The Rebel Fleet attacks!
Posted 27 February 2010 - 07:39 PM
Hello and good afternoon everybody!
I hope your week-end is proeceeding good so far. Today I'd like to present 9 capital combat starships of the Rebels / New Republic to you. Six of them have their premiere here today, not having been public before. The other three have been also freshly photographed and brought to the latest state of the art.
As usually I'd like to start with the summary picture where you can have a quick look at what is awaiting you in the following post.
All images are links to the full image and instruction galleries.
Now let's start with A New Hope. The first ship we see in this movie is the Tantive IV, a Corellian Corvette, also known as Rebel Blockade Runner. I didn't like two things of the official corvette mini model that came with the 10030 UCS Star Destroyer: first, it was slightly too long, and second, the cones for the hammerhead front were not wide enough and too long. So I waited some years. And finally the Fez hat was introduced for the Indiana Jones series. This hat piece exactly had the proportions I had waited for so long.
The next problem occured for the engine section. I really liked that at the official model, but this type of construction was too big for my slightly smaller version. How to get 11 engines in 3 rows of 4:3:4engines each? Well, some day I examined an ordinary 2x4 brick from the underside and saw exactly 11 stud holes in 4:3:4 order. Yay! I then used electric light bulb covers for the center engines and diamonds for the outer engines. Only this way the 11 engines don't get in steric conflict with each other.
In The Empire Strikes Back, we see the Redemption, a Nebulon-B Escort Frigate. It's a typical line frigate used by both, Rebellion and Galactic Empire. This is yet another version of the popular starship which I built because I already showed you the UCS ISD-sclaed version some weeks ago. It's in typical mini-scale. But even when the models are very small, I want to include as many recognizable details as possible. Like the 7 engines here. It was quite tough and cost me several days until I found a solution where all engines have a similar diameter.
The chainsaw body has a special double function here. It allows for attachment for the lowest engine in a way that a part of the cone disappears in the stud notch of the brick above. And second, it allows for the attachment of the stabilization fins.
It's in Return of the Jedi when we first see the powerful backbone of the Rebel fleet, Mon Calamari Star Cruisers. There are many variants of these ships, but among the most common ones are the MC80 star cruisers. Here you see a winged Liberty-type cruiser like the one that was destroyed by the Death Star. The construction is very sleek by using a SNOT technique allowing to use curved slopes in a streamlined fashion.
What not many people know is that there's a second Rebel combat starship in Return of the Jedi. It's only shortly seen during the Battle of Endor, and was long a mystery. Recently this vessel has been identified as Dornean Gunship or formerly Y-Head Corvette. The Dornean Navy joined the Rebellion just before the Battle of Endor. The little ship is highly complex with lots of small greebly attachments and details. To include the main details and to realize the typical head shape, the model is slightly larger than I intended it to be.
Now we're done with the official movies and will continue our journey by going into the Expanded Universe (EU). One of the most common and most popular Rebel combat ship is the Corellian Gunship. Unlike the slightly larger corvette, the gunship is designed only with combat in mind. It's to scale with the corvette and thus also approximately to scale with the UCS ISD. It uses the same Fez hat as the corvette.
Not so well-known is the Quasar-fire Cruiser Carrier. Directly after the Battle of Endor, the freshly founded New Republic sends a task force to help the people of Bakura against the invasuon of the Ssi-Ruuk. Flagship of this task force is the Flurry. The ship can carry 4 squadron of starfighters in a huge hangar bay. The upper parts of hinge bricks serve as fighter racks here.
It's during the Hapan Incident that we're first introduced to the Mon Remonda, a Mon Calamari MC80B Star Cruiser. It's another variant of the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser which has backup shield generators, and a different shape. This time I used the different angles of wedge-plates to get a streamlined curve for the hull.
I want to close with two ships from the Thrawn Trilogy. Being highly modified Dreadnaught heavy cruisers of the Old Republic, the Rebel Assault Frigate is a class of its own. It's highly automated and Rebel technicians gave it a unique greebly look. It needed many many round 1x1 plates to get the design done as you can imagine. The engines are attached on inverted 75° 2x3 slopes which have stud notches on the back side.
The second ship from the Thrawn Trilogy is the Neutron Star Bulk Cruiser, also known as Rendili StarDrives' Battlehorn. Like the Nebulon-B frigate this ship is used by both, Rebels and Imperials. It uses a similar hull technique as the Assault Frigate. It sat a long time on my shelf here, but now I am happy to reveal this relatively unpopular ship to you with all the other new designs. The engine section is quite tricky featuring hinges, and several wedge angles.
After this lengthy presentations I am finally done for today.
Thank you for your time and interest!
Enjoy your week-end!
Posted 27 February 2010 - 07:41 PM
Umm they are very nice and words can't describe the tantive 4.
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 07:50 PM
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 09:21 PM
The Tantive IV is brilliant and the Mon-Cal ships capture that unique look very well.
One question though, are those half-round pieces with holes in them taken from keychain figures?
Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:34 PM
I am glad you like this batch of Rebel ships.
Yes, printed with the LEGO® logo, these are used for minifigures. A really blank tile came in the 4562 Creator Value Pack.
Edited by Legostein, 27 February 2010 - 10:34 PM.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:20 PM
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 07:14 PM
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 10:00 PM
The blockade runner is the best, but hey all the others fall right in behind !
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:01 PM
For me, the best in this batch would have to be the Mon Cal cruisers.
I love the Tan-white looks, and the shape of them.
The Correllian cruisers are very nice, nice use of the turkish hats from IJ!
The Y-Head Corvette is very nice, its the first time I've ever heard of it!
The Flurry is nice and simple, but in some way looks totally awesome!
The Thrawn Trilogy ships are very nice, I love the techniques used for them!
Great job and Im really looking forward to more!
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 02:29 AM
Edited by Commander Flash, 01 March 2010 - 02:30 AM.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:34 PM
and thank you again for all the nice comments!
Of course I do have this book, besides many others. And if you browse the complete mini model list (see signature) you will find not many vehicles in the EGVV which have not been portrayed yet.
Edited by Legostein, 01 March 2010 - 04:35 PM.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:59 AM
Nice job btw.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:49 AM
Actually her first appearance is in the novel "Courtship of Princess Leia". But as you mentioned, it also appears in several novels of the X-Wing series.
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