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  1. SquirrelArmy

    42110 - Land Rover Defender

    It all depends on the running gear. As long as there’s no asymmetric elements there it should be fine. Although I will be waiting to see if this is the case before I buy. Lego actually made the Mini Cooper RH drive so I know they do usually think about the origins of a car.
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    42110 - Land Rover Defender

    My big complaint is that it’s left hand drive. The original Land Rover is a British classic and the driving position should show that. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem to build it with the steering wheel on the correct side.
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    [PRESS RELEASE] 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

    With UCS you get the detail. The SSD level of detail was perfect for the scale of the model. I’m actually starting to wonder if the size of this UCS was actually dictated by the mini Tantive IV included. The proportions look spot on especially in the pictures of it in the hold.
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    [PRESS RELEASE] 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

    Interesting that you mention the Falcon building experience. I don’t think there’s one to match it. However I found building the UCS SSD a little uninspiring compared to it. Endless rows of grey plates. It was all a bit bland. As a display piece it looks fantastic though and this new ship will look amazing next to it. Just have to decide if it’s worth the vast expense.
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    [PRESS RELEASE] 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

    It looks good but not £650 good. I’ll wait for the inevitable price drop. Also the positioning of the Tantive IV could be better. I know it’s matching what they’ve done with the SSD but the only place to put the T IV is below the ship getting tractor beamed into the interior.
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    I've just bought 3 75211 TIE Fighters from Argos in their 3 for 2 sale. Going to use 2 of the TIE's as standard, cannibalise the third and mix it with the TIE X1 from 75150 to make it even bigger and will put the minifigs I don't want on bricklink.
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    Trench Run MOC to Display Minifig Scale Ships

    The TIE from 75150 looks too small in comparison to the X-Wing. I'm either going to upgrade the TIE-A to a larger MOC or add a TIE 75211. Still have to decide which is the better option.
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    Trench Run MOC to Display Minifig Scale Ships

    Time for a big update. All of my outstanding bricklink deliveries arrived this weekend so I've spent a lot of time building. This is the basic structure of the trench wall. Lots of 1x2 technic blocks with pints. I think this was the cheapest and most efficient way of building a reasonably high wall which doesn't need much support. There are two towers of bricks taking most of the weight behind the wall. The extended shelf area where the trench run will live. Two more wall sections Incredibly repetitive process, I'm glad it's over. Close up of the turbo laser. Fun build although the designer has used a couple of illegal techniques. I may change the way the guns sit in the turret at some point. The finished exhaust port. I didn't use more LBG/DBG bar pieces due to the rarity and expense of some of them. The browns and white don't really stand out as being wrong. The X-Wing will be getting raised and tilted. I've ordered some trans clear supports, the round bricks don't really support it that well. Some of the greebling work I've done. I've got a lot more surface area to cover, this could take a while. I'm still on the fence when it comes to adding TIE fighters to the rear. I could definitely fit one in there,
  9. I'm really liking Studio 2.0. I'll be trying to do some comparisons of digital vs real life soon just to see how good the rendering is. Only thing holding me back is the lack of somewhere to take studio quality photos at home. In the meantime here's my favourite render of my latest MOC. This was done using Asteroid. Don't think I changed any of the other settings though
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    Display for Star Wars UCS sets?

    If Lego are going to partner with Ikea they should definitely sync up the display area sizes with standard baseplate sizes. Kallax is close. The depth fits perfectly for a 48x48 plate but the widths of the squares don't match. It's a shame as they do a glass door and shelf accessory which would be perfect for displaying most smaller sets just nothing on the size of a UCS. I've removed the top dividers out of a 4x4 Kallax unit and the SSD fits perfectly within it. Looking at the press release for the Ikea collaboration and I'm guessing it's more about storage units with baseplates on top rather than display units.
  11. You're right about explanations being needed. From what I can make out and from experience on the actual model, the dark red warnings are for parts which will stay but are likely to collapse easily. The pinker parts do actually have a little more support compared to the dark bricks. For the base I believe it's showing them as a caution due the the amount of weight above the blocks. The 75° slopes and the bricks along the same axis are showing the fail point of the wall if too much pressure was put on the top. I'll have to create an unstable model to try and refine the details further but it seems that cautions are fine but just be wary of the design, If there's a warning it seems the piece will hold but could be knocked off easily. I've even tried it on some Lego sets such as the Tie Advanced and X-Wing, both of those sets have shown a number of cautions and warnings. If anyone has the Nebulon B in lxf it would be interesting to see the results of that MOC!
  12. There's just been an update for the new Studio 2.0 Beta. As well as adding tools and dedicated parts library for the Bricklink AFOL program there is a new tool which will definitely aid creators. The stability checker will analyse your MOC and flag up where there will be any potential issues in terms of stability & clutch power. I've just run the tool on a section of my trench run and compared it to the real thing and I have to agree with the software. The areas where it's highlighted a potential issue are definitely areas where I'm thinking of adding more support and have now redesigned those sections. Not knowing how strong a MOC will be is one of the biggest downsides of working digitally instead of physically. It looks like this is a good step in the right direction.
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    REVIEW: 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

    This set has me on the fence, some parts such as the range of Minifigs and vehicles are great, the details of the rooms are also great but the actual structure of the city itself doesn't really appeal at all. As many people have already said, how are you supposed to display something that is to be viewed on all sides? There's the coffee table option but a prime display spot like that needs to be saved for a UCS Falcon not a glorified playset. I've also been trying to justify the cost too. £300 in the UK is expensive but when you take out the value of the minifigs it's actually quite reasonable in terms of cost per part. I generally value each minifig in a set as £5 each for a version we've seen before and £10 for an exclusive one. You can easily attribute between 1/3 and 1/2 of the cost of the set purely on the minfigs. Once you discount the minifigs from the set the price per piece is between 5 & 7p depending on how you value the exclusives. If I did buy this set I wouldn't display it as designed. Instead of being based on a circle I'd actually build it as a semi circle so all the rooms can be viewed from one side. I'd try to incorporate the cloud city profile, I'd also add some detail below the city to hang Luke from. I see this as a set with potential to be a great MOC, you have lots of detailed features that deserve to be seen, you can take the core elements of the set and actually build something worthy of display from it. Once the set is available for import into Stud.io I'm going to see what can be done with it.
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    Trench Run MOC to Display Minifig Scale Ships

    I’ve got a couple of designs for large units upto 3 bricks high so that would be the maximum. Will probably want most to be around 1 stud high but with varying heights across the trench. Visible studs are fine. Colours to suit the death star so the full range of greys, black, possibly brown/dark tan. Linked squares are fine. I’ll end up playing a form of tetris once all the sections are designed. I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with.
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    Trench Run MOC to Display Minifig Scale Ships

    I’m definitely looking for other input for greebling designs. There will be around 200 squares to fill. Some can be linked together, I’m already planning on placing tubing between them at various points too. They are all 6x6 with a 1 stud gap to the next one.