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USS Kepler, NCC 1900 - Federation Space Exploration Vessel
This ship was built out of leftovers from my Excelsior just for fun and I wasn´t sure if I should ever post it. But, since I have no projects going on at the moment, I decided to post her anyway. It all began with the nacelles, which were built first and the rest then slowly grew around it. After completing the nacelles they kept laying around for a long time, because I had no idea for a fitting primary hull design. Only until I saw some Space Police 3 sets with these awesome wing panels that solved all of my design problems. The design itself is not very special, no spectacular techniques or so. Just a little photo editing. So, enjoy!
About this creation
USS Kepler (Kepler Class)
NCC-1900
Science vessel for long term deep space exploration
Length: 159,9 m
Witdth: 69,3 m
Heigth: 56,8 m
Max Speed : Warp 7,5 (8,5 for one hour)
Defensive systems: Energy shields
Armaments: 2 new Phaser strips and 4 photon torpedo tubes (you can never be too prepared)
Extras: Modular interior design
Capability of carrying one medium-sized yacht/yawl


Wormholes,...


...asteroid fields,...


...and strange nebulas are only some of the surprises space keeps for you to discover!


Some labs reach over several decks, perfect for observation.


The greenhouse. Used for production of some fresh, non replicated food, crew recreation and botanic expeiments.
The hangar doors located in the belly lead to the cargo section of the ship


USS Galileo, slightly bigger than a later Runabout.
Above the docked yacht you can see a rear torpedo launcher and the rear phaser strip.


Shuttle bay, with space for 4 shuttles in parking positions and 1 shuttle on the main floor.


Firing a torpedo, the black strip on the right of the launcher is a Phaser strip.

That´s it, live long and prosper!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 21, 2014
Nice work. Good job with photoshop too.
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  September 2, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Wait. I just checked BL. Did you buy out (or nearly anyways) that store I linked to?
Sorry for the late answer, no I did not. Dunno what happened!
 I like it 
  July 16, 2013
Wait. I just checked BL. Did you buy out (or nearly anyways) that store I linked to?
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  July 15, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad The best BL shop for tiles (for you) is here: http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&colorID=86&itemID=17085&sz=10&searchSort=P The store is in France as well, in the Euro Zone, so shipping shouldn't be too much of a hassle, as well as payment (minor conversions from your currency to France's, but still). Also, if you shop from LEGO's Pick a Brick section, you can buy tiles at 10 US cents a piece; buying, say, 400 tile would cost you about $40, which isn't too bad.
Hehe, thanks. I think I'm lucky that in Germany we have the Euro, too. ;-)
 I like it 
  July 15, 2013
The best BL shop for tiles (for you) is here: http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&colorID=86&itemID=17085&sz=10&searchSort=P The store is in France as well, in the Euro Zone, so shipping shouldn't be too much of a hassle, as well as payment (minor conversions from your currency to France's, but still). Also, if you shop from LEGO's Pick a Brick section, you can buy tiles at 10 US cents a piece; buying, say, 400 tile would cost you about $40, which isn't too bad.
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  July 15, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I love that you made realistic specifications of the ship, like if you where going to make a movie out of it, wich you could since the design is so dead-on! and the pics...ouffff! they knocked the wind out of me...of course it s in space, lol. bravo Marc!
Yeah, the technobabble was kinda fun and the editing, well. A spaceship looks nowhere better than in space, I guess! So, thanks again!
 I made it 
  July 15, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Well I can assist a little more on plates. It depends on the scale you want to build, and how many plates you have. Plates allow you to regulate the thickness of the saucer quite well, and should allow stronger connections between the neck and the saucer. Besides, if you really want to, you can build an outer shell of plates, and then SNOT the inside up. But with plates, you need too stock up on tiles; I used over 150-200 on my ISSC saucer, and I didn't even have to tile the whole surface area, so.
It´s also a question ot money. If those tiles weren´t so expensive!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
I love that you made realistic specifications of the ship, like if you where going to make a movie out of it, wich you could since the design is so dead-on! and the pics...ouffff! they knocked the wind out of me...of course it s in space, lol. bravo Marc!
  July 14, 2013
Well I can assist a little more on plates. It depends on the scale you want to build, and how many plates you have. Plates allow you to regulate the thickness of the saucer quite well, and should allow stronger connections between the neck and the saucer. Besides, if you really want to, you can build an outer shell of plates, and then SNOT the inside up. But with plates, you need too stock up on tiles; I used over 150-200 on my ISSC saucer, and I didn't even have to tile the whole surface area, so.
 I made it 
  July 11, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad I couldn't help but read the comments below here, and I noticed that you wanted to try to take on the Enterprise. If you are planning on making the original Enterprise, and you are planning on making the saucer with plates (as opposed to your Excelsior's brick built saucer) then let me direct your attention to this: http://cache.lego.com/bigdownloads/buildinginstructions/4542760.pdf That is the PDF instruction manual for LEGO's Death Star (the one with mini-figures in it). It has some really good techniques on building round areas with the difficult LEGO rectangle. In fact, I used it as a guide and template for the Habitat Ring on my ISSC. It gives a sizable round section. Of course, that is if you wish to build the saucer with plates. As for brick built saucers, well, looks like good ingenuity!
Thanks for the hint! I´m not sure which version I should try. Both have their advantages...
 I like it 
  July 9, 2013
I couldn't help but read the comments below here, and I noticed that you wanted to try to take on the Enterprise. If you are planning on making the original Enterprise, and you are planning on making the saucer with plates (as opposed to your Excelsior's brick built saucer) then let me direct your attention to this: http://cache.lego.com/bigdownloads/buildinginstructions/4542760.pdf That is the PDF instruction manual for LEGO's Death Star (the one with mini-figures in it). It has some really good techniques on building round areas with the difficult LEGO rectangle. In fact, I used it as a guide and template for the Habitat Ring on my ISSC. It gives a sizable round section. Of course, that is if you wish to build the saucer with plates. As for brick built saucers, well, looks like good ingenuity!
 I like it 
  June 26, 2013
sweet build yo.
Marc "Edge" R.unde
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General Electric
  June 12, 2013
This is so well presented it looks like an SFX shot from the show. You really have a knack for Star Trek, I wish you'd do more. Thanks again for your support on my DA MOCs. Cheers!
Marc "Edge" R.unde
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General Electric
  June 12, 2013
This is so well presented it looks like an SFX shot from the show. You really have a knack for Star Trek, I wish you'd do more. Thanks again for your support on my DA MOCs. Cheers!
 I made it 
  June 12, 2013
Quoting General Electric This is so well presented it looks like an SFX shot from the show. You really have a knack for Star Trek, I wish you'd do more. Thanks again for your support on my DA MOCs. Cheers!
Thanks for your nice comment. It was kinda fun and pain doing all the SFX, but it pays off! Yeah, I know, I´m a lazy guy. The good ol´ Enterprise from the movies is still spooking around my head. I´m definitely gonna build her, the question is just 'WHEN'! ~Marc
 I made it 
  June 5, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Gotta love that shot with the inverse tachyon beam. The Trek universe certainly has some nifty gadgets. Missed an ep, Doc :-)
Dang, how could I? *Beating myself with a lash*
 I made it 
  June 5, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Love how you used the panels to make the hull. I really need to learn how to do backgroundss. Those light effects are awesome.
Thanks! The panels are pretty cool, thought they could be used for more than wings. If I´m not mistaken, El Barto! invited you to this group http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/13655 . From there you should get to know everything needed for proper photo editing! ~Cheers
 I made it 
  June 5, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Still no new build? What, do you have a life or something? ;)
Disgusting, huh?! ;-)
 I like it 
  June 2, 2013
Love how you used the panels to make the hull. I really need to learn how to do backgroundss. Those light effects are awesome.
 I like it 
  April 14, 2013
Gotta love that shot with the inverse tachyon beam. The Trek universe certainly has some nifty gadgets. Missed an ep, Doc :-)
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  January 14, 2013
Quoting Nils O. Wow, that's a cool ship, very close to the movie version. The use of the Technic panels is extremely clever! Great job! :-)) LLAP
Thanks you, Nils!
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  January 9, 2013
Wow, that's a cool ship, very close to the movie version. The use of the Technic panels is extremely clever! Great job! :-)) LLAP
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  December 20, 2012
Quoting Mihe Stonee mmmh... why i don't saw that till now... ? this is so beautiful done! clever partusage! the picture in the asteroid fields is very cool also ;-) !
Thanks buddy! The asteroids pic is also one of my favs...
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  December 20, 2012
mmmh... why i don't saw that till now... ? this is so beautiful done! clever partusage! the picture in the asteroid fields is very cool also ;-) !
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  July 24, 2012
Quoting Predrag Hrubik Outstanding!
This one was a funny little build. Mostly made from leftovers, still, I like it a lot!
 I like it 
  July 18, 2012
Outstanding!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2012
Back again to pester you, Doc! You missed an episode, and I'm right in the middle of getting the next one together. These are some great shots, by the way!
 I like it 
  May 17, 2012
Still no new build? What, do you have a life or something? ;)
 I made it 
  March 27, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Some really awesome pics, Dude! Fits in perfectly with the Trek genre. New episode, chief!
Thanks! I didn´t miss the new episode, I´m just a little lazy the at the moment...
 I like it 
  March 27, 2012
Some really awesome pics, Dude! Fits in perfectly with the Trek genre. New episode, chief!
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  February 17, 2012
Quoting Nils O. Wow, what a cool Starship! The design is great, it looks so smooth. The use of the Technic panels on the hull is a great idea and you included them very well. The ship from the movie is instantly recognizable. Great job! :-))
Thanks, much appreciated!
 I made it 
  February 17, 2012
Quoting Stephen Peyton Nice! Looks like a new take on the USS Grissom from Star Trek IV I believe. It's been a while since I saw that movie :)
Thanks, you're totally right. I wanted to make the Grissom (which I still like) a little more usable, with a proper connection between the primary and secondary hull. Glad to hear you like it! ~Cheers
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  February 17, 2012
Quoting 2x4 . Ah endlich wieder mal was von Star Trek. Sehr schön geworden, die Fotobearbeitung ist natürlich auch wieder höchst beeindruckend. Ich wünschte ich könnte das auch so toll machen, aber ich glaube da fehlt mir auch einfach die Geduld dafür, das muß ja einige Stunden gedauert haben. Lg Stefan
Danke! Im Gegensatz zu Deinem AT-AT hat das Bauen an sich keine Wochen verschlungen. Aber die Bildbearbeitung hat mich echt Zeit und Geduld gekostet. Habe nur max. 1 - 2 Bilder am Tag geschafft und da ich einige verworfen habe und am Ende bei einigen von vorne anfangen durfte auch mal ein paar Tage Pause gemacht! Aber, am Ende lohnt es sich. ~Alles Gute, Marc
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Ah endlich wieder mal was von Star Trek. Sehr schön geworden, die Fotobearbeitung ist natürlich auch wieder höchst beeindruckend. Ich wünschte ich könnte das auch so toll machen, aber ich glaube da fehlt mir auch einfach die Geduld dafür, das muß ja einige Stunden gedauert haben. Lg Stefan
 I like it 
  February 15, 2012
Wow, what a cool Starship! The design is great, it looks so smooth. The use of the Technic panels on the hull is a great idea and you included them very well. The ship from the movie is instantly recognizable. Great job! :-))
 I like it 
  February 7, 2012
Nice! Looks like a new take on the USS Grissom from Star Trek IV I believe. It's been a while since I saw that movie :)
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Stephan Schumann I agree, very magnificant result! The whole looks very authentic. nice colour-spots. i like those pannel-bricks too.
Thanks, those panels work perfectly. They have just the right angles to get the look right. ~Marc
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Aidan Bryant Nice parts usage! Defiantly an unorthodox Federation design, but still pretty cool! The stripe detail is very well done as well, oh and good job on the edits!
Thanks buddy, she's a "Brave little ship"! Hehe, who said that? Good to hear you enjoyed this. ~Marc
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  February 4, 2012
I agree, very magnificant result! The whole looks very authentic. nice colour-spots. i like those pannel-bricks too.
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  February 3, 2012
Nice parts usage! Defiantly an unorthodox Federation design, but still pretty cool! The stripe detail is very well done as well, oh and good job on the edits!
Marc "Edge" R.unde
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White Knight
  February 2, 2012
Incredible stuff !>.....well done
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting Peter Mowry Love it, bud!!! Great background PICs as well gives the USS Kepler that extra edge. Keep it up, looks great.
Thanks for liking this! Even the simplest MOC can improve by photo-editing. ~Cheers
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting A Taylor Nice MOC and a great use of Photoshop.
Thanks a lot!
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Cool!
Thanks, master!
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens Nifty, chibbi build dude, outstanding FX!You've found an amicable solution to having used up too many bricks on an awesome model you can't bring yourself to pull apart!
Thanks a lot, my friend! This one is clearly focused on the FX. In fact, I really dislike photo-editing the process, not the result. It is soooo time expensive, if you want to do it properly and get the look you imagined. But, in the end I sit there and say to myself: 'Yeah, that´s cool!' Time pays off!
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting Matt Mason That's a brilliant Federation vessel! It's obviously reminiscent of the Oberth class starships. By the way, if you're interested, I put up a Trek vessel myself a few days ago, so if you want to have a look, then feel free. Anyway, keep up the good work!
Yeah thanks, I thought this one could be the successor of the Oberth class line! ~Marc
Marc "Edge" R.unde
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Chris Melby
  February 1, 2012
I have to agree, the presentation is first class. The build is first class too. I've always been a trekki, so this hits home for me, nice build, Chris
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Love it, bud!!! Great background PICs as well gives the USS Kepler that extra edge. Keep it up, looks great.
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Nice MOC and a great use of Photoshop.
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  February 1, 2012
Cool!
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  February 1, 2012
Nifty, chibbi build dude, outstanding FX!You've found an amicable solution to having used up too many bricks on an awesome model you can't bring yourself to pull apart!
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
That's a brilliant Federation vessel! It's obviously reminiscent of the Oberth class starships. By the way, if you're interested, I put up a Trek vessel myself a few days ago, so if you want to have a look, then feel free. Anyway, keep up the good work!
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Mike Johnson "A trekkin' we will go, a trekkin' we will go. Way down the wormy-hole, a trekkin' we will go!" This litle ditty just popped into my noggin as I admire this fine Federation beauty.
Hehe, thanks for the funny comment. Much appreciated! ~Marc
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  February 1, 2012
"A trekkin' we will go, a trekkin' we will go. Way down the wormy-hole, a trekkin' we will go!" This litle ditty just popped into my noggin as I admire this fine Federation beauty.
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Cody G Nicely done, the small bridge and forward-mounted engines are great!
Thanks! Thought I´d go with another engine design, instead of the standard Starfleet approach. I like it, it looks more plausible than on the Excelsior, e.g.! Even though I like that look, too. ~Marc
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby I have to agree, the presentation is first class. The build is first class too. I've always been a trekki, so this hits home for me, nice build, Chris
Thanks, your creations are first class, too. Nice to hear that form a person with your skills! ~Marc
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett The design might not be spectacular but the effect is. Very convincing.
Glad to see that you like it, thanks.
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Great build, Dude! You've captured the style from the newest movie, and the pics turned out awesome! Fire photons!
Haha, that look wasn´t my intention. I wanted to get the look of the third movie. Well, as long as you like it, it´s fine for me. P.S.: I´ve still got some shots with my Excelsior at back. Perhaps I´ll post them, too. ~Engage!
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  February 1, 2012
Nicely done, the small bridge and forward-mounted engines are great!
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach very clever use of parts!
Thanks, the large panels and the saucer just cried use me! ~Cheers
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Locutus 666 Sehr schönes Schiff im wiedererkennbaren Star Trek-look! Moc und Präsentation 5/5. :)
Schoen zu hoeren, dass es Dir gefällt! Danke. ~Marc
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Jon B Nice build, very 'Federation' looking, and some nice photo editing there too. Was Kepler actually a ship in the series/storyline, or a design of your own?
First, thanks for the comment! Second, no this ship has no real Trek-world reference. I made it up myself, but the design was kinda influenced by the Oberth class (USS Grissom), seen in 'Star Trek III - The Search For Spock'. ~Cheers
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting The Lego Animal (Jay Rhum) Very nice presentation, and very good build! Vulcan!
Thanks, buddy! Live long and prosper!
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  February 1, 2012
The design might not be spectacular but the effect is. Very convincing.
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  February 1, 2012
Great build, Dude! You've captured the style from the newest movie, and the pics turned out awesome! Fire photons!
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
very clever use of parts!
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  February 1, 2012
Sehr schönes Schiff im wiedererkennbaren Star Trek-look! Moc und Präsentation 5/5. :)
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  February 1, 2012
Very nice presentation, and very good build! Vulcan!
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  February 1, 2012
Nice build, very 'Federation' looking, and some nice photo editing there too. Was Kepler actually a ship in the series/storyline, or a design of your own?
 
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