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    My main Lego interests include Space, Trains, Town, Star Wars and recently sculpture, but I get excited by all Lego themes.

    Apart from Lego, I like Snowboarding, Science Fiction, Reading, Writing, Doctor Who, Trains.

    I'm a former LEGO Ambassador to Brick.IE.


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  1. lostcarpark

    [MOC] Storm IV Twin Pod Cloud Car

    Thanks for the feedback. Regarding the size, I think the answer is, "it depends". I feel the 2002 version probably scaled reasonably well to vehicles LEGO were producing at that time, but most of the ships have grown considerably over the years. I've tried to use the UCS Millennium Falcon as my scale reference. One reason for this is because I'd like a shot of the Cloud Cars escorting the Falcon, so would like to have them to scale. But this seems to be roughly the scale LEGO work to as well, with the caveat that large ships tend to get shrunk, and small ones tend to get expanded. The cannon size of the Millennium Falcon is 34 metres. The UCS model is .84 metres or 105 studs long (I measured off 10179, but the new one is roughly the same size), making a scale of about 1:40. The cannon size of the Cloud Car is 7 metres long. This works out 17cm or 21 studs long, which mine is pretty close to. I actually printed out a top-down view of the cloud car with a stud grid overlaid, so I was able to lay sections of my model over it while I was building. And for comparison, the last T65 X-Wing (2012) was about 42 studs long (when the engines are included). The cannon size is 12.5m, which at the above scale should be 38 studs long, which is close enough in my book. If anyone is interested, a Star Destroyer would be about 36 metres long at this scale! :-)
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    [MOC] Storm IV Twin Pod Cloud Car

    I'd like to share my version of the Twin Pod Cloud Car: Storm IV Twin Pod Cloud Car 01 by James Shields, on Flickr The Cloud City part of Empire Strikes Back has always been one of my favourite parts of the Star Wars saga, and I think the cloud car is one of the most under-rated vehicles (it doesn't even get a mention in DK's "Complete Vehicles" book). LEGO have only attempted it once at minifig scale, all the way back in 2002: I've always felt the LEGO version could be improved on, and that feeling has only grown as the selection of orange curved parts has grown over the years. A couple of years ago I started collecting parts for my own version. I made several attempts to build one, but always got frustrated and ended up putting the project on the back burner. "You will not deviate from your present course." by James Shields, on Flickr Back in June, I decided to give it another go, using some techniques I'd picked up since my last attempt, as well as some better reference material I'd found. This version came together relatively quickly. Cloud Car over Bespin by James Shields, on Flickr I'm still not 100% satisfied, but I'm reasonably happy with the basic shape, and it scales pretty well to the UCS Millennium Falcon, so I think it's a good size. I expect I will keep tinkering with the design, and hopefully will keep making improvements. I also made a little bit of Cloud City: Cloud City Landing Pad 01 by James Shields, on Flickr The landing pad actually rests on the table, but I thought it would be fun to make it look higher, and add some other Cloud City buildings in the background. Thanks to Rhys Knight, who helped with the custom cloud car pilots:
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    [MOC] Porg!

    I shared in a few groups, yes. Thanks.
  4. lostcarpark

    [MOC] Porg!

    I did another revision of the mouth. I think I like this one best. I hope you like it. Porg! by James Shields, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Porg!

    Maybe... Or possibly curved slopes. I made a slight tweak to give him a mouth... Porg! by James Shields, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Porg!

    My last MOC of 2017 (probably): Porg! by James Shields, on Flickr It's a fairly quick Sunday morning build from my parts drawers, so nothing too fancy, but I like how it worked out. I tried a few ideas for the mouth, but I haven't found one that works yet. I may try a decal. I may try and do a smoother version later. Happy new year, everyone! James
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    75192 - UCS Millennium Falcon 2017 MOD/MOC

    Wow! I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to tie that much LEGO to my wall. If you paint the wall to look like the bridge of a Star Destroyer, it would look amazing!
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    Imperial Military Forces

    I love it. Well done!
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    [MOC] Hide and escape

    Wow! Really great build. Well done.
  10. You could extract the parts list for both from Bricklink and compare. I think 75192 is structurally pretty different internally to 10179, so I'm not surprised Rebrickable doesn't find a lot of commonality, though I wouldn't be surprised if there's quite a few where only the colour differs. You could possibly find a half way house, where you update the most noticeable parts, like the docking rings and the cockpit tunnel but leave the bulk of it unchanged. I suspect the cockpit pieces are going to be expensive for a while, though you should eventually be able to get them from Lego's part replacement service.
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    [MOC] Freighter Wars: YT-1210 The Canary

    Thanks for the comments everyone! @ScottishDave: I haven't yet figured out how to integrate the docking rings into either version of the UCS Falcon, but hope to put together some instructions later, hopefully for both versions. The thing I liked about the ship is that it's similar enough to the Falcon to be familiar, but different enough to be distinctive, and I've wanted to build one since I came across it in SW lore. I hope to improve it after the competition and eventually turn into a display model. James
  12. That's a really nice design. Well done. James
  13. Wow, that looks really great! Well done. James
  14. I'm sure you're all bored of YT variants by now, but here's my entry to Freighter Wars on Rebrick. Freighter Wars: The Canary by James Shields, on Flickr The Royal Andelussian Navy had long used Corellian Freighters for a variety of roles, and was quick to place a large order for the newly launched YT-1210. However, when this line was quickly superseded by the YT-1300, rumours were rife that the YT-1210 line was defective. These were denied by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, but it wasn't enough to stop the Andelussian admiralty cancelling the undelivered order and selling off their entire fleet of the model, before the navy engineers had even finished painting in the distinctive yellow and black Andelussian livery. Relations were strained with the Corellians, but eventually the situation was defused, and the Andelussian navy received a substantial discount on an order of YT-1300s. The sold off 1210s gave many freebooters a very capable freighter at a substantial discount, and it was very common for them to be customised by their new owners, but few bothered to change the hodge podge of Andelussian markings. I've been thinking of this ship for a build for several years, so the competition was a good chance to get on with it. I hope to eventually rebuild with a detailed interior and finish off bits I didn't have time for. Let me know what you think. I'd love opinions on it.