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  1. Per_SW

    The Mandalorian - Imperial Anti-aircraft Gun MOC

    Very nice build, simple and effective :)
  2. Noticed the 75300 Tie Fighter at 30€ instead of 40 on amazon yesterday and gave in to the impulse buy even though I already own the 75211 Solo one. Nevertheless a nice compact and massable build, and I'm glad I bought it when I didi because today it was back at almost full price.
  3. Evening everybody. So, last summer finally brought -annoying campaign notwithstanding- what many Clone Wars fans deep down wanted: a 501st battlepack. Sure, the final product still irked many people, either with the price rise or the oversized builds or whatever else, but in the end the set was still appreciated judging by the speed it went unavailable when first released. I myself was one "annoyed" by the size of the vehicles included, but I still ended up buying four copies of the set in the last few months, and I finally had the time to start tinkering with them to get something more to my taste. First of all we have the BARC speeders IMG_20210305_020621 This design is not mine, but it's a slight variation on this take. It may be still a bit too big for a 4.8 mt long speeder bike, but it feels better than the official model IMO. Next we have the AT-RT IMG_20210305_020530 IMG_20210305_020232 Again, part of the design was inspired by another builder, but in this case I really wanted to shorten the legs and had a different idea for the main gun, so I added a couple of pieces from my spare parts to achieve the desired effect. Still not sure about the feet, but at this scale they seemed the best option so far. Of course after these mods I was left with loads of unused parts and an entire box still unopened, and that's when I decided to try and make a canon vehicle with what I had. IMG_20210305_015357 IMG_20210305_015422 IMG_20210305_015439 I saw a nice swampspeeder made from a single set, but I ended up choosing the Republic Hovertank after googling "501st republic tank" and finding either recolors of the 75182 or better MOCs :D The design started with the side "pontoons", which went through a couple of redesignes mid-build. Also, the lack of wedge pieces discouraged me in the beginning, until I found a way to convey the shape with the multitude of flags available. IMG_20210305_015533 IMG_20210305_015517 There is no back door, only a top hatch, but I still tried giving the impression of one. IMG_20210305_015602 IMG_20210305_015629 Comparing the result with set 75182 -which I purposedly did not use for reference, preferring to use a couple of pictures from Wookieepedia- you can see that the size is almost matched, although the cockpit area is definitely a bit too tall. Finally, a couple of group shots. IMG_20210305_021319 IMG_20210305_021228 I hope you enjoyed my take on the set and were maybe inspired by it. Feedback is, as always, appreciated and encouraged :)
  4. I knew it! :D That's really good, I love the angled parts clipped at the back of the "pontoons" giving them an actual slope instead of just the suggestion of one, and I think you managed to make the cockpit lower than mine, which is also nice. The flags remain the best solution for the front wedges, given the parts available, and while the nose may be influenced by my design one has to recognize that the stickered 2x3 tile begs to be used there. Love your use of inverted slopes on the front and the narrower "eyes". To be honest, both my design, yours and even the canon one give me a bit of Bat-Tank vibe, I think it's the overall shape and the menacing slit-eyed, pointed nose shape of the front :D The swampspeeder is also really nice for the number of parts available after building the tank, while simplistic it still manages to capture the right shape and feel of the vehicle, it makes me want to start fidgeting again with the rest of the leftover parts I have :) I also advise anyone here to take a look at that thread for the MODs, it was one of the first things I checked out while looking for inspiration. Please do! :) As you can see there is more than one way to get one and I'm always curious on different takes and any improvement you might suggest. Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked the various mods and the tank :)
  5. Thanks for the feedback! I'd be glad if you tried one from two sets, I'm actually curious to see if it's manageable since I noticed while building it that there are few instances of parts coming from all four.
  6. That's quite the number :D I am satisfied with four and when I'll have the time to take pictures I'll make a thread for the TX-130 Saber Tank I cobbled together from them, but I'm still considering buying another one to keep sealed for the future.
  7. Per_SW

    75021 Republic Gunship mods and purchase tips.

    Great thread and definitely some useful tips. I wish I thought about swapping the grey slopes on the wings for white ones, since I also skipped the stickers entirely when I BLd mine. Confronting the part list with the spare parts bin is a must in this case, since many of the small parts needed such as 1x1 bricks and slopes or technic pins are easily already there. I managed to find 30% of the piece total in there before making the first order. Also, another useful -although maybe obvious- tip is to check in the instructions if a piece can be colour-swapped if it's part of the internal build. An example are a couple of long technic bricks needed for the 75021, blue on the official set and yellow in mine. As for the mods I really like your coverings of the front openings and I'm curious about the added doors: do they split in the middle and open front-side or are they bulti as a continuation of the existing door. Finally, if you are interested in a way to keep the side ball turrets with the complete doors I advise you to check this thread, the mod is quite simple and the result is great.
  8. I get the feeling, I managed to stop myself after the fourth, but the call to buy "just another one" is still there :D
  9. Per_SW

    75280 501st legion clone troopers MODs

    I thought about starting another topic but since the subject is the exact same I decided to highjack and resurrect this one for now. So, I finally got around to fidget with my 501st BPs while looking for alternative builds/mods on youtube, and managed with minimal part adding (4 pieces) to get what I wanted from the AT-RT: something nice but scaled with the green one from 75151 which -to me at least- is the perfect compromise for minifig scale. Only one meh quality picture for now, but I'll probably add more in the future. As stated the only additions are the middle leg pieces with different click hinges on the ends, the 3L technic barrels (2L pins with axle socket on one end) and the ball+axle connectors. The rest of the pieces come from bag 2 of the set and the design is a slightly modified one based on this video. Not so sure about the feet, I think @Mandalorianknight solution may be better, but they'll do for now. Now all that's left is to figure out a build with the rest of the pieces and then we'll be ready to invade Umbara once more.
  10. I was on the fence about the shuttle, but that cockpit might be a dealbreaker for how unfinished it looks. I'll wait for some in hand reviews, but it definitely went on the list of "sets I'm never gonna pay full price for".
  11. Found out the local store has the 501st BP at 25% off, so I finally caved in and bought another two. The temptation to buy more is strong.
  12. I see what you did there :D As usual I'll be waiting (a long time) for the first pictures to come out before making any final decisions on the new wave, but from what we know now it's shaping up to be a good one. At the moment the sets that most catch my interest are the TCW duel -I'm hoping for a Maul who is not grinning like a maniac jacked up on glitteryll- and the ITT, as someone said we are in need of more Imperial ground vehicles not on legs. The meditation chamber sounds quite interesting but I don't enjoy the supposed 100+ price point, and the same goes surprisingly for the ne R2, since I'm not really a fan of the display models. The UCS are both out of my budget and not something I collect, but I'll be stotking up on popcorn for when the gunship it's revealed with its limited minifig lineup and the brown ice cream studs will hit the fan with complaints from the people who still think tha UCS Gunship meant "Every clone legion YOU wanted and a gunship". The Gauntlet leaves me quite indifferent, while I don't hate the ship I realize it's not a design that speaks to me. It's just there, it fits in the universe, but it's not that memorable to me, a bit like the AT-AP. Nice minifig lineup though, maybe I'll consider it if it drops in price by november/december. I reserve judgement on the Arquitens until I see it, but the lineup is definitely good; while I'm on the fence about the Bad Batch: I am quite optimistic about the series and glad the whole squad is in one set, but the price and the fact that I think their role would have been a nice way to reintroduce Delta Squad after their cameo leaves me a bit meh about the set. Finally, this might be an unpopular opinion, I think the Slave One is almost perfect the way it seems to be. It fits with the "scaling down reboot" started by the winter wave, it's from the objectively most loved movie in the saga and can easily double as a Mando set. Boba is gonna be from ep V? Yes, but I don't think LEGO knew of the Repainting of the Armor when they designed it and I'm sure a new one will come out eventually with the Book of Boba Fett down the line. It should have had Fennec instead of Han? Maybe, but this way we need to pay LEGO another 160$ for the Arquitens if we want her and I'm sure they'll really like that; and Han is still a pretty iconic character. It could have used another fig? YES! Definitely. This is it's main fault, had it included someone like Bespin Lando or Bespin dress Leia it would have pulled in a larger number of people. All in all I think it's a great, and moderately cheap, set for new/casual buyers who enjoyed The Mandalorian and ep V, just not for me, or I guess any of us who already own a recent Slave One such as the 2019 one.
  13. Owning both I'd say go for the Slave One, it's a wonderful model, the only way to complete the EP V Bounty Hunter Lineup and as you said it's gonna retire pretty soon, if not already. Then you can put the money you spared/earned from selling the figures towards a fund for the AT-AT, which is also a great set but is -hopefully- gonna stick a bit longer on the shelves. And yes, the Slave I is a prime candidate for a remake in the next couple of years, but it would be a shame to miss the 20th one if the supposed remake follows the scaled down approach the next wave has.
  14. I do agree with both you and @TeddytheSpoon that the Juggernaut was both a reference to Mad Max and in-universe more stable to transport something as volatile as Rhydonium, but remember that MTTs are still canon and clearly repursorlift, although not imperial :D
  15. I really have to say damn. I was looking forward to this wave to let my wallet breathe, but both the X-Wing and the TIE look really good. Maybe a bit too much good. I'm not too sure about the new nose design and there definitely seems to be a step back regarding the back of the X-wing, which looks too square, but those wings and engines are definitely what I wanted from the 2018 one. Also it has landing skids for the back, something that has been missing for quite a while. The TIE looks quite good too, I like the scale -a right balance between the 2018 one and the 4+ one- and although I miss the top 6x6 hatch they briefly used back in 2015/6 the cockpit still looks round enough to me. And that price for a TIE is simply something we've all been missing for a while.
  16. I don't really care for the sequels,but I still bought the 75248 A-Wing because of its colour -you can never have enough dark green- and modded it a bit to make it resemble the rebel RZ-1 instead of the resistance RZ2. Here's the topic I made about the mod, which most importantly includes a picture of the two A-Wings side by side. Seeing as the only thing modded on the green one is the part behind the cockpit it could help give you an idea about the differences between the two.
  17. Per_SW

    Future Star Wars Sets

    Just the thought of something like this made my brain seize between "Want those figures" and "You don't need a THIRD A-Wing" =D But seriously, I do hope a new Mon Mothma fig turns up someday soon.
  18. Indeed it is, just finished building it. Also having the round rectenna is enough for me, at least for now, to feel like its the OT one. I'll dig up the mods thread on that particular MF for ideas but I don't think I'm gonna change much. Also the leak of the new Mando set lets my wallet breathe again a bit, being much cheaper way to get Mando and the child without purchasing the Razor Crest =D The Crest stays on the wishlist though
  19. Went to a bigger store in the area hoping for the Razor Crest, but I guess they took the "amazon exclusive" bit seriously. On the other hand I used the 25% off coupon I had and pulled the trigger on the 75257 Millennium Falcon, the first Falcon I ever bought.
  20. I thought the trend here was actually the reverse, lots of people voting for the nebulon as a UCS because the assumption was that a UCS LAAT wouldn't be the minifig scale with loads of figures they'd hope for, instead mentioning the desire for another normal playset LAAT set in the form accompanying the poll
  21. Great, now I'm also looking at AV-7s, just when I promised myself to stop buying lego for a while and invest on more shelves/a table to display the lot hapazardly stored around the house =D
  22. I eager to see the result, since I'm worried about the same issue, although on mine the weakest joint seems to be one of the back "hips", instead of the knee.
  23. After a long time debating with myself if it was worth to buy a LAAT microfighter on BL to finally get the second pilot for my 75021 I found one "used only for display" today at a local flea market for the RRP of 10€ I'm definitely happy
  24. My last BL order finally came, carrying the other 50% of pieces for the 75135 Obi-Wan's ETA-2. Glad to have found half of the pieces needed from my spare parts, I'm still unsure about the final result: on one hand it's a nice little build, but on the other there are some issues that are even more evident in person, such as poor R4 sitting almost halfway outside its socket. Then again I still wanted it to go with the 2014 Anakin's one, but I'll keep my eyes open for the eventual 2022 one :D
  25. I definitely agree that there are too many good guys in my list, but then again that list is not exactly what I'd want or hope for a CMF, it's what I fear lego would put out if they were to make a CMF next year and as I said it's an hypothesis on a "safe" series 1, so that's why all the main characters are there, although I tried to go for rarer variants such as the celebration OT version which I'm glad you have but if I remember correctly only Leia was from a set and the other two were from books printed some 8-10 years ago. I thought about putting Vader in, seeing as he started popping up in cheaper sets back in 2002, but still I think lego would want to keep him in sets and not in a 4$ CMF bag, since he still is a main draw for many people. The stormtrooper on the other hand is a different story, I would love for one to be in a CMF, making them massable for everyone willing to feel the bags a bit (I guess we all would recognize the helmet through the bag), and it would also be one of the safer bets for lego, but there's nothing about the plain OT stormtrooper that screams "collectatble" to me to warrant them a spot, seeing as most CMF have some degree of uniqueness to them. That's why my Finn option would be in Stormtrooper gear and why I have no clue about how to make Poe and Rey "unique" enough (young Rey from the flashbacks?) although I still think they'd occupy two spots.