J Type 327 Nubian (Royal Naboo Starship Ep I) . The Royal Naboo Starship complete with a minifigure scale interior, retractable landing gear, and more. . Its been my dream for a very long time to build this ship. Its my favorite Star Wars ship. I've always admired how smooth and beautiful of a ship it was. But without a doubt its smooth shape and sleek design make it very difficult to design with legos, especially in a size that holds lego minifigures. But After throwing out previous models and spending about a week on this one, I've finished my Royal Naboo Starship. I didn't have near enough angled bricks to make this so I first designed it on LDD then purchased my model. Designing and purchasing my own lego set has been a dream for awhile too, so what better time than to do it with my favorite ship.
I went through several different design ideas to create this ship and in the end I determined this one to be the best. I decided to use old school style triangle bricks instead of the new sloped kind. If this set had been released with the other Episode I sets, this is possibly how they might have done it. I toiled over different windshield ideas and different brick sculpting window solutions, but in the end a custom decal ended up being the best option. I really wanted the model to be more than just a sculpture, but more like a lego set built for minifigure scale. So the challenge of building it to minifigure height, but still maintaining a thin look was present. The engines were also a design beast. I though about using the typical cylinder pieces (4 x 4) so often used for engines, but it just didn't flow well to the rest of the ship or hold the right size. So in the end I sculpted the engines from angled bricks and am pretty happy with how it turned out. Getting the nose to come to a point was a challenge and in some respects I'm still not super happy with how mine turned out, but I suppose its acceptable. It was difficult to balance using bricks to maintain a uniform look and using plates that allow a more gradual transition.
Length: 19" (1 ft. 7 in.) (60 studs)
Width (at widest): 10"
Here's a top view of my ship but I feel this pictures make the ship feel a little stubby. In real life it doesn't feel or look stubby at all but oh well, cameras can sometimes take pictures with that fish bowl look.
So here's a side shot that'll give you an idea of how I tried to capture how thin the ship was while at the same time maintaining a height minifigures could stand in. As you can see the ship has retractable landing gear and the side boarding door realistic to the movie model. When retracted, the landing gear flows flush with the shape of the ship to keep the sleek feel.
Here's a shot of the cockpit opened up. As you can see it holds 4 sitting minifigures. I have Qui Gon, Obi wan, Padme's Royal Guard Panaka (if that's how you spell it), and a pilot minifigure I arranged from other minfigures I had, made to resemble the pilot in Episode I. These were the 4 you see flying the ship as they flee Naboo.
Here's a shot facing the back of the cockpit with no one inside. The white obstruction at the back was my attempt at creating a door that looks like the one in the cockpit in the movie model.
Here's a lower level room. This room is built for minifigure standing height. In the far back is the hyperdrive. Close up is Jar Jar Binks sitting at a repair table and behind him R2-D2 the famous Astromech droid docked in this station. I know that the droid room and hyper drive room were not combined in the real model,but due to limited space, I put them together.
This is the queen's thrown room which as you can see is unfortunately empty. I don't at this time have a Padme figure or a custom made queen minifigure, so that'll be an issue I'll have to address in the future. I know, I know, its sad to have made the queen's ship and not even have the queen! If anyone was a padme figure or custom queen minifig they'd be interested in selling me, let me know!
Here's an overall shot of the ship with all top plates removed revealing the entire interior.
Finally this ship wouldn't be complete if R2 didn't get to make his heroic repair to the hyperdrive saving the entire Saga and giving us Star Wars nerds 6 incredible movies! ;) Anyway it was a detail I thought was important to include.
Well finally my dream of building and buying this ship is realized. PLEASE let me know what you think and comment! I appreciate it!