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SHIP WIP II
My second entry for my SHIP work in progress...
About this creation
So I thought I'll add a couple more construction shots of my SHIP. I'm building this in the Explorien theme, simply because I have a lot of white bricks which make up the bulk of the body of the ship.

The sad news is that I'm going to move soon, so I decided to halt construction on this project and take it apart enough so that I can transport it. It currently measures just over 100 studs long, and is getting pretty heavy!

I've also decided that I want to make a few "improvements"... So I may take it apart and start all over again.




The nose and the bridge. Usually, I build a canopy that can open for additional playability, but in this case I decided to make it a "fixed" canopy for the pilot seat. Besides, there is a doorway right behind the pilot's seat that connects him to the main bridge.

A close-up shot of the bridge. The captain has the main swivel chair, then there are 4 other officers manning the different stations.









Here's two shots of the "construction area"! I've got some containers for all the specialty pieces, but most of it is still one generic mixed heap of Lego parts. One day, I hope to have a special dedicated Lego room with proper shelves and containers. For now, I will make this work.







There are 4 fighter ships that can detach from the main ship. One of the improvements I plan to make, is to connect the two areas where the fighters are located to make one big hangar with a work area for technicians.



First attempt at the wings and engine room. I had a hard time coming up with a nice design for the wings - I experimented with some click hinges to make a more interesting shape. The one trap I did not want to fall into, is to build a big, featureless box. I went through several different iterations of wing designs - in the pics further down you'll see my final design, and I'm quite pleased with it.

A planetary rover for sight seeing on strange new worlds! I didn't take any shots of the underside of the ship, but I'm planning on putting in landing gear, because I think part of the Explorien theme is the whole idea of exploring and visiting new planets. There is also a retractable ramp (not picture) that will serve dual purpose of a boarding ramp as well.



Yes, those are my ugly toes ruining the picture!

Wing design...







First attempt at the engine room. I love those round, transparent cylindrical pieces, and decided to use them as a continuous theme throughout the ship. There are some Technic gears and axles inside to make it look like some futuristic warp drive technology!





Engine room done. I like the red and yellow wall segments - It breaks the monotony of an all white spaceship.

Taking a nap...





Here you can see the final version of the wings attaching to the body. I love the look of those big, bulky engines.





And that's how far I got.

As I mentioned, I'm going to break it apart slightly and prepare it for transportation to my new place. Once settled in, I plan on rebuilding certain sections - I want a bigger hangar area with a better defined work space for technicians. I also want to improve a bit on my sick bay design and make it a little more spacious.

Finally, one caveat I found with using angled walls, is that it makes it more difficult to build a nice interior. So I want to improve the rear section with more well defined crew quarters and engine room.

I've got big plans for this spaceship, and this has been a great exercise so far and it definitely helped me solidify some of my ideas for where I want to go with it.

Ok, I'm signing off for a while, I'll be back in the new year hopefully with some updates.

Thanks for looking!



Comments

 I made it 
  April 11, 2012
Quoting Jon B This is looking great, hope you manage to get back to building it soon!
Thanks a ton! Yes, I'm getting set up in my new place, I hope to resume building in the next week or two. Stay tuned...
 I like it 
  April 11, 2012
This is looking great, hope you manage to get back to building it soon!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2012
Okay, cool.
 I made it 
  February 21, 2012
Quoting Weegee Malleo It looks insanely cool so far. But why do you capitalize the word "ship?"
Hey there! "SHIP" is one of the Lego acronyms used on MOCPages and elsewhere, it stands for "Seriously Huge Investment in Parts", a.k.a. "SHIP". The "official" definition is any MOC that measures more than 100 studs in length. Thanks for looking! I have put this project on hold until I'm done with my move to my new place, hopefully I'll be able to resume the project late March or April this year.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2012
It looks insanely cool so far. But why do you capitalize the word "ship?"
 I like it 
  December 4, 2011
Wow, looks fantastic, can't wait to see more WIP and the final MOC!
 I like it 
  December 4, 2011
Boy, can I relate! I moved about a month ago, and have had to put my Lego in storage for a few months while life gets sorted out. Hope to start building again in January, but GOD, am I going through ABS withdrawals! So, anyway...the SHIP is looking terrific. I do have a thought or two about it over in the advice thread. But in the mean time, nice work on the interior thus far. I'll look forward to seeing this one completed!
Rob W
Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  December 3, 2011
Oh, don't forget to add this to the group page.
Rob W
 I like it 
Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  December 3, 2011
Yeah, Review Any MOC, Be It A WIP Or Completed Or An Update. I've looked this over, keep in mind I don't take presentation into account when looking over WIPs, so far it's looking great, I really like the change of pace. I'm used to looking at Ships that are amazing, but lack the Ship feel to some extent, this WIP has that lacking feature. The feature I speak of is the fact you are building this to house a Crew. When this is done, you have to tackle not only the outside of the ship but the inside, which you are doing quite well so far. I await to see what direction you will take with exterior. Nice work so far.
 I like it 
  December 3, 2011
Hope you are able to finish this up. I would love to see it then.
 I like it 
  December 3, 2011
This is fantastic! I like the general shape of your ship, and the interior is really enjoyable to look at. Makes me want to build my own SHIP. Can't wait to see what's next!
 I like it 
  December 3, 2011
It's looking very good so far!
 I like it 
  December 3, 2011
Looking good! Will look forward to seeing the finished project from you, your classic builds are always nice to see!
 
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