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Matt's Steampunk Speederbike (FINAL)

 
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RocketSeason



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:46 am    Post subject: Matt's Steampunk Speederbike (FINAL) Reply with quote




Updated with final photo entry and a diorama shot! Check out my Flickr photostream for more pics!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loves it! Where'd the blaster end up, though?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, cool. I like how you went with a balloon version of the speeder bike. It's a great design and surprisingly compact. Good job!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is so good!

Only two minor suggestions:

Give the pilot another helmet maybe this or this one. The current one looks to new.

The front of the chassis (the one with the silver plate round 1x1 on it) looks a little bit ... maybe plain. You could ad some detail with this item.

The rest is great Very Happy


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the blimp idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blackjoker4215 wrote:
I really like the blimp idea.

seconded! Great idea you've got started here.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gold_2 wrote:
blackjoker4215 wrote:
I really like the blimp idea.

seconded!

Thirded! It's a really great idea.

I agree with Moppe about the changes, the front of the body is a bit too bulky to my taste. You must, however, be careful if you'll alter it; making it too sleek might be as bad to the steampunk-look - if not worse, one could say - as bulkiness.

Apart from these things, it's awesome. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want a full-sized one of those for my driveway. It looks like a lot of fun to drive.
Very nice.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude...that rocks!

Terrific work, I hate to say it, but I like the Imperial Shuttle one the best so far, with the canvas type wings, but this is definately next best.

Very awesome work, ... you know... if TLC was watching this thread, they should talk it over with Lucas one night over a many red wines, and voila... the new 7788 Steam Speeder Bike
I can see it now,

chug-chug-chug.... i'm comin' for you pesky rebels, just wait till I unleash a tin a cod liver oil on yez ... chug-chug-chug
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

never mind
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the positive feedback!

@ Moppe, I did some searching and I actually found one of those helmets. Your right, it looks alot better now. I re-did my scout trooper a bit and I think the final result is pretty nice.

I am seeing alot of really great MOCs for this contest. The quality of the work all around is really high! Good luck to everyone!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated with final photo entry and a diorama shot! Check out my Flickr photostream for more pics!

-Matt
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better. Very good now!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow nice. It's easy to realise what it is. I like the ballon idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is Ingenious, if any of the small Mocs deserves a place this one does, The balloon was well incorporated, and you proved that a little can go a long way with a bit of thought. Great Job.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gotta hand it to you, it's cute, it's light, the balloon is a neat idea and it's very similar in scale to the official LEGO speederbikes. Sweet dio too, you're making me ill Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the compliments!

I wanted to make this as small as possible and yet, still give it an appropriate amount of complexity.

I also wanted to only use pieces in my collection. No Bricklink orders. I am pretty pleased with the results.

Here is a detail of my favorite part: The seat



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a really nice MOC. I have exactly zero experience building in steampunk, but from an outsider's perspective I see this as a fantastic conversion of Star Wars into the steamy realms.

• The color scheme works nicely with the "typical" browns and greys– the white balloon adds a nice bit of freshness as well. I know it's a small model, but I would've liked to see a bit more color blocking with, say, brown all on top and greys on the bottom to simulat a machine with a wooden cover or something similar. Of course that all depends on the pieces in your collection, as you said. Anywho, great colors and you convey the steamy feeling quite well.

• I think one of the biggest pluses of your bike is that it actually seems like it could work. You don't have random gears and valves thrown on just to look steampunkish: it's obvious that the balloon lifts the bike, the boiler makes the propellor spin and that makes the bike go forward. It's simple, to the point, and perfectly executed.

• The pilot is a bit outside what I would expect for a "standard" steampunk fig, but I think that's a good thing. His torso fits right in but his head and helmet are a bit more modern, almost steam-Victorian rather than the wood and metal of the rest of the bike. I actually really like his style– much like the balloon, not putting him in drab browns and black give a lighter, airier feel, perfect for the small craft.

This is easily one of my favorites. You not only worked a SW vehicle into steampunk marvelously and did it with a minimum of pieces, but the ballooned speederbike concept is hard not to smile about. Well done.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually like the pilot. I think it's a good steampunk version of the scout trooper. It is a scout trooper, right?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup Jetman147, He is a scout trooper. According to George Lucas white is the perfect camouflage for a forest environment.

Who am I to judge?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a really good steam speeder bike.
In the contest I like the entrys with their own take on the steampunk the best. Making it this small do not allow for very much random detail so the steampunk has to come from the over all feeling of it. I think the simplicity of this bike, the balloon and the relation to the source vehicle make this a great little moc for this theme.
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