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  1. @Falcrum You’re not wrong. I was comparing the pictures to the original flat light grey MOC, the silver rally stands out and I thought the reflections and bright sunlight helped, but on its own it’s hardly noticeable… maybe like you say a little bit dusty! I’ll have to work on showing the silver off better.
  2. I've spray painted a couple of my mocs silver and the result has been pretty good, so I thought I'd give it a go on Mando's N-1. I use vinyl dye spray paint, as far as I know it's used for painting synthetic leather and soft plastics, for example car interiors, but it works well on ABS too. The paint soaks slightly into the Lego and offers some scratch resistance, unfortunately it also changes the surface texture making it harder to pull pieces apart. Two coats gives a good finish without adding any thickness, most importantly the Lego logo is still clear! I'm pleased with how this one looks, I'd planned to only paint the light grey pieces but also tried the dark grey cones on the engine intakes and the darker base colour actually gives a better reflection.
  3. The cockpit windscreen and bubble canopy pieces give these their chibi look, they’re a bit too big but I think the rest of the ships’ proportions are okay. @khatmorg I hadn’t read that article before, thanks for the link! It’s interesting to see which sets are the closest to their chosen minifigure scale. I like the idea of choosing the UCS Falcon as a reference, 1:41 is a good scale for minifigures looking the right size in scenes.
  4. I've dragged my feet with the Mandalorian version of my N-1, everyone else seemed to get it out there within 24hrs of the episode, but here she is! The structure is essentially the same as my Naboo N-1, still very strong as swooshable, with some hints at exposed structural areas and slightly different engines. I have decided to go with strength and low cost rather than exhastive detail, since the cockpit is oversized anyway I was never going to be able to make this as accurate as some of the other amazing versions out there but there is plenty of detail and the tail and bottom engine definitely won't fall off :) The ship is 28cm long, consists of 331 common pieces and cost around £31 to build. Instructions are free over on Rebrickable...
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    Hi all. I've done a minor update to the mod to add a point to the tail overhanging the cockpit canopy. I still haven't used any extra pieces, just repurposed the notched-wedges behind the canopy and the yellow quarter tiles underneath the tail fin (such a shame they weren't white!). The new cockpit canopy can still be removed as it's connected under the white hinge plates by a jumper plate, it just can't be hinged open. I've also added new photos to the top post and updated the instructions for the mod on Rebrickable. Here's a couple of pictures to show the change...
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    Updating Your Minifigs

    My old 2008 young 'Snips' Ahsoka had cracked feet, I always meant to replace her legs but recently wondered what she'd look like with medium legs, so I gave it a try. The much newer white medium leg pieces fit very stiffly with the old reddish brown hip part but nothing broke when I forced the parts together, phew! think she's the perfect height now, much better for her age. I'm not sure about the cut-down lightsaber I gave her though, might have to go back to a regular piece.
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    @Per_SW I did the same, I’ve never done it before and weirdly fun is exactly right! I may try to find a way to easily fit in some plates with rails to fill those gaps but I’m glad you liked the mod.
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    Here's my own modified set and landing pad. It's a great little set and the Taun We figure is really special, I'm very pleased with how the modification turned out too... and slightly relieved that it worked! Free instructions for the mod and landing pad are on my Rebrickable page...
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    [MOC] [Instructions] Midi-Scale Razor Crest

    I can't stop staring at your Razor Crest, I'm not the biggest fan of SNOT but the textures and lines you've managed to create really draw the eye in and add a lot to the ship, it really does look like a model. How's the strength and what does it weigh?
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    Return of the Jedi in LEGO

    These Home One pictures are without a doubt some of my favourite shots of yours so far! It's great watching the story unfold in your mocs, there aren't many long-term big scale projects like this. I'm really looking forward to seeing the Battle of Endor unfold!
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    The Clone Trooper Command Station (set 40558) problem.

    It’s out of stock on the UK site, maybe briefly available overnight. the problem in the UK is that Lego of all themes is inconsistently stocked, my local independent toy store get what they can but regularly aren’t able to get Star Wars, Harry Potter and Marvel sets on release. Demand is also very high, our online retailers like Zavvi and Amazon sell out of preorders quickly so if you aren’t putting some effort in it’s easy to miss out. Our supermarkets and other big name high street stores have some stock but are more likely to be selling discounted old sets than recently released ones. We’re also experiencing high inflation and poor supply chain for all sorts of things, not sure if Lego gets caught up in that but recently heavily discounted May releases show that could be the case. Lastly, there is very good availability for all sets if you’re willing to buy from a scalper and pay double or more. The Clone Trooper Command Station has been available on eBay for £17-30 (plus postage) since release. Whatever the problem is with stock, shipping and supply from Lego the scalpers are making it worse. I played their game, set up stock alerts from several sources and bought my friend and I a Clone Trooper Command Station each at 4:30am on the 12th June from the Lego website, they were out of stock when I checked again at 10am. Did the same for the Ahsoka Brickhead a while ago, so it’s possible to get these sets but only if you put in effort and patience.
  12. @SerenityInFire thanks! And I’ve enjoyed collecting mini figures again, posing them around Mocs adds a lot to a picture, I forgot that whilst doing micro stuff. I’ve also resumed work on Dinn’s N-1, here she is so far…
  13. This ship is an old favourite of mine, along with Anakin's Podracer they represent the geeky peak of my youth! Having a go at this in midi-scale was a lot of fun, the ship came together really quickly and going bigger than micro meant being able to explore lots of ways to do the curvy body. It's turned out to be a simple little build that is about 2/3 the length of the last set by Lego and hopefully just as sturdy. I started this one with the cockpit and droid socket area, a pilot can sit inside but it's a tight fit, their arms will have to be touching the controls at exactly the right angle and their hands need to be upside down. I've managed to squeeze in controls and a single instrument along with some seat padding, the pilot will be sitting on the floor which is the plate running along the bottom of the ship. The sides of the ship were the most interesting part of putting this together, getting them connected so they rest in position and don't move was tricky. I have to admit that I stole the engine construction from the 2015 Naboo Starfighter set 75092, the designers have definitely come up with the best method there is and it's a very strong and cheap solution too. Finally, there's a simple and cheap stand to display the starfighter, at a bookshelf-friendly angle. I had the idea for this on the 1st of May and hammered away at it for two days to get it finished for the 4th, there's nothing like leaving your homework until the last minute, right? I am working on a Mandalorian version, making slow progress but I'll have it done at some point. The N-1 is a compact 27.2cm long, 20.8cm wide and weighs about 200g, overall its about 2/3 the size of the 2015 N-1 set. Free instructions are on Rebrickable, I used the most common parts I could to keep the cost down, for the 259 pieces it will cost about £25 but adding a printed droid head will be extra. I finished this one a little while ago and have made a few minor updates to more closely match the build of my Mando version (posted later). Thanks for looking! The Mandalorian's N-1 is ready too! More info on a later reply, here's a couple of pictures...
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    @Staley I was so pleased with myself for getting that joke in the instructions, good to hear it’s appreciated!
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    @Per_SW I'm gonna do exactly that, straight to the mod, never done it before and it feels kind of naughty! @scoiltreasa I've linked the Studio model file in the top post. It needs some work, theres some collisions I only spotted after doing the render and couldn't be bothered to fix, plus all the wedge plates are really expensive. I'll work on the pad and update, but feel free to grab the file and make it your own :)