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The challenge here is that I'm trying to build it with only pieces from my childhood loose bricks collection (ie, not from sets). This means I'm limited to pretty much just classic "brick" pieces, flats, 45 and 30 degree "slopies" and a few basic SNOT and other novelty bricks (recreating it's slightly odd cabin with classic windscreens has proved difficult). This is further hampered by the fact that my brother and I significantly downsized our collection when we moved last year, and furthermore, most of the remaining bricks are in our 'city' (more like tiny village) layout!
What can I say...I like a challenge. :)
Only thing is, now I want all the other modulars :(
And yes, I'm building two... Photos will appear here on Sunday (assuming I receive the BL orders).
Not happy about the #7898 since its missing the cargo wagon.
@khmellymel, we need to start a support group!
The first one is a reference from the actual game (though mine has an intake thingy on top due to my original reference picture being of a different version):
The next one shows the actual ship (please excuse the lack of photography skills. I am using my phone and a white dust sheet for the background). I have had to make some design alterations/compromises. Especially where the cabin is concerned. How on earth do you replicate that with classic Lego windscreens and a very basic cabin piece?!
The third picture shows the cabin closer up, as well as my doors, which I am particularly proud of. Though not transparent with a special slidey mechanism (like the actual thing), they are attached by an ingenious design of my own: the 'dish' pieces are held in place by the pressure from the three 'handlebar' pieces around the frame - you can kind of see it on the 'closed' starboard door in the second picture, behind the grey crate.
[Edit:] Oh yes. I completely gave up on landing gear by the time I got to the end and had more or less run out of useful pictures, so it has more of a sort stand thingy in the middle.
The Dark Red one has PF integrated into it, while the Black one can fit PF but doesn't yet have it, instead having brick-built 'placeholders' for the PF gubbins. Both use Medium Driver wheels from Big Ben Bricks in America. I'm also waiting on a custom order from America for 13-long connecting rods, which should finish them off nicely.
For people here in the UK, they will be on display (along with my other train MOCs) at the Bradford Brick Show on 8th/9th Feb, and at the Yorkshire Brick Show on 22nd/23rd Feb.
Can you spot the differences between them? (Partly forced on me by some parts not being available in Dark Red.)
Here's one of their songs if anyone wants to know their of style of tunes is ;-)
Any other fans out there? :-)
I want to finish those two first, but next will be displaying them at Bradford and Wakefield in Feb. Then I need to get PF for the black one. After that, who knows? I've not had any ideas as to what to do next yet.