Because at some point you just have to let go... pulling the plug on a couple of WIPs that have been on life support for far too long.
About this creation
A bit of an oddity here: these two incomplete MOCs are being put down. It's hard to give them up... They've been hanging around the place for months and months, and I just finally have to admit to myself that it's not to be. They each have redeeming qualities, enough that I'm posting them online, but it's time to send them back to the primordial bins from whence they came. There comes a time when the work has not progressed in such a long while that your WIP must be declared DOA.
First up, the red cockpit-only thing known as the Morphius.
Story of the Morphius -- I was messing around with that big long windscreen, and ended up with it in that odd orientation, going backwards at an angle. I thought the cockpit that evolved around it looked pretty cool, but I didn't know what it was the cockpit of. I assumed some sort of spaceship, but...
I was building this during the time that Bob Flux's Uni-Pod system MOCs were hitting the net. Now, I always loved the concept of the Uni-Pod, but didn't quite like the look of the pod itself in most of the variants -- I left a review to that effect on one of them. (That little bubble-window did grow on me the more I looked at it, though.)
Anyway, on that night when I was turning this thing over in my hands, it hit me -- this could be my take on the modular cockpit concept! I wouldn't be able to fit it into as many different platforms as Fluxxy could with his (even if I could come up with that many -- very doubtful), but in my eyes it looked cooler, which was the important thing. Form Over Function.
I saw it grafted onto a jet, a helicopter, any number of spaceships, maybe even a mech. I quickly retooled the back to be able to plug into different bodies, and came up with a name for my modular cockpit ripoff -- the Morphius System. Morph = change, get it?
The problem arose with how I'd constructed the cockpit. I wanted the bottom to be as smooth as the top, so it was mostly built studs-downward to accommodate my slopes and tiles and the weird angle of the windscreen. To get it to transition properly to studs-up and studs-out in the necessary places took a lot of finagling, very technic brick intensive. It's really heavy for its size.
In addition to being front- and bottom-heavy, the windscreen swings open from the front, so anything the cockpit attached to couldn't overhang it. Trying to make bodies that accepted this big head didn't work out too well. They'd all have to be heavy and piece-intensive too, or the center of gravity would be all off. Plus the cockpit sucked up a lot of my good red curved slopes.
So finally I'm forced to the conclusion that the Morphius System suffers from a critical design flaw, and I will no longer attempt to make platforms for it. Proof that looks aren't everything. Bob Flux is still the man, and I chalk up one more on my long list of failed accomplishments.
Next, the Tetricus. This one is really painful... no! No looking back! Let go, let go...
Tetricus is Latin for harsh, gloomy, or severe.
Despite it being gray all over, I don't know if it was really going to be any of those things, but I thought it was a nice boxy-sounding name. Well, okay, it's not gray ALL over, there's blay mixed in. Some is necessary, like a few wedge plates of a certain shape and angle only available in blay, some is accidental, some was due to me not having enough gray tiles.
This is just the front end, about thirty studs long (but constructed studs-forward). It would have been at least twice that, completed, but probably not close to 100 studs -- the official magic demarcation line between a ship and a SHIP.
I planned an overall smooth look, very minimal detailing. Here are some vents and whatnot. I left blank sections on the front sides to maybe put some stickers on, but it most likely would have just stayed blank anyway.
The bottom was worked and reworked and reworked again and reworked yet again... and I still don't really like it. It looked wrong as a blank gray wall, and greebling is a skill I need to work on.
Starting to transition towards the rear half -- this was where the project fell apart. I can't tell you how many times and how many ways I tried to get a smooth, natural looking segway from front to rear. Nothing worked.
But I was so happy with the front that I couldn't trash it. Sure, it's no beauty... one of the rare times when I consciously tried for functionality over aesthetics. I pictured this as a survey ship, roaming the asteroid belt and marking asteroids with a high density of metal ore, for mining ships to come harvest later.
A fully detailed interior? Yes! I'm so proud of myself -- usually on larger constructions I can manage interiors or exteriors only, not both at the same time. This warrants stealing yet another line from the world of classic rock (but what doesn't, as far as I'm concerned): Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside come inside...
This would have been the home of the EVA craft, never constructed. A little one-man craft with long bendy claw-arms and stuff, that would physically plant radio beacons on the various metal-rich asteroids it found.
A pop-top for easy playability.
You can make out conduits and stuff beneath the grilled floor. Oh yeah, I went all-out on this one -- it was to be a masterpiece.
Floor paneling removed -- Mmmmm... hidden greebles. Did I say I needed greebling practice? I do, but I really like this. I call hoses "the lazy man's greeble."
Access panel in the side wall -- I'm glad I didn't go too crazy with control panels and levers and stuff in there, because it turned out you can barely see what I did put in from the high angle you're forced to look into it from.
Same thing, other side... how do you like my 25 or 30 year old white pieces? Store your Lego out of the light, kids, or it will end up like this.
Of course the astronauts who were going to live in the back half of the ship would need to get in here somehow...
There was to be a small chamber here for an airlock... the way the doors swung open though, it would have had to be bigger than I wanted to be realistic. I still needed a second set of doors, and space for a waiting astronaut to stand and not be mashed against the wall by one set of doors or the other.
I still needed full living quarters, pilot controls, engine room and engines, etc. Split between two decks, maybe three. I just couldn't meld together all the necessaries: a frame to keep it all intact, while allowing panels to remove or swing out or whatever to see/play inside, while maintaining a shape on the outside that flowed with what I had done in the front. Lesson learned -- when building large ships, have a better plan of the entire thing before you start. A small ship you can make up as you go along, but not with something as big and detailed as I wanted this to be.
Swoosh! No, not this beast -- I think it rumbles, bumbles, or stumbles. God, I like that front end... this one's hard to give up on. But it just ain't gonna happen, and it's taking up a lot of my old gray. Seems like I'm always needing gray I don't have, because it's tied up in this thing.
And so, we commit these two WIPs, these MOCs that might have been, back to the bins from whence they came. Plastic to plastic, brick to brick, and all that... It's a sad time, but I rest easy knowing the parts that make up these two will someday resurface in other creations.
I'm glad you posted these ill fated WIPs. They both show lots of potential and even unfinished look great. The Tetricus would of been a beast of a ship completed... I want a finished airlock! Your high standards have served you well and are bound to leave some casualties.
I like it
December 22, 2007
I have had to abandon a couple of really cool ideas along the way as well, very painful! Both of these had some great potential, I hope to see some of their designs influence some of your next creations. I would love to have seen the Tetricus finished, looks like a really good start to a large ship. Keep up the god work and hopefully you learned a little something while building both of these so it would be a total loss...
Never give up, never surrender! OK, fine, do what you want, but both of them look great. I should have taken a page out of your book, and kept my WIP quiet. I had to go and brag about the "Sacred Light", that failed so miserably. You post two WIP that you had kept secret and they are a success. Darn you!
The red one has potential to become a larger ship. It features a clever use of that windshield piece that I haven't thought of. The gray one should be tossed and I'm glad you did it, because it will simply make your mind boggle about what to do with it next. Could turn into an APC though.
How do I give a five to two mocs that you yourself did not feel worthy of completion? I guess then I will give 2.5 for each for a total of five ;-). Given parts and time I am sure they would have both been incorporated into brilliant designs. Lee.
A fitting tribute to two of the best "failures" I've seen, particularily the Tetricus. Boy that looks good! I mean, under floor-grate greebling?! C'mon, that was fantastic! Perhaps if you can't finish the larger spaceship you envisioned, you could've taken what you have there and made it into (whispers) a star wars freighter or something...but I know you would never stoop that low...