Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!

Keep on Building in 2015!

Leg Godt!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tutorial: MOC Make your own Lego Airplane

This is the third in a series of articles I'm doing on helping people out in starting their own MOCs

Other tutorials:
1. Make your own Starfighter Part 1
2. Make your own Starfighter Part 2

Ever since I could remember I loved airplanes.  I wanted to be a pilot at one point in time. And although I do love jets I have a soft spot in my heart for propeller driven airplanes.

For this tutorial I'll show everyone one of my techniques for building a propeller driven plane.

Here's my purplish prop driven plane :)

Let's build this!

The Body/Partial Cockpit

You'll need a few of those brick pieces that lovers of SNOT techniques like so much.  SNOT once more is "Studs not on top" which refers to building techniques that change the orientation of bricks.

Here's a side view of the structure.  If a piece is not available try your best to look for alternatives.  You should never let a missing brick hinder you from making a moc.

Here's a view from the back.   The tile on top is a special printed piece from an old Mars space set.

So the basic frame of the airplane is complete.  Let's finish the cockpit structure.

Completing the cockpit/body

The picture below shows an expanded view of the parts that will complete the cockpit.  If you want you can replace the bubble canopy with other canopy types.

Here's a close-up of those parts.

And then we put them together in

... one

... two

... three

... steps.

Now once you get to this point your plane is ready for detailing and completion.

The Tail and the Propeller:
Now that the cockpit is complete we can add the other sections that will make it look more like an airplane.

We start with the tail and I was lucky enough to have some tail pieces from old space and city sets.
If you do not have such bricks you can use alternatives like 1x2 slope tiles or similarly shaped items.

This plane is coming along nicely as it is now beginning to show a more airplane-like shape.

The SNOT brick in front will allow us a place to attach our propeller assembly to.

And the propeller is an easy 4 piece build.

Now here's the complete body of the plane.  Only the wings are missing now.

And now to complete our plane.

The Wings

The wing sections are mirror images of each other and are actually simple builds.

Here are different views of the right wing section:

The wing in its proper orientation when connected to the plane
The wing when flipped
The wingtip can be replaced by any brick or tile that will make it look smooth and studless.

This is the part that attaches to the body of the plane
And here is the wing in its disassembled state:
An exploded view of the wing

For the left wing piece it is just a mirror of the right wing.

All that's left now is to connect the wings to finish the moc.

The final phase: Connecting the wings

The completed MOC:  Purplish Prop Plane!

I like how the general proportions of this plane and it's color scheme make it cute and adorable.  By changing the major colors you could transform this into a more menacing form or a more military look.

Well that's it for me today!  Hope you all enjoyed this and learned something new!

Until next time!  Leg Godt!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tutorial: Make your own Starfighter Part 2 The Rest of the Ship

This is part 2 of my tutorial for making a Lego starfighter.

Part 1 is here: Making the nose

This is what we are trying to build again The Sunburst:

And last time we ended with the completed nose section (albeit in different colored bricks):

The Nose: revisited

Before we proceed with the rest of the ship I'll show the final build of the nose section:

Now in a unified color scheme (but my photo is discolored darn!)

Here's the completed internal structure of the nose.  The rounded 1x1bricks make it stronger

The Cockpit

The hardest thing about making the cockpit for me personally are two things:
1.  Making the form fit the chosen windscreen
2. Making the cockpit so that a minifig can fit in

This is also the section where all the other modules will connect to.

Observe the jumper connectors for the nose section

I actually misjudged the depth of the pilot seat.  The minifig is almost lying down.

Here's the sideview.  The windscreen fits the cockpit assembly nicely.

Here's a view from the back.  The protruding plates are there as connection points for the engine assembly.

The underside of the cockpit.

The bottom of the cockpit missing the additional bricks for the engine assembly.

A closer view of the side of the ship.  The dark blue grey slope is where the wings will be attached.

The Wings

The wings of course are a mirrored pair of each other.  Some snot techniques were used here.  You can add a ton of details to your own version.  The wing modules for the sunburst includes the ion engines needed for short space flights as well as planetary patrols.

The exposed studs will be connected to the DBG slope on the sides of the cockpit.

Bottom details of the wing section

The engine/warp drive:

The warp drive is composed of a few odd pieces that give a machined feel to the assembly.

The two side wings open for hyperdrive activation

Putting it all together:

Here's the sunburst with all the modules laid out and ready for final assembly.

Take note of the details that are now apparent in the nose section.

Another view of the various components of the sunburst

The Sunburst fully assembled

The nice thing about this particular build is I can change sections of the ship without really tearing down the other parts.  I can come up with other totally new ships just by switching out the various sections.

In conclusion:

This isn't by far the definitive way to build a Lego spaceship.  Lego being Lego there are about a bazillion ways to have gone about building this ship.

Hopefully you people out there picked up a technique or two from what I posted.

Please feel free to share your own ship building techniques.

Until next time.  Leg Godt!