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UCS B-Wing Fighter - final version? (lots of pics)
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OceanBlue72



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:03 pm    Post subject: UCS B-Wing Fighter - final version? (lots of pics) Reply with quote

Hello,

in my last topic iīve mentioned my B-Wing fighter (based on Garethīs model) with a few pics.
Now after studying a lot of original studio images i have made many changes.
Iīve tried to get a better shape, more accuracy of the details and dimensions and a better color shade.

Here are the results:

First of all i had to hit the right dimensions and angles of the main wing, the side wings, engine part, cockpit and lenght of the cannons.





The characteristics of the cockpit are the asymmetry of the front bottom and the rear part with itīs round shape like an egg and a hole in it. The dark grey slopes arround the trans dark canopy are a kind of optical enlargement.





The "braces" of the "air duct" at the front of the engine part have now the right dimensions and angles.
For the four nozzles at the rear iīve used plastic tires with rubber tires inside, so it looks like the ones on the original ILM studio model.




The weapons at the end of the side wings are now mostly in light grey, so the side wings have only a dark grey part in the middle.


The main cannon was very difficult to build because of itīs many different shapes and roundings.




At the main wing iīve made the same skew for the front part like at the rear part. On the original film model the holes at the front side are white, black looks better to me. With slopes and wedges i tried to perform the eliptical part under the Side wing, now with the wedge in grey and not in green. Now these eliptical parts are one stud over the "air duct" of the engines part, like on the original film model.


Here you can see the side wings folded. They fit into the deepening of the main wing.



First iīve thought the side wings are a litlle bit long, but according to the original model they have the right length.


Details of the attachment.

Link Brickshelf: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=221150

Now i have no further ideas for other changes, but.... never say never....

Any suggestions from You are welcome!


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bearpred6



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, pretty big too
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything about it is fantastic and super and amazing and actually perfect - no offence Gareth, yours is still totaly brilliant.

But OceanBlue, this is a stunning ship and I think that I want a dozne of these to hang from my bedroom.
Very nice work
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow I dunno what to say even that is just amazing.

One of the best I have seen on here for sure.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are its dimensions stud wise- it's not that easy to tell from the pictures
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@joedward:

The dimension are (plus/minus one stud):
depth 29 studs, height 98 studs, width 67 studs (folded 14 studs)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is truly amazing. I know it's silly to comment on something that is that good, but... the cockpit just doesn't capture the shape. I'd recommend using the transparent smoked 'Slave 1' one-stud-wide long slopes.
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OceanBlue72



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Teg:

Which "transparent smoked 'Slave 1' one-stud-wide long slopes" do You mean? I canīt find them on pictures of the lego Slave 1. And where schould i attach them? Do You mean the front, the bottom or the side panels of the cockpit?
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Teg:

I think You mean this:

Thanks four Your great tip! Another improvement of the design
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG Shocked Best UCS B wing EVAR!!! Shocked

Awsome job. Wink Shocked
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OceanBlue72



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some changes of the main cannon. The asymmetry is now performed better:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wowzers, very impressive !!!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even more stunning work, amazing Shocked Very Happy I love those tires within tires and greeble work on the guns.
You have taken some great close-up pictures but I would like to see some more 'glamour' shots! Something from a bit more distance that show the stunning model off even better.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks FANTASTIC Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked BEST B-WING EVA!!! Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that's impressive! Shocked
You have to admire the effort, time and bricks that went into such an awesome model.
Top notch dude.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice I like it
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I LIKE!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know jealousy is a bad feeling to have... but this makes me feel exactly that way Wink !

This is an awesome piece of work, with lots of thought put into it. I like the color layout, and the creative use of parts (the tires inside the wheels was interesting).

One small suggestion... your work would stand out so much stronger with a white background. Just put a sheet behind it or something. You have good photography skills (clear photos and such), so something that takes the distraction out of the background would just serve to show off your work that much more.

Considering that's all I've got to suggest... (and it's a silly little thing, I know), I'd just have to congratulate you on a job well done! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have instructions for how we can build one? Just like you.

If possible what all the pieces necessary so we can order it at lego shop at home.


Greetings,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, you got skillz. No... you got mad skillz Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@elkor-alish:
Thatīs right, you need al lot of bricks und a lot of time, sometimes more time and endurance than bricks Very Happy
Meanwhile my lego collection includes 27 large boxes (35x25x12cm) and 9 minor boxes (25x18x7cm), all bricks sorted by color and / or kind (basics, wings, very little pieces, electric parts and so on) plus the build up / purchased models (3 UCS Tie Fighters, 2 UCS X Wings, my Y Wing, 1 UCS Y Wing, 1 UCS Snowspeeder, this B Wing, 1 UCS ISD, 2 UCS Blockade Runner, 2 Millenium Falcons, 1 UCS AT ST, 1 AT AT, 1 RPG, 1 Slave One, a lot of Technic cars and some minor models). All collected over years.

@Logan Starfire and roguebantha:
You are fully right! Pictures from a greater distance with a neutral (white) background would look much better. In the next days i will try the make more pictures!

@Dark Flemish:
When i have time i will make some pictures like "behind the bricks".

@Od Ball:
Yes, when i look at my collection i always think "this is mad and i must be crazy" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just some ideas to use or forget.
I cannot make out the intake fins. Using vertical plates could be thinner.
Aww, no squadron markings on the wings.
The black edges on the main wing's leading edge has high contrast, so maybe black grilles over grey could soften that.
Did you consider using a vertical stack of bricks instead of layered plates for the wings?
How would black look to simulate the missing glass for the cockpit?
What source did you use that had the bracing wall in the rear of the cockpit pod?
The curved moldings around the engines look good as do the tires-inside-wheels for engines.
Are you going to have lit floodlights where the body connects to the side wings?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want your collection dude, so much cool stuff (no emoticon for drooling Wink )
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've really done some excellent modifications to Gareth's B-Wing and added your personal touch. I particularly like what you have done to the underside of the cockpit pod and to the underside of the main gun. There's really some nice added detailing.

By the way, I see that you're from Munich. Have you bee to Bricking Bavaria on the 9th or 10th? We might have met in that case.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ajcross123:

On my first model i have used angular fins (like from planes). They are thinner, but they donīt have the right angle according to light grey hull of the engine part. The long fin in the middle is one stud thick and on the ILM model all fins have the same thickness. So using black slopes (1x3 studs) are a compromise between thickness and angle. To hit the right dimensions, shapes und relations of the original ILM Studio models is very important for me (and sometimes very difficult, sometimes impossible).

Look at the picture:


Yes, squadron markings are missing (didnīt they use the "japanese sign", red circles on their B Wings?). I will catch up on this!

Here are a picture of the bracing on the rear of the cockpit:


I have tried using black slopes instead of dark grey ones, but this was too dark Confused So dark grey ist a compromise, the best solution would be trans dark (but these parts are not available in this color).

Iīm not sure what is looking better, black grills or black plates:
What do You think?


To use lit floodlights - what a great idea!
But iīm afraid that i havenīt enough space.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@warhawk:
Yes, i have heard of it, but it was too late Crying or Very sad When will be the next Bricking Bavaria?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the mx of grills and plates looks cool - very effective
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very impressive! Nice work.
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