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Speeder bikes with some speed-updated with Hoth speeder bike
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Larry Lars



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:27 am    Post subject: Speeder bikes with some speed-updated with Hoth speeder bike Reply with quote



I think that the biggest problem with the official speeder bikes is that they don't look threatening at all. And not even particularly dangerous to ride.

This construction came out of an idea that minifig legs bent backwards would create the right sense of speed. To have him neither standing nor sitting even creates an illusion of one leg on each side. Getting the trooper in the right position with the arms, the torso and the legs was the most important in this project. I think that the challange sometimes is to capture a feeling, rather than going for total movie accuracy. Especially since the original bikes basicly looks like flying cigars. Wink

These are more motorcykle like, but with the right military look to them. Or at least, that was my goal. Please tell me what you think.

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=245288



...And Yes, I did sacrifice some screwdrivers to get those handles. Embarassed Embarassed
I normally not work with cut pieces (first time actually) But I just could't resist having this clean look to them. The soft little screwdrivers aren't much of a LEGO brick anyway. Smile Even tried with short pieces of LEGO hose, but went back when it really felt kind of silly. Any suggestions on how to solve this dilemma?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best speeder ever.

That is genious! I love the detail!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW Shocked Shocked loads better than any i've seen and espically loads better than the lego version ::D:
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MY GOD those things are genius
Beats any speeder i've seen

10/10

have u tried make one in white?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks so much better than the official Speederbikes.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really edgy! Looks very, very dangerous to ride, but I'm not sure if it's as accurate to the ones in the film as Lego's. But it is really cool, I say it's hard to get the "split-leg" pose either way!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Best speeder ever.

That is genious! I love the detail!


Couldn't have said it any better myself. Awesome design.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect design


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that bit at the front from the battle pack is the perfect pice to use

its awsome
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job here. I hate to say it, but that's probably the best I've seen. Beats my design anyday...I have to try this.

Oh, and one thing...would the screwdriver gun near the front look better if it was placed at the binocular's upper hole?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the best I've seen. Could you do instructions or deconstructed shots?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

brilliant in all respects except for the handles, but I have no idea how to remedy that. Still awesome though!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is great! If you could make one in white, it could be one of those Hoth speeder bikes!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

man lego should make these!! that is awsome!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent design! All the details are there and the construction you used makes it much sleeker and faster lookin than any of the official designs.

The minifig ski might look a bit big. Nevertheless, it's the best Speederbike design I remember seeing so far.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. I've been working with these on and off for a long time now. And with the 2007 sets I finally got the brown pieces I've been waiting for. No white ones in production I'm afraid. I dont have the triangular plates in white and no snowtrooper to ride the bike.

d a l e: The gun actually looks great in the upper hole. Thanks for the suggestion.

As allways all these changes right after a big photo session. Sad I've just discovered that I dont need to have the two plates right behind the gun. Perhaps it would look better with just one.

GIR3691: I can add some deconstructed shots to the gallery, but if you know that he is standing on the clip of two of these
you should be able to figure it out from the pictures I have now.


warhawk: The ski part is a little bit tricky. In the movie there is pedals for the troopers, but since that doesn't work with the minifig anatomy you end up with some kind of feet for the bike. I think the skies give the vehicle a nice look even if the original doesnt have them.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry Lars wrote:


GIR3691: I can add some deconstructed shots to the gallery, but if you know that he is standing on the clip of two of these
you should be able to figure it out from the pictures I have now.



Larry....first off, my hat off to you. This is without a doubt .... awesome, and very very cool, i have two comments to make though.

Firstly, for those of us not too good at building from a picture, can you maybe take a few shots of the bikes broken down so we can try our own hand at building a few.

Secondly.... thank you .... you've done the FBTB a world of credit with this model, finally an awesome looking bike, i was going to MOC this myself one day, but why bother now....hehe

Thirdly.... PLEASE show us better pics of the bike broken down so we can build these babies, cause u got me wonderin' now.

Thanks Lars
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are Awesome, Larry you're a genius. Ive made so many failed attempts at designing a compact, sleek speed bike. But you have without a doubt made the finest looking speeder bike ever Smile !
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet design! looks awesome!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome dude! Well done. Very Happy
I just have to make some of these.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I for one think the handles look INCREDIBLE, absolutely perfect. As someone who has "mutilated" my share of pieces over the years (mainly back in the '80s when the overall selection was so much more limited than it is now), I completely understand why you did it. Even though I've slowly weeded out most of my cut parts over the years as new elements have made it easier, in the end I feel that the owner of the particular LEGO is the only one with the right to decide if altering a piece (whether by cutting, painting, or custom stickering) is right for them, since THEY OWN IT!

Great overall design, and definitely unique compared to the other speeder bike customs around!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
...And Yes, I did sacrifice some screwdrivers to get those handles.

I forgive you for such fine work!
At the risk of sounding repeatative, best speeder bike ever Very Happy
One small suggestion, how about that tan 2x1 tile from the Kaadu set at the back to replicate the pack speeder bikes have?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW very cool, best Eva. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duckman wrote:

i have two comments to make though.



No you didn't, you had 3! Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most impressive. The way you did the standing setup for the rider is brilliant. and you nailed every aspect of the shape.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DevalII Devallus wrote:
Duckman wrote:

i have two comments to make though.



No you didn't, you had 3! Razz


Actually, if you read my post, you'd realize, it was only 2, i repeated the first one again, because i really wanted him to show the makings. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw this on Brickshelf the other day and it immediately caught my attention.

The detail in such a small design is amazing. The way the rear section is attached is brilliant.

And, yeah, I found when I was making my own speeder design that the hardest aspect to render is those darn throttles. To date I've yet to see a solution that I find truly satisfactory. Yours is very good, but it did require LEGO 'mutilation'.

Anyway, this is a brilliant MOC, certainly one of the best custom speeders I've seen.

Great job! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'm going to try to build one for myself, I'll post a pic here if I'm successful. It is an excellent design.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Speeder bikes with some speed Reply with quote

Larry Lars wrote:


I think that the biggest problem with the official speeder bikes is that they don't look threatening at all. And not even particularly dangerous to ride.

This construction came out of an idea that minifig legs bent backwards would create the right sense of speed. To have him neither standing nor sitting even creates an illusion of one leg on each side. Getting the trooper in the right position with the arms, the torso and the legs was the most important in this project. I think that the challange sometimes is to capture a feeling, rather than going for total movie accuracy. Especially since the original bikes basicly looks like flying cigars. Wink

These are more motorcykle like, but with the right military look to them. Or at least, that was my goal. Please tell me what you think.

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=245288



...And Yes, I did sacrifice some screwdrivers to get those handles. Embarassed Embarassed
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Hey Larry...

How did you get the lego part 50746 in Brown????

The little 1x1 slope part??
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very glad to see that you all seems to like my speeder bike design. Now the gallery is updated with some shots of it deconstructed.

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Larry-Lars/speeder-bike/bike_21.jpg

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Larry-Lars/speeder-bike/bike_22.jpg

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Duckman: I bought General Grievous Starfighter mainly to get the twelve brown 1x1 slopes that comes with it.
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