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[MOC] [INSTRUCTIONS] UCS Tantive IV - CR-90 Corvette

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Satisfaction here :) The instructions look well crafted, especially for such large model. The design appears great as well. Thanks Kit!

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I wanted to thank everyone who has decided to start building this model for themselves! The excitement all of you have shown so far really makes me look forward to seeing the first WIP-pictures, build feedback and especially modifications to the design! I've heard people considering microscale interiors and all sorts of cool modifications to the ship itself! So please keep me posted on your progress and I'm always happy to help whenever I can along the way, too! :)

Have fun building everyone! And if you want to join in, just PM me for the instructions!

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Definitely going to have to build this at some point. 

Quick question, what is the distance from stand-end to stand-end.  As in, what is the minimum length of a shelf required to display it?

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On 5/8/2019 at 9:18 AM, Anio said:

I've always wondered how people can achieve that... O_o

It makes less than 0.08€ per part. And 0.08€ is barely the price of a plate 1x2.

I did tons of Bricklink order over the last 10 years to build tons of MOCs. I have never ever been even close to 0.08€ per part.

I agree, especially if buying new parts.  Once you factor in many orders and all the shipping costs, I would expect this to cost around $1000 if not more (assuming you don't have any parts).  There's a point near the end of any project where pieces become difficult to find, leading to several tiny orders.

BTW- Awesome model.  This is the model I was hoping we would get from Lego.

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Awsome model, and as a previous user states, the white wheels are gonna become a problem, a brick built solution or change of colour will be needed soon

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Very impressive, the only thing that jumps out at me that could really improve the look without much work is making the slopes on each side of the hammerhead front section a little steeper.

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@atlas By that you mean making the 'rings' progressively smaller with faster rate? I feel like that would make the steps look too big and ugly.

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One more happy costumer here! :-) It seems to be a long project (at least 6 months) for me to build this.

At the moment Bricklink calculates me 620 USD or 550 EUR from 6 stores with mixed parts (new/used), so I think it's achievable, but only in small portions.

The problem is, that the many white parts can look weird, if you don't have the same condition for all.

With all new white parts the total cost is exactly 1000 USD or 900 EUR...

What do you think? How would it look like with yellowed/dirty white parts?

Edited by ClassicLook

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16 hours ago, Kristof said:

@atlas By that you mean making the 'rings' progressively smaller with faster rate? I feel like that would make the steps look too big and ugly.

i would definitely do the staggered curved slopes in steps of 2 (like in the outer red ring) instead of 3. For me the cockpit shape is very distinctive and having a steeper angle would make it really shine. The rings would still be the same size but instead of 3 side by side on each level you'd have groups of 2, so it reaches higher points in the middle of the two truncated cones. Just looking at it i'm pretty confident the steeper silhouette would bring attract more attention than a couple extra edges created by the groups of 2 instead of 3. They would still go up one plate per 'step' so it would look very similar, just taller.

It would also be possible to bypass this issue and instead make each of the four main surfaces of each cone one row of curved slopes angled down together, instead of placed in steps at right angles. You could fill in the gaps with a similar technique which is used in jerac;s tie bomber cockpit with 1x2 cheese grate slopes between curved slopes. However the 'steps' are a not a problem at all for me aesthetically because they maintain the silhouette well with only minor 'pixelation' effect, and the same technique is used elsewhere is the model to good effect so it flows well too. Basically I would just make the cockpit section taller by doing steps of slopes in twos rather than threes. It could make a noticeable difference for minimal effort, would be cool to see in bricks. Im only harping on this because it's the only part of the model that distracts me because everything else is so well done that it appearing a little off draws the eye away from all that excellent work. I know kit has already released instructions so I get that it's not practical to implement this change, it's just an idea I had looking at it again

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^ Yep, makes sense when you explain it more. Good, albeit non trivial suggestion. these good looking ring diameters made out of curved slopes don't just run around in arbitrary sizes :D I would like to see a take on it though. Could be interesting.

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21 hours ago, ClassicLook said:

One more happy costumer here! :-) It seems to be a long project (at least 6 months) for me to build this.

At the moment Bricklink calculates me 620 USD or 550 EUR from 6 stores with mixed parts (new/used), so I think it's achievable, but only in small portions.

The problem is, that the many white parts can look weird, if you don't have the same condition for all.

With all new white parts the total cost is exactly 1000 USD or 900 EUR...

What do you think? How would it look like with yellowed/dirty white parts?

I wouldn't actually recommend using all new parts, not just because they're more expensive but because the Tantive IV isn't perfectly shiny in-universe. In fact I used a lot of used bricks in my model, even some with quite a bit of yellowing and I really quite like the look of it. In fact, I think it would look weird having it perfectly shiny and new.

18 hours ago, atlas said:

i would definitely do the staggered curved slopes in steps of 2 (like in the outer red ring) instead of 3. For me the cockpit shape is very distinctive and having a steeper angle would make it really shine. The rings would still be the same size but instead of 3 side by side on each level you'd have groups of 2, so it reaches higher points in the middle of the two truncated cones. Just looking at it i'm pretty confident the steeper silhouette would bring attract more attention than a couple extra edges created by the groups of 2 instead of 3. They would still go up one plate per 'step' so it would look very similar, just taller.

It would also be possible to bypass this issue and instead make each of the four main surfaces of each cone one row of curved slopes angled down together, instead of placed in steps at right angles. You could fill in the gaps with a similar technique which is used in jerac;s tie bomber cockpit with 1x2 cheese grate slopes between curved slopes. However the 'steps' are a not a problem at all for me aesthetically because they maintain the silhouette well with only minor 'pixelation' effect, and the same technique is used elsewhere is the model to good effect so it flows well too. Basically I would just make the cockpit section taller by doing steps of slopes in twos rather than threes. It could make a noticeable difference for minimal effort, would be cool to see in bricks. Im only harping on this because it's the only part of the model that distracts me because everything else is so well done that it appearing a little off draws the eye away from all that excellent work. I know kit has already released instructions so I get that it's not practical to implement this change, it's just an idea I had looking at it again

Thanks for the feedback, atlas! I agree that the angle might be a bit flat on my model but if I remember correctly I tried making the sections two studs wide and it didn't look right at all. It didn't look smooth enough and was actually to high of an angle. The Jerac-technique might work but I am very bad at building in that style and I prefer the cockpit being smooth and sturdy to the minor setback of the angle being slightly off. I'd be very interested in seeing others modifying the cockpit, though! So please share photos here if anyone makes modifications to the design! :)

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43 minutes ago, Kit Bricksto said:

I wouldn't actually recommend using all new parts, not just because they're more expensive but because the Tantive IV isn't perfectly shiny in-universe.

No fake : you can buy new parts and still have hue variations.

haha haha haha.

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8 hours ago, Kit Bricksto said:

I wouldn't actually recommend using all new parts, not just because they're more expensive but because the Tantive IV isn't perfectly shiny in-universe. In fact I used a lot of used bricks in my model, even some with quite a bit of yellowing and I really quite like the look of it. In fact, I think it would look weird having it perfectly shiny and new.

Thanks, I'm going to do that way.

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On 5/19/2019 at 9:21 PM, Kit Bricksto said:

 

Thanks for the feedback, atlas! I agree that the angle might be a bit flat on my model but if I remember correctly I tried making the sections two studs wide and it didn't look right at all. It didn't look smooth enough and was actually to high of an angle. The Jerac-technique might work but I am very bad at building in that style and I prefer the cockpit being smooth and sturdy to the minor setback of the angle being slightly off. I'd be very interested in seeing others modifying the cockpit, though! So please share photos here if anyone makes modifications to the design! :)

Fair enough. I'm glad you considered it. As I said it looks fantastic, it's only that it looks a tiny bit uncanny because of the angle. That might just be me though.

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