Swan Dutchman

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  1. Swan Dutchman

    EB Xmas Raffle 2017 - Winners per day calendar

    Thank you very much CopMike! The minifigures are excellent!
  2. Swan Dutchman

    [MOC] TIE Fighter

    Thank you Jarek! I see your point, what you mean is having sharp edges instead of 'rounded' edges. That would look very cool indeed! It actually never crossed my mind to look at it. I guess it was an easy choice to have hinged plates right there so that there is one less gapping issue . It doesn't really bother me though, the tiles are 6+3+6= 15 studs long. With the hinges and 'missing' bits that makes 17.5 studs. So the dimensions are right, but the angles are just not sharp. I am looking forward to your solution for this issue. Maybe there is a way actually to fix gaps near the horizontal spoke you mentioned. In my design I have these cheese grater slopes inverted in the middle and they sit on top of each other very well preventing gaps. Maybe there is a way to place those in LBG at the end of the middle and cover them op with the middle spoke making a perfect sharp edge. I don't have any more pictures, but you will find the same pictures in a big size on my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swandutchman/
  3. Swan Dutchman

    [MOC] TIE Fighter

    Thank you for the comments! I love your TIE design, but my version is no copy. I did use your ideas of the doom bricks for the cockpit and brick-build wings which I think work great. Let's see, the dimensions of my wing design are: 31 studs high (according to my calculations the correct height should be 30.5 studs), 25 studs wide (should be 25.5 studs), 17.5 studs at the bottom and top (should be 17.7 studs). As for the guns I don't know what parts you used for it. I used 4 of these: 2 of these connect the window to the cockpit body. The other 2 are connected to these arms and have the lightsaber hilts (which I use for guns) attached.
  4. Swan Dutchman

    [MOC] TIE Fighter

    The TIE Fighter is such an iconic starfighter from the Star Wars universe I just had to build with LEGO bricks. There are some excellent TIE fighter designs in the AFOL community. I especially like Jarek's TIE Fighter which inspired me to build a version of my own. I started from scratch using blueprints, screenshots from the movies and pictures of scale models. Obviously I also incorporated some of Jarek’s ideas like the brick-build wings and the use of doom bricks for the round cockpit. Despite that, it turned out to be a different design for the same type of spaceship. Amazing to see that there are so many ways to build something with LEGO bricks. The model contains just over a 1000 parts. The cockpit was quite a challenge to design. It had to be sturdy, but also show a lot of details (room for a minifigure, interior, front window and hatch at the correct place, guns, engines, backside window and some dark bluish gray elements). The wings proved another big challenge. They had to be sturdy and accurate in shape and detail which is a hard combination. Both wings are attached to the main body by using technic axles which are integrated into the main body. Each wing is composed of 6 black triangular sections. Each section is attached to the other by at least 2 connections which made the wing sturdy. To construct the gray hexagonal bars I made use of technic rotor 6 blade plates. This ensured that the gray bars make the correct angle. To make it even more complex the black wings have small gaps below each gray bar to be able to connect each bar to the one opposite. This forced the gray bars to lie flat on the black sections. This also made it difficult to create wings without any visible gaps, but somehow it worked out well.
  5. Swan Dutchman

    Amethyst Geode

    Thank you very much! Hard to say how much it costs since I already had many parts. I did need to purchase all the purple parts, hinged bricks (for the structure) and brackets along with some other parts I came across. I think that was about 200 to 250 Euro. Transparant purple (especially the bricks) is quite expensive. I think it was worth it.
  6. Swan Dutchman

    Amethyst Geode

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments! I agree with you! I think this is one of those things that don't capture that well on a photo and you have to see in real life. Another thing that a photo doesn't capture is the sparkling effect you can see when walking by. The real geodes are made by cutting one hollow amethyst rock into two parts. It's a smooth cut and that's why the bottom part is flat.
  7. Swan Dutchman

    Amethyst Geode

    As a kid I had a very small amethyst stone. What I really wanted though was one of those big beautiful amethyst geodes. The geodes are quite expensive, so I never managed to get one. Now that I am an adult gemstones still have my interest. The idea to build a LEGO version of an amethyst geode actually occurred to me during my visit to the LEGO House in Denmark. I was putting my Jewelled Egg Collection on display in the Masterpiece Gallery and I was thinking by myself “Wouldn’t it be nice to build something with transparent purple parts?”. As you may be aware the variety of parts in that colour is limited (there are no plates for example). To make it work I would need to build something a lot bigger than a jewelled egg: an amethyst geode! When I got back home I started designing the amethyst geode which took about a month. It took another two months to collect all the parts and build the model. The amethyst geode contains over 7300 parts. It is 56cm in height, 27cm wide and 15cm deep. I am very pleased with the final result!
  8. Swan Dutchman

    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC entry thread

    I think Yoda would be the perfect Santa! Do you want to build Santa Yoda as well? You can download the LDD file from my Brickshelf: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/swandutchman/StarWars/christmas_santa_yoda.lxf Thank you CopMike for organizing the Xmas Raffle again this year! I always enjoy coming up with a new Christmas build.
  9. Swan Dutchman

    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I tried it yesterday evening and today and both times I just get the OOPS-message. Apparantly not everyone is affected because for 1 part I could only select seven this morning, while the evening before I could select a lot more. It's a real shame since there so many nice parts in the inventory. The most frustrating is that it takes a lot of time entering all parts and not being able to save it.
  10. Swan Dutchman

    EB Xmas Raffle 2017 - Winners per day calendar

    Such a surprise to see my name on day 24 prize F! And a great start of the holidays! Thank you so much CopMike for organizing this fun raffle every year. And thank you fellow Eurobrickians for building such fun and cheery christmas trees.
  11. My ideal Christmas Tree would be a tree with Character! Thank you CopMike for organizing the raffle again!
  12. Swan Dutchman

    Barad-dûr [MOC]

    Thank you very much for all the nice comments!
  13. Swan Dutchman

    Barad-dûr [MOC]

    For some time I have been thinking about building something with rocks and lava. I started designing Darth Vader’s Castle for a Star Wars event back in August, but soon realized I wouldn’t be able to build it within 2 months. Thus, I abandoned the idea. As it happens I also wanted to build something from Lord of the Rings. It’s one of my favourite stories and surprisingly I haven’t build anything of that theme before. Combine rocks, lava and Lord of the Rings and this is what you get: Barad-dûr, Sauron’s stronghold in Mordor. I really enjoyed building my Cinderella Castle on 1 baseplate of 48 x 48 studs and decided that Sauron’s fortress had to fit on 1 baseplate as well. Somehow it was easier to design this digitally starting at the top and ending with the bottom. The model took about 4 months to design and build, contains about 6300 parts and is about 67cm in height. For the lava I used Light STAX layered with transparent orange plates and tiles. I think this is working really well and it gives a nice glow to the black walls and turrets of the fortress. And now a couple of pictures. You'll find many more pictures on Flickr.
  14. Swan Dutchman

    [MOC] Cinderella Castle

    Thank you very much!
  15. Swan Dutchman

    [MOC] Cinderella Castle

    Thank you very much! I am looking forward to see your large version of the castle!