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Star Trek Klingon Bird of Prey
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This is the Klingon Bird of Prey for Star Trek. It wings can raise and lower and be in the three different configurations: flight, cruise and attack. I chose black because of part availability and when it was done I thought the black makes it look more menacing. It also make it harder to photograph.

If you like it, please go to my Cuusoo sight and suprort it. They may make it a real product with enough supporters (and luck with licensing rights).










This MOC is 20 inches long and nearly 30 inches wide with the wings in the vertical (cruise) position. With the stand it is 17 inches tall.

I saw many cool versions of the Bird of Prey online and wanted to make one that lived up to the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series. I tried making the model to be complete and to scale as possible. I used the AMT model I built many years ago as a guide. I made the MOC twice the size of the AMT model. The wings are two plates thick, including the red highlights under the wing. I have a few stud-less tiles on the tops of the wings that make the wings 3 plates thick in a few spots, but they were needed to insure the wings would not droop and warp near the ends. There are five 24-tooth gears that are part of each wing that are driven by the 8-tooth mates. I did not want too much pressure and torque to be applied to each gear because each wing is so long and heavy, so I spread it out over the five gears. The ship has many rounded surfaces and that presented many difficulties and required numerous solutions but I am happy with the end result. The dark bluish grey parts on the back are the cooling fins. Half attach to the hull and the other to the wing. This allows for them to slide through each other when moving the wings. The fins turned out thicker that I wanted, but the I was pleased with the shape and curve of them. The hull of the ship is made out of both stud-less and studded technic parts. The end result is a very strong (and very hard to modify).

It took 4 to 5 months to build and now it is complete. There is a pop-up gear near the back that is used to adjust the wings. It takes about a 30 to 60 seconds to raise or lower the wings. I have the gearing so that it is really easy to turn the gear, but the downside is it isn't super fast.

Let me know if you what you think.







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Comments

 I like it 
  November 23, 2013
Dear Mr. King, Congratulations on a SUPERB piece of work! Now, THAT, is a Klingon Bird Of Prey. I started my own version, scaled to the LEGO figures, a few months ago. I only got as far as the right wing before stumbling on, and being blown away, by your design. Very elegant solutions to the myriad design problems! And the colour does not detract from it one bit! CUUSOO seems to have closed the file on this one and voting and comments are not longer supported. T.C. Darren
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting Jason Trickett Yeah, ditto this is beautiful. The color isn't a detractor at all. I think it adds character, they're had to some klingon caaptain who liked the rolling stones "PAINT IT BLACK!" After seeing this i don't have to build a B.O.P., i could not do anything near as good as this!
Glad to hear people like the black.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting Robert Edwards Amazing, one off the best Star Trek MOC's I have seen to date. Will definitely be visiting Cuuso later to give it my support.
Thanks for the support!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Amazing, one off the best Star Trek MOC's I have seen to date. Will definitely be visiting Cuuso later to give it my support.
 I made it 
  September 29, 2013
I thought about adding a motor, but I couldn't find an easy way to get at the batteries. There is definitely room in the body for the motor, but the battery case is the issue.
 I like it 
  September 29, 2013
Yeah, ditto this is beautiful. The color isn't a detractor at all. I think it adds character, they're had to some klingon caaptain who liked the rolling stones "PAINT IT BLACK!" After seeing this i don't have to build a B.O.P., i could not do anything near as good as this!
 I like it 
  May 15, 2013
Only six people like this baby!? Come on, this beast deserves far more than 90+ likes. You did a really great job creating all the odd angles and shapes and the black colour suits it very well. ~Cheers
 I like it 
  May 15, 2013
wow you even have the "smaller wings" under the large main wings even the plastic models forget that detail, question with the Lego Technic motors have you thought about updating this to be a push button rise and lowering wings? even if you do not this has to be the best starship on this site
 I made it 
  March 17, 2013
here are the parts I used for the curved sections, numbers are from bricklink. Wedge 4 x 4 (Slope 18 Corner), 43708 Wedge 8 x 3 x 2 Open Left, 41749 and 41750 Round Corner 6 x 6 with Slope 33 Edge, Facet Cutout, 95188 Wedge 6 x 2, 41748 and 41747
  March 10, 2013
Awesome! How about sharing some helpful tips so I can give it a try at this larger scale too. What's the gearing set-up look like? Where did u get the curved pieces for the top of the hull sections? Any help w/b most appreciated. I can be reached at greg.frattaroli@rogers.com.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2013
Very well done. Looks great.
 I like it 
  February 10, 2013
Amazing Job! It is awesome that the wings really work and move!
  February 10, 2013
Impressive work!!! It looks like it is straight from the movies. Great detailing especially in the forward shot of the underbelly. The black definitely makes it more menacing, great decision. Kudos.
 
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