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Starship Rhesus (Classic Space Micro Spaceship)
This was my first build using my newly reclaimed childhood Lego collection. I've been meaning to make a larger micro space build for a while now, and Tim C's recent Battleship Orion prompted me to do this. The aim here was to use only classic space pieces, or pieces available during my childhood (I like to imagine I could have built this back then). There are a couple of newer pieces slipped in (a couple of cheeses here and there etc.). I love the micro space genre, although I don't find it the easiest form; greebling is one of my weaker skills. Any comments to help me improve are welcome.
About this creation














As requested here is a photo of the beast's ugly innards. There is nothing that clever about how I achieved the angles; some technic pins to make two parallel bars and a couple of hinges, that's it really.


Here is an appendix of my two children building with me; and my daughter's first MOC, a racing car for her newly acquired mini-fig (she's 4 and he is 2).







Comments

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  July 6, 2012
hey, you have 11 more likes on your most popular creation than i do on mine! 5/5
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  July 6, 2012
The design is great, you really nailed the classic space look in this micro scale! Great job! :-))
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  June 20, 2012
Wow! This is stunning! Very nice work!
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  June 17, 2012
A great Classic Space ship, looks like it should be rumbling through the galaxy. You can imagine its corridors bustling with mini-figs in red & white space suits. I like all the details and especially the big engine with green bits. Great to produce such a big ship, from limited parts.
David Alexander Smith
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Alex Storm
  June 16, 2012
wooo woo woo! Sweet ride, I love the whole aspect, it's different from the way too many cliche designs i've seen, not only is this new and exciting but it's totally a great build, nice work ;)
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  June 16, 2012
Quoting Alex Storm wooo woo woo! Sweet ride, I love the whole aspect, it's different from the way too many cliche designs i've seen, not only is this new and exciting but it's totally a great build, nice work ;)
Thank you, that is such a brilliant comment.
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  June 13, 2012
Very cool!
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  June 12, 2012
Great stuff David, nice to see you putting that huge pile of 80s goodness to use like this :) Nice ship, and the greebling is fine, I think the shape negates the need for a lot of greebling, real interesting design!
  June 10, 2012
Great work on this. You are putting those old bricks to good use. I really like the scale of it while maintaining a Classic Space feel to it. It definitely looks like it has some miles on it and is at the end of it service life, but keeps on ticking. Looks like a research vessel of some sort. Well done. As a mentioned before I have a 5 girl and 3 year old boy who help a lot too. They are getting a good start. I should definitely post some of their builds. If I ever make it across the pond we will have to get our families together to build something. Maybe an international space station!
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  June 10, 2012
It's always a treat to see this lovely old stuff put to good use. Nice ship!
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  June 10, 2012
Quoting JWG 258 Could you show a partially disassembled ship to show how you got the angles to work on the rear part of the ship? If its greebles you want, download and disassemble any of my LDD models to see how I do it.
As requested I've added a photo of the innards, its not pretty but gives you an idea of what is going on.
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  June 10, 2012
No improvements needed this is an excellent build. Love the shape of the nose and bridge. Excellent details throughout. Great to see pics of your kids enjoying Lego too ;) Happy building Daddio.
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  June 10, 2012
Perfect classic space style!
David Alexander Smith
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Büürli Burri
  June 9, 2012
Neat build! It always makes me smile when I see fathers building with their children. It reminds me when I was 3, I started building Lego sets with my father... I still don't know who of us two had more fun with it :P
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  June 9, 2012
Could you show a partially disassembled ship to show how you got the angles to work on the rear part of the ship? If its greebles you want, download and disassemble any of my LDD models to see how I do it.
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  June 9, 2012
Oh yes, me like very much...
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  June 9, 2012
Brings back memories
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  June 9, 2012
Heck of a ship here, Dude! Nifty details, and still consistent with Classic Space. Great job on the first pic, too! Wicked!
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Pretty good, although a bit unbalanced looking. I like all the trans colored bricks and the greeblies.
The irony is it looks unbalanced but is probably one of the most physically balanced things I've ever built :).
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  June 9, 2012
Wonderful, exellent red lazery stuff, however your kids are better than you ;)... just kidding.
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  June 9, 2012
Pretty good, although a bit unbalanced looking. I like all the trans colored bricks and the greeblies.
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  June 9, 2012
Wow, love the greebling!
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  June 9, 2012
Brilliant!
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  June 9, 2012
This is great. I like how stayed in the era and resisted using the cooler parts of today. Blue being my favorite of the colors, you can never go wrong with a CS build. ~cheers. PS I could feel the pride in you as you took the pics of the kids. When my 3 year old does anything involing daddy's "hobbies" oh how great I feel!
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  June 9, 2012
This guy is a lot bigger than your usual stuff. I love it! Great greebling and shape to it. I Hope there is more to come!
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  June 9, 2012
Neatly greebled! I love the faces of intense concentration on both of your children in the first shot! I'd say you have some future mocers there! Happy building to you all! :)
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  June 9, 2012
Awesome! I have always loved Classic Space, and that along with the Classic Castle lines are pretty much what my collection was when I reclaimed it from my parent's attic! The comment about sharing the Christmas gift made me laugh, because my brother and I shared almost all of the sets as well. Luckily he no longer has any interest in Lego so I got the whole collection. Also nice to see the kids involved. Mine are always with me as I build, usually using Darth Vader to kill off any of my figs or just roaming around the build and adding their own pieces to it!
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting Tim C Nicely done, David. I must say, if greebling is your weakest skill, I can't wait to see what you do when that gets better. This is definitely your most greebled creation yet, and I think you're doing pretty well with it right now. I really like the long neck leading to the blunt front end, reminds me a bit of the Republic Frigate from Episode I. It looks like you used quite a few hinges to achieve some pretty interesting angles. That was done masterfully. And there is some good piping work there too. I also think there is an interesting effect from using those old pieces. All the dents and mars in your pieces really lends an old, weathered look to your ship, which really speaks to the artist and the child in me. My favorite part is the composition of the body. I really favor that heavily textured look, (I believe the term is "chunky," which I assume is a compliment), and you have pulled that off well. So, tell me, now that you've built a large micro, do you find that you've developed an incessant need to build even bigger?
Thanks Tim, I'm glad you like it. I don't mind the teeth marks and chips;, it is all part of me. You can see how much I played with these bricks. I built a lighthouse a few weeks back for a competition, and it got scored down for the scratches; I actually quite liked the weatherbeaten look. Brody mentioned this also, which I was pleased about as it seems churlish to complain against the judges. I am certainly going to produce some more larger works, although being impatient I suspect this will be an occasional thing. I spent three nights on this, and I was ready to move on.
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting † /Bluestar/ † ' Very well detailed! It looks like an elephant head though XD. Oh, and your children are quite great for their age :)
I actually started with the idea of a tortoise as a shape; with a grey shell and blue neck. At first the neck was was very short, and extended, to become a trunk (n your analogy).
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting Büürli Burri Neat build! It always makes me smile when I see fathers building with their children. It reminds me when I was 3, I started building Lego sets with my father... I still don't know who of us two had more fun with it :P
I remember my brother and I got the classic Beta 1 command Base for Christmas, http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6970-1, (I'm not sure how many kids these days would tolerate having shared Lego sets as a Christmas present), and my Dad helping us both build it. Good memories. - I should also note, what I call my childhood collection, is in actual fact mine and my brothers' collection.
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach the nostalgia of classic space is prominent in this design - well done!
For me this was a really personal nostalgic trip; I think it was the combination of pieces I know so well.
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  June 9, 2012
Quoting Mihe Stonee hey David - cool seeing your Creations getting bigger! that's a nice classic! the tubes and such stuff are nice greebles - so don't worry and think "it's bad!" => it's really wicked! By the way - your daughters car is awesome, in fact she's 4!
My daughter has got better at Lego, because she likes to sit with her Daddy, who seems to spend large parts of the weekend with the bricks. She's getting into Lego friends; she doesn't often build cars, normally its gardens with barbecues.
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  June 9, 2012
Very impressive, I really like the shape!
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  June 9, 2012
Nicely done, David. I must say, if greebling is your weakest skill, I can't wait to see what you do when that gets better. This is definitely your most greebled creation yet, and I think you're doing pretty well with it right now. I really like the long neck leading to the blunt front end, reminds me a bit of the Republic Frigate from Episode I. It looks like you used quite a few hinges to achieve some pretty interesting angles. That was done masterfully. And there is some good piping work there too. I also think there is an interesting effect from using those old pieces. All the dents and mars in your pieces really lends an old, weathered look to your ship, which really speaks to the artist and the child in me. My favorite part is the composition of the body. I really favor that heavily textured look, (I believe the term is "chunky," which I assume is a compliment), and you have pulled that off well. So, tell me, now that you've built a large micro, do you find that you've developed an incessant need to build even bigger?
  June 9, 2012
Very well detailed! It looks like an elephant head though XD. Oh, and your children are quite great for their age :)
 I like it 
  June 9, 2012
the nostalgia of classic space is prominent in this design - well done!
 I like it 
  June 9, 2012
hey David - cool seeing your Creations getting bigger! that's a nice classic! the tubes and such stuff are nice greebles - so don't worry and think "it's bad!" => it's really wicked! By the way - your daughters car is awesome, in fact she's 4!
 
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