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#1 vynsane

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:48 AM

I've been a fan of JonHall18's "Sky-fi" work for a while now, but only recently noticed he actually took the time to meticulously photograph every step of the build on the vast majority of his MOCs! The picture instruction sets are rather large once uncompressed, and I have limited space on my laptop, so I decided it would be worth my while to translate them to LDD so I could retain the steps necessary to build them while removing the pictures from my computer. I then realized that others might want to see these designs and contacted JonHall18, who was gracious enough to grant me permission to share the fruits of his and my (but mostly his) labor with all of you. To that end, I've already completed LDD renditions of three of his builds. There are certain modifications made due to LDD not allowing certain connections/alignments, but for the most part they are true to the original. Of course, custom decals are not included and some of the printed pieces have been modified - again, due to constraints of the program.

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#2 Superkalle

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:24 PM

Wow!

Excellent idea and excellent work.  :thumbup:

Good that you got permission too.
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#3 vynsane

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:40 PM

View PostSuperkalle, on 24 March 2011 - 04:24 PM, said:

Wow!

Excellent idea and excellent work.  :thumbup:


Thanks, though he did most of the work - my contribution is mainly in coming up with alternate solutions to connections he used that LDD doesn't allow... and, of course, following the directions ;)

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Good that you got permission too.

Yes, I would never have submitted them like this without his sign-off, but given that he took the time to create the photo instructions, I figured he'd be cool with me sharing the digital versions. As I said, he was very gracious about it - in his own words:

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I obviously would never have posted my photo-instructions if I didn't want people to use/adapt my mocs. I'm very happy that my models have inspired you and that these LDD models you intend to create can help them reach more people in the AFOL community and hopefully inspire them too!

I'm actually about a third of the way through transcribing his instructions for the H-44 "Blue Lightning" (Flickr set) - this thing is a beast, with a belly full of bombs. So cool!
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#4 KielDaMan

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 04:58 AM

Amazing creations! :thumbup: Thanks for doing the LDD rendition of these wonderful MOCs. I'll add these later in the Index.

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#5 vynsane

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 05:35 AM

H-44 Blue Lightning

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Issues with this file:
  • There is a hollow section in the wing, above the landing gear, where the SNOT technique used just couldn't be replicated in an LDD-accepted way.
  • The panels on either side of the forward fuselage should be angled in towards the 2x2 dish stack, but LDD didn't want to do it. There are also a couple of missing pieces inside that assembly (two headlight bricks with 1x1 tiles attached to the forward-stud) that facilitated keeping the angle on those panels aligned.
  • I can't get the pilot in the forward station. LDD just won't do it.
  • Assembly of each engine is missing a 3x3 dish w/hole due to use of a technic rod instead of a thinner rod (again, LDD wouldn't allow the connection)
  • There is a gap between the top half and bottom half of the fuselage where the white and blue stripes arch over the top and down the sides - LDD didn't think 3 studs could fit, so I replaced the side-stripes with 1x2 tiles.

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#6 Lalror

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 10:09 AM

Wow, I have loved the Ski-fi models that he has done and I thank you for bringing them to LDD form!  I hope to see more!

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#7 vynsane

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:59 PM

Thanks, Lalror - there's definitely more coming, including this one right now!

P-79 Steel Wind

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Issues with this file (other than stickers and printed items):
  • Forward landing gear connection won't work in LDD
  • Some fudging/reconstruction of the rear section to accommodate the angle of the wings and the rear landing gear - the hinges the gear attach to have been moved forward one plate, and gaps filled with other plates. The two 1x4's used to hold the wings at the correct angle had to be removed, as LDD wouldn't allow them to occupy that space
  • The 'Ammo belt' for each wing gun is not attached. It won't allow the connection to the 1x1 w/clip and the robot claw that is supposed to hold the other end won't connect to the gun where it does in the picture instructions.
  • I'm not sure I have the purple color correct - the difference between the 'official' color names and those at Bricklink/AFOL vernacular are infuriating sometimes

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 07:42 AM

These are awesome. Thanks for posting them. Will they find their way into the MOC index?
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#9 Dilvish

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 05:45 PM

Very cool!!

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 08:56 PM

Absolutely amazing, though you had pictures to go off, this shows such a vast amount of talent in the Lego world and I look forward to seeing a lot more. It gives me more incentive to gather more pieces so I can create fine detailed sets like these.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:26 PM

Amazing work! The ship designs are of themselves fantastic, detailed, and inspiring. The work you have done to provide us all with accurate recreations (and introduce us to the wonderful works in the first place) is just brilliant and I am very tempted to build some of these just to play with.

I'm probably gonna have some fun in LDD with these eventually too :laugh:

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#12 KielDaMan

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 05:33 AM

View PostRandal, on 31 March 2011 - 07:42 AM, said:

Will they find their way into the MOC index?
Yes, these are already part of the MOC LXF Index. :wink:

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#13 vynsane

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:13 PM

I have two more nearly complete (A-20 Red Zephyr and V-22 Phoenix), and I think that's all for his Sky-Fi MOCS that have instruction photosets.
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#14 BasOne

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:24 PM

The Designs remind me of Crimson Skies, absulutely awesome  :laugh:
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#15 vynsane

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 06:27 PM

A-20 Red Zephyr

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Issues with this file (other than stickers and printed items):
  • The entire fuselage is one plate taller than the original version, to accommodate the click-hinge bubble canopy available in LDD (original used a finger-hinge bubble canopy)
  • Piston housings (minifig binocs) are connected (presumably) 'illegally' to a piece that doesn't exist in LDD anyway - completely left out.
  • 2x2 dish won't connect to the front of the 'greebles' inside the bubble canopy, blocked by the 'mudguard' arch
  • 1x1 w/vertical clip won't connect to the bar w/claw attached to the 'rocketboard'


V-22 Phoenix


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Issues with this file (other than stickers and printed items):
  • Engine/Tail assembly is different due to incompatible connections
  • 'Straps' on the cockpit aren't flexible, so laid on the 'ground'. The bubble canopy is 'floating' in front of the build.

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#16 Maloghigno

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 11:28 PM

I'm waiting for JonHall18 authorization... but I think i can post an image of my work, in the meanwhile.

My goal is to adapt the Skyhammer to a buyable version. I had to modify something, but I'm pretty proud of the result.
(It's about 100€ on LDD's checkprice)

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After this, i'm having fun with a fully reworked version, just for fun... but the original idea is obviously recognizable.

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Thanks to JonHall18 and vynsane for their fantastic work  :cry_happy:

#17 moop2000

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 05:51 PM

Excellent work! I was planning on doing the same thing, but you beat me to it. I love the style of his work, and am glad to see it in LDD format! Great job :)

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:48 PM

I start with JonHall18's SkyHammer, adapted to be buyable, and based on work of vynsane.
"Buyable" because you can buy it on LDD (100 euro)  :sweet:

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LDD file: SkyHammerBuyable.zip (contains SkyHammerBuyable.lxf)

And then my creation, inspired on JonHall18 creation(s).
Fully buyable on LDD (60 euro).

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LDD file: MaloMaglio.zip (contains MaloMaglio.lxf)


If anyone of you will edit them, I will be really curious to learn something... so pls post your fixes!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:06 AM

Nice work with the DbM adaptation. Love how you substituted a garbage can in the front area. (cannon? air intake?) Total 'NPU' there. :thumbup:

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 03:20 AM

Very nice and thank you for the conversion and lxf's
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#21 vynsane

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:34 PM

Great stuff, Maloghigno - great to see someone utilizing the work I'm doing (and Jon Hall did) and playing with the concepts!

I've had these finished for a while, but never got around to posting them. I'd also like to stress again that this couldn't be at all possible without Jon Hall's diligent pictorial instructions - check them out, as the LDD files usually end up having some significant changes made due to LDD connection limitations:


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#22 treeboy

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:35 AM

Thanks vynsane for these they look great.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:33 AM

V30 Warhawk

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Redesigned landing gears
Redesigned middle wing section (due limitations of LDD)
Redesigned setting of propellers (lack of instructions)

S-113 Viper

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Redesigned rear landing gears


All the credit goes to JonHall18, thanks for sharing the instructions!

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