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#1 caperberry

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

Had some fun last week as I bought an extra two Alien Motherships and modified them (along with Tripod Invader, Fangpyre Mech and other parts) to create this:

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My favourite bit are these floating Clingers with tongues!


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They are securely attached, thanks to upside down spiders. Breakdown on my Flickr, along with more close-up model pics.


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#2 Hrw-Amen

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

Really good to see a proper mothership. I have been working on a bigger one myself and will post when it is done. I always felt that the official set was not mothershipy enough as it could not connect to the others which seemed to me to be a thing that was a requirement for being called a mothership.

Anyway, yours is really nice. Have you included lots of sound and light bricks?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:51 PM

View PostHrw-Amen, on 10 April 2012 - 12:41 PM, said:

Really good to see a proper mothership. I have been working on a bigger one myself and will post when it is done. I always felt that the official set was not mothershipy enough as it could not connect to the others which seemed to me to be a thing that was a requirement for being called a mothership.

Anyway, yours is really nice. Have you included lots of sound and light bricks?

Thanks! Can't wait to see yours. I wanted to add some more sound bricks but left that to last (I was working  by amending the original Mothership rather than starting from scratch) and after 3 days of building I felt enough was enough, it was only meant to be a bit of fun!


So your mothership will be modular with other ships? Cool idea!
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:15 PM

To me this embodies what MOCing is all about, having great fun with your lego and filling in gaps in what Lego releases on the market. This set really adds to the playability of the AC theme!

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

Now that's one alien mothership 'caperberry', great work combining all those sets into that. :thumbup:
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

Great! This is so big you could have a monorail train riding on the rings.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

I love it! I was just having this discussion with another AFOL. This set is on clearance in a lot of places and has some nice pieces in it including the ring. Glad to see someone else being creative with the rings.  :thumbup:
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

View Postcaperberry, on 10 April 2012 - 12:51 PM, said:

Thanks! Can't wait to see yours. I wanted to add some more sound bricks but left that to last (I was working  by amending the original Mothership rather than starting from scratch) and after 3 days of building I felt enough was enough, it was only meant to be a bit of fun!


So your mothership will be modular with other ships? Cool idea!

Yes, at least it has a central hub with control area, a docking ring that attaches to the bottom of the original mothership (Made from those same round bricks.) and then a corridor from eeither side of the central hub that each lead to two identical drop ships that have saucer fronts and a cabin at the rear for alien troops to deploy from. As the bits are modular I reckon I could add more corriodr sections to enable other things like a small hanger bay for the little craft, at least that is my long term plan.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:35 PM

View Posthewman, on 10 April 2012 - 01:15 PM, said:

To me this embodies what MOCing is all about, having great fun with your lego and filling in gaps in what Lego releases on the market. This set really adds to the playability of the AC theme!
Thanks so much hewman! I hadn't thought of gaps in the market, but indeed I was out to have some fun. My recent micro build was intense work!! Needed a 'break'. It was great to get back to a build with little clear purpose and see where the bricks took me!

View Postlightningtiger, on 10 April 2012 - 01:26 PM, said:

Now that's one alien mothership 'caperberry', great work combining all those sets into that. :thumbup:
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View PostWardancer, on 10 April 2012 - 02:48 PM, said:

Great! This is so big you could have a monorail train riding on the rings.
I originally had visions of the 'ring' being even larger, by adding a semicircle at each connection point. So I ordered 3 extra sets from Play but they sent 2 and a PotC Whitecap Bay!! Seeing as that set is worth twice as much, I didn't pick them up on their error Posted Image

View PostRook, on 10 April 2012 - 04:24 PM, said:

I love it! I was just having this discussion with another AFOL. This set is on clearance in a lot of places and has some nice pieces in it including the ring. Glad to see someone else being creative with the rings.  :thumbup:
Maybe a Mothership contest should be next! Posted Image Yes, I'm seeing a lot of sales on this too. Just as well - I still want one more! I love all the curved pieces and slopes and those trans light blue 1x4 tiles.

View PostHrw-Amen, on 10 April 2012 - 05:36 PM, said:

Yes, at least it has a central hub with control area, a docking ring that attaches to the bottom of the original mothership (Made from those same round bricks.) and then a corridor from eeither side of the central hub that each lead to two identical drop ships that have saucer fronts and a cabin at the rear for alien troops to deploy from. As the bits are modular I reckon I could add more corriodr sections to enable other things like a small hanger bay for the little craft, at least that is my long term plan.

This sounds freaking awesome. Really looking forward to it, please do me a favour and PM me when you post it just in case I miss it.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:47 AM

That is awesome! And huge! Way to take advantage of the clearance aisle. :tongue: The alien overlord looks extremely fitting in that protective dome in the center with his tiny minions below.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:31 AM

Awesome! Now this is what the original should've been :tongue:
BTW, how stable is this? It looks like it's about to snap any second.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:25 AM

View PostLegocrazy81, on 11 April 2012 - 12:47 AM, said:

The alien overlord looks extremely fitting in that protective dome in the center with his tiny minions below.

Thanks!! Did you see my closeups of him and said minions?


View Postprateek, on 11 April 2012 - 01:31 AM, said:

BTW, how stable is this? It looks like it's about to snap any second.

Wellll, I wouldn't give it to a child Posted Image The track & connecting plates bend a bit scarily when you lift it, but you can still spin it, as with the original. I've done this several times now. The Clingers are extremely stable, and the 'floating' ring in the centre is stable enough to move the model around fine, but I wouldn't turn it upside down.

I don't like putting strain on pieces so I will break up the track section soon - plus I need my table back.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:58 AM

That is one intimidating ship! :oh: Must be a pain to move around. :laugh: Nice Job! :thumbup:
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:22 AM

It looks so alien! :wacko:  Good job! :thumbup:

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:02 AM

At first glance I did a bit of a groan - cause it was so absurd what you did. Then I started laughing at how absurd it is.
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The more I looked the louder I laughed... really great job.
You really did take the Alien line to the next fun-level.

and the tongue with the headsuckers - awesome.

really great moc. I thoroughly enjoyed it !  :thumbup:


View PostRook, on 10 April 2012 - 04:24 PM, said:

I love it! I was just having this discussion with another AFOL. This set is on clearance in a lot of places and has some nice pieces in it including the ring. Glad to see someone else being creative with the rings.  :thumbup:

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#16 caperberry

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

View PostK-nut, on 11 April 2012 - 02:58 AM, said:

Must be a pain to move around. :laugh:
Actually it's quite easy; as I was working by modifying the original, I kept the whole Technic core with the handle. (sticking out the back in the first pic - I used the trans clear Technic from Podracers.) The rings sag very scarily of course, so I keep my joyous spinning moments brief!!

View PostSi-MOCs, on 11 April 2012 - 05:02 AM, said:

At first glance I did a bit of a groan - cause it was so absurd what you did. Then I started laughing at how absurd it is.
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The more I looked the louder I laughed... really great job.
You really did take the Alien line to the next fun-level.

and the tongue with the headsuckers - awesome.
I'm so happy - that's exactly the response I hoped for! Of the non-licensed kids' themes, AC is my favourite because of its humour. That whole B-movie Mars Attacks vibe is right up my street. The Earth Defense sets have no interest for me, I'm just in love with the aliens and the clingers and their kooky UFOs.
So glad you enjoyed the tongues!

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

Wow this truely is fantastic. (dont you think the clingers may fall off when travelling at lightspeed? :look: )
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

View PostThe Joker1, on 11 April 2012 - 04:07 PM, said:

Wow this truely is fantastic. (dont you think the clingers may fall off when travelling at lightspeed? :look: )

Nup - my attachment method can withstand lightspeed pressure Posted Image but I guess they might asphyxiate!

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