Main Gun Tips Minor Reconstruction

Please forgive me for being away for so long! I FINALLY took some time this weekend to work on the SDF-1, albeit I only had time to work a very small section: the white tips of the Main Guns. This section has always bothered me; I never felt I got them completely right.

My first issue with this section is the gap in the slope, in the series of 2 x 3 slope bricks you can see one of the studs right at the transition point. This is only place on ship where a stud sticks out like this. I’m no LEGO purist but I do feel that this breaks some kind of unwritten rule. Either way, it has always bothered me and I wanted to use a technique to build this slope that would not result in exposed studs.

LEGO SDF-1 Main Gun Problem Section

Exposed Studs on the left and the center section has 5 different angles.

Second you’ll notice when looking at the diagrams below that the front tips of the SDF-1 Continue reading

Main Guns & More

Sorry I have been away for so long, but real adult life often gets in the way and can keep even the best of us away from building with LEGO. Fortunately for me I have had a lot free time the past couple of days so I could dedicate time to making some progress on building my LEGO SDF-1.

One of the big issues I was having was with attaching the Main Guns after transformation. Each gun weighs over 2 lbs when hollow and I plan on inserting details inside of each so in the end they they possibly could weigh much more. What I used to connect the Main Guns to the body of the ship were three 6 stud long Technic axles (sorry no picture). I knew that using a simple stud connection wouldn’t work and after some trial and error with a couple of other techniques the 3 axles were the best method I could come up. Continue reading

Work In Progress: Second Half

Sorry I have been away for so long – please don’t think I have abandoned my LEGO SDF-1! Things have been extremely busy and unfortunately I won’t have as much time to dedicate to this project going forward as did last month. I have been able to sneak in some time to build here and there; most importantly I have started building the second half of the ship. I’m still short of a lot of pieces, but I did receive a couple of my orders from Bricklink which allowed me to put some finishing touches (although far from complete) on the main center section. Below are a couple of snapshots of the progress to date:

Starting the build of the left side. Part of me feels the blue section of the Main Guns may be too short, but I'll hold off on judging until I see the ship with the both Legs attached. Besides, the last thing I want to do at this point is reconstruct anything!

Although the Main Guns may look almost complete, there is still a lot of work to be done. There are some areas I will have to take apart and rebuild.

As I described in my previous post, there are still major issues with the weight of the leg. I have to decide if glue is the only solution to make the LEGOs strong enough to support the weight horizontally. If glue is the only solution, I have to decide when is the right time to start gluing Sections together, I don’t want to glue Sections together too soon and have to go through the trouble of taking the pieces apart.

To prove my point about not wanting to glue too soon, I have already discovered that I need to rebuild a section of the leg to make it so it can support the ship after transformation. Recently I found a critical design flaw in one of the connection points I built for transformation and as is I don’t think it would be able to support the ship upright.

There is still a great deal of work to be done, I’ll have to attack the leg issues when I have a significant amount of free time to focus just on solving the leg’s issues. For now I am going to wait for my last Bricklink order to arrive.

Good Job so far Sport!

Work in Progress: The Main Guns

 

Having some issues with proportions.

Above is a snapshot of about a full day of work. So far I have good feel for how the main guns will look – the only issue I may have is with the length (not sure if it is long enough). I have already discovered that even though I have purchased thousands of pieces, I am short of some critical pieces just for this first part of the build. I have begun to keep a list of needed parts; I’m planning on at least one or two Bricklink orders over the weekend. Because of my part shortage I can only do one Main Gun at a time, which I probably should do anyway to work out the kinks.

The build has come to somewhat of a complete stop because of some major proportional issues. I have to decide how wide the main center section should be, 8x or 10x? Even though this is supposed to be Section 4 of the build, I need to figure out the dimensional width of the Section 4 in order to finish Section 2 and start Section 3. If you take a close look at Section 2 you will see the indent around Section 4, the issue now is what is the correct width of the indent? Also, another issue with sizing the indent is that main center section of the SDF-1 curves out as you move toward the middle, see the line art below:

The center section of the Battlecruiser is not a box.

The main center section of the SDF-1 actually has lots of curves, on both the X-axis and Y-axis. The section is not a tube, but it definitely not a box. That said, LEGO is better used to build boxes than structures with curves. So back to my dilemma: should I build the center section as a box? Should that box be 8x or 10x?  Or should I attempt some form of curve effect…and how would I do that? And if so, still, how wide should it be and thus how wide should I make the Main Gun indent?

I’m at crossroads and it is only Day 2….it is probably best at this point to spend some more time on Bricklink….