A sad day for Lego

2014-07-18 11.37.35Well we moved into a new office and I finally decided to complete my Star Destroyer project (see here for all my Lego posts) by hanging the Destroyer from the ceiling. This seemingly simple task was way harder than one would think.

I bought some fishing line and some wire and with the help of my friend Andy came up with a plan to suspend the very heavy model from the supports in the center. We tried a number of different solutions and finally decided to use one central point at the center of mass and then have another line out the back to adjust the tilt.

We worked really hard to get it perfect and we got it up and mounted and it looked amazing and it wasn’t going anywhere. So I next decided to remove the legs underneath the model since we could now fly…

Here is where the accident happened. I took off one tiny foot portion of one of the legs and the balance along the ‘roll’ axispic5-1 immediately changed and the model rolled slightly. This roll made the top portion of the ship fall/roll off and fall to the floor. At this point I yelled “Fuck no!”

1Oa3ARiand then the ship rolled even more due to the loss of the top portion and the top wing flew off and then all hell broke loose and the entire ship just fell apart in front of me and crashed to the floor. What was left was the perfectly hung frame.

It was a sad fate but it was totally worth it. Go big or go home right?

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Progress … Vader is happy

So a lot of progress has been made since I last updated you all on the build. The first thing I needed to do was to build a second frame. This time around it went pretty quickly and one thing I did differently was how I built the guns. To speed things up I built a lego jig to hold the gun assemblies while I filled them with their tiny parts :2013-08-26 11.56.52Once the second frame was done I had to bind them together.

2013-08-26 12.19.19That was done with these little ‘connector’ things:

2013-08-26 12.19.14Here’s a look at the two frames together:

2013-08-26 12.31.40We then build some stand things to hold it up and started on the back engine assemblies. I say we since one of my coworkers joined me on the build. We also took over an office mates desk since he was on vacation this week.

Here’s a shot of the destroyer and stands :

2013-08-26 16.35.06 2013-08-26 16.35.02Once the engines were done then we started work on the ‘wings’. This was tedious and required a lot of steps. Here is the lower starboard wing section mostly complete:

2013-08-27 15.44.54Note the magnets used to attach it to the frame assembly. There are a few of them and when we went to attach to the frame we found that the middle one was not in the right place. After some careful inspection we determined that I had placed the entire center brace section one space too far up. This required some major surgery to the frame. But Once I got it complete, the wing connected in perfectly.

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Progress on the topside starboard wing went fairly quickly and it was soon attached as well.

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Check out how nice the gun sections are hidden inside of the wings.

2013-08-29 16.46.50And how there are these cool guns exposed…

2013-08-29 16.46.57All in all I’m pretty happy with this kit so far and my coworker is as well since he’s been doing his share of the building. Stay tuned!




The Build Begins

I had some time at work so I decided to start building the Destroyer. I put in a little time yesterday afternoon and this morning and I got 19 steps done. Interestingly enough I was getting all excited to tell you that I had built the main frame for the thing but when I got to the end of step 19 in the bottom right I saw a nice little “2x” there. Apparently I need to go through and build a second frame to attach to the underside of the one I just built!

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Ok, so here are some photos (in order)…

2013-08-22 14.07.00 Here we are at Step 1


2013-08-22 14.19.25And this is the first sub assembly completed

2013-08-22 16.32.39 And here is the frame after the initial Triangle shape was established. It was kind of neat how they did the angles. They used what I call “swing blocks” to make the corners.


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And above is the assembly all completed but without the “guns” mounted on the edges. Step 19 required me to build 18 gun assembly modules and then mount them to the triangle main assembly.

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Most of the parts for the gun assembly modules.

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The completed gun assembly modules

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Closeup of the assemblies mounted on the main triangle frame

2013-08-23 10.00.52And a completed triangle. Now I need to build an exact duplicate of it..


Inventory Complete

Well I’m finally done the inventory of the Lego Star Destroyer! It only took me a few months of working a little at a time. Out of the 3100 part set, there were only 7 parts missing. I will now have to locate them. Some are not available anymore from Lego so I will have to look on ebay and other places to find them. If I can’t find them then I will need to do some work making up replacement/substitutes.

Here is a look at the fully inventoried kit.


Lego Update

So a while ago I started working on this lego star destroyer project. I figured I’d update you guys on the progress.







Yea. I know. It doesn’t look like much but I assure that it is. I’ve inventoried over 900 parts (out of 3100 total) and I’ve also sorted them as well.

The problem is that this is a work project so it’s pretty slow going. Whenever I’m waiting for a build or have some dead time I do inventory.

What I have left is all of the small/tiny parts. They are in a separate case. Once they are done then I will order/find any missing pieces. Once I have them I can finally begin building. Like any engineering project, the hard work is all the prep.

Stay tuned friends!

The Lego Imperial Star Destroyer

A friend and co-worker left for another job in another state and he knew that I was a big lego nerd as evidenced by the 3 foot tall Statue of LibertyIMG_20130520_114945 IMG_20130502_100245

sitting in my office. This statue was built over a period of a couple of months by about 4 of us at work during our free moments. So anyway, this friend John decided to leave me with a parting gift : a Lego Imperial Star Destroyer (Lego Kit # 10030). This is a pretty huge kit with about 3000+ pieces and apparently someone had paid John with it instead of paying rent or something. John brought the kit in to work over a few days (he had to lug it on septa every morning in large cardboard boxes) and deposited it in front of my desk.IMG_20130502_100245


I have made it my mission to build this beast and hang it over my desk with fishing wire, perhaps aimed at lady liberty.

But there are a few steps involved. First off, J told me that while most of the parts were there, some were not. Secondly, the kit he gave me was partially assembled. Thirdly, there is of course work to do for Comcast. Projects like this take a lot of time to do since I can only work on them when I have a free moment (waiting for a build or a meeting or taking a moment to think about a particularly hard solution to something).

But anyway, I have accepted the challenge.

The first thing I did was buy a few nice plastic containers as my starting point. After bringing them into work I started to disassemble the kit and separate the parts into 3 bins:  Small Parts, Flat Parts, and Other. This has taken me about 3 weeks to complete. The fruits of my labor are right here…


So what is next? Inventory. I need to know what parts I have and what I need (so I can order them). Luckily there is an amazing site that I found called brickset.com that catalogs each lego set. I plan to print out the inventory and then check off every part until I have an idea of what I will need. From there, I will order from Lego the rest and then the build can finally begin.

I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to buy more boxes to separate the parts even more as as I do the inventory. I may end of doing that. But in either case, I hope to keep you all informed on my progress.. Keep checking back 🙂