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Hi, fellow AFOLS! Finally, after a long time I can show you some more progress on my Venator project. I tried to upload some stuff sooner, but I had some troubles with the Java uploader. On the other side I didn't have much of a budget so there would't be much to show you anyway. But now, finally, money has returned :) In this report you'll find what I've been up to for the past year. Let's dive right in:
About this creation
"What the hell happened here?" you might think :) Well, I had to move the Venator down since I had to sacrifice my Legotorium for other purposes. This involved taking the engines off the ship, along with all the modular stuff. Here you see it with everything back assembled apart from the engines. These had to be repositioned since I didn't leave enough space for the 2 largest main drive engines.



All this stuff needs to go back onto the ship:



What is that on the table there, a bowlingalley?? Yes, yes it is :) As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the lego Star Wars games. In these games you'll find a lot of crazy stuff and I wanted to incorperate this theme into my project as well. Since bowling is one of my hobbies, I went for that idea and build a bowlingalley. I didn't have money anyway to spend on the venator during that period so I just had to build thing with the parts I had laying around.



Here you see the bowlingalley installed on the ship:



Here you see it a bit better (without the back wall)



I used a lot of 1 stud wide tan plates rather than bricks. I did this to make the floor as realistic as possible.



Some other stuff I made during this time were small gunships. These are the same versions you'll fing in the Lego Advend calender from a few years ago. These were sort of to scale with my Venator so I used those. Here's the ARC version...



...and here are the other versions



Anakin's Y-wing:



The whole fleet at the time:



Twilight front:



Twilight backside:



A few months later I finished up these parts (the part with the blue windows was shown in a previous progress report) This part will sit right behind the turbolasers on top of the tophull.



Something like this:



When that was done, I slowly started to reinstall the engines back to the ship. You don't see a UCS Millennium Falcon being dwarfed like that often do you ;)



This is sort of were we were before I had to move the ship downstairs:



Finally I could order some more parts to get the main drive engines greebled and ready for installation:



Before I could do that though, I had to make sure that all other engines were detailed. When the main drive engines were on, I didn't have enough room to work on the other engines and because of their size I didn't want to take them off everytime.



Here are all the engines done:



Rear view of the ship with 4 engines installed on each side:



The first part of a main drive engine installed: They consist of two parts, the tubular piece you see here and the the end tip. This makes is easier to take them off the ship. I also installed a safetywire to make sure that when something comes loose, the engines won't be crashing down on my floor like some stuff in the past. When you know that it takes between 2-3 hours to assemble one from scratch, you know that this wire comes in handy ;)



After all these years, finally all the engines are assembled and on the Venator. That rear looks so sexy right now :)



A month later I did a bit of LED work. These were some spare Power Functions LED's. These plug into 1x4 technic bricks to light up the ventral hangarbay.



Lights on:



How it will look on the ship. Obviously, the LED's themselves wont be visible. These will be covered by the bottom hulls in the future.



A few months later I continued working on the hulls for this beast. I have some troubles fitting the bottom ones, so I decided to do the tophulls first, these are easier to make anyway. Here you see a first trial fitting. The gap you see between the red hangarbaydoor on top and the hull will be filled up later.





The Republic Logo's were integrated without much troubles. I made these when I started the project and after all this time, they are a part of the ship.



Starting with the turbolasers bases. I really enjoyed building these.





A close up view with all the various parts installed:



And this is how it looks on the ship.The two different hull parts (trianglar part with the logo and the parts with the guns) will be aligned when both sides are done.



Other side of the top hull... I made a cutout section so that the forementioned bowlingalley is visible. You might notice that the back wall is different. That's because is was too high and wouldn't clear the hull. I love this second version better anyway.



The lane in all it's glory:



I used some stickers of the original Legoset. You also might note another minikit in here (and some silver, gold and blue stud that aren't visible here). I made 10 in total and a red powerbrick is hidden on the ship as well.



Here you see the nose section all done, topwise anyway. The gap of the cutout section will be filled with a hull part that can be taken out to reveal the bowlinglane.



That's it for now my friends. It's good to see it's all coming together finally. With the tophulls almost done and just the bottom ones to build and the LED's to install on the rest of the ship, I can say that we are getting there. Maybe one more progress report before I present the finished piece, we'll see. Thx for all the support over the past years, I really appreciate it! Keep building gang, see y'all later!

Greetz,

Pie



Comments

 I made it 
  May 21, 2017
Hahaha, thx! I will order some more parts very soon and will invite some friends to get some work done on it since it only collected dust over the past few months! I will try to post an update in a few months ;)
Quoting Kurt's MOCs The Venetor is coming along well. Great details and design elements (especially the hanger). Yoda on the bowling lane is priceless (it's a strike every time!).
 I like it 
  April 30, 2017
The Venetor is coming along well. Great details and design elements (especially the hanger). Yoda on the bowling lane is priceless (it's a strike every time!).
 I like it 
  April 23, 2017
Wow Pieter, this thing is amazing! I love that you've taken the time to carefully build very small details into this thing. I can't wait for it to be finished. You've managed an incredible feat!
 I made it 
  October 1, 2016
Thx man! I made some more progress on it. Maybe I'll post a small update by the end of this year ;)
Quoting BJP's lego creations So beautiful best star wars moc ever
 I made it 
  October 1, 2016
I can't wait to see finished as well :)
Quoting J.K. Bricks This thing is crazy good! Can't wait to see it finished!
 I like it 
  September 30, 2016
So beautiful best star wars moc ever
 I like it 
  September 19, 2016
This thing is crazy good! Can't wait to see it finished!
 I made it 
  August 1, 2016
Thx man! It's good to have you here!
Quoting mick trofius Amazing Pieter, so much greebling goodness, love the turrets.....yes I finally joined lol
 I like it 
  July 31, 2016
Amazing Pieter, so much greebling goodness, love the turrets.....yes I finally joined lol
 I made it 
  July 4, 2016
Thx. The details are a challenge on a build like this. The bigger the scale, the better the details need to be, otherwise it looks like crap :)
Quoting Sven J. Absolute incredible work in every detail!!!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2016
Dang. Just...Dang.
 I made it 
  July 4, 2016
Hi Kristof! What you say is completely true! I really like the build even more now I've included way more personal stuff, like the bowlinglane and other details. For now i leave the hull panel just the way it is, because changing stuff means taken it all apart again which would be a major setback. The reason why I used modified bricks and tiles is that I had plenty of them already, saving a lot of money in the process. I might add some more intricate detail later as you suggested ;) I'm about to finish up the second top hull, meaning the top section will be finished very soon :D Thx for the comment Kristof. If you have more advice, feel free to post it here ;)
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl At the beginning, this seemed it was going to be a very good copy of Iomedes Vebator, which was admirable enough but kind of... copy, you know. Starting with your previous WIP, this absolutely grown to excellent original creation! Amazing work! If I may advice one thing - I think you should re-visit that hull panel. brick method is grwat and offers big scope for detailing, I don't like, however, the 'scattered' bits of greebling (modified bricks, tiles...) which seem weirdly random-organized on the grey plane. I think you could create some better 'surface greebling' on that (e.g. exposed inlayed tubing, some indents, rabbets, proud bits...)
  July 4, 2016
At the beginning, this seemed it was going to be a very good copy of Iomedes Vebator, which was admirable enough but kind of... copy, you know. Starting with your previous WIP, this absolutely grown to excellent original creation! Amazing work! If I may advice one thing - I think you should re-visit that hull panel. brick method is grwat and offers big scope for detailing, I don't like, however, the 'scattered' bits of greebling (modified bricks, tiles...) which seem weirdly random-organized on the grey plane. I think you could create some better 'surface greebling' on that (e.g. exposed inlayed tubing, some indents, rabbets, proud bits...)
 I like it 
  July 4, 2016
Absolute incredible work in every detail!!!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
This is a terrific build. thanks for sharing.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Pretty insane! Love the size of this thing. I also spotted a minikit in the next to the bowling lane. Nice easter-egg.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Wow! Can't wait for the finished model!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
WOW! Great work! :) Keep it going!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Really amazing project you have going here. Such fine detail all over the ship! I can't wait to see it complete, but it already defies the imagination!!
 I made it 
  July 3, 2016
Thx Mihe! Sometimes in between, I do a sideproject. I finished one a few months ago, but still have to take some pics of it before I post it here ;) Progress on the venator is good at the moment, I hope it stays that way.
Quoting Mihe Stonee looks really beautiful ! and congrats that you have that patience to go on over such a long period ;-) !!
 I made it 
  July 3, 2016
I sure hope so :)
Quoting Jimmie Martinez It will be a MOTD worthy masterpiece when complete. BOAJEWD.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
It will be a MOTD worthy masterpiece when complete. BOAJEWD.
 I made it 
  July 3, 2016
Haha, thx man. If Kirk is golfing this year, maybe Spock can go bowling next year ;)
Quoting El Barto ! Awesome stuff, Chief! Looove the bowling alley. Can't believe I didn't think of that.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Awesome stuff, Chief! Looove the bowling alley. Can't believe I didn't think of that.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
looks really beautiful ! and congrats that you have that patience to go on over such a long period ;-) !!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Awe-inspiring! I can't wait to ogle at the final product!
 I made it 
  July 3, 2016
Thanks man! On the original version by Lego Masterbuilder Erik Varszegi there is a hidden scene with the whole cast of Star Wars watching The Lord Of the Rings. I wanted something similar, but stayed with the Star Wars theme ;)
Quoting Darth Verzee Nice progress, you are getting there 😀 Btw nice touch with the bowling alley.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2016
Nice progress, you are getting there 😀 Btw nice touch with the bowling alley.
 
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