A MOC presentation in progress (see below) - You can download the LXF file at the foot of the page and explore the model yourself - just save the target file from the building instructions link, remembering to delete the .txt suffix
About this creation
When I was growing up I watched a lot of bad television, mainly bad science fiction. One of the films I saw when I was young and then again recently was "Silent Running" an eco-movie in which our hero saves the last few plants from Earth which are on board his spacecraft the Valley Forge.
A long time ago I wondered if it would be possible to recreate the Valley Forge in Lego - sadly Zemi and the helpful guide on how to make proper geodesic lego domes is long gone so I've had to improvise a bit but proudly present Valley Forge 2.0.
Obviously the domes are a LOT smaller than the scale that appear in the film, but you get the general idea
Here's a close up of the 6 domes and cutaway shots of their interiors:
1. vegetable garden
2. wheat field
3. temperate garden
4. snow dome
5. tropical island (swimming pool dome)
6. Exercise area (with tennis court, running track and golf driving range)
Here's the view back from the garden dome.
Aft of the domes are the living quarters for the crew of 8 and, underneath, a medical bay and cargo area. Slung underneath this section is the landing bay and above is the control deck.
here's a cut away of the command deck
these are the crew quarters - all the same, containing a bed, work station, armchair, storage and a small shower room.
and this is the medical/science lab, which examination facilities and a separate ward (which now I think is unnecessary given the small crew, they'd just recuperate in their cabins - think I'll change this to a science lab in v2.1)
and this is the landing bay
Behind this section of the ship are the fuel cells (the dark red pods) and then finally the engines
this is a cut away of the reactor core feeding the four engine nacelles and a view of the radiation door when closed
Running the entire spine of the ship is a single corridor - here is the view from the bulkhead door of the engine room looking forwards all the way to the observation dome on the nose.
The spine corridor has no gravity for ease of movement and each of the decks has its own artificial gravity generators, hence being oriented at different angles safely.
If you've read my profile or seen my previous work you'll know I like to work digitally but this model really tests the limits of what LDD can do - with over 17,000 pieces it's a monster and getting these pictures took 6 restarts.
A stunningly huge amd detailed MOC. It must have been a painstaking task to do this on LDD but the result is very impressive. In response to El Barto ! 's comment, they used the Valley Forge model in the fleet in BSG.
Quoting Thomas Z.
Oh..my...GOD! This thing is friggin huge! Absolutly genious! How much time did it take to build this?
Oh, a while - about two weeks in total. The corridor sections are modular so they came together quickly. It took a day to design the 3 way interface for the domes, I tried using various Technics beams but in the end went back to good old interlocked 60 degree hinges. The habitation and engine modules took about another day each and then the rest of the time was producing the content. The greeblies and nose took a couple of hours at the end. I'm working on v2.1 with a fully fitted interior, a new nose section and an improved docking facility (a docking collar rather than a full bay) but have to build in sections as LDD and the graphics card get overloaded!