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VICtory Viper
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Well, there wasn't much Novvember left, but I made it.
About this creation
The Vic Viper. This is a ship that found its fame in the 80’s with the Gradius series of Konami video games. I discovered it in ’88 when I first brought home a Nintendo game I had only seen, (but never played), in the arcade version. A game called Lifeforce. I can’t tell you how many hours I burned repeatedly beating that game. In fact, I even downloaded an emulator this year and have since burned yet even more hours playing that same game on my computer. Part of the reason that I enjoyed playing this game so much was the ship, which was, unbeknownst to me, my first introduction to the Vic Viper. (As well as up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right…well, you know the rest).

The Vic Viper fizzled from the world with the introduction of other kinds of video games and is kept alive now thanks to a man named Nate Nielson, (AKA nnenn), whose works, I regret to admit, I was not able to experience while he lived. I discovered his works after I discovered Mark Kelso’s Dragon Fang, a truly amazing build in its own right, which was a tribute to nnenn. Since then, to say I have been a fan of nnenn’s work would be the same as saying a crack addict is a fan of crack. I can’t get enough of looking at his works, no matter how many times I’ve already seen them, and has certainly been an inspiration to me.

There were only two objectives to this build. First, to build a Vic Viper that looks as though it could have been in those great Konami video games. The other, to build something that nnenn may have approved of. I am confident of the first, and can only hope for the second.

May I present, VICtory Viper.




Here is a shot of the VICtory Viper in a screenshot of Lifeforce. Just to see if it would fit. I think it does alright. Hey AFOLS! Do you remember this game, or ones like it? Back in the day when scrolling games were cutting edge? When a halo was just the glowing circle around an angel's head? Those were the days.















The next shots are a few angles of the details of this MOC. I normally add a lot of embellishments to my MOCs, but I figured I'd let the ship's original design do the talking on this one. How can you improve on perfection?















A few shots of the cockpit.









I'm particularly proud of the underside of this ship. The idea was to make it look good from all angles.



A pun just for you, Mastermind. The stand alone.


Thanks for checking out my first ever Vic Viper. Let me know what you think.




Comments

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  February 6, 2014
what a great ship , wunderfull Color scheme and details
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  April 29, 2013
Amazing! I love the building style-- neo-classic space, right? And the size is just right; not too big, not too small. Great job!
Tim C
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John Smith
  January 7, 2013
Nice ship Tim. The sleek and slim design looks amazing and the use of the subtle blue is great work, love the rear engine too.
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  January 6, 2013
the color scheme is beautiful, and falls right in my alley, but, the sculpting is superbly stylish, it s the kind of ship I need to build for alta-5, I need cool ships like this, and landing pads, I don t see a landing gear, I m surprised you did nt push it that far yet, ships are nt my thing yet, no exp, but, it s unavoidable, it s already written in scripts, your pieces are inspiring, they d fit well in my futuristic setting, I ll be back! nicely done!
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  January 2, 2013
Quoting Andre Benjamin This looks really sick; the yellow and blue help give off a really neat retro vibe. Good Stuff!
Thanks, Andre. I took a chance with some extra color in this one. Looks like it paid off.
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  January 2, 2013
Quoting Garry King Well built Tim. This certainly a spectacular craft. Great colour use all over and what a treat to see. Eye candy definitely. You have a magical touch for the brick and as ever your techniques have surpassed mine. Thank you for sharing all of your tremendous images. Keep up the great builds.
Surpassed??? Now you're just being crazy. I aspire to your level of craftsmanship, good sir, but I can't say enough how much I appreciate the flattering comments.
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  January 2, 2013
Quoting Thomas Haas Nice Moc
Thanks, Thomas. That means a lot coming from the creator of the Seterra.
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  January 2, 2013
Quoting Nils O. That's a cool minifig scale Vic Viper. The design is excellent and I really like the almost classic colour scheme. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Thanks for adding it to "The Club"! :-))
No problem. Glad you like it and I really appreciate the invite.
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  January 2, 2013
Excellent craft. Love the SNOT work and the color scheme. Wonderful work! -LB Senior
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  December 1, 2012
Wow! There is some great parts usage and techniques here! Beautiful Viper!
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  December 1, 2012
Beautiful work, Tim, clean and perfectly shaped. It is a nice coincidence and another plus that the Viper from Lifeforce looks like something from Neo Classic Space.
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  November 29, 2012
I love it
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  November 29, 2012
Amazing! I love the SNOT work and the very smooth look that you gave this VICtory Viper. (Side note: I love your title :P) The bottom looks really great; I think it looks just as good flying upside down as it would flying right side up. The "stand alone" haha.... very funny. 5/5, excellent build! *Edit: This comment made it 50 likes :P Cheers! *Edit #2: OK this just made it 51 likes.. my bad.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
very nice!! the shape is beautiful - i like the overall angle of the wing design!
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  November 29, 2012
WOW! Great viper, you have a truly unique style thats very enjoyable. Your color schemes and snot work are always superb. Great job on this!
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  November 29, 2012
Awesome work! Full of nice details, considerable shaping, and pretty coloursheme.
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  November 29, 2012
Wow...Tim C. I wish that my Vic Viper looked this good but I simply don't have a lot of experience with the Gradius franchise, nor may I possess the parts that are needed to make mine look better. Anyway, it's certainly one of the nicer ones that I've seen online.
Tim C
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Chris Melby
  November 28, 2012
Outstanding!
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  November 28, 2012
Very impressive, rife with awesome techniques. I really like the colour scheme and the angles in particular, you've captured the original nicely. Fantastic work!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
This looks really sick; the yellow and blue help give off a really neat retro vibe. Good Stuff!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Well built Tim. This certainly a spectacular craft. Great colour use all over and what a treat to see. Eye candy definitely. You have a magical touch for the brick and as ever your techniques have surpassed mine. Thank you for sharing all of your tremendous images. Keep up the great builds.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Nice Moc
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  November 28, 2012
That's a cool minifig scale Vic Viper. The design is excellent and I really like the almost classic colour scheme. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Thanks for adding it to "The Club"! :-))
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Jon B Brilliant Viper, and looks like it came straight out of the game, perfect! Colouring and shape is spot on, and I love that main engine. The first photo is class - full of motion (and lasers!). Top MOC! @David Alexander Smith - The shoot'em up construction kit on the C64, remember it well - spent hours on that :)
Thanks, Jon! Glad you like the design. Lifeforce remains one of my favorite games despite the advancements that have been made in graphics technology. So when it came to building the VV, it was a no-brainer. As far as the first shot goes, I must admit that sometimes I have as much fun editing the main shot as I do building the MOC I'm editing it for. Oh, and I'm not surprised that you like the main engine. I learned it from the JBSLSEB. You know, the Jon B. School of LEGO Spaceship Engine Building.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
A fantastic build and tribute. I remember this game, I didn’t had it myself but my best friend did and we played it for hours too. The classic space colours and shape are spot on, and of course with all your builds the more you look the more details you see.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Awesome Vic Viper! The colour scheme, the design, and the robust, rugged shape makes it one of the best do far! I love the edited game bit! Get it? Bit? 8 bit graphics?....no...never mind... Still, a perfect balance! Keep up the good work!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay Lovely shaping and colour blocking, love the fact you gave it a really nice, finished underside too. And thanks for the nostalgia jolt, i'm going to be wanting to play Xenon, R-type, Gradius and more now! Great build, well done.
Thanks, Stuart. I normally steer clear of much color other than the bleys, so I'm glad you liked the colors. And I hear you on the old video games. I've stopped by a secondhand store in town a few times looking at one of the old NES's. I'm just afraid I would play it for a week until the urge was gone, then put it in the basement and forget all about it.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Cody G Very impressive build! Not many people build vipers of this size, yours must annihilate in dogfights!
Thanks, Cody! The larger the ship, the more room for details. And did you notice in the main shot that there are no other ships than the three Vipers? They must have already cleared all the enemies out of the shot;)
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Very sharp! Looks like a proper VV.
Thanks, Senator! I, sir, am nothing, if not proper.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Scramble was amazing. Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scramble_(video_game)
Thanks for the follow-up, David.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting David Roberts A true VV! I like the smooth look, which matches the look of the small sprite in the game. I think that you've got the colours spot on and intrepreted the little custer of coloured video game dots just right and into a great ship. I remember playing a PC game like this when I was an undergraduate. VGA graphics... To me, a halo will always be a ring of light around someone's head: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/337607
Thanks, David. I always try to throw tiny details into my works, but it's more for my own benefit than anyone else's. More often than not, those details go unnoticed. What I appreciate about your comments is that you're able to isolate those small details while your viewing a MOC and call attention to them. The mountains in my city; the tiny splash of red and the ladder and handrail in the Nemesis. I can't get those by you. Hmmm...I think you may have just issued a challenge without meaning too;)
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  November 28, 2012
Lovely shaping and colour blocking, love the fact you gave it a really nice, finished underside too. And thanks for the nostalgia jolt, i'm going to be wanting to play Xenon, R-type, Gradius and more now! Great build, well done.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting David P. super cool!!!
Thanks for the comment!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Mark Kelso Tim, thanks very much for the nod with my own Vic, and so glad you've had a chance to experience nnenn's awesome work! For what it's worth, I think this is just an outstanding example of what nnenn had in mind for Novvember. It follows his guidelines perfectly, and the build is beautifully consistent, clean, and wonderfully designed. Couldn't ask for better - well done!
Great to hear from you on this, Mark. As I said in the intro, I wasn't familiar with nnenn's work until I read about him on Dragon Fang, and as you know from my past comments, I see Dragon Fang as one of the best-designed ships of its size on this site. I could tell from your intro on that one that nnenn meant a lot to you. You sounding off positively about my own Vic gives me faith that I've done this one right. Thanks for that.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Outstanding!
Thanks a lot, Chris!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Philippe Moisan I like the way this Vic Viper looks heavy.
Thanks, Philippe. It actually is pretty heavy for its size. The SNOT technique I used isn't the most secure of holds, so I had to go a little more solid on the surrounding features.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Very impressive build! Not many people build vipers of this size, yours must annihilate in dogfights!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Slick design! And yes, the underside is especially well done. Great graphics with the old school video game, too. Awesome stuff, Dude!
Thanks, Barto! Nice to hear from one of this site's great ship builders. And as far as the photo editing goes, I consider you as one of the authorities in that regard, so your approval there means all the more.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach very cool
Glad you like it Chris. Thanks for the comment and marking me as a fave.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Romany Woodhouse Mission accomplished - it looks good from any angle! Beefy but beautiful! Awesome VV and a nice touch with the Lifeforce screenshot.
Thanks, Romany! The Lifeforce screenshot was an afterthought that I really enjoyed when it was done, so I'm glad it's being well received.
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  November 28, 2012
Very sharp! Looks like a proper VV.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting JS Can Really nice job. A great VV for any fleet.
Thanks, JS. I appreciate the compliment.
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  November 28, 2012
Scramble was amazing. Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scramble_(video_game)
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Cool Viper! I like the beefiness to it. It's better than just bricks on their sides making up the wings, they have some bulk which adds to the believability. Oh, and that pun...
Thanks MCLegoboy! Glad you like it. I wanted to make something a little more sleek than I usually build, which took great amounts of restraint on my part, but I will never be able to escape the bulk. I love a bulky ship too much not to do it every single time. Oh, and I'm glad you liked the pun;) My favorite thing in all this world to play with is words.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith I was hoping you would get a VV out by the end of the month. It's great, and seems one of the best takes on the design brief I've seen. Putting the ship in the screenshot to test its credibility was a nice touch, and I agree it works. The whole VV shape is designed for an 8-bit world. I'm sure the prongs were a design decision pushed by limited pixels and the need to easily animate the ship's rolls. Although I played Gradius back in the day, I have much fonder memories of playing scramble round my friends house - that was such a revolutionary game. Someone on here ought to build the R9. Also talking of great AFOL early computer game experiences, did anyone else have this wonderful little programme: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoot'Em-Up_Construction_Kit. I spent hours with my brother designing ships and tanks for this.
Thanks, David! I basically locked myself in a room and ignored everyone to get this one finished under the deadline. Glad you like the screenshot. That one was for my own amusement. Mission accomplished;) I wish I would have played that Shoot Em Up game, designing ships and tanks would have been exactly the thing I would have enjoyed as a kid. As for Scramble, is that a video game? I'm having trouble finding anything online. I would like to see the R9. Would you mind dropping a link on here?
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
A true VV! I like the smooth look, which matches the look of the small sprite in the game. I think that you've got the colours spot on and intrepreted the little custer of coloured video game dots just right and into a great ship. I remember playing a PC game like this when I was an undergraduate. VGA graphics... To me, a halo will always be a ring of light around someone's head: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/337607
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting andros tempest oh wow! that is pretty cool
Thanks, Andros! Glad you think so.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens BrilianT!
Thanks, Parrington!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Super build, as you hoped it looks great from all angles! Nice work on the cockpit shaping and the neo-classic space colourscheme. Nnenn would have been proud.
Thanks, Stuart. The cockpit posed a problem and it took an entire day's worth of free time, (as limited as that is), to come up with it. The result that you see may have been the thousandth attempt at something that fit the canopy. And Novvember is more a celebration of nnenn than the Viper, so I'm glad you think he would have approved.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Cubeduder Dude Sharp!
Thanks!
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting søren johansen This is far the best of many Vipers I have seen in a long time. The color scheme lends to the classic space theme. My only wish for improvements was the engine section. It reminds me too much of a true engine of a random strike fighter in real life. Maybe try to use more futuristic engine ways. Just a wish:-) Other that that a beautyfull design. I like to see how You made it, maybe see some techniques?
Thanks, Soren! Glad you like it. For this build, I was going for traditional Vic Viper, and the engine on that is similar to what I built, although the eight smaller engines surrounding the main one is a bit of an embellishment on my part. As for techniques? You, sir, are a highly skilled builder and I can't imagine I used any technique that you aren't already worlds beyond. But, when I dismantle this, with tears in my eyes, I may give you a peek at a SNOT technique that I employed for this ship.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett A perfect tribute to a great builder.
Thanks for the nod. I truly hope so.
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  November 28, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) Very true to the genre! Vivid vv coloring too! :)
Thanks, Topsy! The design goal was tradition. I love all the unique designs that I've seen of this ship, but for mine, I wanted to capture the original essence of this awesome ship.
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  November 28, 2012
super cool!!!
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  November 28, 2012
Tim, thanks very much for the nod with my own Vic, and so glad you've had a chance to experience nnenn's awesome work! For what it's worth, I think this is just an outstanding example of what nnenn had in mind for Novvember. It follows his guidelines perfectly, and the build is beautifully consistent, clean, and wonderfully designed. Couldn't ask for better - well done!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
I like the way this Vic Viper looks heavy.
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  November 28, 2012
Slick design! And yes, the underside is especially well done. Great graphics with the old school video game, too. Awesome stuff, Dude!
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  November 28, 2012
very cool
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  November 28, 2012
Mission accomplished - it looks good from any angle! Beefy but beautiful! Awesome VV and a nice touch with the Lifeforce screenshot.
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  November 28, 2012
Really nice job. A great VV for any fleet.
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  November 28, 2012
Brilliant Viper, and looks like it came straight out of the game, perfect! Colouring and shape is spot on, and I love that main engine. The first photo is class - full of motion (and lasers!). Top MOC! @David Alexander Smith - The shoot'em up construction kit on the C64, remember it well - spent hours on that :)
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Cool Viper! I like the beefiness to it. It's better than just bricks on their sides making up the wings, they have some bulk which adds to the believability. Oh, and that pun...
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
I was hoping you would get a VV out by the end of the month. It's great, and seems one of the best takes on the design brief I've seen. Putting the ship in the screenshot to test its credibility was a nice touch, and I agree it works. The whole VV shape is designed for an 8-bit world. I'm sure the prongs were a design decision pushed by limited pixels and the need to easily animate the ship's rolls. Although I played Gradius back in the day, I have much fonder memories of playing scramble round my friends house - that was such a revolutionary game. Someone on here ought to build the R9. Also talking of great AFOL early computer game experiences, did anyone else have this wonderful little programme: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoot'Em-Up_Construction_Kit. I spent hours with my brother designing ships and tanks for this.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
oh wow! that is pretty cool
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  November 28, 2012
BrilianT!
  November 28, 2012
Super build, as you hoped it looks great from all angles! Nice work on the cockpit shaping and the neo-classic space colourscheme. Nnenn would have been proud.
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  November 28, 2012
Well done! Love your take on the design :)
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  November 27, 2012
Sharp!
  November 27, 2012
This is far the best of many Vipers I have seen in a long time. The color scheme lends to the classic space theme. My only wish for improvements was the engine section. It reminds me too much of a true engine of a random strike fighter in real life. Maybe try to use more futuristic engine ways. Just a wish:-) Other that that a beautyfull design. I like to see how You made it, maybe see some techniques?
 I like it 
  November 27, 2012
A perfect tribute to a great builder.
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  November 27, 2012
Very true to the genre! Vivid vv coloring too! :)
 
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