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[MOC] Interstellar Ranger (and more)

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Interstellar was one of my favorite films from the past five years. After I first saw it, I tried to build the Ranger spacecraft, but was stumped by all the shallow angles and gave up. I finally returned to it this summer and managed to finish it up. It's not perfect but it swooshes quite well, so I'm happy with it. :grin:

48316590526_5728a19599_b.jpgThose aren't mountains by Tembets, on Flickr

One of the things I did differently on my second attempt was to mask the windows in with stickers (the front ones are masked in over a 1x6x5 panel and a pair of 1x4x3 window) because at minifigure scale there was just no way for me to capture all the little angles in bricks in a way that I was happy with. This also freed up some space to work on the shaping around the fuselage.

48405919082_acefb05239_b.jpgRanger by Tembets, on Flickr

In the film, the front landing gear extends out from under the winglets at an angle. I managed to more or less capture this with a bar supported by a droid arm that can fold down to land, or up and under the winglets for flight. The rear hatch can swing down, and there is a second set of sliding doors that isolate the cabin from the outside.

48405773996_6527abf98f_b.jpgRanger by Tembets, on Flickr

Figures from left to right: Cooper, Brand, Romilly, Doyle, TARS, Mann. I didn't have access to Illustrator or anything at the time, so I ended up making all the stickers in powerpoint :laugh:

48405772111_e5e2f1cbb0_b.jpgEndurance by Tembets, on Flickr

And as a little bonus, I made the Endurance spacecraft as well as part of a short video I did of this MOC (below).

The Ranger is also posted to LEGO Ideas if you are interested, thanks for checking my MOC out!

 

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Fantastic model.  Already supported on Lego Ideas.

And I have to say, I love the stop motion animation in the video, it was very impressive!

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Very slick looking spaceship with an equally slick looking crew!

Only question I have is how many, if any, minifigures the ship can seat?

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Thanks for the comments Nathan and Laura! It seats 4 minifigures plus TARS just like in the film. You can kind of see the cabin with the seating in this picture here:

48416295146_61e3a9196d_b.jpgRanger by Tembets, on Flickr

And here's the underside if anyone was curious:

48416449542_b8b35ddb80_b.jpgRanger by Tembets, on Flickr

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Interstellar is my favorite movie from the last 5 years as well. The ranger looks awesome, good job! The video looks nice as well!

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Bumping to add links to (free) instructions I made for this model. If you have any trouble assembling the model, please let me know. The one mistake I know of in the instructions is for modules 11/12 the white 1x2x2 slope should be facing the other way so the straight end is facing the other way.

Imgur (JPEG album)

Google Drive (downloadable PDF)

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