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Progenitor ICARUS 11 "Celestial Augustine"
A massive colony ship from Earth, designed to move mass populations great stellar distances.
About this creation
Interplanetary
Colonial
Astronomical
Reserve and
Universal
Survey



In the Corporate Territories, there is a legend about the Progenitor ICARUS, and a journey made from another world. Most in the Corporate Territories regard the legend as myth or a bedtime story, but in fact, Progenitor ICARUS does exist.



Fifteen massive colony ships, built and paid for by the ICARUS Foundation, for the exploration and colonization of deep space, were completed in the late 2690's, in orbit around Jupiter. Of the fifteen, eight would make a journey that would eventually last almost three mellenia to a sector of space that would come to be known as the Corporate Territories. Only three ICARUS ships would ever make it there, the fate of the other five is unknown.



These massive ships were initially "crewed" with 5 million people, but they could eventually hold up to 50 million before overcrowding would cause major problems in the life support systems.



These ships were so massive, that a full ESC Sector Fleet could berth inside the Hangar complex located under the bow. Here, survey ships, tankers, resource minerships, and such would be berthed during the periods of Relativistic Travel.



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The central section is a rotational gravity zone, and where the majority of the colonists live and work. The five black tanks on the outersection of the colony wheel hold the necesary water for the colonists. The rotation cuts the need for large clunky waterpumps down to a miniumum, and water recycling and reclamation stands at 100%.



The bow section houses mostly industry, navigation and the central computer network. The foundries were so massive, that they could produce large capital class ships for supporting the Augustine. Though mostly, the foundries were used for production of colonial wares.



The aft section houses the engines, the fuel cells, and most of the powergeneration systems required to run the colony. Periodically, the colony would have to make detours to refuel, any gaseous compound would suffice, making even nebulae valuable resources.



CREATORS NOTES:

Gah! I've been drunk on this design for a while now. I just spent the last two days completing this monster. You will not believe how many times that I scrapped the colony wheel in order to redesign it. This one literally pushed me to my limits.

So, Here are some production update photos for you. Kudos to anyone who can figure how I built this sucker.



Here I photod the complete Augustine next to a white fig to give it a sense of scale. The completed model is roughly 160 to 170 studs long, and contains 5164 parts. Quite literally the largest construction of my life.



Early on, I made the ship in three parts, as I was unsure of how to do the colony wheel. I didn't take any photos of the interior or any of the failed attempts.



The three parts assembled. The main hull was actually inspried by one of the many starships I had designed and drawn when I was younger. The inspiration was a battleship with a similar hull structure, though it was staggered.



Here the major hull work is complete. From here on out, mostly just detail work was all that was left.



The water tanks were a real pain. And if I had needed to build each one seperately, I might have abandoned this project. But thank goodness for the copy command.

I might take more pictures later, but I'm not taking interior shots of the colony wheel. That's my secret. Besides, should anyone want to actually build this with plastic, it would have to be completely reworked and reinforced to actually be feasible.

Hope you all like it as much as I enjoyed building it!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Really captures the sense of epic scale. Cool design , reminds me of classic sci-fi book art.
 I made it 
  July 22, 2011
Quoting Peter Mowry Wow Bro this is a really cool design and I love the back story. Great job!!! Did it really only that you two days to build or was that just details? If you did thumbs up for you. Keep it up my friend.
Yes, it only took two days from start to finish, but keep in mind, I happened to be off work and stayed home for those two days, so I put a lot of work into it. I had to redesign the colony wheel at least half a dozen times, not including the small revisions as I went along.
 I like it 
  July 21, 2011
Very nice...it seems HOMEWORLD has gotten a hold of you too :)
 I like it 
  June 28, 2011
Wow Bro this is a really cool design and I love the back story. Great job!!! Did it really only that you two days to build or was that just details? If you did thumbs up for you. Keep it up my friend.
 I made it 
  June 24, 2011
Quoting Parrington Levens WOW!!! What a splendid design, and that cover pic really looks impressive mate. Wish you had the blocks to build this bad boy...
Tell me about it. I was trying to build a bigger ship, but I don't think LDD can handle it. This is meant to be where the Corporate Territories came from, to tie it back to your Earth.
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
WOW!!! What a splendid design, and that cover pic really looks impressive mate. Wish you had the blocks to build this bad boy...
 I made it 
  June 24, 2011
Quoting Akeldama . Highly enjoyed the back-story/technical details, very intresting and well thought out. I love the idea about using nebulae to get fuel, I plan on building nebulon racers. They'll 'feed' off of all the particles in the nebula. Great work all around!
Thanks a lot. If you think about it, nebulae are nothing more than dust and gas clouds, so it would stand to reason to make an engine that could burn just about any gas, and viola! You have natural gas stations along the way. And I look foreward to seeing your racers.
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Highly enjoyed the back-story/technical details, very intresting and well thought out. I love the idea about using nebulae to get fuel, I plan on building nebulon racers. They'll 'feed' off of all the particles in the nebula. Great work all around!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2011
Quoting JS Can RG, really like this monster. And to jump in the LDD conversation, to those who aren't fans, I think most of us would prefer to build with real bricks, but I don't have an endless supply of bricks like some of the guys on MOCpages and most of my childhood bricks are gone. When you are paying the bills and living in a small apartment, it becomes difficult to build everything with real bricks. LDD gives you a great opportunity to experiment and then build your favorite items.
I fully agree with you there. I don't have the money to pull off some of the builds that I would love to accomplish, and now where near enough parts. But in LDD, at least I can let off some of the pressure. Which brings to me to my next project. It's big. Very big.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Dude, Killer build! That first shot is right out of a movie!
Yeah, I thought that shot was a classic.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
RG, really like this monster. And to jump in the LDD conversation, to those who aren't fans, I think most of us would prefer to build with real bricks, but I don't have an endless supply of bricks like some of the guys on MOCpages and most of my childhood bricks are gone. When you are paying the bills and living in a small apartment, it becomes difficult to build everything with real bricks. LDD gives you a great opportunity to experiment and then build your favorite items.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Dude, Killer build! That first shot is right out of a movie!
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Mike C Amazing job on this ship buddy. The design technique is awesome. And on top of all that it's looks great.
Thanks for the positive feedback. I look foreward to what you've got in the works.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Amazing job on this ship buddy. The design technique is awesome. And on top of all that it's looks great.
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Keith Johansen While the near endless part capacity is nice, I just can't enjoy the fact that I'm not physically clicking bricks together. It's just not fun if I can't pick it up and play with it as I build it. Nor is it fun when gravity and physics don't play a hand in the build.
That's true. I would have to redesign the interior, in order to support the weight and shape. But still, without LDD, I could never have accomplished this design.
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster Dang Rabbid you kinda got my hopes up with the title, I was hoping for a Homeworld progenitor ship =P Excellent design though, and the description and shape definately show some Homeworld inspiration! I guess thats close enough to a real Homeworld ship ^^
Hey, I'm a Homeworld fan myself. And sorry to disappoint, but I've yet to play the second one. Just haven't got it yet. Glad you like the design, maybe I'll do some Homeworld ships after the battleship I've got in mind, assuming I can find the blueprints I drew up years ago.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Epic man! And could you comment on this if you have time?? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/276167
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
While the near endless part capacity is nice, I just can't enjoy the fact that I'm not physically clicking bricks together. It's just not fun if I can't pick it up and play with it as I build it. Nor is it fun when gravity and physics don't play a hand in the build.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Dang Rabbid you kinda got my hopes up with the title, I was hoping for a Homeworld progenitor ship =P Excellent design though, and the description and shape definately show some Homeworld inspiration! I guess thats close enough to a real Homeworld ship ^^
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Keith Johansen Woah! That is awesome! Definitely Seriously Huge Impressive Pwnsomeness (SHIP) :D I wish I could build a real SHIP, but I guess I'll stick to my semi-SHIP for now. Just can't get into LDraw/LDD...
At first, I didn't really like LDD, but it kind of grows on you. And it doesn't hurt that in exchange, you get UNLIMITED power! Uh, I mean parts.
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Mithryl Dlarix Cool! That's a very nice ship! Its so detailed and the shape is also very aesthetically pleasing. Great job!
Thanks, I appreciate the positive feedback. I'm glad that the shape worked out well, I was a little worried at first.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
This sort of resembles one of the Carrier designs I saw for the UNSC. >Eric
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Wow, well done! This thing is a monster!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Woah! That is awesome! Definitely Seriously Huge Impressive Pwnsomeness (SHIP) :D I wish I could build a real SHIP, but I guess I'll stick to my semi-SHIP for now. Just can't get into LDraw/LDD...
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Not only is the designn itself great, it's in my favorite colors too. Good show Sir.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Cool! That's a very nice ship! Its so detailed and the shape is also very aesthetically pleasing. Great job!
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Liam Covey This is really sweet, one of the best LDD creations I've seen. Is this technically a SHIP?
Yes indeed this is a SHIP. I wanted to make this big, so I could pack in the detail. Thanks for the feedback!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Sweet this is epic.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
This is really sweet, one of the best LDD creations I've seen. Is this technically a SHIP?
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Thomas Z. Nice work! This looks like something out from the Homeworld games, and I love Homeworld. :P
So do I. To be honest, the colorscheme is somewhat influenced by Homeworld. I may eventually attempt the battleship that this was inspired by. It was also somewhat influenced by Homeworld.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
Nice work! This looks like something out from the Homeworld games, and I love Homeworld. :P
 I like it 
  June 22, 2011
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