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Invisible Hand Construction Journal: Entry 7
Progress journal for the creation of General Grievous' command ship, the Invisible Hand.
About this creation
The idea with this page is to keep something of a journal for the construction of my first large scale MOC, General Grievous' Invisible Hand. Looking at others' creations, I often find myself wondering how long it took, how difficult it might have actually been, and the steps involved. So I thought it might be fun to post some "progress reports" as this lengthy, and expensive creation trudges along...we'll see if I survive the process! (Also, there's always the hope that it may serve as a personal reminder to me never to attempt something so ludicrisly elaborate and difficult ever again. Although I tend not to listen to myself when stirred by some creative delusion of grandure!

So anyway, here goes a bold attempt at what may amount to nothin'. But then again, as Ferris Bueller said..."Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive!"


December 4, 2007

Welcome back to "Who's MOC Is It Anyway." The show where everything's made up (of Legos) and the Smileys don't matter. Yep, the smileys are like your Mom calling you to dinner when you're trying to put in that one last brick!

So we left off in the last entry with our hero (that'd be me) standing perilously on the precipice of disaster, staring with steely-eyed defiance into the face of hopeless oblivion! Okay, perhaps a smidge overly-dramatic...translation: I was about to hang this sucker and see if it was really going to work out or not. Not working out being defined as "the whole ship collapsing under its weight and smashing into a google-zillion pieces on the ground."

So is this entry's theme "You can fly, you can fly, you can fly," or "Under the circumstances, I'd say the ability to pilot this thing is irrelevant?" Well, as the teaser pic above would indicate, she's swingin' more than a desperate housewife. And now here are all of the gruesome details about the hanging, and what follows after (those of you with weak constitutions, might want to look away!)...


So before the big moment, I wanted to finish as much of the hull as possible. Here the remaining panels went on and, to my surprise, snapped VERY cleanly into place. Not so much due to good engineering on my part, but more thanks to a sizable helping of sheer dumb luck...but hey, I'll take it!



The ship is actually extremely light for its length. At exactly six feet long it currently weighs 23 pounds. The underside won't add too much more weight, and this allowed me to use fairly thin picture hanging wire. There are two wires coming from the very center of the ship's width at the locations indicated by the arrows.






The wires are four feet in length, and attach to a bar above the ship. This "hanging bar," in turn, has eyelets on the top and can be hung from chains that drop down from the ceiling. Moving the ship is just a matter of removing the bar from the chains, and carrying the whole thing by the hanging bar. Boy am I glad now that I kept the stupid thing hollow...(grunt)"It's a good thing (groan)you're not a big fat guy, or this'd be rrreaally difficult!!!"


The moment of truth. One word: YESSSSSSS!!!!







So after the paramedics arrived and got my heart pumping once again, it was time to make a quick sacrificial offering of thanks to the Lego Gods (which I did by chucking one of the neighborhood kids into a live vocano we have in our back yard), and then it was back to work. So here the hanging height was adjusted for better reach, and then a new design for attaching the ventral section was put into effect...you know...cause the old one, like...SUCKED!!!!


The original idea was to create a spine of bricks that would attatch to the underside of the ship, and the ventral panels would attach to that...but that immediately collapsed (insert explicatives!) and it was back to the drawing board to come up with this method (which seems to be working). I attached bricks to the underside of the ship, then attached Technic bricks to the very bottom, sort of like a segmented spine...


...Technic bricks were also attached to the panels, the Technic brick's holes were matched up, then axles run through the holes to hold things in place, and...





Viola! The front section of the ship's ventral portion fell into place. Okay...actually it didn't quite "fall" into place...it was more like...brutally forced into place, kicking and screaming, adamantly refusing to cooperate in any way, shape, or form. (Honestly it was a royal pain to get everything lined up and held there without it falling apart, while simultaneously trying to run those axles through holes I could barely reach, and definitely couldn't see!! Nevertheless, it finally came together.)


So now you're up to speed with where things stand at the moment. I'm currently messing around with prototypes for the last few sections while waiting on the appropriate parts from yet ANOTHER Bricklink order. This is a portion of the dome that attaches to the ventral section near the front of the ship. It will eventually be dark greys and dark bluish greys...




...and this is a design for the primary and secondary rear thrusters.








Well troops, that about does it for the journal entries. The next post, barring any unforseen catastrophes (and yes, there's always still time to screw it up!!), should be the finished MOC, complete with ship details, proper lighting, lots of pics (without the hideous basement background), my usual one or two photoshop-enhanced images, and a partridge in a pair tree.

Many thanks once more to those of you who've followed these entries and put up with my senseless babble. Look for the finished MOC sometime soon, and then in 2008...I don't know...maybe I'll try something big next time. Joking!! I'm Joking!!












Comments

 I like it 
  August 27, 2012
this is for (Yorik Bruhl) imagine if you had that many lego bricks and how much time it would take you to make that, Mark is a amazing person and your aren't. so dont be rude about the size.
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  May 29, 2011
Ahahahaha Mounting instructions? Urban legend?
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  January 25, 2011
Dude, your ships aren't big enough. :)
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  September 17, 2010
instructions?!....ur kiddin. i got an idea lets push the boy in the volcano in kelso's back yard!lol jk. how many pecies are in it or will u post that in the next 1?
Mark Kelso
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luke parfrey
  June 27, 2010
owned below lol
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  June 9, 2010
Quoting marin d'alessadro Could u email me instructions?
Really?
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  January 4, 2010
THIS IS AMAZING!!! if you have them can u email me instructions? my email is marino1310@live.com
Mark Kelso
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Andy Kucenski
  August 29, 2009
Hey do you know if you could make a cruise ship?
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  July 11, 2009
I probibly could make a good one. IF I had the pieces
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  June 29, 2009
really cool i like go have a look at my moc the guns thanks.
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  June 5, 2009
OMG awsome
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  May 14, 2009
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! THATS AWESOME!!!
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  May 9, 2009
ok, now i got the idea! good work!
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  April 1, 2009
Hey Mark, Zac here from Only BIG spaceships. I'm going off line for a while, I'm not sure how long. I have decided to make you a moderator in my absence. I should have done this sooner, lol, as I'm not sure if you can ad new people or not with that designation. We have a new person that wants to join, but I'm afraid his ships are a bit small for our group. Here is his page, http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/2172 I feel you will keep the integrity of the group for me while I am gone, Thanks, Zac. E-mail me at Zlowing@hotmail.com
Mark Kelso
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Adam Jacomay
  February 22, 2009
:O WOW!!!!! :O PLEASE CHECK OUT MY STUFF!!!!! THAT IS SOOOO COOL!!!!! I WISH I HAD THAT MANY BRICKS!!!!! ONCE AGAIN- :O :O :O WOW!!!!!
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  February 16, 2009
Hey Mark, i added another entrie in my construction of my Aurora Class ship. If you could can you take a look at it and offer some advice if you have any on how this si coming out and what i might want to do diffrently. Thanks
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  February 7, 2009
This this is a monster, how long did this take you to build, i ask this because i am going to try to make a ship pretty close to that size if my budget can afford it. The kind of ship i am going to try and make is an Aurora Class ship from Stargate, one of my favorite Sci-fi ships of all time. Do you have any advice on trying to make a ship of this size?
  February 5, 2009
when do you hold services? And can I make my check payable to "The Mark Kelso's a LeGod Fellowship" I didn't bother to read all the previous posts, so please forgive me if somebody already said this, but, uh, are we over-compensating for "short"-"comings" in other areas or WHAT!? Regardless, this is ABSO-FRAKKIN-LUTELY AMAZING!!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!!
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  December 30, 2008
Thank you for the large scale of this piece. There is no limit here - go ahead and bust the budget. You will almost be able to leave earth with it soon! Beautiful work.
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  December 25, 2008
wow i mean wow wow wow how long did that take dude!!!!!!
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  December 24, 2008
DUDE THIS IS SICKER THAN THE TYPHOID!!!!!!!!!!
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  December 7, 2008
Thats huge man!How long did it take????
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  December 4, 2008
I believe this is the one my friend told me about.
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  November 26, 2008
sweet!! look at my stuff
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  November 8, 2008
Wow come see my stuff
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  October 23, 2008
The picture of your massive storage array is almost as amazing as your construction! As a burgeoning Adult Lego Enthusiast I'm curious to know what the cost of this ship was! Nice work; can't wait to see the finished product!
Mark Kelso
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Commmando Jak X 9
  October 10, 2008
Insane!!!!! How the heck did you do that?!
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  September 15, 2008
Complete Insanity! That is the coolest thing that I have ever seen (made of LEGO).
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  September 11, 2008
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, tha's very very very very very very very very very very very very very great
Mark Kelso
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Daniel Olaguibel
  September 2, 2008
WWWOOWW!!! I really like it. It will take alot of space ships to bring that down.
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  July 31, 2008
UNBELEIVABLE!
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  July 18, 2008
dang! you have quite a lot of patience. is this still mocpages' biggest ship or did daniel jassim get it with his 30 pound ship? ps: i was the neighborhood kid you threw into the volcano! curse you! just kidding, though i did used to live in indiana. you probobly held this over you head looking like a puny version of hercules in front of a huge crowd that thinks it weighs like 1000 pounds! well, at least that's what i would do. later. ~sho
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  July 18, 2008
Simply Amazing. You are a lego GOD
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  July 1, 2008
I've spend a very good time looking at all the construction journal. I knew this awesome masterpiece for a long time but never take a look at how it was built. It reminds me of a famous painting by Joan Miro ("La Ferme"), nine months of creation. You're a true genius too !
 I made it 
  June 30, 2008
Yeah, just pretty much woke up and said..
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  June 30, 2008
do u get paid at all for doing this? or do you just wake up one day and say, "i wanna build a 1/1000 scale model of general grevouses capital crusor spaceship**
 I like it 
  June 27, 2008
Dude, I want that thing.
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  June 26, 2008
whoa that is soooooooooo cool
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  June 24, 2008
OMG! Great, great, great, great job! Simply wonderful!
 I like it 
  June 8, 2008
Great model!
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  May 9, 2008
This... is... SUPER... COOOOOL! You are really good at this kind of stuff. *whispering* I would give more smilleys, but there are only five in max.
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  April 2, 2008
This is so cool. You have GOT to do a space battle with it.
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  April 1, 2008
Good god man!!!!! Get alife! Awesome though! 5555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555/5
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  March 31, 2008
What could be said, you are a Master
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  March 31, 2008
100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000/5!I could never build anything like that!check out my stuff!
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  January 14, 2008
good god, man! are you trying to kill me? you'd have more reviews if the people reading this didnt die in the process! im serious! you're wanted in several states for Murder, attempted murder, murder of the first degree... the list could go on. you have to be some kinda crazy to hang something like that... crazy like a fox! just kidding... but seriously!
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  January 14, 2008
ARE YOU INSANE???????????????????? YOU DONT HANG SOMETHING THAT HEAVY UP ON STRING!!!!! It's practically illegal!!!!!!! Anywho.....dont say i didn't warn you when it smashes into a googlezillion pieces. Your progress is quiete fast seeing as its your first time building the thing. Oh and GOOD LUCK!!
  January 14, 2008
The 2 is JUST because the smiley's don't matter, like a dinner call when you want one more brick in. =) Seriously, this is wonderful. It would look great with the bottom, so good luck with that. I love how you made this thing, and I love your sense of humor.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2008
This is pretty sweet, I gotta admit. Normally I'd rant and rave about how nerdy an undertaking like this would be, but WOW, this is truly a masterpiece.
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  January 14, 2008
if had that ship then i'd die in happiness! check out my stuff
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  January 9, 2008
Excelent job with this wonderful moc so far. I have loved the journel entries all up to this and still do. Your a true genious and darring designer and fellow moc builder. I applaud you for the brave steps you took to build this moc not to mention that but also hang it from the air and also sticking with it. I only hope one day I can do things like this myself. In the mean time I will continue to look toward you and your skill for inspiration. Great job the scale astounding the detail beautiful. Continue doing what you do and loving it. Good luck and I wish you no mishaps for I also wish to see you sucessful in your creation.
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  January 9, 2008
omfg dude...if i had that kind of cash laying around to buy all them pieces...id prolly make that too...and the errant venture...and the emperors fist...and the reliance.....and im getting carried away...but anywho....hell'ova job m8, she rocks! look out Anakin...the Lego CIS is boasting a new ship of power now!
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  January 5, 2008
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice ship it must of tooken a long time to build it. i could never build something like that. I'd give you a 100,000 out out of 5 if i could but i cant so i give you 5
 I like it 
  December 31, 2007
Um... wow? I am not normally a fan of starwars MOCs (although I am a big Star Wars fan) but this is one of those few examples of a creation which is an incredible tribute to an awesome series of movies. You have a fantastic sense of form & shape & I can only imagine the issues with weight & stress you must be going through. I can't wait to see the finished product =D
 I like it 
  December 16, 2007
Wow Mark, this ship is on its way to being perfect! I absolutely love mocs of big starwars ships, and this one my friend is definitly one of the best. Your attention to detail is pretty amazing dude! Any plans to build a large minifig scale ship? I am sure if you built one it would probably rule. And yes I know my photography skills aren't exactly up to par, I really have to work on that. But Great ship and thanks so much for good and honest reviews man!
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  December 14, 2007
my god, what an enormeous supply on bricks you have there! I've read about your bricklink orders... no wonder you live in a basement!!! so...what are you going to do with the finished monstrosity? sell? show? crash? oh, and excellent work on the hand, of course.
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  December 11, 2007
"My God, it's beautiful....(sniffle)" I am dumbstruck at this feat......um...well....are you intending on selling it? There, I said it. How much would it be, no, wait, I know, $5,000. Great work
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  December 11, 2007
Amazing as always Mark. I'm just recalling the sick feeling of dropping something I'm working on...then multiplying it by 100, trying to imagine seeing this baby let go...(shudder)
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  December 7, 2007
Only one word: INCREDIBLE!!!
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  December 6, 2007
You're a true showman Kelso, saving the nail baiting climax for the end! I'd of thought you'd get your girlfriend/wife to lie down under the ship to break it's fall, just in case! Hey, I got an idea for your next project: Zap Brannigna's "Nimbus"....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nimbus-Futurama.png
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  December 5, 2007
I've checked in on the journal occasionally. This ship is incredible! The odd angles and offsets really take a lot of work - that kind of detail makes a huge difference and the ship is stunning!
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  December 5, 2007
Man...I'm sort of disapointed, its really small...nah...just joshing ya, this is gigantic. A few studs longer and some of the little folks on this site could probably fit inside there. Wait a minute...is that how it holds together?
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  December 5, 2007
This is getting really hard core. Now that I'm able to see a complete overview of the ship, I'm in awe.
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  December 5, 2007
Wow, truly awesome. -Chris
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  December 5, 2007
*chants* Plum-met! Plum-met! Plum-met! Plum-met! Plum-met! Hahahaha! Nah, I'm not really that evil... or am I?
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  December 5, 2007
Glad to see getting this thing to hang was a sucess. And don't worry, you're almost there!
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  December 5, 2007
It has been brilliantly amazing seeing the pictures of you building this monstrous thing. The log/journal was a great idea. It looks 10x cooler suspended in the air, lucky you it didn't fall! ~J
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  December 5, 2007
Beautifull, I love it, I can't wait to see what else you build, It's awsome
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  December 5, 2007
It's... beautiful... Wow.. i don't know what to say, im almost entirely speechless.
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  December 5, 2007
This entire model and the construction process is nothing short of amazing, but I can't believe you picked something like silly General Grievous's ship from Star Wars Episode III to pour THIS much work into. Surely you're getting paid for this? If not, I'd love to see you put this kind of work into cooler subject matter at some point. Oh well. Props anyways!
 I like it 
  December 5, 2007
WOW!!! With a creation like that, you should have sacrificed the entire town to the lego gods!
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  December 5, 2007
Lady Luck's and the Lego God's smiles were shining on you that 'hanging day'. Very nice job (a complete understatement) and I look forward to seeing the finished product. And yet another bad hand joke - so is true, what they say about guys with big hands? Or are they just compensating ;-) Lee.
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  December 5, 2007
man thats so COOL. OOH you could put in MINI jedi starfighters and stuff!
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  December 5, 2007
Amazing. Voting anything less than 5/5 is a crime, simply because of the enormous effort you have clearly put into this MOC. I really hope to see it completed soon.
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  December 5, 2007
Guy, I can`t belive how this thing is incredible! I saw the other journals, and i can`t belive how big is the ship! don`t worry, my hearth almost blew up when I saw the photo of him on the air! bruno
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  December 5, 2007
Well, it's nothing less than what we usually find in your construction journals, Amazement!
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  December 5, 2007
Nothing less than expected as usual Mark. I did almost drop dead when I saw the pictures of the thing hanging four feet above the table...
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  December 5, 2007
Absolutely breathtaking. One question...Now what? ;)
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  December 5, 2007
Oiy, very cool, I've been watching these journals for a time now to see the completed end, so, WOW. I am satisfied, *plus the over excedding joy of a school girl -_- - Shakun Enjii
 
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