TemjinStrife

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  1. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] Star Wars: The X-Wing Story

    The Bomber is solid, with the exception of some of the 2x2 curved slopes in the front and the bomb dropper bit; the most challenging part of the build is the 1x2 curved slopes + clips that go onto the pneumatic T shapes that taper the cones. Once everything is together, they're less of a problem, but getting there takes some work. I don't think there's any real stress in the model (if there is, I think the only place would be the parts holding the bent portions of the wings in place; there is some stress on the Interceptor and Vader's Advanced on those parts, but nothing crazy). The X-wing is definitely less durable than the Bomber and the TIEs generally. I'm definitely more careful with it than the Jerac TIEs or Inthert's N1 and B-wing, although part of that is because if you do break something in the front fuselage of the X-wing, it can be a lot of work to fix it (while the others are much easier fixes).
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    [MOC] Star Wars: The X-Wing Story

    Not great lighting, but you get the idea. And yes, I did decide to only go with one dark tan tile on the nose.
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    [MOC] Star Wars: The X-Wing Story

    1. I have no problem with challenging builds; this was on the right side of challenging, as it wasn't actively frustrating, just took a lot of finagling and learning where to hold things when adding other things! 2. The little joystick-y, lightsaber-y thing that holds the gray DBG tile was what I was referring to. It looked like some random greebling or control stick, but instead was used to hold the DBG tile in a way that covered a gap. Similarly, it wasn't clear what the studs with bars and bars with clips on the lower sides of the fuselage did, until later when it becomes evident that they hold the wedge plate/turntable assemblies next to what would be the cargo hold (and at that point it was kind of a pain to adjust them to the right angles). 3. Yeah, I overbent the flex hoses; of course, they don't bend evenly and flatten out in the middle, so the clips (both above the nose, and the landing gear below) don't hold them super well. Wasn't sure if there was some other trick like, say, heating them (my experience with flex tubes is very limited, as I only recently rediscovered Lego after a ~20-year hiatus). 4. I can imagine with the parts list! I've had mixed results with Brickvault MOCs, so I'm glad that this one also didn't require any supplemental orders. 5. Note that the "stand" file was listed as "xw stand x3.xml" so that might be the reason there were three stands' worth of parts . . . 6. Re: R2: The issue is less the tiles and more the DBG upside-down 1x1 with vertical clips. I'll have to play with it; but it would definitely be easier to insert R2 prior to having the two halves together! 7. I wasn't expecting compatibility with 75218, but I was hoping that a few more parts might have crossed over. Ahh well. Thanks again for designing this and making the instructions available! I'll see if I can snap some shots tonight.
  4. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] Star Wars: The X-Wing Story

    Built Red 5 over the weekend (except for three of the cannon, due to one last BL order with the tubing that arrived today). Build/partslist Impressions: This is probably the most challenging MOC I've ever built; even more so than Inthert's N1 or B-Wing. The fuselage is extremely complex and quite fragile/touchy until you finally put it together (fortunately, it is generally quite solid once together). The wing gearbox is ingenious, although the interlocking wing frames require some intense attention to detail to make sure you have them together and oriented correctly. There were a bunch of really cool/unexpected areas where a small detail in one step became a significant detail in another (particularly the DBG road sign). For future reference, is there a trick when dealing with super short bent pieces of flex tubing? Those were the most challenging; both to keep in place, to keep bent, and also when attaching the nose landing gear (which doesn't quite fold flat in mine by ~1mm). The parts list actually worked first try, which was nice; however, somehow I ended up with enough parts to build 3 stands. Only thing I'm not looking forward to is trying to get R2 in there; it would have been easier to assemble and put him in before attaching the front and back fuselages together (particularly since there's a nice way of locking him in with a bar through the hole in the bottom of his body that is a pain to line up after it's built)! If you bought 75218 as a parts pack for an X-wing MOC, there's not a lot of crossover (at least if you're building Red 5, I imagine there are some more useful tiles if building the "new" version); basically just the engine intakes, the DBG barrels, and the windscreen, plus a few miscellaneous tiles and axles. There are a fair few LBG 12 tooth bevel gears in the list (which can be rare/expensive); three of them are internal and can be the more modern light tan color. That said, the end result is fantastic. Really gorgeous piece, and once you finally get it together it's sturdier than the build experience might indicate. Very happy with this one, and my hat is off to Jerac as I can't imagine how challenging this must have been to design.
  5. Wow, those pictures of the Aggressor next to Mirko's U-Wing are instructive. That U-wing is beautiful but a bear to display; it gives you an idea of how big the Aggressor is!
  6. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] Star Wars: The X-Wing Story

    Looks great! Can't wait to build Red 5. The X-wing was the first SW ship I built in Lego back in the '90s using mostly Blacktron parts; I'm loving what Jerac's obsessiveness and attention to detail (and our modern parts library) bring to this version.
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    [MOC] The Empire Over Jedha City

    Been following this one; great size and scale and incredible construction. Can't wait for SD instructions (along with instructions or similar for your Venator and First Order SD!)
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    R2-Bus2

    That's great!
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    [MOC] X-Wing Fighter Midi-scale

    Looks great! Do you have, and/or are you willing to share, an LDD/Stud.io file?
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    TIE Fighter & TIE Interceptor

    Right, but his point was that because they are in production, you can get them through Bricks and Pieces (where they are both cheaper and more available than through Bricklink).
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    [MOC] Another AT-ST version 2

    Wow, this looks great!
  12. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] T-65 X-wing w/ LDD

    Nice! Very interested to see how it translates to real bricks!
  13. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] X-Wing Fighter Midi-scale

    B.
  14. TemjinStrife

    [MOC] X-Wing Fighter Midi-scale

    That looks great! Whenever you settle on a final version, I would very much like to build it.
  15. TemjinStrife

    SFS TIE/x1 Advanced

    My guess is it will be easier in the Advance, since there are no cheese slopes in between the hinges that force you to try to push it together at an angle. The T/A looks like you can do it straight in; the Bomber forces you to try to apply enough pressure to put the hinges together at an angle.