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    A 1:60 scale LEGO model of the Discovery, from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    This has always been one of my favourite science fictions vessels, and way back in 2003 I set about to build a LEGO version of it. The making of it is a long and mostly dull tale that has been told before (see BrickJournal #1), and that I don't really remember anyway. It's now been over 8 years since I completed it. Time to finally retire it and retrieve all those wonderful old grey pieces.

    I've always had an LDraw version of it available on my website, and over the years I've actually heard from a few people that have gone through the effort of building it. I finally (that's right, 8 years later) got around to making step by step PDF instructions for it. No, I don't expect anyone will actually use them, but it was an interesting test for some software I've been working on, and now they exist.

    PDF instructions, parts list and LDraw file can be found at Good luck sourcing all the pieces.

    Additional pictures can also be found on Brickshelf

    3873 pieces
    232 x 26 x 36 studs (just over 6 feet long)

    March 2004

    Karf Oohlu, Red Spacecat, icgetaway, and 64 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. justin pyne 25 months ago | reply

      This being the first photo I saw, I never expected it to be that long.

    2. Ochre Jelly 25 months ago | reply

      "I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you build that..."

    3. Karf Oohlu 25 months ago | reply

      Sweet, only recently re-watched it - still a great movie

    4. =DoNe= 25 months ago | reply

      Looks great!

    5. lego27bricks 25 months ago | reply

      Impressive! I've only read the book, but this is still very cool even if I haven't seen what it's based on.

    6. _GoGen_ 25 months ago | reply

      "Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going."
      Excellent set :)

    7. wardlws 25 months ago | reply

      That is seriously amazing! Any chance you'll build the Russian ship from 2010?

    8. Heiwa71 24 months ago | reply

      ...oh my god - it's full of studs!

      Great MOC/shot!

    9. theinformaticist 24 months ago | reply

      Been a fan of this since it was first profiled in Brick Journal years ago.
      Glad to see it getting a wider audience.
      Making a copy of this and the Leonov are still on my "to do" list.

      I have all of the pieces for Discovery, I just need to put them together. ;-)

    10. JK Brickworks 24 months ago | reply

      Yup, I have built the Leonov as well. Will post it here at some point.


      Thanks for all the replies everyone!

    11. Umm, Who? 24 months ago | reply

      Holy moly, what details! Really nice, like really nice!

    12. Red Spacecat 24 months ago | reply

      Same here. I watched 2010 a week later... And that only made me realize how amazing 2001 still is.

    13. bartonchandler 5 months ago | reply

      The step by step PDF instructions for building the Discovery are absolutely essential to me, as I build this monster of a ship. The parts list was important, I would not have attempted the build without these items.

    14. lliamcaroon 4 weeks ago | reply

      really nice!! does anyone think of the death star when you look at the front

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