Monday, February 23, 2015

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Complete

Helicarrier has landed

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 12 – The Final Showdown / Upper Deck Detail and Mini Builds

Control Tower

Tiny forklifts, cargo, micro figs, and fighter jets.

One of three Quinn Jets, with rotating rear thrusters for VTOL

Slacker shirking duty behind some crates.

Fuel truck

Ironman vainly getting into the shot of a Quinn Jet at takeoff

Complete, and ready for duty

6 year old scale bar

Lights in the bridge

Top view

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 11 – Upper Deck

Black Widow joined the team

This could be the main deck of a normal aircraft carrier, but of course it is part of a much cooler flying helicarrier

Like this one.

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 10 – Main Deck Front Detail

number 10 created from arranged Lego pieces.
Little hands (Evie) helped me with parts of this build

This is the removable deck plate for bridge access

Something villainous was a foot with the rear turbine while I worked.

Front side detail panel

Detail panel installed, these were probably the fussiest part to install,
hell bent one falling off while I tried to put the other on.

Nick is a little upset about the M'Fing flames on his M'Fing Helicarrier

Overview of the phase, and its fire issues... they just keep getting worse.

Here is a less burning view of phase 10 you might notice that some webbing remains with Spidey's battle with Doc Oc.

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 9 – Rear of Main Deck Detail

Number 9 created from Lego pieces

Starting rear deck details, lot of structure here for the upper level.

Isometric view

Fence to keep crew from wandering into spinning blades of death

Every giant flying ship needs thrusters

Or maybe even two, I knew what these were while I was building them,
 but they made very little sense structurally until I snapped them on.
Sorry, bad picture, but Nick Fury lost in the poor contrast from the back light.

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 8 – Turbine 4

Camera and brain board of turbines, at least they are all done.
I wonder if they could have done this build in a slightly different order, like front two turbines, then the front details (panels, and extension deck.) then done the rear turbines and rear details.

You can see from this shot as well I've added the power functions for the motion, I haven't wired the lights yet.

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 7 – Turbine 3

Old Skewl Cap joins the team.
First rear engine frame.

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 6 – Turbine 2

Things were so optimistic and exciting for the first turbine, the second was kind of repetitive, the third had the fresh breath of being a little bit different, and the forth had me assembly parts from memory, because it was faster then the instructions and I was just kind of done with turbines.

Has a sort of Stargate look from the side.

Awaiting Turbine

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 5 – First Turbine

Agent Maria Hill joins the party, she doesn't like standing too close to Hawkeye

The first engine frame installed, much like jets, the Helicarrier's engine housing ship without engines.

Apparently S.H.I.E.L.D. has opted for vanity turbines

All together now

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 4 – Hull Details

Built two of these, I'm not sure why the #64, I'm sure it wasn't chosen at random, but I have neither the Marvel nor Lego lore to guess as to why.

Here is one, it gives the carrier shape and detail, it could be a little more stable, I've had the centre piece drop out, I'm considering adding something on the back to give it more strength.

You can see that the longer term intention is to cover the whole lower curtain with more panels.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lego Build - S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 3 – video

Lego S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – Bag 3 – Gears

Not the most interesting looking part of the build, but the hard working part, so here is the contents of bag 3:

Mostly it just builds up and reinforces the hull, a lot of vertical Technique pieces locking the horizontal pieces in place.  It gives the main piece a lot of resistance to torsional forces, and flex, so I'm hoping that when complete it will be resilient to play. 

Probably the first "wierd" build, this curved piece is clipped on in a way that severe breakage would be the only way to remove it without disassembly, but it ends up inverted to the rest of the studs.  Curious if that will get reversed back as we go.

Front view of the same piece:

The real cool part of this bag was the mechanicals for the turbines, they are built to all turn together, either by crank or motor.  The nice part about this set is that the Lego Power Function parts are optional, but integrated into the build intelligently.  The yellow plate on that central gear casing is the motor mount, and the light grey area in front is the battery box mount.  You can see the main axle of the drive crank coming in, and then distributing to the side axles, then out to the 4 mount points for turbines.

If it works I will upload a video of the crank moving the gears.