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Death Star Renovations
The Death Star 10188 set has been quite an inspiration to me in terms of the scope of what you can do with interiors of Lego Star Wars sets. Traditionally, I'd say only vehicles were worth presenting on a shelf. But after I saw what was capable with the incredible design of the Death Star, I've been inspired and I've been spending a bit more of my limited spare time trying to build notable locations out of the small inventory of bricks I've gathered over the years. Please let me know what you think. I've done a bit more to the Death Star since I took these. I'll share those soon. Cheers, Darth TheLing
About this creation


I had done a lot of research on The Death Star before I bought it and while I was waiting for it to arrive, and even now after it's been built. It's just an enjoyable set, and I like to see what others have done with theirs. There were a few elements that I thoughts could be improved for my own tastes. So to be clear - this is an official Death Star kit but I've changed a lot of the interior rooms around.



There are a few nooks and crannies that I feel can be expolited and a few more mini-spaces can be created. Just like they added a very small control deck above the main shuttlebay, little floors can be added here and there without taking anything away. I put a couple of Stormtroopers in above the detention cell stacking imperial boxes.



I'd read that the superlaser dish was quite unstable with the green "death rays" sticking out of it, so I decided during construction to put them elsewhere. The 8 smaller rays ended up as a forcefield-door outside the detention area. Although this did not happen in the movie, I felt it was a suitable place to put them and the lighting effect through the doorway confirmed it.





I made a bit more space in the droid maintenance room, just cleared out the floor in front so that it's easier to populate the area.



The area with the crane I didn't like at all. I didn't even build the crane and stuck one of the throne room inspired computer panels I'd made for a couple of unsuccessful Death Stars I'd made previous. The panel swivels 360. I added a bit more firepower to the arsenal of weapons in there, too. Next update I'll add my tie fighter repair bay that I'd replaced the gun turret room.



More to come: tie fighter repair bay, cargo bays (basement floors), empty elevator shaft, extra weapon storage and a mini-cafeteria.

EDIT - May 16, 2011



I added this one so that you can see the small extension that I'd added to the side with the trash compactor (lower right). I do like the trash compactor but it bothered me that that part of the entire sphere wasn't as round as it should be, at the expense of a functional compactor. I'll add close ups later but for now you can see that I've built a grey brick extension that is flush with the "plunger" for the collapsing walls. It's still functional - for play, I just rip the siding off, which usually comes off with a bit of the ceiling, but that makes it easier to put back. It makes for a nice, round outline when admiring the Death Star from a distance. WARNING! If you choose to fill out your semi-circle area next to the trash compactor like I did, don't pick it up from that end. The connection isn't stable there and you're better off handling it from the perpendicular axis.



Just a pretty shot of the dish populated with it's blast rays. Again, I think it's much better to tuck those away for display and mobility.



Here's the mighty Death Star where it sits, displayed. This is one half of my displayed collection, and it's up quite high so I need a chair, a deep breath and some concentration when bringing it down off the shelf for play.

Edit - May 17, 2011



Here's the view of the shuttle hangar, as I didn't like the Tie hanging in the large shuttlebay (with the elevator) because I like to have my troops lined up in there. Instead, I gutted the room with the large gun and stuck the tie in here. The tie just barely fits and I use stormtroopers to "lock" it in place for storage. Above this area is a very small mess where the stormtroopers can consume whatever it is the Empire doles out as nutrition.



Troops on deck. I haven't taken the arm out yet on the ceiling, may use it for something else.

EDIT - Sept 16, 2011



The little mess hall above the TIE hangar didn't sit well with me, so I ripped it out and put this little canteen in the basement well stocked with Tab.



Comments

 I like it 
  September 13, 2011
Well... I see a millennium falcon on the shelf there - I'll bet you could make an awesome Outrider by using the parts from that, and whatever else you have spare... Everybody has their own style - I personally feel better at making things look good on the exterior, and less so with interiors (maybe due to my building style, maybe due to the kind of parts I have, or both). I would love to be able to do things like make big ships, with accurate interiors - I've got the 'big' falcon myself, but alas no means of building a nice interior in it, as I've seen some other people do on here. One ship I'd like to make from the expanded universe I guess would be the Ebon Hawk, inside and out - though there's ery little chance of that happening any time soon, due to the parts I have. And the fact that every time I make a really big car, I can't get myself to break it. I guess the nearest thing I've managed to what you do is my imperial forest base (now in its fourth incarnation); though that could be much better - it's more of a case of doing the best you can with what parts you have. Being a skint student, I don't tend to buy much lego, unless I see a big mixed box cheap at a flea market :) Anyhow, I look forward to your future creations ! - Dan
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Cheers, Dan the Man! I know how you feel about play sets, generally I've found that anything Lego does with a baseplate is pretty weak vs. anything which is a vehicle is usually awesome. Jabba's palace vs. Jabba's sail barge is a perfect example. The sail barge kicks the palaces' butt in every way possible. I certainly did get the official kit of this Death Star, my modifications are actually few and small, but I think my close up photos may give the illusion that I worked it from scratch. It was a fun build. Any Star Wars Lego fan with the budgetary means should get this kit before the price rises astronomically!! Thanks for the kind compliments. My collection of Star Wars Lego is based around re-creating scenes from the movies, so I don't have a lot of EU stuff (although I would love to take a stab at the Outrider).
Quoting Dan the Man This is excellent ! Usually I'm not so keen on 'play sets' if you know what I mean, I prefer outside looks and accuracy (when I'm building, anyway) - but this however is very interesting, as you've made some great interior scenes, matched up with great photography - each section might only be a small part of the model, and not have too many bricks... but somehow, the way you've made it makes every part look like a whole big room full of life. I'm loving your collection! I'd love to have the Slave I and the Sail Barge myself... (though I do have Jango Fett's slave I from episode II... at the time the newer Boba Fett version hadn't come out, though I do prefer the colour scheme of Boba's one) Was this made from scratch, or did you buy the UCS death star and build and modify it to your tastes ? The photo with the lasers powering up is awesome! Some pretty good effects you've done there, I'm no good with that kind of stuff... - Dan
 I like it 
  September 4, 2011
This is excellent ! Usually I'm not so keen on 'play sets' if you know what I mean, I prefer outside looks and accuracy (when I'm building, anyway) - but this however is very interesting, as you've made some great interior scenes, matched up with great photography - each section might only be a small part of the model, and not have too many bricks... but somehow, the way you've made it makes every part look like a whole big room full of life. I'm loving your collection! I'd love to have the Slave I and the Sail Barge myself... (though I do have Jango Fett's slave I from episode II... at the time the newer Boba Fett version hadn't come out, though I do prefer the colour scheme of Boba's one) Was this made from scratch, or did you buy the UCS death star and build and modify it to your tastes ? The photo with the lasers powering up is awesome! Some pretty good effects you've done there, I'm no good with that kind of stuff... - Dan
 I made it 
  May 16, 2011
Quoting crash 703 Nice! Although if you used the big option on the mocpages uploader for the photos it would be easier to see what's in them without having to click on each one. And maybe having a picture of the whole moc also.
Good points! I'll see what I can do to fix this page... and in the future I'll opt for the big ones.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2011
a nice work...i build a death star and i search good ideas to complete it
 I like it 
  May 16, 2011
Nice! Although if you used the big option on the mocpages uploader for the photos it would be easier to see what's in them without having to click on each one. And maybe having a picture of the whole moc also.
 
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