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#1 Anio

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 08:35 PM

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Et voilà ! My latest MOC is finished. And it is the podracer of Sebulba.

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I've been working on it for 4 months and probably 150 hours.

With the UCS AT-TE, it is the most complex MOC I've done regarding the building techniques.

Actually, when I consider how tricky the build is, I think this MOC didn't took me that much time.
To compare, the building techniques of the Executor are less complex. But it took me much more time to build it because it was VERY hard to get the right angles on such a big ship.

Well, the podracer has 3450 parts.

And before starting to talk about the build, I need to specify that I've painted some parts. Indeed, they did not exist in the right colors.
But I do not feel guilty at all about that, even if I'm a purist. Yes, I just paint parts to have the part in the right colors. I did not use paint to add details or things like that. I just needed orange parts, like TLG may need to design a new model. I will replace these painted parts by real Lego parts as soon as they are produced. :)

On this podracer, the only big problem I experienced was the main round structure.
At the beginning, I tried something with the hinged bricks.

To add the "wings" on each engine, I had to do some strange builds. :-S
But that was not the main problem. In fact, the plates were inside the LBG circles. So, when I pressed on the model to add parts, I crushed it ! I couldn't build !

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I had to find something different.

So, I did the structure like the engine of the Venator : round 4x4 bricks with half pins (to make studs), each shifted of 45° with 2x2 turntables, in order to get studs on 8 sides. A pic for you to understand :

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Then, on that round structure, I had to add another structure in order to attach the "wings". This part Posted Image does a great job. It is strong. With some other Technic bricks, I had my structures at 90°.

Here is a WIP pic for you to see what it looks like inside :

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On the wings, the interesting thing is that they have studs on both sides. Indeed, tubes would be a flaw for a UCS (10221, haha :tongue: ).
With that technique, I think the round shape at the end of the wings looks very good. :)
The fins looks good too. It was not easy to attach them.

I did the white lines with flex. Well, I could not make it different since it is not straight (at 90° I mean). Moreover, I think the flexs add some kind of texture on the wings. And it's not that bad. :p

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To do the greebs, I've used DBG, LBG, copper, and few tan and dark tan. I think the final result works pretty well. On each sides, there is the flamethrower. Both can be opened. I did the energy binder with transpurple parts. It is not exactly the right color (trans-pink would be better), but I had no choice given that the parts I needed have never been produced in trans-purple.

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In each engine, there is the thrust stabilizer (cone) and flames. I also included the 16 littles fins on each engine. :)

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The pod was very fun to build. And I must say that it is much smaller than what I expected. In fact, the engines are much bigger than the pod.
The pod is not very complex, but it has all the necessary details and the right colors at the right places. :)
The minifig is a bit too small. But I think it's fine. :)
Especially when I think that minifig are always a bit too small in UCS sets. ^^ (10179 in mind)

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To finish the model, I photoshoped the display card. :)

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HQ pic of the sticker : http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=5132812

And the BS gallery : http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=480497


Depending on the ressources we use, the size of Ani's and Sebulba's podracers vary a lot. Sometimes their engines seem to have the same size, and sometimes, the engines of Sebulba are much bigger than those of Anakin. So, I would say that my podracer of Sebulba is more or less at scale with the pod of Ani. Here is a pic I took some days ago :

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If you want to know more about the building process or anything else, let me know. ;)


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Posted 06 August 2011 - 08:41 PM

:wub_drool: Lovely, lovely work. I don't really mind the painted parts, because they look terrific in this model. And the greebles!  :wub: !! The variety of colors really makes the greebs on this one perfect. Great work with the techniques, too.

I'm sure some expect me to say this, and I will say, I wish it had fewer studs, but that does nothing much to detract from the impressiveness of the model.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 08:45 PM

That is fantastic!!!!  First off your photoshopped card, looks legit.

I love the greebling on the engines and the size is just awesome.  I really can't think of anything to say to express how good it looks, I mean it looks just like the original except blown up to a UCS scale.

If TLG has any sense, they'll contact you to license this and make it!

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 08:56 PM

This is a fantastic model! I think my favorite photo it the on looking into the backs of the engines, I liked the thruster design with the wedge pieces.
The greebling is very realistic, and the pod itself is very well done. Great MOC  :thumbup:

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

Gorgeous. Presonally, I'm not one for UCSs, normally, but this isn't a giant chunk of gray/black, so I'll have to comment on how awesome this is. Firstly, I'm stunned that you managed to build this, given the hard to find colors.  I especially applaud you on the greebling. The engines are very well done, as well. Fantastic work.

And as usual, nice plaquecard.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:10 PM

Absolutely spectacular!  :wub:  
The greebling looks amazing and the sheer size is just fantastic!
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:21 PM

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:47 PM

I hate the prequels, especially Episode I, but this is fantastic.  The engine greebling, size, accuracy....it looks incredible.  This is likely something TLG will never touch so it will always stay uniquely amazing.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:15 PM

If only LEGO would release a pod racer like this. The attention to detail is fantastic, lots of lovely greebles! That said the cockpit (with the least greebles) is probably my favourite part, the shape is perfect.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:31 PM

I love it - great job, Anio !

You even answered my question before I asked it - whether Sebulba's podracer was in scale with Anakin's !

Some really neat building techniques, and the greebles are wonderful. Not sure I can forgive you for painting parts, however...

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:52 PM

Now that's podracing!
Love it, fantastic work!

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:55 PM

That looks awesome, well done. It amazes me that someone can build something like this. My brain just doesn't work like that!

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:29 PM

That's amazing!
One thing that looks slightly off, though, is that bulbous part between the V of the front engines. It looks undersized in comparison to the rest of the Podracer.
Otherwise, great work!  :classic:
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:22 AM

:wub: Wow.  This is great!  All of the little greebels really make this MOC.  I'm absolutely stunned by this amazing MOC! :thumbup:
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 01:37 AM

View PostDelta 38, on 06 August 2011 - 11:29 PM, said:

One thing that looks slightly off, though, is that bulbous part between the V of the front engines. It looks undersized in comparison to the rest of the Podracer.

Well...

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I agree, it does seem a bit small when you compare it to the original. But the shaping on the engines is better this way, so I would say that Anio's decision was a good one.

This picture left me speechless:

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The complexity of the techniques and extensiveness of the detailing exhibited in this build, coupled with the eccentricity of the original concept, work together to make this one of the best UCS MOCs I've seen. You've created an outstanding representation of a vehicle that couldn't help but be underappreciated in the Prequels (because of this MOC, the Plug-F Mammoth is now my favorite concept from The Phantom Menace next to the Radiant VII).  :wub: Be very proud...

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 01:41 AM

That's impecible! There is not a detail that doesn't look absolutly perfect! And the greebling Posted Image

Extremly well done, Anio. Extremly well done.


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Posted 07 August 2011 - 04:08 AM

Totally AWESOME 'Anio', colours and styling spot on - excellent UCS designing there and May the Eurobrick be with you ! :grin:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:23 AM

View Postfallenangel309, on 07 August 2011 - 01:37 AM, said:

I agree, it does seem a bit small when you compare it to the original. But the shaping on the engines is better this way, so I would say that Anio's decision was a good one.
Actually, I meant the bubble-like part between the two diagonal sections making up the V.
Edit: None of the images work, for some reason. You can kind of see it here, it's the rounded area between both of the Vs.
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I guess you can't really do much about that because you'll lose the shape, though.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:45 AM

This is amazing, jaw drooping stuff.  I just love the detail.
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:11 AM

FANTASTIC! Amazing greeble and the size of the beast is really impressive!  :thumbup:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:30 AM

Cool MOC Anio! I love the greebs and the overall "flow" of your signature handiwork!

The UCS placard had a typo though  :sadnew:
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:34 AM

Hi,

Well, I gonna answer everyone. Sorry for posting such a long message. :-s

View PostBrickdoctor, on 06 August 2011 - 08:41 PM, said:

:wub_drool: Lovely, lovely work. I don't really mind the painted parts, because they look terrific in this model. And the greebles!  :wub: !! The variety of colors really makes the greebs on this one perfect. Great work with the techniques, too.

I'm sure some expect me to say this, and I will say, I wish it had fewer studs, but that does nothing much to detract from the impressiveness of the model.
Thanks for your comment about the greebs ! :)

Regarding the tiled/studded surfaces, I tried to put some tile to hide some studs.
But I do not want to put too many tiles. Indeed, I like studs. It is important to me to see them.
On the wedge 4x9, it was hard to put tiles. :/ Cause I think it would have "harm" the conical shape.

On the wings, the grid + 2x2 tile + grid tend to reproduce the movable fins (they are open, sometimes, in the movie) and to modify the texture.


View PostBig Cam, on 06 August 2011 - 08:45 PM, said:

That is fantastic!!!!  First off your photoshopped card, looks legit.

I love the greebling on the engines and the size is just awesome.  I really can't think of anything to say to express how good it looks, I mean it looks just like the original except blown up to a UCS scale.

If TLG has any sense, they'll contact you to license this and make it!

View PostSkipper 24, on 06 August 2011 - 10:15 PM, said:

If only LEGO would release a pod racer like this. The attention to detail is fantastic, lots of lovely greebles! That said the cockpit (with the least greebles) is probably my favourite part, the shape is perfect.

Thank you ! :)

I wouldn't say that I'm very good at photoshop. But I know everything to do a very nice display card, thanks to Oxycrest, a friend. :)

I'm pleased to see that you think it could be an official set, because it is always the approach I have when I do design a model. I do my best to respect very hard rules and standards.
But I doubt TLG do But TLG will never contact me to produce this or something similar. They already did they podracers.
If one day I'm contacted by Lego for my MOCs, I'll let you know. ^^

View PostAND3RSEN, on 06 August 2011 - 08:56 PM, said:

This is a fantastic model! I think my favorite photo it the on looking into the backs of the engines, I liked the thruster design with the wedge pieces.
The greebling is very realistic, and the pod itself is very well done. Great MOC  :thumbup:
Thanks ! :)

View PostCallMePieOrDie, on 06 August 2011 - 09:04 PM, said:

Gorgeous. Presonally, I'm not one for UCSs, normally, but this isn't a giant chunk of gray/black, so I'll have to comment on how awesome this is. Firstly, I'm stunned that you managed to build this, given the hard to find colors.  I especially applaud you on the greebling. The engines are very well done, as well. Fantastic work.

And as usual, nice plaquecard.
Thnak you :)

Yes, it was a real pain to gather all the parts. :/
I confess that I love this orange color too. :)

View PostStoutFiles, on 06 August 2011 - 09:47 PM, said:

I hate the prequels, especially Episode I, but this is fantastic.  The engine greebling, size, accuracy....it looks incredible.  This is likely something TLG will never touch so it will always stay uniquely amazing.
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View Postdrdavewatford, on 06 August 2011 - 10:31 PM, said:

I love it - great job, Anio !

You even answered my question before I asked it - whether Sebulba's podracer was in scale with Anakin's !

Some really neat building techniques, and the greebles are wonderful. Not sure I can forgive you for painting parts, however...

;-)

As always, I'm looking forward to your next creation.

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Hum, regarding the painted parts, I have really no regret. :)

I know what will be my next model. But I think I will stop Lego for this year. I did 3 MOCs in 2011, which IMO pretty much regarding how slow I work.

View PostTheDarkness, on 06 August 2011 - 10:52 PM, said:

Now that's podracing!
Love it, fantastic work!

View PostMasked Builder, on 07 August 2011 - 12:22 AM, said:

:wub: Wow.  This is great!  All of the little greebels really make this MOC.  I'm absolutely stunned by this amazing MOC! :thumbup:
Thank you.  :sweet:

View Postwill, on 06 August 2011 - 10:55 PM, said:

That looks awesome, well done. It amazes me that someone can build something like this. My brain just doesn't work like that!
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- Secondly, you mustn't hesitate to spend as much time as necessary. You have to do, do, do and redo, and redo again to get the result you expect.
- And thirdly, you have to be very demanding with yourself. Set the bar high. :)

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View PostDelta 38, on 06 August 2011 - 11:29 PM, said:

That's amazing!
One thing that looks slightly off, though, is that bulbous part between the V of the front engines. It looks undersized in comparison to the rest of the Podracer.
Otherwise, great work!  :classic:
Thank you :)
Yes, the bulbous part you are talking about should be a bit bigger.
But since a part like that Posted Image do not exist in 4 stud wide and high, I did it with 3 studs.
It is not 100% accurate. However, it is certainely better than a blocky (and thus not perfectly round) shape designed with bricks. :)

View Postfallenangel309, on 07 August 2011 - 01:37 AM, said:

The complexity of the techniques and extensiveness of the detailing exhibited in this build, coupled with the eccentricity of the original concept, work together to make this one of the best UCS MOCs I've seen. You've created an outstanding representation of a vehicle that couldn't help but be underappreciated in the Prequels (because of this MOC, the Plug-F Mammoth is now my favorite concept from The Phantom Menace next to the Radiant VII).  :wub: Be very proud...
Thanks a lot !  :sweet:
It's true that the color and the overall shape of the vehicle make the Plug-F Mammoth very original.

View PostThe Legonater, on 07 August 2011 - 01:41 AM, said:

That's impecible! There is not a detail that doesn't look absolutly perfect! And the greebling Posted Image

Extremly well done, Anio. Extremly well done.

View Postlightningtiger, on 07 August 2011 - 04:08 AM, said:

Totally AWESOME 'Anio', colours and styling spot on - excellent UCS designing there and May the Eurobrick be with you ! :grin:

View PostJedi master Brick, on 07 August 2011 - 08:45 AM, said:

This is amazing, jaw drooping stuff.  I just love the detail.

View PostAckbar, on 07 August 2011 - 09:11 AM, said:

FANTASTIC! Amazing greeble and the size of the beast is really impressive!  :thumbup:
Thank you all !  :blush:


Oh, I forgot to specify that I took inspiration on 10019 to do the conical shapes.
I did not used rubbers outside like 10019, but magnets inside. :)




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View PostCommander Keller, on 07 August 2011 - 09:30 AM, said:

Cool MOC Anio! I love the greebs and the overall "flow" of your signature handiwork!

The UCS placard had a typo though  :sadnew:
WTF !!! How hell I didn't see it !!! Posted Image
Let's reprint the card...

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:43 AM

Really outstand MOC, i love the huge engines.
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:56 AM

Outstanding job and I love the detailing. :classic:  I have to say you really have outdone yourself, keep it up Anio. :thumbup:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:16 AM

Superb work Anio (as usual!).   I was really impressed by Lego’s new version, but this is something else  :wub:   The detailing is amazing, especially the rear section of the engines.  Have you got any ideas for your next project; could I suggest a re-make of 10143 Death Star II?  :wink:

  
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