Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252

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  1. purr1n

    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    This is the new one with major improvements from the Ultimate Collectors Series in 2002. The old one had a big gap in the middle and the plates were held together by magnets. The internal structure was also made of blocks.

    The new one released this year, following the new Millennium Falcon last year, uses Technic parts for a stronger frame. I built the old Falcon with a combination of knock off and real Lego parts, but skipped the new one (75192) because I felt the new one didn't look Lego blocky enough.

    Given the new solid construction and blockier look of this kit, I decided to go for it. What sold me on the authentic kit here was the mottling on the big flat plate pieces which I noted on the display model at the Lego store. I know, it's a dumb thing; but it does make the authentic Lego product more appealing. Besides, Lego deserves my money.

    My son and I happened to have a ton of gift cards from the past two years which he had organized into his Ridge wallet. Wifey wasn't too excited at first glance in the store since because we already have so many gigantic Lego kits around the house; but when she and my daughter went clothes shopping, we bought the kit and ninja'd it into the car before she realized it.

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    Stay tuned for a time lapse video of the build on YouTube.
     
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    Progress before we retired last night. Will continue on today after breakfast of champions: donuts and coffee.
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    Very cool and congrats! My son and I are currently in the middle of putting together the Lego Hogwarts Castle 71043, which is also a major build. It has more pieces (over 6000) but is not of the same scale as your Star Destroyer and has fewer massively custom parts. May the Force be with you during your build!
     
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    Unboxing and time lapse build:
     
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    Effing sweet @purr1n!
     
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    Awesome video! Well done and looks like you and your son had fun with the build. Also like the ZMF t-shirts and the quick appearance of your beautiful cat!
     
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    I actually never watched the video all the way through before. I helped my son through the edits and just checked the transitions. Now that I have, it's pretty funny with the cat making his appearances.

    As for the ZMF shirts, @zach915m seems to be the only vendor smart enough to send them to me, so why not? Haha
     
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    To give you guys an idea of the scale of this model, I've lined it up next to the Executor Super Star Destroyer (which I 100% Bricklinked the hard way piece-by-piece since by the time I wanted to build it, Lego discontinued it). I used to think the Super Star Destroyer was big!
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    Compared to the Executor Super Star Destroyer, the Star Destroyer is more sturdy. The top and bottom plates are made from eight distinct pieces supported by large flat pieces underneath. Lego did not skimp here and I did not need to add any additional support pieces so the models would withstand the occasional cat stepping on them.

    The older Executor kit had only four long plates supported together by rectangular 2x# flat pieces, which didn't support them as well. I actually had to add a lot of extra support pieces to the long plates underneath do they would older up over time.

    Here is the view from the behind with the engines. I really like this angle and think the Lego designer did a really good job. This view really makes the SSD look tiny.
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    Here are views of the bay where Princess Leia's ship was eventually sucked up into by the tractor beam. The kit does comes with a miniature version of that ship, but I did not include it here in the photos. Note the TIE fighter though.
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    Some really inventive use of the gear shift lever pieces for the shield generators.
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    The lasers are oversized, but I approve of the artistic license. The turrets actually swivel.
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    What was the total build time on this project?
     
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    Hmm. Looks like build time in the Youtube video from 2:00 to 6:00, so 240 seconds. Timelapse was x30 in camera and x8 in editing for a total x240. So 240 seconds x 240 speed up / 60 hours/sec / 60 secs = 16.5 hours.

    A little 16.5 hours build time over 2.5 days.

    Note that we kind of cheated in the build. I think after the first four plates, we started to do both sides in parallel with me doing the reverse image and looking forward a bit to identify areas were the greebling wasn't symmetric. It was hard for my kid to keep on that pace because pressing thousands of pieces together tends to be hard on little fingers. Heck, my fingers are torn up a bit too, but that was from another recently Technic kit that we recently finished.
     
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    OMG... that absolutely dwarfs the SSD!!! I had no idea. I love how the cat appears perfectly still a few times, even though it's a timelapse video.
     
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    Is this the next project for you and your son @purr1n? The guy at the Lego store this weekend said it's the largest and most complex kit they've ever sold at 7541 pieces (#75192). The next frontier...

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