Modded Lego Star Destroyer

OK, so Lego's Star Destroyer (set 66211) is pretty dang good... however, I had to be picky with it. So here's my modded model. I rearranged and added a bunch of pieces to make this as movie-accurate as possible. Not only did I add to the surface of what was already there, but I actually built a complete custom underside. You see, this set, being made for playability, had no bottom detail. The underside was completely flat so that the model could be set on the floor or on a table for play. Well, I went in and finished off the bottom details and even gave it display stand legs for that truly professional look.

Reference pic from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels.

LOTS of added detail here. Though the over-all appearance hasn't changed much.

Close up on the command bridge. Added a ton of detail to the front. I also made the command bridge window smaller, as it used to span across the entire front.

Close up on the ion cannons. The original set only had two on each side, so I added two more for the full four on each side.

The original didn't have much detail on it's sides so I went in and added various bits of detail... including a small turret on each side (center of pic).

The back originally had very sparse detail. For some reason, Lego also added a bunch of bright red and blue pieces here, so those were replaced with grey ones. Along the back spine, I added all the horizontal "ribs" as well as a smooth black tile near the bottom, which is where the trash ejection port is supposed to be.

Back view. The original model had a fairly sparse and open back... you could actually look into the ship from the outside. Needless to say, I filled that completely in. I didn't have enough grey pieces to fill the entire back so I just continued with the black that was originally used. Might go in sometime and replace the black with grey... but not any time soon.

I also created a micro scale Millenium Falcon that can attach right to the back, just like in the movie!

Reference pic.

Here's the now complete underside. LOTS of detail here. I managed to design the panels so that it would have not just the main hangar, but also the small front hangar. I also incorporated the shield generator towards the back. The front display stand attaches into the front hangar while the back two attach into openings at the back.

Close up on the main hangar. The original hangar was completely empty and just opened into the inside of the ship. Since I was going for screen accuracy, I decided to custom build a hangar interior.

Modded Lego A-wing

Since I am extremely picky about my models, I went to work making the Lego A-wing more movie accurate.

Here's some reference pics from the Cross-sections book.

Hard to see any differences from the original model here, but I did completely change the side guns. Lego had those silly flick-fire missiles on there.

Front view.

Left side view.

Back view.

Right side view.

Top view.

Bottom view. Here's where all the major changes are. I redesigned the entire underside to give the ship the correct red line. Technically, there's supposed to be a grated vent where the red line widens, but that doesn't work on such a small model.

Another angle. I also added all the inverted white slopes. I believe they were originally grey.

The front red inverted slopes were previously dark grey. I don't know why Lego did that, but I replaced them with red ones. 

Another view of the bottom.

Action scene! And yes, that is a modded Star Destroyer in the background.

Lego Bespin Battle

Check out this model I submitted to the Lego Cuusoo website. It's the battle on Bespin! Much more movie accurate than what Lego made back in 2003 (no offense to Lego). Vote now to help this become a reality. Actually, tell all your friends to vote as well. 10,000 votes and this could be made into an actual set. Fingers crossed.

The body print for Luke Skywalker was drawn on in Photoshop. So unfortunately, you can't find this exact figure... yet.

Cerebus The Aardvark

I was contacted by Mr. Simonsen of What Comics Entertainment a few years ago. He said he'd seen my work on Vimeo and wondered if I'd like to help animate a 3D animated film based on the comic book series Cerebus The Aardvark. He stated that it wasn't going to be a huge Hollywood budget film, but more of an Independent film that would stay true to the source material. Well, I've animated quite a bit for them now and it's getting close to being completed. Recently, I helped design the opening intro of the film.

Here's the intro I made for him posted on What Comics' youtube channel...
Cerebus Intro 

I had made this background for the text and logo to stand atop of. This is a Photoshop composite of 2 different parchments with 2 different boarders edited together.

Turns out Mr. Simonsen liked the background so much, that he wanted one to be featured in the final version of the film. So I went to work making another parchment background that would be AOK for commercial use.

And here it is. This one was made by combining 7 different parchment images together. The boarder was drawn myself, but based off some sort of medieval mosaic pattern I found.

 And here it is with the Cerebus logo.

These were even featured on What Comics' own blog for the film.

Customized Lego X-wing

This piece is not a full custom. This is the X-wing from set #4502. I simply modded a bunch of parts to make it as movie accurate as possible. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the model before my alterations. So you'll just have to take my word for it. I do still have the original instructions, so maybe later, I'll revert it back to it's original design and take some comparison photos.

Top view. I'll describe the specific changes in more detail below.

Front view. Here, you can see that the four engines (two on each side of the cockpit) have printed decals. This set did not originally come with any decals so I made my own. I was able to find a pic of the new decal set that Lego makes for their new X-wing (set #9493). I took that into photoshop and resized the engine decals to the proper scale and printed them out on address labels. Then I just cut them out and stuck them to some 2x2 round white tiles.

Close up of the the backside top. I used tile pieces to make the top surface smooth and small angled pieces along the edges to get the sloped shape. The piece behind the cockpit next to R2-D2 is hand painted to look like the back of the canopy. Oh, and I also put R2-D2's head on a turntable piece so that it can rotate.

I used this unfinished scale model X-wing for reference. Here's the top details.

And the Lego translation of top details. I think I got pretty dang close. Here, you can also see the hand painted back canopy piece.

Back view.

Back view. I tried to get this section as close as possible. When the flat light grey disk is turned, the wings separate into the X shape. I also replaced the translucent orange pieces on the ends of the thrusters with translucent pink/purple ones, which I think, is more accurate.

Another view of the back. Here, you can easily see the sloped pieces I added to the main body. The edges were previously sharp 90 degree angles, so this is much smoother (and accurate).

I also added sloped pieces along the edges of the engines. The original model did not have anything there, but the movie X-wing did have them, as you can see in the back view pic of the reference model. And I'm not sure if the X-wing had them in the movies, but the original Lego model had lights on each wing. I decided to keep those, and incorporated them into the sloped pieces. They're the translucent round pieces on the ends of the white slopes.

Sloped pieces were added to the bottom of the wings as well. However, Lego apparently changed the angle of the slope just a fraction, so the pieces don't all line up perfectly.

The tips of the guns were originally cone pieces. I replaced those cones with bars. And actually, I did that change around 4 years ago, and now the new Lego X-wing has the same thing. Got that one right. haha

Now the thrusters were completely rebuilt from scratch. The original model had much thinner thrusters coming straight out of the back of the engines. However, in the movie, the top thrusters were raised and came out the top section of the engine and the bottom thrusters were lowered and came out the bottom section of the engine...

So I designed them like this. Now, they plug into the center of the engine, but lift up/lower a bit. Thus coming out the top/bottom section of the engines.

I also added these printed pieces from the original Lego Clone Wars Droid Fighter (set #7111). The interior of the engines could be seen on the inside of the wings. So I thought these pieces represented that quite well.

Now, here's the underside. As you can see, it's quite smooth with nothing jutting out.

The original X-wing had a lot of kibble pieces on the bottom. I replaced those with these various sloped pieces. A much smoother look. I also added the two landing gear pieces on the back. In the movies, you can see this landing gear as Yoda raises the X-wing from the swamp on Dagobah.

I decided to leave the landing gear in. However, I replaced a few of the pieces. The hinge piece is now a plate, so it's much flatter. And the leg of the landing gear is now two hinge arms.

And of course, due to the hinge at the base, it folds perfectly into the bottom of the ship.

Remade a fairly famous pic of Luke getting into his X-wing.