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  1. JorstadDesigns

    MC75 "Profundity" star cruiser UCS MOC

    Glad you like it! Yes, unfortunately the stand options were limited thanks to the lower fin... a few other MOCs have used the lower fin as a 'stand' leg itself to support some of the weight, but that also diminishes the sleek appearance of the fin which was essential for this approach. In the end I valued the ship/command pod floating above the stand, rather than the elimination of the crutches; an unfortunate compromise. One day may revisit!
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    MC75 "Profundity" star cruiser UCS MOC

    Thank you! Both the Profundity and the Liberty were a lot of fun to design thanks to the angles of MC ships. The MC80a Home One exterior is mostly the work of another designer, I did the interior/frame/instructions. Honestly spent a lot of time considering how to work the stand so that the ship was balanced and well-supported, but the lower fin wasn't blocked from view... may revisit that eventually, but pleased for now, so thank you for the compliment! The instructions are posted here: www.jorstad-designs.com
  3. Introducing the MC75 Profundity, fresh out of the shipyards! Although there are a few different variants of the ship that showed up in Rise of Skywalker, this is the base design as seen on-screen in Rogue One, commanded by Admiral Raddus during the Battle of Scarif. Although Rogue One and some online images were used occasionally for scale/size reference, I mostly used the MC75 model from the board game Star Wars Armada for the design (a fantastic board game for anyone interested in strategy games). Part count: 3,368 LEGO bricks Dimensions: 32 in. L x 7 in. W x 15 in. H It took about six months of off-and-on design work to finish in LDD. Stud.Io was resisting while the PDF instructions manual was generating, but it got there eventually. The Profundity is designed to-scale with LEGO's new ISD (#75252) as well as most other JD MOCs, including the MC80a Home One, MC80b Liberty, and MC30c. The height of the ship was a bit of a challenge, but in the end the tall stand turned out to be an advantage for mounting other Rebel ships. Although it could have been designed to rest on solely the rear stand arm, the risk was that over time this would place too much stress on the inner support structure, so in the end the translucent technic liftarms were added for structural support. Both the Tantive IV and the Ghost are designs by LEGO (the Tantive from the new ISD, and the Ghost from the Star Wars advent calendar) modded only for attaching to the model. The Tantive can be placed docked inside the hangar bay, escaping the Profundity, or on it's own independent stand. Unfortunately the UCS plaque sticker hasn't arrived yet, but you can bet it'll be applied as soon as it does! The MC75 star cruiser is a Mon Calamari city ship repurposed for combat with battleship-grade heavy armor and a large weapons collar encircling the main body of the ship. The most well-known MC75 was the Profundity, commanded by Admiral Raddus during the pivotal Battle of Scarif. Boasting twenty point-defense laser cannons, twelve broadside turbolasers, four heavy ion cannons, twelve proton torpedo launchers, and six tractor beam projectors, the MC75 was more versatile than the MC80 and easily adapted to varying engagement styles. The most notable feature of the MC75 is an armored outrigger fin extending the bridge command pod below the ship, a design choice intended to evoke the appearance of predatory fish feared among the Mon Calamari. A smaller fin above the ship housed the transmission array and primary sensor clusters. The large docking bay within the ship's nose was capable of docking ships up to the size of small corvettes (notably the Tantive IV). Although the MC75 lacked prominently displayed engine housings, twelve Kuat Drive Yards Gemon-15 sublight ion drives hidden beneath the rear armor plating allowed the MC75 to match the cruising speed of starfighter escorts. Tried to be as accurate as possible to the on-screen appearance of the MC75, but decided to sacrifice the grills in the sides of the forward weapons collar. Unfortunately the scale also prohibited adding the 8 smaller sublight engines in the rear of the ship. Clearly the model isn't a 'swoosher,' but overall it's remarkably sturdy! Honestly the test build went much smoother than expected, given the complex angles and the continued presence of gravity (haha). Unfortunately a few parts were missing from the Bricklink orders so substitutes had to be added, but nothing major - just a few sand blue and greebling elements. The picture pretty much show what the manual would have ya build. Took about twelve hours to assemble using Stud.Io and making corrections/fixing errors; should be significantly less using the manual. Thanks for looking - hope you like the design!
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    [MOC] LEGO Eldorado Fortress, redesigned

    Thank you! I considered adding more animals, but LEGO seems to be sparse when including animals in a set, so I figured I would stick with what I had. But I agree, more animals only improves the value of a set. I did submit to LEGO Ideas, but unfortunately it was rejected. Apparently the reviewers consider it as overlapping with the "Pirate Bay" or "Pirate Ship" concepts, which are now considered registered IP with LEGO Ideas and will not be considered for new projects. Hopefully one of the imperial forts that was already approved might be considered for a product if it makes it to 10K... But considering how quickly Barracuda Bay sold out, my guess is LEGO already has a new Pirates line of sets in the works. High praise, thank you! It's great to have it appreciated
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    [MOC] LEGO Eldorado Fortress, redesigned

    Seeing as pineapples grow on the ground, that would indeed be an intolerable decision. I'd have to clear out some of the marina for pineapple harvesting! Actually, I initially planned this as a LEGO Ideas project, and I was partially figuring kids would just throw all the fruit in the trees anyway, along with the crabs and sea turtle
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    [MOC] LEGO Eldorado Fortress, redesigned

    Haha, absolutely! I used the same tree style for consistency so that the bananas could be removed and everything would still look the same, but you are absolutely right about the tree being botanically inaccurate ;)
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    [MOC] LEGO Eldorado Fortress, redesigned

    “Governor Broadside spent years at his post in Eldorado Fortress, waiting for the expected assault of his nemesis, Captain Redbeard. In his days as Commodore, Broadside was one of the famous few to have turned back Redbeard’s feared naval bombardments, but the notorious Redbeard has been missing for years without a trace. Promoted to Governor but growing old at his post, Broadside has ensured that his fortress is well prepared for any assault – the larder is stocked, the men are rested, and the cannons are loaded. But lately, passing ships have whispered strange new rumors of Redbeard. Tales of a remote island, a stranded ship, a Captain and crew thirsty for revenge setting sail once again… The Governor may be unaware of the secret treasure hidden beneath Eldorado, but he is certain Redbeard will come for Mary Brickless, prisoner of Eldorado for the past five years. Is Eldorado Fortress prepared for whatever threats may come next? Can Broadside return to his role as Commodore and rid the seas of Redbeard, once and for all? Only you can decide!” Eldorado Fortress Introducing Eldorado Fortress, built from 100% authentic LEGO® bricks and the perfect companion to LEGO’s® new Pirates of Barracuda Bay set! Although LEGO® has released some smaller imperial fortresses in the past, none were truly on the scale of LEGO’s® larger castle playsets. The new Pirates of Barracuda Bay set re-inspired us to create a fortress modelled on Caribbean architecture. As you can see, the fortress is named to play on LEGO’s® original Eldorado Fortress (set #6276). The Governor is named after the “Governor Broadside” that shows up in some older LEGO® literature/manuals. The main model uses 2,581 bricks, and the minifigures and accessories add ~150 parts to that. The model features a watchtower, armory, prison, a secret cave with the hidden treasure of Eldorado, a larder, crew’s quarters, Governor’s room, and a harbor area with defensive cannon emplacements. Our personal favorite feature is the curved wall with three cannons overlooking the water! Everything is modular, allowing easy access to all play features. The prison features an ‘exploding’ wall, the cave is connected via a secret passage with retractable wall to the larder, and a trapdoor connects the larder to the crew’s quarters. More importantly, the set includes five spring-loaded cannons that can be positioned anywhere along the fort walls, allowing for quick defense against raiding pirates! Instructions are available as a digital download from my website at www.jorstad-designs.com. LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr LEGO Eldorado Fortress MOC by Kyle Jorstad, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Fort Iron Cactus

    Very impressive! I've never had more than a handful of the brown bricks modified, and now I know why!
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    [MOC] Mushrooms!

    Those are really cool rose pieces - what set are they from? Or are they custom printed?
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    [MOC] Cathedral

    The stained glass design is fantastic, but I think what I love the most is the design of the flying buttresses - amazing!
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    MOC - Imperial Senate Building

    This is absolutely stunning!
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    REVIEW: 80009 Pigsy's Food Truck

    This thing is both over the top ridiculous, and somehow aesthetically pleasing... I'm concerned
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    [MOC] Duel in the Batcove

    I love this!
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    [MOC] [LDD] Creator pirate ship 31109 MOD x2 (Kintyre)

    That sail design is a sneaky way to overcome a lack of cloth sails, it looks good!
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    [MOC] Castle Birlinghoven

    The red for the paths is unusual, but I like it. Well done!