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  1. Back in 2004 I built an Omega Class Destroyer from Babylon 5. As the 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer was released 2 years earlier, I chose the same scale: 1:1600. It stands on my bookshelf for years, hence the pictures. The small ships on the bookshelf are a true to scale Earthforce One from Babylon 5 and a nearly true to scale F-303 Prometheus from Stargate SG-1. I did a lot of research, collecting multiple screenshots of Omega Class Destroyers to get the correct proportions an details but the most important reference was the PTEN model: Some details look a little bit odd today because a lot of bricks, that are common now, weren't available in 2004. For example, the round structures in front of and behind the rotating section consist of slopes. Today I would build them with rounded slopes. Unfortunately I cannot just change the bricks because the Omega Class Destroyer is built completely with old light gray and dark gray bricks. (The six 75 degree dark gray inverted slopes at the front were goddam rare and aren't available even on Bricklink nowadays.) A special challenge was the unavailability of many SNOT-bricks in 2004 as at that time the only SNOT-bricks available were the headlight brick with the setback SNOT and a 1x4 brick. It was a hell of trial and error to get the correct gaps between the 12 red missile pods. Hyperion Class Cruiser an Narn Heavy Cruiser of same scale to come...
  2. Hi, folks. During last SHIPtember, Ryan Olsen created a SHIP based on Babylon 5 - the EAS Agamemnon. I stumbled across it at the time thanks to some Lego blogs, and at the end of the year decided to build one for myself. Credit for the original Lego design goes to Ryan, of course! I took his WIP pics (here) and final pics (here - awesome photography & Photoshopping!) and reverse-engineered it in LDD to understand how it all held together and what parts were required. Then I used Rebrickable to figure out what parts I needed. To build it, I used the "hide" tool in LDD - hide bricks in reverse order, then undo to play back the build as you follow along. Much more helpful than the absurd LDD-generated instructions... Here's the end result (Flickr album here) - my pics & lighting are not studio-quality, unlike Ryan's! The middle section rotates (manually) and stays put at any angle, so it's well balanced and the turntables provide enough friction to keep it stable. Stats-wise, it's about 95cm (~117 studs) long, 35cm tall and 15cm wide, using ~4700 bricks, weighing-in at just over 3.7kg (8.2lb). I made some guesses as to internal structure (e.g. the turntable connections in the rotating section) and the greebles on top & bottom are my own, but it's very close to Ryan's original design and some reference images of the original. Ryan was kind enough to share the image files he used for the stickers, so I was able to complete the model. I couldn't connect the front & rear side plating in LDD - as I learned here, the connections are just illegal as there's not enough clearance between the side plates and overhanging top & bottom plates in software - however, it obviously works in the brick. I converted the LDD to an LDraw file (using SylvainLS's updated parts mapper here) and used LDCad (which can ignore collisions) to place the plates in order to use POV-Ray to make the renders you can see in my album. I learned a lot doing that! Note that I made some tweaks in-the-brick but haven't re-done the LDraw file or any renders to reconcile the minor differences. It was a fun, frustrating at times, but very rewarding journey, and I'm really happy how it turned out. The SHIP looks awesome on display in my living room. Thanks for the inspiration, Ryan, and thanks to those on this site who helped with the digital stuff! Here's a 360 degree render: https://photos.app.goo.gl/caouE0BlHzarD6C42