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#1 pedro

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:07 PM

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Ladies, gents...

I'd like to share one of my more recent MOCs, my version of the BARC speeder.

The Biker Advanced Recon Commando (BARC) speeder was a powerful speeder bike model used by the Grand Army of the Republic as a reconnaissance craft during the Clone Wars. It was manufactured by Aratech Repulsor Company.

They were powered by repulsors and a turbine engine mounted on the frontal prong. The speeder was controlled via twin steering vanes atop the bike, and pedals fitted below. Two blaster cannons protruded from the bottom of the forward prong, while two more were fixed on either side of the vehicle's rear.

The speeders were capable of flying at high altitudes and were sometimes used as escorts for LAAT/i gunships carrying important passengers.


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Originally I'd been tinkering with creating my own version of the Flitknot and somehow ended up with this! There's a couple of areas where I've used a little artistic license such as the front engine and prong.

My Bricklink link below will take you to my Star Wars folder - the BARC speeder folder is in there with more pictures (when moderated).

Comments, criticism welcome as ever.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:19 PM

Great MOC, pedro.  :thumbup:

You've cut down the official design a lot and made it look much better. As always, the pictures are wonderful and great quality.

Keep up the good work. :classic:
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:28 PM

View PostADHO15, on Nov 10 2009, 04:19 PM, said:

Great MOC, pedro.  :thumbup:

You've cut down the official design a lot and made it look much better. As always, the pictures are wonderful and great quality.

Keep up the good work. :classic:


Couldn't have said it better myself. :classic:

Great work Pedro.   :thumbup:

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 05:55 PM

Cheers lads :wink:

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As always, the pictures are wonderful and great quality.
I borrowed a work colleague's camera today and got snappy during my lunch-break!

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:03 PM

That's a nice speeder! I love that shield used at the front and rear.  :cry_happy:

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I borrowed a work colleague's camera today and got snappy during my lunch-break!
I was about to ask you this question on your camera, and it seemed I have gotten your answer.  :tongue:

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:55 PM

Sweet MOC Pedro !
Good work.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 11:41 PM

Hello!

This is truly an impressive little creation! :classic: You used many nice tricks here like the rare connection of the vbars with the binoculars which works wonderfully here. I also always like to see those new grilled slopes and the potential this new part has. :classic:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 02:53 AM

Another impressive MOC from pedro! :laugh:

I like the shape of the whole thing, and those greebles (cheese graters and pneumatic T-pieces) make it look much better than the official one in the Clone Turbo Tank.

Your pictures are looking good, too!  :thumbup:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:22 AM

Very nice! I like the use of all those small pieces to give it detail :thumbup:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:25 AM

Exceptional work as always pedro.  :sweet: It's more accurate then TLG's. Your techniques are superb. Great job! :thumbup:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:42 AM

I love the BARC Pedro.  :thumbup:
About a year ago I built a BARC myself and this reminds me of it a lot.
Clever technique on the handlebars though, I hadn't thought of that!

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 06:50 AM

Wow, Pedro, that is amazing!  Just as Clone Commander Assassin pointed out, great handlebars!  They look kinda funny at how the tap pieces are used but it is awesome!
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:24 AM

The speeder is fantastic Pedro  :thumbup:. I really like how you used the droid arms for the accelerators.
Are the prints official or did you do them yourself?

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:36 AM

View PostRoncanator, on Nov 11 2009, 09:24 AM, said:

Are the prints official or did you do them yourself?

Those are from the official BARC speeder.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:44 AM

thanks ADHO15. I had a suspicion they were

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 01:07 PM

Cheers for the comments everyone :sweet:

View PostWhiteFang, on Nov 10 2009, 06:03 PM, said:

I love that shield used at the front and rear.

View PostRoncanator, on Nov 11 2009, 09:24 AM, said:

Are the prints official or did you do them yourself?

View PostADHO15, on Nov 11 2009, 09:36 AM, said:

Those are from the official BARC speeder.
The steering vanes (shields!) do indeed come from the official version and so were perfect for this MOC. The only niggle I have is that the detail on the forward vanes has gun barrels detailed on them which I've built with LEGO. I could have used another pair of the back vanes but I only have 3 pairs of each and have built 3 of these BARCs (though one is a customised Jedi BARC which I'll photograph later). Doesn't matter too much though and it's better with the detail than without IMO :wink:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 01:14 PM

Very nice work as usual pedro  :thumbup: Probably the best and most accurate with size and detain BARC I've ever seen. Would you mind if I were borrow and or possibly tinker around with the design? If I were to post it with anything, I would be sure to give full credit.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:15 PM

View PostMraz'Skintas, on Nov 11 2009, 01:14 PM, said:

Would you mind if I were borrow and or possibly tinker around with the design? If I were to post it with anything, I would be sure to give full credit.
Very kind comments 'Skintas, I'm glad you like my design. Feel free to borrow and tinker away!

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:36 PM

Very nice.   :thumbup:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:18 PM

This looks great, i find myself wanting a bit more color, but besides that, it's designed nicely.  I like the improvements to the front nose area, where the poles are, not sure what it's called.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:47 PM

View PostBig Cam, on Nov 11 2009, 07:18 PM, said:

This looks great, i find myself wanting a bit more color...
Cheers! The parts swap out easily for coloured variations. I did have an alternate BARC with more dark red, but went for this more version as the colour is more sparse on the 'real thing'. I've also built a custom Jedi BARC speeder with a lot more colour - I'll be photographing that soon.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 08:19 PM

View Postpedro, on Nov 11 2009, 12:47 PM, said:

Cheers! The parts swap out easily for coloured variations. I did have an alternate BARC with more dark red, but went for this more version as the colour is more sparse on the 'real thing'. I've also built a custom Jedi BARC speeder with a lot more colour - I'll be photographing that soon.
Great, I can't wait.  All Jedi need speeder bikes!

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 04:08 AM

Lovely Pedro!!! :wub:
I love the colour sheme and the printed pieces from the 7261 set look very good with the colours. :thumbup:
Can't wait to see the Jedi BARC! :cry_happy:
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 04:44 PM

Sweet Pedro! Excellent MOC, those small vehicles are not easy to make in Lego and adding some detail is pretty hard. You did well!

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View PostDutchRebel, on Nov 13 2009, 04:44 PM, said:

...those small vehicles are not easy to make in Lego and adding some detail is pretty hard.
Aye! It's quite a challenge recreating detail on such a small scale, it teaches you to combine elements in different ways. I found the shape changing quite dramatically as I tinkered away. I actually started out trying to build a version of the Flitknot speeder, then somehwere along the way thought 'hang on, this'd be better suited to a BARC' and so adapted. It's really rewarding when you arrive at something your happy at :sweet:

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