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Si-MOCs PRO 3:20pm, 5 August 2014
It's coming...

A few trophies
THIS. IS. SHIPtember by Si-MOCs


And more to come...
IT'S HERE! SHIPtember by Si-MOCs
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
Don't forget, no cheating!

You can get parts, do some thinking but NO building.
pasukaru76 PRO 3 years ago
Only ONE ship? ;-)

Just kidding, I'll probably restrict myself to one for this year.
Dead Frog inc. 3 years ago
well.. I got the plan done, and my body is ready! Now for BLing...
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Rphilo004 PRO 3 years ago
I better come up with an idea so I can get the BL orders in on time!
LukeClarenceVan 3 years ago
I've started working out in preparation for lifting whatever's built. ;) Might have to do another one day SHIP if school's busy though.
~Erathor Pridenar~ 3 years ago
I might have a go with NO BrickLinking at all...I've already failed. XD
4estFeller 3 years ago
That's what I did last year, and I have a smallish collection.
[Rivet] Posted 3 years ago. Edited by [Rivet] (member) 3 years ago
Does thinking include drawing your own concept art that shows specific pieces?
END films Posted 3 years ago. Edited by END films (member) 3 years ago
Is LDD allowed? (I may or may not need to use it but it would be a nice option if my collection is as small as I think it is)
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ACPin PRO 3 years ago
That time already?

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Sioka sculpting 3 years ago
ACPin:

My thoughts exactly. This may be a kick in the pants to put LEGO stuff on FlickR again
gtvpo 3 years ago
Si-MOCs:

Awww. Last year you were the one trying to convince me to make a second one in 3 days!

And awww, I can only get my parts together? :,(

Well, I'll get them together. Also, the MSS is coming, a year late or so XD

Also, my mom wants to see the poster. Where is it again?
Masked Builder 3 years ago
I'm going to finish on time this year. :D :D :D
rt_bricks 3 years ago
END films: Design with LLD if you like -- but to paraphrase someone from last year, it's a Significantly Huge Investment in Parts (not electrons).
rt_bricks 3 years ago
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
I will be ready this year, I have an idea and a vague plan of the parts I might need to hit up bricklink for. I am determined not to fail again!!
~Erathor Pridenar~ 3 years ago
4estFeller:

I do have some hope, I guess.... I was sorting last night, might be able to pull something together, at a stretch, though 100 studs is a lot longer than you realise.
DePin0 Posted 3 years ago. Edited by DePin0 (member) 3 years ago
I'll have to do a parts inventory but this year I'll give it a go...
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
END films:

LDD is allowed, and you'll make the poster, but would be ineligible for award trophies.
Guss De Blöd Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Guss De Blöd (member) 3 years ago
I have to many moc still built, I don't know if I'll be able to make one this year. all my parts are used by stupid things.
-=Steebles=- 3 years ago
Awwwwww yissssssss.....
END films 3 years ago
Si-MOCs:

I guess I'll have to see if my parts are enough.
LukeClarenceVan 3 years ago
So now we have SHAugust in addition to SHIPtember with this pre-entry do-hickey? I just skip school if I feel like doing LEGO, so I'll still do the real deal. ;)
Legofin. 3 years ago
Ok, last year I tried to build my first ship, and failed, I had a great idea, combining SHIPtember and NoVVember, only got the front part finished though :P

So I'll try again this year, maybe something easier!
-=Steebles=- 3 years ago
My game has been stepped up since last year. Look out!
Clever Lego Reference 3 years ago
im 98% sorted but i dunno if i'm gonna have the time that I devoted last year. i'll try though.
space_e 3 years ago
This little guide by Adrian Drake might be useful for some folks. It's very old (from the time when zemi.net was still alive and kicking) so some of the links might be broken, but it's still very applicable.
Legofin. 3 years ago
Why do I want to join in so bad? On the first of September I'm going to smash one of my favourite mocs www.flickr.com/photos/legofin/14741896145/ To build a SHIP with the white parts! I'm going to make a slow motion video to commemorate it :(
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
LukeClarenceVan:

That's the spirit!
BrickinA:

Dude! You have to build one! Yours was epic last year!

space_e:

Yeah man! Adrian is like SHIP royalty. he knows how to build seriously huge....

A plant (Legofin.):
Smashing is a SHIP building tradition :D
Ian Spacek 3 years ago
I'm considering trying my hand at the MocOlympics again, but hey, if Round 1 allows for 100+ stud SHIPs...we shall see, we shall see.
Jason Corlett 3 years ago
Is it really going on September already? Feels like last SHIPtember just wrapped up a few months ago. Well! I guess I better start brainstorming! I've got to try to one-up my entry from last year. Maybe a cruise ship?
LukeClarenceVan 3 years ago
I'm hoping to do both... I have my finger hovering over a significant BL order which might help.
~Erathor Pridenar~ 3 years ago
OK, this ain't happening for me.... :O
Jayfourke 3 years ago
Just want to point out that the SHIP does not, in fact, have to be 100 studs long. It can be 100 wide. So nyer. :P
Zachary Bean 3 years ago
...Or 100 studs tall. Vertical ships are best ships.
LukeClarenceVan 3 years ago
Or 100 studs in time... Not sure what the conversion between minutes and studs is though.
Zachary Bean 3 years ago
LukeClarenceVan:

Not sure... although I'd wager the conversion probably has something to do with Parsecs.
jediknight219 3 years ago
I have a plan. I have part of a plan. Like, 12% of a plan.
.Tromas [deleted] Posted 3 years ago. Edited by .Tromas (member) 3 years ago
I am going to attempt to build mine based on this:

Untitled

I am going to call it the Feisty Walrus.

Because it is an awesome name, that's why!

Also no cracklinking for me...so this'll be interesting :P
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
.Tromas:

I want to see Milo and Tate get building too!
armoredgear7 3 years ago
I'm going 100 studs wide this year, and possibly 100 studs long. Not entirely sure on the length yet...
LegoSpencer11 3 years ago
Lets do this! With no past experience. Or part ordering. Or pre planning. <_<
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
It's 20 days until September, I have a concept, a file of inspiring images, a good idea of how I want the front to look, it's dark and I'm wearing sunglasses.
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
It's 20 days till SHIPtember and I have a colour scheme in mind, and about 10 trophies to build before thrn. But at least I got bricks ordered (thanks to josh for artwork).

Oy.
And people thought SHIPtember caught you off guard haha, I started super late organizing this year ;)
.Tromas [deleted] 3 years ago
Si-MOCs: I have already talked to Tate about it and he is in. Milo will follow suit.
: VolumeX : 3 years ago
Oh ship, its September already......mmm, love to join in but time is an issue, lets see how we go.
Judging from last year you lads had a fine time and with so many amazing entries, I see another year full of inspiring creations. GL to all who dear walk into a ShipYard :D

Nice poster design BTW.
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Rphilo004 PRO 3 years ago
BrickLink orders placed! Looks like I'll be ready to rock and roll on September 1st!
ChrisR18t PRO 3 years ago
I think I'll be ready for this year. I promised myself I'm not going to give up and finally build a SHIP! Since last year I've gathered up a bunch of good parts, a few good ideas, and now I just need to build it!
Can't believe September is coming up already, this year went by fast!
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
I have finally accepted that I won't be able to sort all of my unsorted bricks in time for SHIPtember, but I have come up with a cunning plan! I have decided that my SHIP will have a Chris Fossian style striped paintjob, so I will ony need to pull out the two main colours from the bins and that leaves me with a lot less bricks to sort before I start building!
Koffy Kat Alpha 3 years ago
As a SHIP nube, I was wondering... is it cheating to build a microscale concept model?
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
Koffy Kat Alpha:

I think it depends on how micro you're talking about :P
If it's like < 10 studs or less I think it's not really cheating, but if you build like a 1/4 scale - 20 stud scale ship and scale it up for SHiPtember, that's really really really cheating :P
maak113 3 years ago
any advice for someone whose biggest previous space ship is about a quarter the size of a SHIP (at least one that I designed), the scale seems a bit daunting and yet I feel oddly compelled to give it a go
LEGOHungary 3 years ago
maak113:

I'm kind of a rookie too, with 2 previous SHIPs, which weren't...hm... too great, but I can tell you a few things:
1. Do not fear the size. 100 studs is not that big, especially if you use your pieces smartly. It doesn't have to be more than 4 studs wide + wings, side details etc.
2. If you don't have enough pieces I suggest you get some from the Internet (Bricklink mainly) or from the nearest LEGO shop (one with a Pick a Brick wall works the best.)
3. For inspiration look at others' SHIPs (if you haven't done so before).
4. Know your parts, and sketch out some ideas according to what you have.
5. Be creative, inventive etc. But judging by your previous creations on Flickr, you're not in need of aditional creativity :)

This is all that comes into my mind right now. Hope I helped, and good luck with your build!
Sioka sculpting 3 years ago
Karen Quinn:

Foss ships are the best, I have nearly all of his published artwork in various books in my studio. I think the best thing about his work is the colours he used for his hardware. Are you building a non millitary SHIP again this year?

I think mine will be a planetary sciences drop ship, with a large survey rover.

maak113:

Micro scale is good for a faster build because you dont have to worry so much about the full interior. It is also easier to disguise the boxy nature of a Lego frame. If you need some inspiration Dasnewten's recent Prometheus instructions are a great place to see the insides of easily one of the best mico space builds.

www.flickr.com/photos/dasnewten/sets/72157641180378424/

If you are thinking of a minifig scale build then Yoder's SHIP frame is a great starting block for a tough internal structure.

www.flickr.com/photos/yoderism/4607516807/in/photolist-5H...

Also don't be worried about deciding to build something different after making a start on your first build... however try to make the switch early on ;)
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
sioka sculpting:

Yeah, mine will be non military again, I am not so good with all the guns and missiles and stuff :) I am looking forward to starting and to seeing your planetary sciences SHIP and what everyone else comes up with!
Tim C76 3 years ago
I'm trying my best to get sleep now, seeing as how I'll be seeing a sunrise or two trying to get my entry in on time. No BL for me. Think I'll just dig through the aftermath of my BW builds. These next 14 days will not pass fast enough for me.
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
I have got my SHIPspirational images sorted out now!

SHIP:
SHIPspiration - SHIP! by Karen Quinn


Paint job:
SHIPspiration - Patterns by Karen Quinn


Environment:
SHIPspiration - Place by Karen Quinn


Counting down the days to start!!
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
Okay ! So I got at least one trophy done that I like ...
... many more to go .... SHIPtember is coming up too fast!

peterittzes:

Honestly my best advice is look through this pool, and last year WIP thread: www.flickr.com/groups/the-shipyard/discuss/72157635325387...

One of my dirty secrets to hosting all this is so I can see how the best builders out there build their SHIPs. So last year was a wealth of ideas and techniques - pay very close attention to some of the frames being used.
armoredgear7 3 years ago
Si-MOCs: Is right. The frame informs most of what is possible in terms of structual integrity/swooshability.

Last year was the first time I had built a SHIP, and I learned the hard way that having to make a change to the frame to strengthen it, or allow a particular connection, is really awkward. Lots of layers to strip, then replace.
Elephant-Knight 3 years ago
Ok, I have decided I am going with a Classic Space colour scheme this year. time to start gathering grey and blue!
Dead Frog inc. 3 years ago
Okay, I finally got a really good, not really part expensive idea.. MBWHAHAHAA
Legofin. Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Legofin. (member) 3 years ago
Dead Frog inc.:

It better not be a copy of what I'm doing, I shouldn't of spoiled what I was building before I started building ;P
Dead Frog inc. 3 years ago
A plant (Legofin.):

No, its not.
Legofin. 3 years ago
Dead Frog inc.:

okaaayy, just you said about making a goat SHIP.... :P
Dead Frog inc. 3 years ago
A plant (Legofin.):

no... But its gonna be animal...istic? animaly? Is there even such adjective? :D
Legofin. 3 years ago
Dead Frog inc.:

So sort of... :P
Dead Frog inc. 3 years ago
A plant (Legofin.):

Sort of.. what?
Legofin. 3 years ago
Dead Frog inc.:

Sort of....
Tim Schwalfenberg 3 years ago
Well I've got an idea, a plan and a color scheme :) Now it's just time for some bricklink orders before the show gets on the road. It'll be interesting building something at this scale and I'll see how it turns out, but either way I'm looking forward to SHIPtember and seeing everyone else's SHIPS!
ska2d2 3 years ago
Hi! I would like to have a go this year but I only have a limited amount of bricks. Would a 100 stud micro ship be excepted within the rules?
LEGOHungary 3 years ago
What do you mean by 'micro'?
I believe that as long as it is at least 100 studs long, and not 1 or 2 studs wide, it is accepted.
ska2d2 3 years ago
Ok! Just thought I would check. The 'brickfrenzy' link on building large ships gave me the impression that unless I could climb into and fly off in the finished model I'd be missing out! Thanks anyway.
dark_syntax 3 years ago
Hate to tip my hand here, but if one were to make a SHiP from bricks of one of the larger Lego brick product lines would said SHiP have to be 100 of those sized studs or 100 Lego sized studs to qualify?
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
ska2d2:

Nope many people built Micro last near. It is less brick intensive though can be just as impressive if done well!

dark_syntax:

100 of those sized studs. ;)
So using bigger bricks won't help.
a few people did fun different sized bricks last year:
Modulex;
MX Myrmidon length by Ryan Howerter

Duplo:
Sunday @ the LDC: SHIP #3 (or 2nd completed) by RΟΟK

Soft brick:
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/tromas/9775234895/in/pool-the-shipyard]
:D
dark_syntax 3 years ago
Si-MOCs:
I saw the softbrick ship, but I missed R00K's Duplo ship last year. Good stuff. I have some ideas; we'll see where this goes...
Grant W. 3 years ago
Well, judging by the first day of school's workload, I'm not sure I will be able to participate in the MocOlympics this year, D: But I think my collection is big enough to try SHIPtember now :D
.Tromas [deleted] 3 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/tromas/14825971069/]
Forgotten Days 3 years ago
Would it be ok if the ship was 100+ studs tall?
LEGOHungary 3 years ago
I believe yes. It's still a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts/Time.
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
Forgotten Days:

Yes 100 tall is definitely allowed ;)
olivgrau PRO 3 years ago
OMG, I still have my failed attempt from last year laying around ...time to break it apart! I know already the theme I'll take, as I look back each year at the space theme 20 years ago ... it'll be SPYRIUS!
Karen Quinn 3 years ago
Maybe chosing to build in a colour that I don't have much of (green) wasn't the smartest move! 6 Bricklink orders made, and more to come I am sure! I can't wait to get started!
.Tromas [deleted] Posted 3 years ago. Edited by .Tromas (member) 3 years ago
Karen, do as I do and decide in advance to make your SHIP an ugly hunk of garbage and then colour is a non-issue :D

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/tromas/15011283526/]

Edit:

Oh, and I fully intend on building a small tug/auxiliary ship this week. It isn't part of the SHIP, only an accessory. Simon if you think that is 'cheating'...well, too damn bad! I just finished my recent starfighter and am itching to get building now...screw waiting until SHIPtember 1st ;)
Karen Quinn Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Karen Quinn (member) 3 years ago
.Tromas:

Oh don't worry, I can guarantee it will be ugly, and barely spaceworthy, even if I manage to get it finished this year! I already have a convoluted and pun-ridden back story for it, which is the most important thing :)

I know that your SHIP will be anything other than garbage!
Masked Builder 3 years ago
Okay I need to start planning. (So I finish on time and it doesn't look like a box. -_-)
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
I started cleaning off my table today.

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS SHIP!?
mr_keds 3 years ago
Sooooo,,,Gonna build a SHIP. Gonna try to make it look like this:[https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_keds/14850725429/in/pool-the-shipyard] That's the plan so far. Am I nuts or is this doable?
.Tromas [deleted] Posted 3 years ago. Edited by .Tromas (member) 3 years ago
Ok I am full of SHIP and lied...it didn't take me the week to not cheat

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/tromas/15037211551/]

And Karen, I am glad to hear that you are working on a convoluted pun-filled backstory...I am all about that :D
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Si-MOCs PRO 3 years ago
Alright boys and girls... are you ready for a few late nights?

SHIPtember 2014 is coming...

Cause SHIPtember is a week away...
ska2d2 3 years ago
Hi! Can anyone point me in the right direction! I've been wondering how to photograph my ship when its finished and do it justice. Are there any tutorials out there or can one of you give me some tips? Photographing small models is one thing but 100+ studs is going to be a challenge!
Uspez 3 years ago
It's going to be all about having lots of e m p t y space and building a trashy hunt of junk. If those factors come together then maybe I can slap a SHIP together. Good building everyone!
ExclusivelyPlastic 3 years ago
I initially started building before the month started (you can see that attempt somewhere in this group), but it had no planning and I'm pretty much gonna have to start over anyway.

Maybe I should actually put a bit of forethought into one of my builds for once :)
.Tromas [deleted] 3 years ago
I can not tell you how excited I am to hear that you are going to join in on the fun this year!

I wish August was like February and only had 28 days :(
Uspez 3 years ago
.Tromas:

You're my inspiration! I was thinking about how your's would probably be playable and tough and a desire to try to do the same welled up in my heart. I was doodling a design in class today...
.Tromas [deleted] 3 years ago
haha, that made me smile. Well I will try my darnedest to inspirerate you then buddy. And yes, I am hoping for an even more playable SHIP than last year.

Si, do we REEEEALLY have to wait until Sunday/Monday @ midnight to get crackin'? Stoopid August and it's 31 days. August you suck!
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Si-MOCs PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Si-MOCs (admin) 3 years ago
.Tromas:

haha I thought about this last year letting people start on the Friday of the long weekend...

But I still have to build the trophies, I NEED THOSE DAYS.
.Tromas [deleted] 3 years ago
Well ok...I guess I can continue to organize and prepare instead :/

I have never built a proper technic frame. Last year's SHIP was very simple in structure and required no technic reinforcement. So I figured I better practice a bit. Last night Milo and I experimented with various technic frame configurations (we basically made a bunch of cubes and other various geometric shapes. It made me realize three things:

1) I have WAY more technic beams than I thought I did
2) Milo is like a honey badger when it comes to finding said beams in a large vat of unsorted LEGO
3) This is going to be both the most challenging thing I think I have ever built, but also the most fun.
Sioka sculpting 3 years ago
.Tromas:

3) This is going to be both the most challenging thing I think I have ever built, but also the most fun.

And this is why SHIPtember is hands down the best theme month.
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M.R. Yoder Posted 3 years ago. Edited by M.R. Yoder (admin) 3 years ago
I have two pieces of advice to anyone giving SHIP building a try for the first time, or if you're still relatively new to the theme: first, start with the engines. They should be one of the largest and heaviest features of the entire build, and undersized engines tacked on near the end is always a pet peeve of mine. These SHIPs gotta go, give them some horsepower for goodness sake. Scale the rest of the SHIP to your engines, it's easier than trying to scale your engines to your SHIP for some reason.

Number two, don't build a flying boner. I mean, it's OK if it looks a little like a dick, it's hard not to. A phallus is a very handy shape for ship designing. But if your long hard cylinder has a distinct knob on the end, like a circumcised wiener, you have gone too far. A handy rule of thumb is to look at the shadow your SHIP casts. If it looks more like a dong than a futuristic vessel for transporting goods and people long distances through space, then scrap it and start over. I have done that very thing more than once. Sometimes the penis sneaks up on you.
LukeClarenceVan 3 years ago
Looks like you already have a good handle on lighting and such, so it shouldn't be too hard. If you're using paper or foamcore to reflect light currently, you'll need to either get larger pieces, combine pieces, move them closer to the model, or use something completely different like white ceilings/walls or bedsheets to reflect the light. For really dynamic angles, you can either build a stand, or roll the ship onto its side or engines to get photos other than the standard top down 3/4 view.
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