This summer I had this little project: build a better Cloud City than Lego did (10123) with interior play areas as well as a notional exterior of Cloud City with the top piece in place. Although it's still not completely finished, the bulk of it is to my satisfaction. Feedback welcome and encouraged.
About this creation
The goal was to make a Cloud City with an interior that was mostly movie accurate, but most importantly the playability had to be good. Also, very specific areas needed to be included, namely the carbonite chamber, Han & Leia's suite, the dueling platform and a red hallway for the "this deal's getting worse all the time" scene.
I ultimately decided that certain scenes (especially this duel platform) might have to exist outside of the main city. Interchangeable docking bay doors are able to connect by matching connectors around the door frame, but I find they aren't necessary and the modular additions can be stowed easier without being connected.
By the way, I still have some areas to color match. This platform has skewed colors, I do intend to rebuild it all in greys to make it screen accurate. So please imagine it's not black and red at the moment, LOLs.
Besgas Three, part of the gas collectors which make Cloud City the profitable "little operation" that it is.
"You've got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled." The docking platform wouldn't hold a ship unless it was mirco-scale, however landing a ship next to the platform is good enough to greet pirates and old friends seeking shelter and repairs.
Two Hans in carbonite slide into the carbonite chamber with the roof plate on.
Leia and Han's hotel suite. "You truly belong with us among the clouds."
"...but you are not a jedi yet."
"This deal's getting worse all the time." I wish I'd properly blocked this scene to match the film! Next time.
"I never doubted you for a second. Wonderful!"
What would really be wonderful? Getting rid of all those decals on the surface of Cloud City's dome from the previous set it belonged to. I'd love some advice on what kind of paint and technique I should use to get that top part white.
EDIT: September 17, 2011
I tried to do an extension with the torture room. It's not great, I'll keep playing with it. Also we've got a couple of views of the underside, seeing how it's held together.
This is truly splendid,by the way if you want to remove those decals,I suggest you use Brasso metal Polish,then place at least 2 drops of the brasso on a towel or paper towel,then rub the lego peice which vigoruosly(roughly) on the towel and then wash the piece with water and soap.That's what I do.
Thanks MarshallsLEGO UK and Dan the Man! It's great to get such feedback. And thanks for the kind praise. I'm in my early 30s and I've been tinkering with official kits for ages but only recently started collecting lots of parts and then trying to come up with something unique and particular from the parts on hand... Cloud City as a project was something that I knew could have gotten out of control quickly (huge kit with full size rooms), but my limited shelf space, limited spare time and revulsion at the ridiculous price that the official Cloud City lego kit commands all inspired me to put this together.
This is awesome !
Maybe not the kind of thing I'd build now (due to some inner perfectionist trait that is rarely content and would want me to build the entire rooms, instead of just the main parts of them) , but the kind of thing I'd have loved to build when I was younger, if only I'd have had enough parts and skill back then.
Like with the death star - you've managed to capture all the best bits from the film, build them really well, and really add life with the way you've done such good photos. Definitely better than the official set !
If you don't mind me asking, just out of curiosity, how old are you?
You certainly deserve more praise and acknowledgement, your models are great - I've added you to my favourite builders - something which I must say only very few people get into :)