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UNSC SPIRIT OF FIRE LEGO MODEL


2/1/2014 – Once upon a time, some knucklehead (that would be me) had the brilliant (or not) notion of building another Lego SHIP (Significantly Huge Investment in Parts). He thought it sounded easy enough. After all, other builders had cranked out epic, towering monuments of ABS homage. And he himself, had managed several other large creations in the past, including a six foot model of the Star Wars ship, the Invisible Hand. “No problem,” he said. “Piece of cake,” he said.

Psssssh, yeah. What…an…idiot.

Over FOUR *insert explicative* YEARS LATER, we finally come to the end of one of THE most challenging endeavors of my life. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the construction of the ship that turned out to be the biggest challenge, but life itself.

I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say the moment I finally locked the final brick in place (January 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm, but who’s keeping track?) was an accomplishment that I’ll never be able to fully put into words. Yes, it’s just Lego. And to others, it’s just another Lego SHIP among a sea of mind-blowing creations. But, for me it was about having the tenacity to keep getting back up, no matter how many times life knocked me down, to see this bloody project through to its completion! Chris, you were right. This really was my own personal “There and Back again.”

Alright, enough of that. On to the finished MOC!






I should begin by explaining the change of name, for those who’ve been following my progress in the WIP journals (and who’s faces are now frozen in an expression of utter confusion). See, I initially planned on numerous changes to the overall form of the Spirit of Fire, and called the project the Eye of Chaos. This was in anticipation of design changes due to limited reference sources.

But with the heaven-sent help of Heikki Anttila, who was involved with the original ship’s design and 3-D modeling, I was able to render a Lego version of the ship that was far closer to the original design than I ever expected. There are, of course, variations which we’ll lovingly call artistic license. Nevertheless, upon completion, it seemed to me the overall look of the ship really WAS that of the SOF, and I felt it should be referred to as such. Heikki, I know somebody who's getting a huge fruit basket next Christmas!





Some Stats:

Brick Count: more than six.
Weight: less than Phipson’s Mom.
Height: 85 studs
Width: 70 studs
Length: 297 studs, or 7 feet (which, by the way, is just over the length of your average NBA player…I mean, that’s what Google says. I can’t really be certain of that as I’ve never actually had an NBA star turned sideways hanging from my basement ceiling for comparison. I suppose now’s probably not the time to discuss what I HAVE had hanging from the ceiling, either. You’ll let me know when I’m rambling?)





One of the things I think I was over the moon (pun intended) about with this space ship was the level of detail. The ultimate goal was to eliminate nearly every stud, giving this creation the appearance of a scale model. I'm callin' it a win. On that point I was happier than the camel on hump day. Between that and the fact this behemoth’s done? Oh, yeah...downright giddy.





Right. Moving on...





Anyway, for the most part, I love the look of this ship. But, I gotta say this head-on shot kind of creeps me out a little. And is it me, or does that rounded, central section below the wings look like Stewie Griffon from this angle? “Lois! Lois! Lois! Lois! Lois! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mama! …”





So, is it wrong that I really like the butt shots? I mean, seriously…baby got back.





Time for some close-ups...























And that's a wrap. For those that are seeing this work for the first time, thanks for stopping by. For those who’ve been kind enough (or crazy enough, more like!) to follow my progress through the journal entries, thanks so much for sticking with me. Nice to be able to say this beast is finally finished.





Over and out, Lego fans!


WIP Journal Entries

Entry 1
Entry 2
Entry 3
Entry 4
Entry 5
Entry 6
Entry 7




Comments

  September 16, 2014
I did not feel like sifting through 214 comments to see if anyone has pointed it out already, but I will. Does this technically count as a "Halo MOC"? If so, does that mean that you have joined the ranks of the "Halo kiddies"? Ooh, Phipson would have a field day with you (after the field day with the sheep was over with, of course).
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  September 10, 2014
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl Haha, yea I think I got your point. And I can only agree that dealing with real bricks can only bring the true inspiration and best results. The main reason for me building in digital is the lack of parts. I build the prototypes, of course, not to forget about physical issues of real world (like your mentioned gravity or overal rigidity) but I never have all required parts available in my (still pretty poor) brick palette. Thats why I design digitally and then some BrickLink order may come. What you say about very little time spent on preparings makes me ask: how do you know which parts to buy? Sure, you can have some in-mind vision or some raw plans, still I saw some HUGE orders for your ship. I hope you dont mind me being so curious :) Thanks for your answers - it's honour for me to get them.
Yeah, that's a very good point about brick supply. Digital gives you the freedom to really do some much larger projects without breaking the bank. Also, space to work can sometimes be a challenge, and digital also helps there. As for my own collection, I guess I've got enough (at least in the way of bleys) to where I feel I can try just about any project I want, within reason. The massive orders I placed for the SOF were more like investments in future creations. I don't plan to leave the SOF together forever, so the new parts purchased can be available from that point forward for my next projects. I also kind of know my style of building at this point. So parts that I purchase are ones that I'm confident will get used either immediately or eventually. It's still a guessing game...but it's an educated guess. ;)
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  September 10, 2014
Haha, yea I think I got your point. And I can only agree that dealing with real bricks can only bring the true inspiration and best results. The main reason for me building in digital is the lack of parts. I build the prototypes, of course, not to forget about physical issues of real world (like your mentioned gravity or overal rigidity) but I never have all required parts available in my (still pretty poor) brick palette. Thats why I design digitally and then some BrickLink order may come. What you say about very little time spent on preparings makes me ask: how do you know which parts to buy? Sure, you can have some in-mind vision or some raw plans, still I saw some HUGE orders for your ship. I hope you dont mind me being so curious :) Thanks for your answers - it's honour for me to get them.
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  September 10, 2014
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl More than a video, I'd love to see more behind the scenes stuff. I especially wonder as if you work with some digital plans or some drawings during the building proces. I'm sure that some parts and details are invented using real bricks but your progress presented in WIPs is so precious and rational that I can't believe you don't follow some plans you made earlier. However, I have never seen a pic with some printed manual or some digital model on screen.
Interesting you should say that...Actually preliminary design work is something I spend VERY little time on. I especially don't like working digitally. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, of course. But, I really enjoy the "hands on" approach to building (and women!). There's just something really enjoyable to me about losing myself in the medium and building spontaneously. When you do that, things like gravity and clutch power play a part (definitely not so when you work digitally), and since I've no pre-conceived ideas to any given part of the creation, a lot of "happy accidents" occur with parts usage...makes it a challenge, and a ton of fun!
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  September 10, 2014
More than a video, I'd love to see more behind the scenes stuff. I especially wonder as if you work with some digital plans or some drawings during the building proces. I'm sure that some parts and details are invented using real bricks but your progress presented in WIPs is so precious and rational that I can't believe you don't follow some plans you made earlier. However, I have never seen a pic with some printed manual or some digital model on screen.
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  September 10, 2014
Quoting Oran Cruzen A very great work of Lego creationism! I thought I saw a stud showing but it was a spot on my screen. I really like your WIP posts. They are a great addition to the total Lego creation story of an excellent presentation. It would be interesting to see a video of the complete creation process starting from the first brick put on the table to the TADA at the end.
Thanks, Oran! Yeah, I'd have loved to have done a video. Once I start building, though, the process just takes over and I never want to stop to do things like count parts or do much documentation. The WIP posts are about all I seem to be able to get myself to do. But, hey...hope springs eternal, right? Maybe on the next project, I'll dig out the Movie Studio ap on my pc and put a vid together.
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  September 10, 2014
A very great work of Lego creationism! I thought I saw a stud showing but it was a spot on my screen. I really like your WIP posts. They are a great addition to the total Lego creation story of an excellent presentation. It would be interesting to see a video of the complete creation process starting from the first brick put on the table to the TADA at the end.
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  September 9, 2014
Quoting Mihe Stonee hahaha :-) i saw your paintings before ;-) Beautiful! i thought to your last comment "....I've got a new idea on paper (a new design of my own)..." if you want to post here the drawing of your new concept ;-)
Ah, I see...you were asking about the drawing of the new ship. Hmm...I suppose I could post it, but it's not much to look at. Perhaps I'll include it when I do my first WIP post (you know how I can't resist doing those).
  September 9, 2014
hahaha :-) i saw your paintings before ;-) Beautiful! i thought to your last comment "....I've got a new idea on paper (a new design of my own)..." if you want to post here the drawing of your new concept ;-)
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  September 9, 2014
Quoting Mihe Stonee AS everybody is exited for your next work... MAybe you will show us also the paintings ? ;-) ?
Sure, be glad to. Just check out the web site: www.markkelsoart.com. There you'll see the creative side of me that most around here aren't familiar with.
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  September 9, 2014
AS everybody is exited for your next work... MAybe you will show us also the paintings ? ;-) ?
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  September 9, 2014
Quoting J H Well, I could have sworn I had left a comment but it looks like I didn't. Suffice to say, the finished article is as brilliant as ever. What next Mark? Hope it's something even bigger! :D
Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment, JH - much appreciated. I've got a new idea on paper (a new design of my own), so now it's just finding some time...biggest challenge of all! ;)
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  September 9, 2014
Well, I could have sworn I had left a comment but it looks like I didn't. Suffice to say, the finished article is as brilliant as ever. What next Mark? Hope it's something even bigger! :D
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  September 9, 2014
Quoting Thomas Benedikt Amazing work once again! I'd say it's the best SNOT ship ever constructed. Unfortunately, there's really no where left to go. This is the Mount Everest of studless, die-cast-looking Lego MOC's. You've got 0 studs. There won't be a "More snotty" one. But I hope you prove me wrong :)
Thanks, bro. I was thinking to top this I might do...I dunno...like, a 13 foot long Executor Star Destroyer, with maybe, 90,000 pieces or so, and maybe add LED's to really...wait...you know what? Something about that sounds vaguely familiar.
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  September 9, 2014
Amazing work once again! I'd say it's the best SNOT ship ever constructed. Unfortunately, there's really no where left to go. This is the Mount Everest of studless, die-cast-looking Lego MOC's. You've got 0 studs. There won't be a "More snotty" one. But I hope you prove me wrong :)
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  August 18, 2014
My mind was almost back in my head but suddenly: I got my comment replied by Mark KELSO!!! Within few minutes!!! So back to unconsciousness :D Haha, nope. Nice to see you are present to check your work :) I do the same.
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  August 18, 2014
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl One would assume that with all of these Journal WIP entries you made, I could be ready for the final product, able to hold my jaw up and not to let my mind be blown... Well, one is mistaken! My jaw is down there on the ground and no idea where my mind is :D Cannot describe with words how amazing this ship is and how incredible detailed is each its inch. Holy...
Thanks for taking time to comment - always appreciated! Hope your jaw gets better, and as for your mind...mine's been gone for years, so don't feel bad. ;)
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  August 18, 2014
One would assume that with all of these Journal WIP entries you made, I could be ready for the final product, able to hold my jaw up and not to let my mind be blown... Well, one is mistaken! My jaw is down there on the ground and no idea where my mind is :D Cannot describe with words how amazing this ship is and how incredible detailed is each its inch. Holy...
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  August 13, 2014
SHIP indeed O_o
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  August 12, 2014
This is epic! Excellent SHIP.
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  August 4, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown One day I'll be as awesome as you..
Yeah, I'm betting you're already MORE awesome than me in all sorts of ways...but I appreciate the sentiment, none the less. ;) Thanks for taking a moment to check this out and to comment!
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  August 3, 2014
One day I'll be as awesome as you..
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  July 26, 2014
O.o Daw jrop. That's insane. Great job mark!
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  June 11, 2014
Quoting Benjamin "Hawki007" Not just any other SHIP! It is so awesome to see this thing done! I have seen this ship start to finish and it has come out WAY better than I thought it would. Great job! ...So whats your next SHIP? ;)
Thanks! I've decided the next one is going to be my own design, and not planned out. I'm literally just going to start throwing some pieces together and see where it takes me. Should be fun not having any set standards to follow. I've already started, actually, and I'll probably post some WIP shots as I usually do.
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  June 11, 2014
Not just any other SHIP! It is so awesome to see this thing done! I have seen this ship start to finish and it has come out WAY better than I thought it would. Great job! ...So whats your next SHIP? ;)
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  June 1, 2014
O.O
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  May 27, 2014
Fantastic job!
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  May 22, 2014
Quoting mr. moc er All I can say is "I wish the ratings went up to more than 5."!!!!! Wow, man! That looks so Awesome! (and yes, that does totally look like stewey!)
I'll take those 5 smileys any day! Thanks so much for taking a moment to comment - much appreciated!
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  May 21, 2014
All I can say is "I wish the ratings went up to more than 5."!!!!! Wow, man! That looks so Awesome! (and yes, that does totally look like stewey!)
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  May 20, 2014
Quoting rex steelwall This is more than just a MOC...it's art. mother flippin art. Congrats take a break, you've earned it =] Sincerely, REX
Thanks so much, REX. You know what...you're right, gosh-darn it! I have earned it. I'm gonna go have a doughnut!
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  May 19, 2014
This is more than just a MOC...it's art. mother flippin art. Congrats take a break, you've earned it =] Sincerely, REX
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  May 19, 2014
Quoting David . I've been waiting for the Eye of Chaos for a while now... Let me know when you finish it, ok? :P But seriously, why change the name? And why aren't there more likes?
Name change? I like to confuse people. Lack of likes? Probably the bad smell.
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  May 19, 2014
I've been waiting for the Eye of Chaos for a while now... Let me know when you finish it, ok? :P But seriously, why change the name? And why aren't there more likes?
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  May 19, 2014
Not bad.
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  May 12, 2014
Hi Mark Looking at all the pictures you've posted, I think it must be possible for a AFOL with some experience to assemble it again. Looking at all the entries you've posted , taking it apart, wrapping it carefully and shipping it must be a option. Customs may be more the problem.... anyhow; here my mail einsteinbricks@gmail.com And again: you've done a fantastic job
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  May 10, 2014
Quoting Paul Yperman Love it and It's on sale !!! shipping and assembling is included in the price. Ok Suppose you would find a buyer in europe ...what would you say?
Thanks so much, Paul. LOL. Yeah, I'd have to negotiate with the buyer if it were overseas to cover some costs...but then again, a tax-deductible trip to Europe wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. ;)
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  May 10, 2014
Love it and It's on sale !!! shipping and assembling is included in the price. Ok Suppose you would find a buyer in europe ...what would you say?
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  May 9, 2014
Quoting Joshua's LEGOs My goodness!! This is magnificent; MOCpages should allow people to give bonus smiley faces to creations that blow their minds! This deserves more like a thousand of 'em. :D
Thanks so much, Joshua! I might not have a 1000 smiley's but all the terrific feedback has been more "bonus" than I could ever ask for!
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  May 9, 2014
My goodness!! This is magnificent; MOCpages should allow people to give bonus smiley faces to creations that blow their minds! This deserves more like a thousand of 'em. :D
  May 8, 2014
Thank you very much! I have replied to your email. Look forward to it. Thanks, -zapdotep
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  May 8, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Wow! I can't believe I didn't see this when it came out! I followed the production journals but somehow missed the final thing... odd. Oh well, I've seen it now! And what a sight it is! Truly superb, as I always expected it would be. The scale is phenomenal and the details are crazy! Superb job, sir. --Blast--
Thanks, blast - much appreciated! I've had some more successful creations from the standpoint of popularity, but I really feel this is my best creation so far in build quality and structural integrity, as well as proportion and detailing. So glad you liked it!
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  May 8, 2014
Wow! I can't believe I didn't see this when it came out! I followed the production journals but somehow missed the final thing... odd. Oh well, I've seen it now! And what a sight it is! Truly superb, as I always expected it would be. The scale is phenomenal and the details are crazy! Superb job, sir. --Blast--
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  May 8, 2014
Quoting zapdotep . Hi Mr. Kelso, I don't know if you got my previous message, I'm still hoping for high-resolution images and/or CAD files... I am serious about making that movie and would be loathe to miss this opportunity, because I realize you eventually demolish your creations some time after completion. Please let me know. (address is same as username) at gmail. Thanks, zapdotep
I apologize...I must have missed your first message (which I see down below now). I sent you an email just a few minutes ago, but just to cove my bases here...let me know where you'd like the high res images sent, and I'll get those over to you. Thanks!
  May 8, 2014
Hi Mr. Kelso, I don't know if you got my previous message, I'm still hoping for high-resolution images and/or CAD files... I am serious about making that movie and would be loathe to miss this opportunity, because I realize you eventually demolish your creations some time after completion. Please let me know. (address is same as username) at gmail. Thanks, zapdotep
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  April 14, 2014
At first I thought "this man must be insane!" And after reading the journal accompanying the pictures, I realised this was true. I'm not saying you've gone mad completely, but you're crazy enough to go where almost noone ever dares to go, creating something so perfect and immaculate. The sheer size doesn't matter as much as the details everywhere, you really did recreate the ship with 97.37784% accuracy, and that is hard to top. But I have a feeling you will be the one to do that ;)
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  April 6, 2014
Similar to Snooperking, I'm logging on to MOCpages after a few years' absence. This build is ineffably great, Kelso. Yours is one of the first pages I'm visiting, and there's a good reason for it. Also, I don't doubt you encounter this problem a lot during this build: [shameless self-promo] http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/56031
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  March 30, 2014
Today is the first day I've logged into mocpages in 3 years, and nothing has changed, mark is still a God and puts me to shameXD you should let me animate it:D
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  March 30, 2014
Hello again Mr. Kelso! Congratulations on finishing this amazing project!! I am, well, amazed! Awed! Shock and awe! Again I'm here to request high-resolution images and/or CAD files if available, for an animated action-adventure-comedy involving various SigFig characters as mentioned last time. For more details please email me, (address is same as username) at gmail. Thanks, zapdotep
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  March 17, 2014
No words for this...
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  March 16, 2014
Incredible, Mark. Heaven knows what sparked my MOCpages memory today, but I'm glad to return to this behemoth completed and in its full glory.
  March 8, 2014
I think the ship is ugly yeah.. you should rather have spent the money on other bricks to build something more beautiful :P
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  March 4, 2014
Wow, you've really finished it! That's mind blowing! The size of the ship combined with the amount of detail is amazing. It looks so real, in the good old times it could have been used as a scale model for some movie special effects! GREAT job! :-))
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  March 3, 2014
Yeah man you finally finished this beast. It looks awesome. The best, biggest and detailed HALO ship in the LEGO universe. CONGRATULATIONS and a LOT of respect from Germany
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  March 2, 2014
Quoting 'Essence Of Randomness Dude, come on, you think this is any good? Go check out Phippy's moc for how to REALLY get likes on a Halo moc ;) [Ess]
I know, right? Phipson's always giving me the beatdown. Maybe I shoulda' used Duplo, too!
  March 2, 2014
Dude, come on, you think this is any good? Go check out Phippy's moc for how to REALLY get likes on a Halo moc ;) [Ess]
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  February 26, 2014
Another true masterpiece. Speechless!
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting Aron M. huge and everything but still ugly
I know, Aron...your Mom said the same thing last night. But, enough about that. What do you think of the SHIP? (Sorry, folks - couldn't resist. :)
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting Garry King Four years on and WOW you have done it again. A massive masterpiece in every sense of the work. My goodness it is so massive. As most men like to hear. Yes it is Massive. incredible and exquisitely executed and masterfully crafted. All the descriptive words under the sun can describe how insanely magnificent this creation is. I am overwhelming impressed with your tenacity and incredible patience with this build. I take my Lego Hat off to you and bow to your amazing talents. Well done and I am so glad you have completed this wonderful ship..... 100 out of 100 ..... It is so cool.
Thanks so much, Gary. Nice of you to say... particularly given the fact you could've whipped this thing out with all the scale, precision, and details in less than a quarter of the time it took me! :)
  February 25, 2014
huge and everything but still ugly
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  February 25, 2014
Four years on and WOW you have done it again. A massive masterpiece in every sense of the work. My goodness it is so massive. As most men like to hear. Yes it is Massive. incredible and exquisitely executed and masterfully crafted. All the descriptive words under the sun can describe how insanely magnificent this creation is. I am overwhelming impressed with your tenacity and incredible patience with this build. I take my Lego Hat off to you and bow to your amazing talents. Well done and I am so glad you have completed this wonderful ship..... 100 out of 100 ..... It is so cool.
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  February 18, 2014
Awesome job Sir, glad to see its finally finished. Are you a Halo Player yourself? Below is a link to a slideshow of my Halo 4 Spirit of Fire. Heikki Anttila supplied me with some awesome pics as well. If you want to take a virtual walk around the Spirit of Fire, let me know and I can get you my halo 4 map. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pq39rD_i-h8X9DxL2kqBHmHKAPD19o5qquWuywCtwEs/edit?usp=sharing
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  February 17, 2014
Time for the UNSC INFINITY, yes? :D
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  February 17, 2014
I have been following this since you first started, and boy has it come far!!! The amount of structural support and detail in this build is mind blowing, this is something to be proud of, especially since its the culmination of 4 years :D
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  February 15, 2014
A gut punching, beard pulling, Beer drinking, cat meowing, Griffon clawing-ly good job Mark ... I figured everyone had already said the usual 'awesome', 'cool' and 'amazing' so I made up some new words :)
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  February 13, 2014
Quoting Simone O Hi Mark. I don't know if you remember but time ago I said that , when this work would be finished , I wanted to do a Video Tribute on you. So I've done it :D Here the link: http://youtu.be/8OpzRxdfbcg Obviously I wrote everywhere that all the credit are for you!!! If there are problems or other things (or simply you like it) say it to me^^ Thank you for your passion and beautiful works.If it was not for you I would never have re-started using lego :)
Dude, that was FANTASTIC!!! I can't tell you how cool it was to see such a beautiful montage of so many images from the construction through to the completed work. What a nice gesture, and I'm so glad you liked the work. From the bottom of my heart...Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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  February 13, 2014
A masterpiece!
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  February 13, 2014
Hi Mark. I don't know if you remember but time ago I said that , when this work would be finished , I wanted to do a Video Tribute on you. So I've done it :D Here the link: http://youtu.be/8OpzRxdfbcg Obviously I wrote everywhere that all the credit are for you!!! If there are problems or other things (or simply you like it) say it to me^^ Thank you for your passion and beautiful works.If it was not for you I would never have re-started using lego :)
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  February 12, 2014
Absolutely fabulous...love it...sorry for my pity english but I salute your courage and patience...congratulations once again...
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  February 12, 2014
how long did it take to clean up? I would think alittle bit faster then build time!
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  February 12, 2014
Wow Mark this is amazing! I think this is even more impressive than your invisible hand which is saying a lot! I can't decide if I'm more impressed with the incredible design or your incredible ability to keep at it for 4 years and finish it to perfect completion. Well done on an amazing mod and an amazing milestone in your life. Also I can't imagine the incredible headache that went in to making it structurally sound. Giving you 5 stars just doesn't seem to be good enough!
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  February 11, 2014
Aww, with a beast like that, you make us "smaller scale" builders look bad hehe. Incredible piece of work there. Now tell me, how's the swoosh factor :D
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  February 10, 2014
Stunning! Shape and Scale fits perfect together - also i don't knew the ship from the game, i buy it as an real one. Most i like, that you was on No single spot lazy for trying an extravagant, and elegant-looking building-technique. And i am impressed by people who have the ability to manage the costs for all the bricks... nice to know, that you are happy again!
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  February 10, 2014
Well Mark, I don't know where to start!! This is without a doubt the everlasting best model I have ever seen. The overall detail compared to the ship from the games is just outstanding. And the size is just mindblowing. Together with Your other amazing models and Your skills as both an professional artist and a Lego master bulder, this will be placed i history books over alltime great Lego builders. RESPECT for Your work and thanks for sharing the WIP entrys and the final model.
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  February 10, 2014
It's incredible to see this done and how accurate it is to the Spirit of Fire!
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  February 9, 2014
Quoting Matt Hanson ...Hey, did I just tap into a new source of income for you? ;-)
If only!!!
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  February 9, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Wait a second.... Does this mean you'll be finishing your Apocalypse series? ? ?
Not sure if I'll be able to manage that or not, but I'm still hopeful. Got a LOT of work to do on the story, if I'm going to finish it. I've known all along how it ends, but getting there with everything adding up as it should is going to be a challenge to say the least.
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  February 9, 2014
Art? Who said amything about art? This, my friend, is engineering! Well, okay...maybe a little of both. Or I guess a LOT of both in your case, Kelso. You and Jon Walker (not Texas Ranger) could both teach a class on Lego building mechanics. ...Hey, did I just tap into a new source of income for you? ;-)
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  February 9, 2014
Wait a second.... Does this mean you'll be finishing your Apocalypse series? ? ?
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  February 9, 2014
What an inspirational achievement. Thank you, Mark.
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  February 9, 2014
Outstanding!
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  February 8, 2014
Wow I am so excited to see it finished!! I've been browsing mocpages off and on for years now, and I've always checked up on this beast. I'm so impressed by the level of detail and the different techniques (particularly the curved part you built in WIP 3), and even more impressed by your dedication to this project and your sheer brilliance. I don't think I could have built something this good even if I was locked in a room forever! I don't know how you pulled it off. THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOC.
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  February 8, 2014
Where people get the time, money and ability to do this kind of stuff, I will never know.
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  February 8, 2014
Now I understand what you were doing in the last months! :) Magnificient and huge. A true masterpiece!
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  February 8, 2014
Quoting Thomas Haas ...I decided today to replan and restart my Battlestar Titan project which I stopped for more than one year due to time and space constraints.
That's awesome, Thomas - glad to hear it! Here's wishing you the best with the project. As you probably saw, it was a real challenge to finish this one. But now that it's done, I'm glad I managed to see it through. Hopefully you'll find the same to be true - good luck!
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  February 8, 2014
Well, what should I say.... Superb, amazing MOC, congratulation on this! I was hoping all the time you could finish it and the result is just outstanding. Your SHIP's are that much inspiring that I decided today to replan an restart my Battlestar Titan project which I stopped for more than one year due to time and space constraints.
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  February 7, 2014
Wow... Mind = Blown Amazing work!
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  February 7, 2014
Wow, I've been holding out quite a while to see this model complete, and what a result! Well worth the wait :)
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  February 7, 2014
Holy Halo Wars, that's a behemoth of a ship! Great details on that, and yes, the circular part DOES look like Stewie. Awesome build!
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  February 7, 2014
Most beautiful rendition of the Spirit of Fire I have seen yet!
  February 7, 2014
I've been wondering why nobody on Bricklink has the gray parts I need! LOL Mark, I've been following your work for quite some time. I really must say that you've outdone yourself. The fact that you were able to actually keep it as SOF in the end is a bonus, but the level of detail and the fact that your method of the top and bottom sections coming together seamlessly is outstanding. From us lowly fans, thank you for finally finishing this monster. It's beautiful.
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  February 7, 2014
definitely things in detail and realism of the most elaborate projects that I have seen. Everything is harmonious ..... a feast for the eyes.
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  February 6, 2014
Amazing! What a SHIP! Definitely worth the wait! :D :D :D
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  February 6, 2014
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy ...You have always been a great source of inspiration and motivation for me...
The sentiment is absolutely mutual, Xeno! Thanks for the good word.
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  February 6, 2014
Four long years ... I remember, you started building this masterpiece just when I came out of my dark ages. I was blown away by your work up to that point and I followed eagerly your journal. You have always been a great source of inspiration and motivation for me (you still are) and this creation proves once again, why. This creation is great, not just because it is large, but it is also a cornucopia of details and little design decisions that makes the whole creation indescribably wonderful.
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  February 4, 2014
Oh wow. This is an impressive sculptural work. I worked on Halo Wars as a multiplayer map artist and I love seeing additional attention given to the game. Thanks so much for building it and sharing it with the world. -- Jennell
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  February 4, 2014
You sir are an amazing artist!!! Congrats on finishing your final chapter on the last 4yrs of your life. I am new to your artwork with Lego's so if you have already made this suggestion then please disregard....but if you haven't....I would love to see you create the U.S.S. suloco from the aliens 2 movie....which in my humble opinion was the best alien movie ever....but the colonial marines ship the U.S.S suloco I think would local so cool made out of Lego's and I think that your the right man for the job! Well congrats again on such an amazing job sir....and I wish you the best on your next build!!!
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  February 4, 2014
wow... nearly 10.000 views in 5 days - this deserves it! i only want to say - yeah please don't dismantel this beauty!
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  February 4, 2014
Very much worth the wait, great Job for seeing this one through Mark. 4 years well spent ;)
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Peter Savas This is truly amamzing! Have you thought to contact Microsoft/343 Studios to see if they'd be interested in buying this once you're done exhibiting it? It would be a shame to see something so magnificent be disassembled.
Thanks! I actually have a few contacts that I've spoken with about eventually selling the ship, including some people who were involved with it's creation. But, being an artist and having experience in selling high end work, I know that finding the right buyer can take some time. Regardless, I don't have any plans to disassemble this one. If I can't sell the piece, I'll keep it on display in my studio.
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  February 4, 2014
This is truly amamzing! Have you thought to contact Microsoft/343 Studios to see if they'd be interested in buying this once you're done exhibiting it? It would be a shame to see something so magnificent be disassembled.
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  February 3, 2014
This is fantastic! I have a podcast called the Spirit of Fire. This ship is my favorite of all the Capital class starships in Halo. I showcased your creation on my blog, halofanforlife.com. (I hope you don't mind.) GREAT WORK HERE! If you ever do another Halo ship/vehicle, PLEASE let me know. I'd love to do an interview with you and showcase your Halo creations again. Most sincerely, Sal Salerno aka HaloFanForLife
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  February 3, 2014
Congratulations! I almost forgot about it... NOT! Thanks for the clarification on the name. I was already going through the journal entries wondering how it could be. ;)
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  February 3, 2014
... [speechless]... how heavy did you said it was again?
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  February 3, 2014
We are not worthy!
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  February 3, 2014
Every now and then a long expected masterpiece reaches its completion. In this case I almost had given up hope but it was well worth the wait.
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  February 3, 2014
Just WOW!!! From "another world"...
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  February 3, 2014
WOW. That's intense. It was nice seeing this come together, good job!!!
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  February 2, 2014
HOLY SHIP! Also fantastic choice for the build! Halo wars trumps most other halos in my opinion
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  February 2, 2014
All else has been said, but seriously, that is a marvel of lego engineering.
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  February 2, 2014
No worries about your butt shot thing. I have head Riccardo Zangelmi watches buttox videos on Youtube all the time.
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  February 2, 2014
There's little for me to say that hasn't already been said already, so I simply wish to express the my sheer amazement and admiration of this creation as well as the amount of effort you put through to finish it. Well done indeed!
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  February 2, 2014
Pfah! I've seen bigger... ;)
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  February 2, 2014
My mind is sufficiently blown.
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  February 2, 2014
I'm a bit late since I haven't been checking MOCPages lately, but it's awesome to see this project completed. A phenomenal feat of LEGO and the best thing to come out of Halo Wars. Fantastic job, and congrats on finishing it!
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  February 2, 2014
I've tried to answer most of the questions, and I'll do my best to answer any others. Meanwhile, let me just take a moment to thank all of you for such a warm and enthusiastic response to this post - It's been gratifying to see this thing completed, but even more so to receive so many great comments from the people I admire and respect (and Dennis Price, too). Non-Lego people probably won't get it, but it means the world to me. Thanks, gang!
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Indy Beetle ...Is it to soon to ask what your NEXT SHIP project will be, aye?
Not at all, already started it, in fact. The working name is the Gabriel Rising. A small project (by comparison) of my own design. And NO!!!! I will NOT be taking four years to finish it! *famous last words*
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD Will I be allowed to touch it? No, not the SHIP...~H
If the price is right. The ship? Sure, no charge.
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti ...Like the running gag on NCIS how do you get this out of the basement?...
Uuuuuhm...Uh-oh.
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Michael K. ...will it stay permanently hanging in your LEGO room?
As I mentioned just below, I'll display it at a few shows, and then probably offer it for sale for a while. It's no longer hanging, but has two supports for it to rest at table height.
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Vladimir van Hoek This MOC is as amazing as your persistence... The amount of detail is astonishing, doubly so for not cluttering the sleek angles. How long will it take for you to take it apart, four days? heheh
With that sledgehammer I was considering earlier? 4 seconds. Sorting, on the other hand? 40 years. Joking aside, I'll display it for a while, and then I'm actually considering putting it up for sale. If it doesn't sell, then I'll look at recycling the parts, but I'm SOOOO not ready to think about that yet. ;)
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  February 2, 2014
Those are some serious ABS dude! For sure an incredible SHIP, and I think everyone else has already given you enough compliments that it is duly my place and position to give some criticism... are you sponsored by Nike or something? Otherwise it was very unprofessional of you to wear that hoodie during your SHIP/selfie shot. (Alright I guess I'll have to drop all charges since Nike isn't willing to reimburse me for suing you, so I guess you're good to go.)
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  February 2, 2014
Brother, she's beautiful. Yeah, Stewie Griffin is part of that one section. It was a long, difficult road to completion, but I admire your tenacity and skill as well. I'm not familiar with the inspiration, but your build could have easily done the trick for filming a sci-fi spectacular back in the day of the original SW trilogy! Making plans for hitting BW Indy right now!
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Sebeus I ...are you going to upload a huge high quality picture? (like one you can see every detail on :D )
Thanks, Sebeus! I hit the Flickr community with some of these pics, and their quality is certainly better...if you've got the time and want to mess with it, you might try hopping over there to check out some of the details: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22824835@N05/
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Nick Pascale ...have you seen the the components in my SANTA'S NORTH POLE VILLAGE yet? Also I have entered a MOC on LEGO CUUSOO's site! My HAPPY DAYS as you know I need 10,000 supporters for them to be able to consider it! Please stop by and lend a support! Thanks in advance!!! http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/56806 You must be a millionaire the Spirit must have cost a fortune! did you eat and sleep?
Thanks for the good words, Nick. I've only seen a glimpse of the North Pole Village. I'll try to take some time when things slow down a bit to get a better look at some of the sections you've put together. Looks very cool from what I've seen so far, though! I'll also be sure to stop by Cuusoo to check out the Happy Days MOC - best of luck on that! Oh, and yes I slept...a lot...that's why it took four years! ;)
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Tim C ...I want to make sure I understood you before, but you and this beauty are going to be at BrickWorld this year, right? If so, this will most certainly be the highlight of my visit and I look forward to meeting you.
Thanks so much, Tim! Like I mentioned to Dan, it's all up in the air right now after a recent potential schedule conflict with work has popped up. If I can't show at BW, I'm hoping I can at least come up for a day to see everyone. But, at the moment, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to display there. Again, I WILL be at BW Indy, and for anyone who can make it in March I'd love for them to stop by!
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  February 2, 2014
Quoting Dan Church Absolutely stunning, Mark. Thank you for all that is holy for continuing this project!! It turned out great, any way this finds its way to Brickworld this summer?
Thanks, Dan. I Really hope so. It will debut at Brickworld Indy in March. But, I may have a work-related conflict with Chicago. I'm waiting to hear more on that.
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  February 2, 2014
Can you post LDD instructions? I kid, I kid. Amazing job. Glad to see you saw it to the finish. Congratulations!
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  February 2, 2014
Well done!
Mark Kelso
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  February 1, 2014
Most Excellent, Mark!
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  February 1, 2014
P.S. Nice butt shot !
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  February 1, 2014
Wow Mr. Kelso, this is just amazing! Watching this creation progress over the years has been a pleasure, and some humorous moments with the pictures you post (my favorite is you getting mad at it and wanting to smash it with a sledgehammer :D ). This is truly a work of art, the scale of it is astonishing, and the detail you managed to achieve is even more astonishing. Hats off to you good sir!
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  February 1, 2014
Congrats on completing this endeavor! It's been a lot of fun watching your progress during the last few election cycles. But worth the wait, that's for sure! Awesome achievement, Boss! One thing, though, you should have put on a suit for the occasion ; )
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  February 1, 2014
Congratulations on finishing the whole thing! I have been avidly following the journal entries, and I have to say that this exceeds even my greatest expectations for what the finished product would look like! The SHIP is massively EPIC! Great job! Now do it again :P
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  February 1, 2014
Amazing Mark! You really outdid yourself on this thing!
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  February 1, 2014
That is one huge MOC...and you're one crazy builder! It's great to finally see this completed. The details on this thing are mind blowing. So I guess this thing weighs somewhere between 1 - 250 lbs? :-) haha -LB Jr,
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  February 1, 2014
Omg!! That's big!!! 8-O but excellent job, incredible realism!! 5/5 8-)
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  February 1, 2014
It's finally done! I fondly remember reading your first WIP entry all those years ago. It took you all of my high school (and some of college) experience to complete! This ship is beautiful, you've outdone yourself. I hope you never take this apart (but sadly we all know you will eventually).
  February 1, 2014
Four years we've been following this epic build. We've laughed with you, cried with you and now it's all over. Well. It was worth the wait. Fantastic does not do her credit. Be proud. And more pickies please, love every brick (and bit of wood which us that've been following this saga is inside)
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  February 1, 2014
Congratulations! Four years of your life down the drain, a certificate of divorce, and H@L0z kIbbi3s endlessly spamming your creation for directions, you should be proud! (I am either being VERY sarcastic, or am just jealous of how much FREAKIN BLEY you have!) Forever dazed ~Zach
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  February 1, 2014
Well the years of work paid off. This is obviously a masterpiece. Good show Mr. Kelso!
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  February 1, 2014
Now, make an NBA player. Wait, what? What is there say, besides that you sir, are an inspiration to all of us artists out there. Your dedication to your work on ABS and canvas is phenomenal, your captions are of the wittiest around here and I bet you're a really great husband too. Keep the good work coming, Mark, I'm loving it!
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  February 1, 2014
I'll never be able to do justice to this magnificent endeavour in a simple comment... 4 YEARS!!?? I tip my ABS plastic hat to you, sir!
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  February 1, 2014
Keeping track means down to the millisecond ;). Fantastic job, absolutely incredible!
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  February 1, 2014
This is absolutely amazing, both in the detail and in your dedication on this one. I predict this'll be on the homepage before the day is out :)
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  February 1, 2014
It's done! A fantastic model indeed. Is it to soon to ask what your NEXT SHIP project will be, aye?
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  February 1, 2014
FINALLY you finished it! I guess that you got bored with the sheep... Anyways, now you have to create something that is minifig-scale. That would be awesome.
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  February 1, 2014
Wow, Mark, just wow... Congratulations on completing yet another breath-taking, mind-blowing SHIP! I have been highly anticipating this day after all your WIPs and I can't believe it's finally here. There are no fitting words that I can think of to describe this masterpiece. So well done!
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  February 1, 2014
This creation just makes me happy. Really. All the details, the overall shape and the size of it. It's beautiful. *(Manly) Tears of joy* Thank you for this creation Kelso. That's just amazing.
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  February 1, 2014
Well Mark, congratulations on producing another legendary SHIP. I certainly understand the satisfaction of seeing a long project come to close, most certainly one of this scale and quality. Well done my good sir! You continue to earn my undying admiration.
  February 1, 2014
The ultimate in "stick-to-it-ness"! Congratulations! :)
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  February 1, 2014
This is amazing. You are an inspiration to all Lego addicts/builders. Fantastic job!
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  February 1, 2014
Fantastic model!
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  February 1, 2014
And that it seems, is that. What a fantastic project, and now at a close. 4 years is a long time; but the fact you stuck it out really says something to your addiction I MEAN interest in LEGO ;-) Fantastic work Mark, and I hope that you will continue to build signatures SHIPS :-D
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  February 1, 2014
Wow! The build and your story are both inspirational. A testament to what someone can do if they persevere (and have a ton of talent).
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  February 1, 2014
Amazing job!! The eye of detail is spectacular! You, sir, are truly ingenious!
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  February 1, 2014
Well... wow. I honestly wasn't expecting to see the Eye of Chaos (I'm not a Halo fan, it'll take awhile for 4 years of a name to wear off) finished during my lifespan - seeing this on the frontpage was a rather huge surprise. The main photo is perfect, you said you were aiming for a scale model look and it looks like a movie still. In fact, all the photos are incredible. I don't even want to think about the logistics of photographing a seven foot long, reflective, multi-angled monster like this. Of course, I'm sure that was no challenge compared to actually building this thing. It's been a pleasure to see it slowly coalesce, thank you for all the WIP posts of your journey. To see it all complete, despite that name change, seems like the keystone of a massive, time-spanning monument. I'll admit that the lack of sombrero donkey is a let-down, but the sheer majesty of this build offsets that. Okay, not really. But the Stewie face does. ;) Spectacular work, in every aspect.
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  February 1, 2014
About time!
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  February 1, 2014
wow, yeah! congratulations Mark! you finished your trophy of endurance, the combined look and size are fantastic! it really looks like a movie prop, of course no pic can ever do it justice, it s something someone has to see for himself, it s a feat, testament to your character, bravo! not much people can understand that kind of experience when, at first, we re all enthousiastic, but, with the test of time, it becomes a sentence, it takes great will power to come trough, and you did it! I m happy for you, and also for me to finally admire the finally finished piece, I raise my hat to you!
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  February 1, 2014
I have no words..
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  February 1, 2014
Great work! An inspiration to all! -Sam
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  February 1, 2014
Mark, I believe it was my comment on the original journal entry for this that caught your attention for the first time, hard to believe that was four, long years ago. Now we're LUGMates and I get the chance to meet you in June and see this masterpiece in the 'flesh' giving me cause to pinch myself and make sure I'm not dreaming! Will I be allowed to touch it? No, not the SHIP...~H
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  February 1, 2014
It's finally done! Absolutely impressive, Mark. I can't even find a section or certain usage of parts I like most because there are too many. I am a big Halo fan but have not really played much of the Halo Wars game so I am not very familiar with this particular ship. I do have to say it definitively has that UNSC look to it though. Brilliant work, dude!
  February 1, 2014
wow o:
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  February 1, 2014
amazing as always .. keep up the great job mate
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  February 1, 2014
Wow. *Speechless*
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  February 1, 2014
Yes! This has me giddy. It was almost harder waiting for this than it was for series three of Sherlock, and that's saying something. Needless to say, you've certainly lived up to expectations and certainly surpassed them in my book. Thanks for all the effort you've put into this Leviathan. I'll likely be glued to the thing for the duration of the convention if you bring it to BW2014. Incredible work.
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  February 1, 2014
Amazing! My mind is blown! Completely!
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  February 1, 2014
Uhhh... Homina homina homina... Whaaa... I... I... I... -Standing ovation-
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  February 1, 2014
Mark, this is truly an amazing achievement ! This looks more like a filming model produced by Industrial lights and magic than lego. You can really see the tireless effort you put into this creation. All the intricate details are just mind blowing and yes it does kinda look like stewie :-) . Boy that sure is a lot of tiles! You could pave a whole lego city with that. Like the running gag on NCIS how do you get this out of the basement? Because this definitely needs to go on tour. Beautiful ship I salute you sir!
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  February 1, 2014
the post I honestly never thought was coming...you did it! congrats!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow.
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  February 1, 2014
Duuuude... You finished it!! :D This is amazing! Truly epic! Very inspiring!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow! I don't think I can add anything that hasn't been said already. This is simply an epic build. The size and level of detail put it in a class that few builders can ever aspire to.
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  February 1, 2014
Well done, Mark!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow... It's so perfect. I thrilled that it's done, been watching for a while. Will it stay permanently hanging in your LEGO room?
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  February 1, 2014
The scale and detail is mind-blowing...absolutely stunning work. Art in LEGO bricks. I'm a new fan! :)
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  February 1, 2014
Wow Mark! I'm so happy to see this finished! This has been a pleasure to see over the years the WIP. Wow, wow! Didn't realize it was that long in length. But my word the detail that you pull off is incredible. I think I would go crazy for the amount you pulled off:-). I look forward to meeting you at Brick World 2014 as well. I really hope you can attend. Maybe giving me a few pointers yourself with my hanging ships as well. All the best Mark and Congrats on this Beauty!!! Looking forward to your next Quest:-)
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  February 1, 2014
That is one fantastic looking ship. So real looking that you have to look closer to make sure it really is LEGO and not a screenshot from a Lucas movie!
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  February 1, 2014
Amazing! Nice to see it completed!!
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  February 1, 2014
I'm so glad I avoided your spoilers, this thing was really worthy to see in all its glory! Congratulations!
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  February 1, 2014
This MOC is as amazing as your persistence... The amount of detail is astonishing, doubly so for not cluttering the sleek angles. How long will it take for you to take it apart, four days? heheh
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  February 1, 2014
Unbelievable. I thought you had just decided to push his into the background, but you pulled brought and finished it, on Jan 27th, which happens to be my birthday. Thanks for the extra present, and good luck sorting those pieces if you are ever crazy enough to take this beast apart!
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  February 1, 2014
Finally! (I guess that's the first word that come's to mind when seeing the finished product after all this time, before being utterly stunned by what you've pulled of here)I really like the studless look (you really have to look closely to see that it's actually all Lego. I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my Venator, but I still have doubts) The level of detail is also amazing. The trans yellow parts give it that "vintage space" look that I really like. This MOC proves once again why you are the king of the pages! Great work Mark! Cheers!
  February 1, 2014
ahhh - i forgot ! can you send me please the instructions ;-) ????
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  February 1, 2014
wow... you did it! after 4 years - clear that this must be your personal challenge! i'm exited how popular this will get... ;-) really a beauty beast in every single way - the detail, the complicated angles in construction aspects like weight, etc.. Super beautiful work!!! and now - what will be your next 4 years project ;-) ??
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  February 1, 2014
How did you possibly build not only one of the most amazing SHIPs on the pages, but also one of the most accurate Stewies too? [Ess]
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  February 1, 2014
What's a Halo? You have amazing staying power Kelso, at least that's the rumour going round at Brickworld. Seriously great effort, Stewie and all. The fact you made all the studs hidden is an expense in itself, bravo sir!
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  February 1, 2014
Hahaha, I saw him, Stewie Griffin! I like your presentation style. Ths is an incredible piece of Moc-Art, are you going to upload a huge high quality picture? (like one you can see every detail on :D )
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  February 1, 2014
And you won your own bet and challenge !!! That must be good, specially with a piece of art like the one you've done !!!!! Congratulation, I'm totally speechless !!!!!
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  February 1, 2014
Its good to see you persevered, and built it to completion! A very stunning build, the size, details, accuracy and dedication you put into this long term project are remarkable. I would lobe to see it in person, but I don't think is likely. Perhaps some video flybys could really bring out a sense of scale.
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  February 1, 2014
Now in my second year of art school and fifth year of Moc Pages, I suppose I feel confident enough to say that drawing or painting something like this is about ten thousand times easier than building it out of lego bricks. The form and details here are near insane. Smashing display of dedication to see this one through. Congratulations on a total win mate :)
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  February 1, 2014
Monumental ABS madness. Well done!
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  February 1, 2014
good gracious. the detail is absolutely astonishing. it doesn't even look like a Lego model! the parts usage is incredible, especially the telephones. it does indeed have a nice butt, and although i've never played the game before, it still looks beautiful. simply mind-blowing. and a blown-up mind is not something you need 3 hrs befoe a karate session... ;D
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  February 1, 2014
Now Mark, you realize that now I have to hang horizontally next to this at Brickworld to test the legitimacy of your claim. Phipson should be able to supply the ropes. Beautiful work, in my opinion, your best yet. It's always incredible to see the beauty you can make both in the bricks and on the canvas. You're an incredible artist, and it's great to see you back. Life always comes first, but we lowly fans prefer the times that you can work with the brick.
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  February 1, 2014
This is so beautiful! The work of a master! Very well done!
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  February 1, 2014
Mark I never knew you had a Jonathan Winters' sense of humor: Brick Count: more than six. Weight: less than Phipson’s Mom. Height: 85 studs Width: 70 studs Length: 297 studs, or 7 feet (which, by the way, is just over the length of your average NBA player lmao! REALLY: more than sex!!!!!
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  February 1, 2014
Fitting that you're wearing a Nike sweatshirt in the final pic being as getting this build done involved no small amount of sweatshop labor on your part. And may I just say, it's about frakin time! Now... let's see you get this badboy to BrickWorld for the unwashed masses (you know... V-Lug members) to get all gooey over. Time to pop the cork and knock back a few... oh wait, no... you still have your BrickWorld collab portion to do huh? Oh well... back to the table slacker! ~ Chris.
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  February 1, 2014
I am more than happy to see this completed Mark, over the years, as you have shared the journey of this beauties construction, it is clear that life itself for you has not always been a box of chocolates. I am not just happy for my own viewing here, but you are certainly right to be proud about this accomplishment. It is an absolute work of art, engineering and genius! If I had the coin to fly from Kiwi-land to Chicago to see this beast with Leda, I would in a heartbeat! Flipping fantastic work! It is so awesome to see it completed after all these years! With my heartiest 'Well Done!' ~Thoy
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  February 1, 2014
actually 10 heads! Strange because I just got this from Brother's Brick: New post on The Brothers Brick The Spirit of Fire, four years in the making by Carter After herculean effort, Mark Kelso (Amhakia) finally unveils the massive Halo universe SHIP he began four years ago. No less impressive than the effort itself, the final product more than manages to live up to expectations. So since you have always been one of my favorite builders I was going to look you up to tell you just how amazed I was at this incredible MOC and impressed at your 4 year dedication. I hope the people at LEGO offer you a position with them in some shape and form! Then no need to look you up right above my BROTHER'S BRICK was this: Nick: One of your favorite builders, Mark, has added a new LEGO creation, UNSC Spirit of Fire. Talk about easy! Hey Mark a couple of things have you seen the the components in my SANTA'S NORTH POLE VILLAGE yet? Also I have entered a MOC on LEGO CUUSOO's site! My HAPPY DAYS as you know I need 10,000 supporters for them to be able to consider it! Please stop by and lend a support! Thanks in advance!!! http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/56806 You must be a millionaire the Spirit must have cost a fortune! did you eat and sleep?
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  February 1, 2014
You're like wine, you become better over the years. Fabulous build, wonderfull details.
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  February 1, 2014
Exceptional. Kudos on your massive endurance!
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  February 1, 2014
IVE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS TO BE COMPLETED THANKS FOR UPDATING, this is truly amazing
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  February 1, 2014
Mark: I remember hopping on this site years ago just to upload my own creations, and stumbling across your work. I was endlessly entertained by some of the creativity on this site, and your works were some of the best. From ships to random craziness, I loved looking at what you had made. It's been amazing to watch you build this from the ground up, and even though I haven't posted anything on this site in a couple of years, I had to sign in the moment I got my "New creation" email notification to congratulate you on this. I've been looking forward to this since journal entry #1, and it's definitely been worth it. Never stop building. -Rogue
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  February 1, 2014
The 4 years were worth it! this is amazing!!!!!
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  February 1, 2014
Mark. Wow, Mark. I mean, what can I even say? There is nowhere to begin. I will say, "yes," to the Stewie Griffin reference. I wouldn't have picked it out if I looked at it without your calling attention to it, but after I read your description, I looked at it and said, "What the deuce?" Okay, so this is pretty much the most amazing SHIP I have seen, and you have pretty much given Mike Doyle's Odan build a run for its money for my all-time, favorite MOC. The detail is incomprehensible. A project like this could have been greebled to the point of being overcooked, but you show excellent restraint where that's concerned. (And by the way, I did a quick tally, and I think you've underestimated the piece count by a bit). Mark, I know that this was a long, arduous journey for you to complete, but you should absolutely be proud of this accomplishment. Not only have you taken three years of your life and created what will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable, celebrated MOCs in this community, but you have cemented yourself as one of the most inspirational builders that takes the time to build such greatness. I want to make sure I understood you before, but you and this beauty are going to be at BrickWorld this year, right? If so, this will most certainly be the highlight of my visit and I look forward to meeting you. Well done, and, for goodness sake, take a nap;)
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  February 1, 2014
My utmost respect for your ability to go all the way. And on top for getting to the result you reached. F..... cool Dude...
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  February 1, 2014
WOW! I'm speechless, this is Amazing!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow, is it really done..... No, it can't be, I must be dreaming. Somebody pinch me, Owww! Okay, it must be real. Wow Mark, the wait was totally worth it! Your four years of work really has paid off! This is incredibly detailed, not to mention it's gargantuan! You should be proud of yourself, Mark! P.S. 5/5 isn't a big enough number, but it will have to suffice!
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  February 1, 2014
And that pose in the last pic? Hot as F#@*%$& H311!
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  February 1, 2014
Absolutely stunning, Mark. Thank you for all that is holy for continuing this project!! It turned out great, any way this finds its way to Brickworld this summer?
  February 1, 2014
Oh, and you're a G** D** freak of nature, art, and lego, my friend. Amazing work and congrats.
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  February 1, 2014
Wow, what a masterpiece! The sheer level of detail is just jaw dropping, escpecially how you used all sorts of unconventional pieces as greebles. Once again, very impressive. Now hurry up and go build another ship! :P
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  February 1, 2014
Quoting Brian Kescenovitz Woo hoo! First comment B*#@&! And you thought I didn't hang out here anymore...
HA! How fitting (given our conversations years ago about this thing when it was only a concept). Still lurking about, huh? That's alright...people will probably be saying the same thing about me. Mark who?
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  February 1, 2014
An incredible effort Mark! It's a real masterpiece, I can't even imagine the sheer willpower and patience it must have taken to complete this behemoth! You are the master ship builder and this will serve as a prime example of what herculean feats can be accomplished with these little bricks we're all so fond of!
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  February 1, 2014
Woo hoo! First comment B*#@&! And you thought I didn't hang out here anymore...
 
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