woensdag 25 november 2015

WiP: Building on a bit of everything

In today`s post I`m going to be taking a bit of a roundabout of a few projects I`m currently working on.

Like probably a lot of MOCcers out there, I`m usually busy doing a gazillion projects and ideas at once, and for me personally that`s building up some Harry Potter builds for Antwerp Convention coming in may, continuing work on my Mitgardian army and builds, and then some...

The first project I`ve been slowly completing, to that measure I only need to add five more Chima polar bears, is my Mitgardian army.  Through a trade with a fellow BeLUG member, the cavalry regiment made around the CMF series Hun Warrior is now completed.  I managed to obtain an icebear mount at BMA for my sigfig as well, but forgot to picture him for now.

The second thing I`ve been doing is the baseplate upon which the three sets from the early Harry Potter series are going to be build in.  I named it the Philosopher`s Stone, as it will detail the trials from the end of the first movie, and I`m going to be building up the surrounding area like a high tower of Hogwarts, in the Lego `tan and sand green` colour style.  The deadline for this one is StarCom in july, but I hope to have it done already by Antwerp Convention.

A third build, which has been progressing nicely so far, is the Expelliarmus! MOC I`m doing for Harry Potter.  I want to recreate the duel scene between Snape and Lockhart as they began the duelling club again in the second movie (I have a soft spot for Gilderoy) and this should be ready in time for Antwerp Convention without to much problems.

I have also been spending time on making the Jurassic World set display for the Diphlo, with the cage for the beast which will include a path for the `orbs` to pass through, and a raised area for the jeep that comes in the set.

Not a MOC an sich, but something I have been doing today, is restore a lived out, old laptop I got from my father in law for the parts.  The thing overheated, could barely connect decently to the net and whizzed and cracked from all sides.

I exchanged the network card and processor, and tampered a bit with the cooling in order to make him a not necessarily connected to the net viewing tool for PDF instructions and such.  It can go on the net, but it has severe graphic card issues (something I`m not shelving a lot of euros for to restore) and it`s battery lasts between half to an hour when not on cablepower, but this is enough to run LDD and Adobe smoothly and serve as a large screen to check various builds. 

This thing will actually come in handy when I`m finally starting my Gundam build for next year`s FACTS, as I`ll be looking over a LOT of online articles and pictures to see how to stabilize the connections the best and how to make the frame strong enough to build around.

dinsdag 24 november 2015

Lego Build: 75049 Snowspeeder

Perhaps my personal favorite spaceship in the whole Star Wars universe, the lonely Snow Speeder, which was een during the Battle of Hoth, has always caught my imagination.

Okay, so spaceship is perhaps a wrong term, it can`t actually go into space, but it CAN go on other surfaces then snow...

Opening the box, we get a decal sheet, the instructions and three bags of parts.

The first bag contains also the first minifigure, being good old Luke and his lightsaber, which he used in the movie to cut open the bellies of both Wampa and AT-AT with equal ease.

It also contains all the parts to make the secondary build of the set, a small Imperial lasercannon which will be manned by a Snowtrooper.

But then we move on to the actual vessel, which is based around a 4x12 white baseplate.  Upon this, we add the `core` lineout of the main bodywork.

In front of this, the wing connector pieces are attached as well as the point of the nose.

The rear of the vessel is build up as we divide the cockpit in the two sections for both the pilot and the gunner, who has an harpoon control.

The famous harpoon is then the next part we are installing onto the bodywork, as we put down small slopes which will function as `feet` to have the model standing up with it`s typically slightly sloping down wings.

The canopy which can flip open completely is then added to the topside.

The next bag gives us the Snowtrooper...

... as we begin working on the wing sections of the ship.  These are basically made up of a large grey wing plate, covered by all sorts of smaller plates and wings to give it the rather shabby look of most rebel equipment.

The endsections of these wings contain the engine exhausts, who are nestled between two ridges on those wings.

And also house the front blasters.

Missile shooters are attached to the bottom of the wings while the connectors are also installed.

The wing is then attached to the body, and we make another one in a mirror build for the other side.

This is in the third bag, which also contains poor Dak.

The build is nearly symmetrical, only some details of the plating and decals make a difference, but it is generally the same thing as the previous wing.

As both wings are connected, the vessel is now in a complete state.

And of course, we get some extra parts with the set.

And the full set completed.

Yes, I know I`m odd.  Most people love TIEs, X-Wing`s or the Falcon if asked for their favourite Star Wars universe vessels, while my `vote` goes to the Vulture Droid and the Snowspeeder...