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  1. ontheslipway

    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    Side wings preliminary work done, including a small stack of legend bricks. One problem: the 1x1 bracket is not available in dark bluish gray; as this is a new part from 2018 I hope it will be issued in this colour.... otherwise, well.. may have to postpone this build. Also, the black area near the tips should jump backwards, not forwards, but that would not give such a clean appearance.
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    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    I am trying really hard these corner parts, actually. I find them too blockish.. and for the current build it's not entirely the right shape (bit too small).
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    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    I played with the corner a bit, throwing out the boat studs (that fitted together so nicely... kill your darlings). The last version looks a bit more solid now... probably fragile but we'll see
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    Imperial Star Destroyer Intimidator MOC-77525

    Never noticed before that one of these turrets was from a M113 model kit Nice reproduction of that small detail (amongst others!) and overall an awesome Intimidator!
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    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    The corner is indeed a bit... hollow... but so far I've not been able to replace these round inverted domes (attached to part 74698 ) with something equally nice.... I'll leave it in place after the main wings are 'done' because... I'm quite happy with everything actually fitting! The grill slopes need a 12 LDU offset per step so getting that all done is tricky because it weakens the structure. I've done some more work getting it sturdier but it's not going to be toy-proof :) Using the new 1x1 (inverted) bracket is another method of adding 4 LDU height difference, perhaps they can help a bit. Additional linkers will go farther up the wing with either studs of pins 1/2 (or 3/4) helping to keep the parts in check against the linkers; introducing another alignment problem as well (err, challenge). Plus, the higher the wing, the broader it gets near the hull; the main fuselage will be partially covered, but I think I'll have to drop the wing tips a bit.... I tried getting the same mechanical arm below the barrels but that may add even more wing length... more puzzling required. I also found out a collision detection error in studio with the 1x2 grille plates; there's a small slat in the bottom attached to the center grill that is intersecting the 1x1 clip (ring) that Studio doesn't mind, so half of them have to go. Would be nice if that slat isn't there but the only part that does that is a normal 1x2 tile.
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    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    The canopy is more is less done with some extending required; the cockpit itself is a " pilot here" sketch atm. Trying to get the main wings done but that cheese grating order makes them... tricky... UCS scale? I really wanted to go small with this one...
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    [MOC] WIP: Shuttle INFERNUM

    I've done a bit of work on a new shuttle after my previous build: This is the Zeta-class shuttle Infernum. So, the Zeta-class already exists so I guess this is a small error when classifying shuttles. This shuttle appeared on wiki somewhere and I thought it looks nice. In fact, it looks like a modified Sentinel. So I thought: a new shuttle? Again? So similar? But that would imply all TIEs look alike and there is no shortage of those... Apparently this shuttle only appears in the comics The outside is pretty much the same as the previous build, but a lot smaller. Here one main difficulty was doing the cockpit window in transparent red with so few good parts available. Getting the front and side windows aligned was a bit tricky. You can also see a colourful display of the aft wings. I want the smallest slope possible, here 18 degrees (so, 72) in the cheese grate parts; I needed at least five steps for continuous alignment and these bricks are also upside down. The main structure is a bit different with the linking bars integrated into the walls, rather than at the sides. The main girder in the center consists of thin linkers. These linkers support no weight when the model is carried; they only support the roof. Getting the (12!) troopers inside without bumping their heads was a puzzle. The corner was the most difficult piece; not a lot of room. Rather than curved bricks I selected round parts to ' suggest' a rounded corner. I really enjoy getting the smallest parts aligned. Having a lot of bricks to play with would be nice, but I have none lying around so it's all Studio work. So, the official Lego shuttles like Tydirium have rather boring wings, even the UCS set is mainly linkers. So I wanted to cram in as many small details as possible. I use the thin and thick ringed clips for flush and raised panel detail, respectively, plus a few dishes on red bricks to represent the.. shields? repulsors pads? comms device? Anyway. I also 'stole' the idea of a few plates wrapping the entire wing that so many people use on their TIE wings to great effect. Getting them to align properly is a major pain, but I managed using some robot arms similar to the UCS TIE; the round plates with handles really help me out, giving some vertical freedom (the clips grab the handles at different heights). No idea if this wing will be a viable build but so far so good. To be continued.
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    [MOC] Sentinel loader shuttle variant

    That gap on the front on the retail version is something I cannot really live with either; looks like something is wrong... Anyway, I made a small rendering of the lock mechanism; could be more study but also gets the job done. Wish I didn't have to use that many black bricks...
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    [MOC] Sentinel loader shuttle variant

    Not sure you do not need many parts, there's 3,300 of them in the model Didn't really count the number of parts of 75095 used, but as many as possible of course. After a while I got "need to use parts fatigue". I uploaded the model to Bricklink
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    [MOC] Sentinel loader shuttle variant

    Thanks for the comments! I"m never done a manual before (don't even know what program to use) but I can always throw the studio file on the forum; the file needs some cleaning up in terms of block structure but then it's fairly easy to build if the block structure is followed in the correct order?
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    [MOC] Sentinel loader shuttle variant

    @Smitty; the Saturn rocket has many creative round solutions; I built when it came out and it gave me many a good idea. The model started to be a bit lighter in tone, but Bricklink complained about some bricks not in light blueish gray (the 4x4 technik brick with open center, 5,5 corner, some technik bricks (beams))) so I had to add more black to the model. So it went more from a pristine white to a more utilitarian color scheme and more "equipment" on the outside. I know that's more something you see on star ships and not so much the smaller craft... The gaps are there on purpose; I could have used the round corner pieces and normal arches but left it a bit more open and playful. The corners may have been a bit more solid with other parts... some black parts on the inside are there to block the view! @ WTFett: I have not yet ventured into the manual making part... (don't even know if stud.io can do it?) At the moment I'm nearly done creating blocks that can be built in block-order... @ JoeChu1980: Thanks!
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    [MOC] Sentinel loader shuttle variant

    Thanks for your feedback! I agree it's a bit long; I wanted to copy the same cockpit style as in the Tyderium model (modified to be open between the cockpit and passenger area). Plus, I though the segment behind the cockpit was quite nice... but the entire idea to keep the model small didn't really work out as planned The pod panels were the main time vampire... as a first-time user I had to work on my repertoire of building solutions! The idea of the gunners is indeed to aim the guns, I also threw one gunner in Tyderium (they have nice heads too, behind that helmet). A normal officer minifig plus a few imperical pilots would work as well but I thought it was getting expensive enough. The speeder is mainly based on all the builds I could google so that's not really my design. The turrets are also from Tyderium (used that one for parts) and I ran out of 4L rods so had to rotate the dishes to make them fit on 3L bars... The detail on the rear of the center wing was also a late-minute addition because I didn't order enough white bricks so I had to improvise with what I had left... I actually had a small ATDT in the rear hatch but that one didn't turn out so well... Falls apart when you look at it...
  13. My first attempt at creating a Lego model since the dark ages were over, using Studio 2.0, a Lego Sentinel-class shuttle / Loader shuttle hybrid. Learning Studio 2.0 was quite easy and the model was fun to create! The main reason to make my own was that the newly released Sentinel is a bit too toyish so I went for something a bit larger. More images here: http://ontheslipway.com/?p=4037#more-4037