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Lego Star Wars Orrery
I have always loved Star Wars Mini builds….even the official sets. In fact, when I first returned from my “dark ages” these little sets were some of the first sets I purchased. With the approaching release of “Rogue One” my mind has been turned to the SW series and I wanted to do a little build to commemorate the stories with the mini sets that I owned and with a few little builds that I could build myself. The goal was to create something aesthetic, functional, and nostalgic all at the same time. My attempt is presented below.
About this creation




In Motion:



This orrery-like build is a presentation of 13 different SW mini and micro builds. Most were official sets, some are my MOCs and some are MOCs of others.



There are six levels to the orrery-ish build, and each represents a storyline or some type of clip from the movie series. I did not focus on any specific episode of the series, just clips that are nostalgic to me and could be easily represented in LEGO with the functional element of orbiting bodies.

The top level is the Death Star with a revolving Imperial Destroyer. The Destroyer is not an official build, but rather one I made myself. I especially like the Technic elements for the upper part of the Command Center bridge, I think the 1x4 ˝ Liftarm with the ball joints do a good job of representing the Bridge on such a small scale.



The next two levels (going down) are of Anakin and Sebula racing each other in the famous pod-racer scene. I have always loved that scene and was especially excited to capture it in LEGO. The level that Anakin’s racer is built upon is geared to go faster than the level of Sebula’s racer; therefore Anakin is always either gaining or passing Sebula, true to one of my favorite scenes in all the SW episodes.



The following two levels are an Interceptor Tie Fighter chasing an X-Wing. This does not capture any specific scene in the series, but rather is meant to capture the overall theme of the Tie Series Fighters fighting X-Wings. Conceptually, I wanted this to capture a broader theme than a specific scene from the movies because there are many versions and generations of Tie Fighters just as there are many generations and versions of X-Wings. The level of the Tie Fighter is geared to go faster so the Tie is always chasing the X-Wing.



Lastly, the bottom level is of course, the famous scene of a Snow Speeder orbiting an AT-AT in the Battle of Hoth. There is a cable (LEGO string) locked around the AT-AT’s legs and it appears to be falling just like in the movie. In the build the AT-AT is fixed while the Speeder revolves around it.




The base of the build houses the motor, battery, and additional mechanics of the build. The exterior aesthetically displays more mini and micro builds. Each side portrays a different ship/mechanical marvel. The Millennium Falcon is not my own build….. I found it years ago when I was coming out of my Dark Ages but I do not remember the original source. The Venator and Naboo Fighter are official sets, whereas the Death Star is my [own]. I did not copy the fighters alongside it from any source, although they are simple enough I would not be surprised if they have been copied several times over.









I tried to add other Galactic details to give this build an otherworldly feel; in addition to the six different level I added little knick-knacks here and there to give it a celestial feel:




I used one modified LEGO part and one unofficial LEGO part in this build. A 24-tooth Technic gear (see revolving Snow Speeder) and the axle which provides the vertical support to the whole build (which is 19 + 19L in length, so, in all, 38 studs long). The gear has had the center drilled out, so it can be driven by the chain yet not move the axle that supports the AT-AT. This piece can easily be exchanged for an old type of differential here . The axles used are stainless steel axles from a BL store I love Brick Machine Shop . The SS axle helps provide support to a tall structure and helps avoid bending. As with the 24T gear that has been drilled, the SS steel axles can also be replaced by one 32L axle (I will then shorten the build slightly), which I have ordered. I am not sure if an ABS axle will work, however, ….not sure it is strong enough. If there is enough interest in this build, I may submit to LEGO Ideas. If I do, I will replace both these parts with official, genuine LEGO parts.


Thanks for looking and please remember to rate and comment!





Comments

 I like it 
  March 25, 2017
Wow! This is so awesome! I love the snow speeder going around the at-at. Really brilliant work.
 I made it 
  January 24, 2017
Pretty hard with ABS. you will always get backlash with ABS gears, axles, etc.....
Quoting Bacon Tomato That's a good idea! I love it! Now, if only you could get it to move more smoothly.
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  January 20, 2017
That's a good idea! I love it! Now, if only you could get it to move more smoothly.
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  December 7, 2016
Oh this is genius. I love the snowspeeder going around the AT-AT.
 I made it 
  November 12, 2016
Thanks Jeremy. Good to see you back on here. I do think that this could be done with no modifie parts..... yet, not sure how smooth it would run. Like I said, I would exchange the parts if there was enough interest. But not sure if there is to do all the work....
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Nice job, NFP! Amazing how many possibilities you can open up by modifying just one part.
 I like it 
  November 11, 2016
Nice job, NFP! Amazing how many possibilities you can open up by modifying just one part.
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  November 6, 2016
Impresiv mechanizem to drive models. It is not complicated but it is done and that's what counts!
  November 6, 2016
Amazing work! I've always loved orreries and SW, so this is perfect! If it ever becomes a set, I'll buy it!
 I like it 
  November 5, 2016
A unique, fun and probably difficult build. Great stuff!
 I made it 
  November 4, 2016
I know, they look relatively simple, but in reality they are anything but. Also, six layers is definitely more difficult than four.....or less
Quoting matt rowntRee This is outrageously good! Having built an orrery myself, I completely understand the headaches involved. Brilliant!
Nirds forprez
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matt rowntRee
  November 3, 2016
This is outrageously good! Having built an orrery myself, I completely understand the headaches involved. Brilliant!
 I like it 
  November 3, 2016
Actually pretty fluid with all those gears. I like the slow motion in the video. Very well done.
 I made it 
  November 3, 2016
Quoting Cameron Wilson Awesome work! I really like the snowspeeder circling the AT-AT! =)
Thanks! I know, that is one of my favorite as well.
 I like it 
  November 3, 2016
Wonderful fun here, Nerds! Thanks for sharing this! :)
 I like it 
  November 3, 2016
I really like your choice to build cohesive scenes! The snowspeeder orbiting the AT-AT gives me ideas for a full-scale model with the same function! Top Job, everything looks like it belongs.
  November 3, 2016
really nice!
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  November 3, 2016
Really cool build, so much going on, and with the rotating/revolving parts it must be really fun to have on your desk!
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  November 3, 2016
Great work! It looks fantastic! I must say, I actually think the base is one of my favourite bits though! haha! Good stuff! --Blast--
 I like it 
  November 2, 2016
Great idea! ))
 I like it 
  November 2, 2016
Awesome work! I really like the snowspeeder circling the AT-AT! =)
 
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