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!