I can see noone else is game to speak up because this creation is so freaking awesome... but I refuse to be dazzled by your skill! I demand an Inquiry!
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  January 27, 2008
i still can't believe my water facility 229 tied with this in that contest!!! this is so much better than my entry! great job!
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  January 27, 2008
Fantastic! I can't even start to imagine how you made those curves. Great!
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  January 27, 2008
Sweet. I do not watch the show, but this is very cool. I would have never thought of how you did the wings. It looks so perfect. Great job, and congrats on MOC of the day.
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  January 27, 2008
Very cool. I've never really been a fan of the show, but I've seen it enough to recognize this ship. Excellent detail. You have a good eye. Hope to see more.
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  November 29, 2007
This looks really great. Very nice job with the curves - the seams actually give a cool texture to the ship's surfaces.
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  November 27, 2007
This model makes me really happy. It's just perfect. There isn't much I can say about it that hasn't been already. I also noticed you entered it in that one kid's contest which is to bad for me, it's gonna crush my Star Wars scout walker.
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  June 14, 2007
Okay, when this thing first hit MOCpages, all I could do was stare in gapemouthed awe at my computer screen, muttering "Wow... wow." I could barely speak, much less type! Now several months have passed and I've collected myself enough to craft a review. This ship was a revelation to me. My entire building life, a bend in a Lego wall was a sign of rickety construction, something to be avoided. Here was someone actually using that bend -- masterfully. I could barely wrap my mind around it. Who would have thought hard plastic bricks would be more flexible than my brain? You expanded my consciousness, and I thank you for it.
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  June 1, 2007
What is there to say? This model reviews itself. As perfect as LEGO can get.
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  March 25, 2007
OK, looks like I need to check out your stuff. This thing is hot.
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  March 19, 2007
Okay, you are a Lego GOD!!!!!!!!!! NEVER saw Lego bricks curve like that and the detail is incredible! No offense to the others on your home page list, but yu'r better! WOW!!!!
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  March 12, 2007
My Gods! That is the most fantastic LEGO Cylon Raider I have ever seen! Excellent work!
Mark Kelso
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  March 4, 2007
In my opinion, this MOC, like your Viper, is the best representation of Cylon Raider I've seen. You realize that now you have to build the Galactica!
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  January 24, 2007
oh dont worry guy below me: this is gonna score 5: AMAZING construction techniques!!!!!!! its a beautyful ship and really your technique amazes me! it looks heavy it looks solid, it looks angry , it looks great! have you considered microscaling? check out what i do with my homeworld inspired theme if you haven't i just wondered that you could do great things in microscale with your building techniques!
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  January 22, 2007
yes its really really great i cant think of any way to improve it, probably bcoz there isnt any
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  January 21, 2007
While I belive in writing reviews to be as informative as possible, it would serve the same purpose to instead simply say "Duuude! Thats really cool!", so I will. Duuude! Thats really cool!
 
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