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Final - X-34 Steamspeeder (Contest Entry) Updated V 3.0

 
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:56 am    Post subject: Final - X-34 Steamspeeder (Contest Entry) Updated V 3.0 Reply with quote

Hi All,

Here is the final version of my very first Steampunk build. It is meant to be a steam driven version of Luke Skywalker's X-34 Landspeeder.

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UPDATE

Got some good advice and went about rebuilding a bit.



Here are some more pics on Flickr.

Its been very educational and fun.

-Shifto


Last edited by Shifto Canucki on Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:49 am; edited 2 times in total
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, a classic design not commonly expressed. I definately think the movie when I see this thing, but it's...very different. Good job!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. I like the exhaust pipe. Where will you be putting the new props?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great rendition of the landspeeder... I love the little details you've got along the side because I understand exactly how this thing is supposed to stay off the ground. I'd like to see the propellers worked on though, they feel liek placeholders while the rest of the thing is done.
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the encouragement. The nozzles along the sides are steam jets along and are supposed to give the vehicle vertical lift. Think of it as an upside down steam powered air hockey table. I toyed with the idea of a top prop and also even considered wagon wheels and having it land bound.

I am going to rework the entire prop/back engine area, just waiting on parts. I agree It's still a little rough. I was struggling with this part so any suggestions are more than welcome.

-Shifto
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated. See the revised first post for details or clicky here for the updated Flickr gallery I purged the images of the old version due to the appalling propulsion system.

-Shifto
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am liking the new version much better. I do enjoy how you moved all the engine components to the back. To me, it looks finished. Good job!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good job, it looks really great. Smile

I would, however, suggest one thing to make it look more like a X-34: make the engines stick out more - the one on the top at least. Now they kind of blend in the rest of the speeder. There are also so much greebling and details that emphasizing the engines - the most recognizable parts of the craft - would certainly not do any harm.
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Galagoo, I know what you mean about the engines.
They are the one thing that I have built and rebuilt countless times. I like the way they look, but they are a tad bit beefy looking.

I may give it one more go. I'll see what i can do about greebling up the prop pods.

-Shifto
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your photographs look fantastic. How are you lighting/shooting your MOC?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a hovercraft, I guess which would float on a cloud of steam.

Very cool.
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RocketSeason wrote:
Your photographs look fantastic. How are you lighting/shooting your MOC?


You really think so? Other than being in focus, I always fee like they are always too dark.

I have a simple point and click Panasonic Lumix and I use the Macro setting with the flash disabled. I shoot in my kitchen which is the brightest room in the house. I try to use a neutral background like white parchment paper or something similar. This adds some bounce onto the model and blocks out the view of my kitchen ( most of the time...I get lazy cropping sometimes.) The background helps if you want to do any fancy Photoshop compositing work later. I try not to use the zoom as this degrades the quality of the image, so I end up holding the camera 6-8 from the model. This causes some depth of field problems but overall the result is OK.

Hope this helps you out.

-Shifto
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GIR3691 wrote:
Looks like a hovercraft, I guess which would float on a cloud of steam.

Very cool.


Precisely! That is the function of the banks of 1x1 cones on the sides.

-Shifto.
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So...I think I am spending far too much time obsessing over this very small MOC. (Mostly because its my first non-sucky one in years) I need some advice from you guys on this one.

Currently the main body is 6 studs wide making only enough room for 1 minifig. The question is this:

Should I widen to 8 studs to accommodate more figs or would that spoil the look?

I wish I had enough bricks, I'd build another for comparison. Time to crack open the MISB Trade Federation MTT I think.

-Shifto
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it how it is, I can't find anything on it I'd suggest changing. Good work on those engines, very much improved from the original placeholders. But, of course, that's why they were placeholders. Wink
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Shifto Canucki



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally entered it! If it weren't for the deadline I probably would have rebuilt it ten more times. Links etc. it the edited first post in this thread.

-Shifto
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice MOC but you can add some steam to it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the new version. It looks more like the speeder.
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