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  1. Darthmarty

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Yeah, I've been confused by this recent discussion too. @Cjd223, glad to hear that your remastered version is coming along, I'm looking forward to it. I think I've acquired all of the parts for the original version, with some substitutions as well as extra things like minifigs I wanted. I own a Bricklink store so that helps for sourcing parts for large MOCs like this. I actually even purchased 3 of the 2005 Sandcrawlers (10144), because I wanted some of the reddish brown panels plus some other parts, and parted out the remainder of the sets into my store. I still haven't built the MOC yet, just haven't found the time, and at this point I might as well wait for the remastered instructions. I for one would prefer to support the @Cjd223 version of the remaster, and I don't have a problem paying again even though I already purchased the first version, because I understand how much of an enormous undertaking this is. Everyone that keeps asking if the V2 instructions will be free if they previously purchased the V1 instructions, really do not have a full understanding of how many hours of work go into a project like this. On that note, it is a little disappointing to see that someone else might be working on a remaster of this without proper communication between all parties. Not only is it not fair to All-Out Brick (and maybe Brick Vault too?), it is also very confusing to people that might want to purchase this, and a waste of somebody's time and effort if two versions of a remaster are being worked on simultaneously. I don't think I will support the other remaster if All-Out Brick is getting cut out of the deal, I'll just make the best of it with what I have. Two things that would be really helpful to me for a remastered version of this: 1) a better, more thorough explanation of how to do the electronics wiring. I do not have a lot of experience with LEGO motors or lighting, so incorporating this into the instruction steps, or perhaps photographs, would be very helpful. I think I've purchased all the electronic components that I need, based on previous discussions in this thread, but it was pretty difficult to figure out, so adding a parts list for motors/lighting would be helpful. These discontinued parts are getting more and more expensive, not to mention could degrade in some cases, so I wonder if anyone has considered upgrading to the current "Powered Up" motors etc. It would be nice to use motors etc that are currently available through LEGO (and are often cheaper than RRP on Bricklink). 2) Incorporating an interior design into the instructions. I believe @bricksmarlin designed a fabulous interior, I was going to figure out some of that based on photos and past discussions from this thread, but maybe you guys could work together to add that interior design to the remastered instructions.
  2. Darthmarty

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    The Sandcrawler is amazing. I purchased the instructions yesterday, as well as for Cavegod's Imperial Shuttle Tydirium. I've read through this forum a couple times and have taken some notes, it is hard to follow all the suggestions when they are so spread out. It is great to hear that there will be an update to the instructions hopefully sometime this year. I understand how much work that is. In the meantime, I think it would be worthwhile to have an addendum to the instructions for doing the power functions. The power functions are emphasized extensively in the video on Brickvault, but there is nothing in the instructions about it. I should be able to figure it out from the photos and advice in this this thread, but it really should be something that is included in the instructions package you purchase. Couple questions: 1) Has anyone tried to update the power functions to the new Powered Up, Bluetooth system? What would be the equivalent items needed? The Powered Up motors look like they're shaped differently so would need some retrofitting. Powered Up isn't cheap, but as power functions grows increasingly dated and more and more expensive, it might come out around the same. Most of the Powered Up items are out of stock at LEGO S@H right now, so looks like I'm Bricklinking the Powered Up items (and getting what I need for Tydirium while I'm at it). 2) The small vehicle @bricksmarlin had in some of his photos with the droids in it, is that a MOC, or from an actual set? I'm guessing MOC, but either way I thought it looked cool. 3) Could someone post some close up shots of how to do the crane? I wasn't quite sure how this was built, some of the photos are either too far away or too dark. Thanks!
  3. Darthmarty

    Building Mortesv's Nebulon-B Thread

    Have folks heard about this? http://www.brickfinder.net/2020/01/23/vote-for-the-next-lego-star-wars-ucs-set/ I hope if Lego makes a version of the Nebulon B, that they do it justice while not making it blatantly similar to this version. Maybe they should include @mortesv in the design discussions. It would be interesting to see a 7,000+ part count design with maybe a little bit of interior (Luke's medical room perhaps? More likely it'll be a 3,000-4,000 piece model, or worse something similar to the Cloud City set. I finished obtaining the parts for the Mortesv Nebulon a few months ago, and started building, but I'm holding off on finishing until I figure out how I want to display it. I've played with the @churcholo design for the stands quite a bit in the Bricklink Studio program, and tried to integrate into the design file many of the modifications and part substitutions suggested over the 27 pages of this thread. This took a considerable amount of time. I would be happy to share this with @Cjd223 or @mortesv if they were interested. There are so many questions that keep getting repeated in this thread, perhaps it would be worth sharing an updated design file to folks that purchase the instructions. One of the nice things about Studio is you can upload the file data right into a Bricklink wanted list.
  4. Darthmarty

    Building Mortesv's Nebulon-B Thread

    Yes, actually I just finished building the Falcon that comes with the Neb plans (purchased the plans quite a while ago). And I've referenced pages 7-9 for the micro-fighters. Forgot to re-check that other thread though. That was a cool exploding tie fighter! I just thought the Brickvault designs were an interesting take on the ships. Some features I like and some I like better on the versions discussed here. The Brickvault version of the Falcon at first glance almost looks like they borrowed some of the design of the Mortesv Falcon, but after shelling out the $10 for all the instructions (Falcon+micro-fighters), the Falcon intenal structure is quite different. It is still a cool design that I might build for the heck of it, but would need some retrofitting in order to attach it under the Neb-B, so I'll stick with the Falcon design that comes with the Neb-B for that.
  5. Darthmarty

    Building Mortesv's Nebulon-B Thread

    I'm curious what folks think of this version of the small fighter ships from Brickvault: https://www.brickvault.toys/products/rebel-empire-fighters-micro-scale They look cool, though may be a slightly different scale. Brickvault also admits to some possible illegal build techniques mainly regarding how the wings of the tie fighter ships are attached. Brickvault also has an interesting version of a micro scale Millennium Falcon (https://www.brickvault.toys/collections/all/products/millennium-falcon-outrider-micro-scale). I don't like how flat the rear looks from the top, though I do like how they did the engine section. There's a few other parts that look interesting, like the minifigure neck brackets and 1x2 grilles on the front, and the fact that it has landing gear! It obviously doesn't have a method to attach the falcon to the Neb-B. I think I'll buy the plans from Brickvault (costs about $10 and they give a discount if you buy the falcon and fighter ship plans together), and make some sort of a hybrid between the different designs. I've been gradually gathering parts for the Neb-B, GR-75, and CR-90, I'm something like 75% there!
  6. Darthmarty

    Building Mortesv's Nebulon-B Thread

    So, I was going through the LDD files for the Nebulon-B, and I noticed there seems to be a small chunk of the rear exterior that is in the instructions, but missing from the file. This is page 145-150 of the instruction manual, and it's a section underneath the front of the rear part of the ship. Maybe this has already been discussed elsewhere in this thread, but not that I can remember (and I've read through all 23 pages at least a half dozen times). For some reason the forum isn't letting me upload a screen shot I took, but like I said this is page 145-150 of the instruction manual, and step 105. It was easy enough to add back in. I've finally started collecting the pieces to make this; I'll get it built someday...
  7. Darthmarty

    75192 - UCS Millennium Falcon 2017 MOD/MOC

    Or even an XML file for a parts list. I'm sure I can figure out some of it from the pictures, but files of any kind might speed it up, I would probably still make some minor mods from there. Yay, 10th post! Totally missed this post earlier, I'll take a look at those. The Google Translate seems to work pretty well. Might be a while before I have much time to spend on making mods to my Falcon. I liked MatrixOne's version of the engine as well.
  8. Darthmarty

    Building Mortesv's Nebulon-B Thread

    I have the same problem. I want to PM @churcholo. Does anyone know how he integrated his rear stand into the back of the Neb-B? I found the lxf for his stand a number of pages back but not sure how to connect it. I want to use his stand but also Ecmo47's interior mods for the improved structure (Ecmo sent me the files for his mods - thank you Ecmo!). 1 post to go...
  9. Darthmarty

    75192 - UCS Millennium Falcon 2017 MOD/MOC

    Very interesting mods, everyone. I skimmed through this entire thread, I'll have to study some of the pictures more thoroughly when I am ready to try some of them. For now, I'm waiting for one of two orders from bricklink with parts for the Efferman stand, very excited to try that out and reclaim some space on my dresser! @MatrixOne, do you have any LDD files for your engine mods? Also wondering if anyone has LDD files for interior mods that they've done? There may've been some files that were shared early on in this thread, but I noticed a few links seemed broken. I guess a lot of the mods in general have been trial and error on the original set, but I think I'll have a hard time figuring things out just from pictures.
  10. Szimson, yes it is legit. The seller Alyse_dv is CJD223. Not sure why he uses a different name on EBay. See page 19 of the Nebulon-B build forum: I will also add that I purchased the plans from him on eBay, and it was very quick, he sent a link for me to download the files - the LDD files and a PDF manual.
  11. Very excited about this MOC too (to go with the Mortesv Nebulon-B etc). And I used to think I had missed out by not obtaining the official Lego UCS version. Didn't even know about the 10198 Tantive IV set, probably cause it's part of the UCS line. Here's some links to compare the official Lego sets. The MOC is definitely the largest and most detailed - about 2800 pieces vs 1747 or 1408! https://brickset.com/sets/10198-1/Tantive-IV https://brickset.com/sets/10019-1/Rebel-Blockade-Runner I think it'll take me a while to acquire the parts for the Nebulon B, but the CR-90 and GR-75 Troop Transport will be easier due to being less parts and more affordable. That being said, I think it'll be wise to compare parts lists and order parts that are needed in multiple sets all at once!
  12. Darthmarty

    [WIP/LDD] Star destroyer 1:250

    640cm is 21 feet. Yeah, that's long. It'd be quite an order on Bricklink. How long do you expect this to take you? And will you make the LDD file available when you're done? Also I would suggest framing that image on your last post and putting it on the wall nearby. It's a nice reference. Very cool!
  13. This might help others that come across this issue, without having to read through 24 pages to figure it out - if you are getting an error message when you first try out this program - try downloading the most recent version of Java. I was getting an error message when I first tried to open the "blueprint.bat" file and got this error message : 'java' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Press any key to continue . . . When I press a key it just closes. I saw some discussion about Java earlier in the thread, and sure enough after updating it, the program opened properly.
  14. As someone whom (embarrassingly) had no idea that any of these software options existed until about 5 days ago, this thread and the forum topic has been very helpful. I've downloaded and played around a tiny bit with both LDD and Stud.io. Here are my first impressions: LDD seems like it was designed simple enough for kids to use (or for anyone with minimal design software experience). Frankly, Lego should develop a LDD 2.0 just for the educational benefit for young Lego enthusiasts. They could continue on the theme of the easy user interface, but maybe increase the pixel resolution, keep the parts inventory up to date, and improve the building guide mode function. So far I haven't figured out how or if LDD integrates with a way to purchase the pieces for something you've created, but if they made an LDD 2.0 it would be awesome if the program could integrate with Pick a Brick or even Bricklink for pricing and availability info. I would guess that part of why they discontinued LDD was because they were seeing the third party software surpass anything that they could develop. As much as it would be nice to see a robust replacement to LDD, maybe Lego should just stick to making the bricks that we love, and encourage the third party development to continue (and actively support/encourage it). Stud.io seems like it holds a lot of promise. At first glance it seems much more robust, and I imagine it will get better as time goes on (as LDD grows ever more obsolete). The integration with Bricklink pricing info seems helpful. The only thing I couldn't find was a way to create a building guide - though I did notice that you can create steps as you design, not sure yet what that lets you do with the final design. I think I am going to prefer Stud.io, but I may explore LDD for certain things too. I still think it is cool that ANY of this software exists at all.
  15. Darthmarty

    Hello from Massachusetts!

    Hello, I'm new to this community, but have been building Lego my whole life. My favorite themes when I was growing up in the late 80's and early 90's were Castle and Pirates. In recent years, my favorites are the Star Wars UCS sets, though I'm especially impressed with some of the MOC's both of Star Wars and in general. I first found this forum when I was wondering why Lego hasn't done a set for the Star Wars Nebulon-B Medical Frigate from the Rebel flleet. A google search turned up the absolutely AMAZING MOC of the Nebulon-B by Mortesv, and as I read more about that I of course found a thread or two talking about it in this forum. Over the last few years I've become very impressed with the online tools we have thanks mostly to the ingenuity of the Lego community. Most people, even probably a lot of people that have Lego or buy sets for their kids, have no idea that sites like Bricklink, Brickset, and Rebrickable, exist. The sheer number of online store fronts on Bricklink, and the enormity of how many individual parts there are just boggles my mind. The amount of data that Brickset can tell me about my collection is fascinating. I am now trying to learn about the Lego design software that until a week ago I wasn't aware existed. It seems like Lego Digital Designer is kind of broken and not supported by Lego, yet it seems like folks are still using it? What about Stud.io? Is that more or as popular? Or is there other software besides those? I feel like I am just scratching the surface of the new things I want to learn about - and this forum seems like a great place to figure it all out! Looking forward to participating in this community, almost as much as I am for my two year old getting old enough to graduate from Duplos into Lego!