View Full Version : Lego Star Destroyer, Clayton Miller (3D)
01-11-2007, 11:50 PM
Title: Lego Star Destroyer
Name: Clayton Miller
Country: United States
This is just a fun exercise I did. I never got my hands on a real one, so I decided to make my own.
Every piece is modeled to full detail, even the inside parts that don't show. I might animate it somehow later. Blowing it up would be much fun!
01-12-2007, 11:07 AM
Super modeling! Well done.:thumbsup:
Yes please - BLOW IT UP :bounce:
01-12-2007, 03:14 PM
Really looks great, you really went into detalis with modeling, the only crit is the shadow under the destroyer - looks kinda weird - suppose it is because the floor object is little reflective.
Otherwise, really good work, that stuff isnīt that easy to build with real Legos,
modeling it in 3d even harder...:)
01-12-2007, 04:02 PM
01-12-2007, 04:13 PM
Did you use the LDraw file (http://www.pobursky.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=19) or model this from scratch?
I blew up a small jet (http://james.magnusviri.com/lego/gallery/moth.html) (using POV-Ray though). I read a book on MEL but haven't used it. So I can't say for sure, but I believe you can easily blow it up with a script by moding the translate nodes.
01-12-2007, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the responses guys!
I built it completely from scratch, no LDraw. I found the instructions for the real model online and used those, building 1 of each kind of piece, then just instancing those when needed. All the details are there including the prongs and recesses, etc.
I don't have any wireframes, sorry. It's about 2.3 million faces, so its pretty solid. That's why I'm hesitant to try any animations or simulations, I don't think my computer could handle it!
01-12-2007, 05:27 PM
are the prongs built in the topology or just combined?
01-12-2007, 05:55 PM
Who doesn't love Legos? :)
Looks sharp - show us some closer views of the detail.
01-12-2007, 06:33 PM
"I built it completely from scratch" -> wow, how much time did you spend on it? Awesome model! Darth Vader would be proud of you ;)
01-12-2007, 06:49 PM
The prongs are simple cylinders placed onto cubes or whatnot, then combined. I can post some closeups tonight, I'm at work right now.
It's hard to say how long I spent on it. I worked on it a few hours at a time here and there, maybe 15 hours? I've heard people taking 6 - 10 hours to build the real thing.
Building it in 3D is nice because there's a lot of repetition, building one side and then building the same thing only opposite. So I was able to duplicate entire sections and mirror them, instead of building it from the start again.
I'm thinking of making the corellian corvette or the millenium falcon, those models are much smaller and wouldn't take as long.
Thanks again for your feedback!
01-13-2007, 02:42 AM
Here's a few closeups. There are a few overlapping sections in the back that I didn't fix.
01-14-2007, 08:08 PM
mmm, I've been thinking about doing this one (or Yoda) for a few months now, but I haven't gotten around to making all the pieces... now that you've done this one, I don't think I will; no point, eh?
Not sure where you found your manual, but this site has a bunch (if you want to do more):
That's the one for this model.
(So far, the only modeled Lego things I've done have been pixel -> 3d models, like this: http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/8029/scouttrooperyx8.jpg ).
Though, I might give a 'real' model a try, now, after seeing that it can be done. How long did it take you to make all the pieces? Did you make all the pieces first then go through and put them in, or did you make them as you went along?
I used to have a whole bunch of these big Star Wars lego things (the actual kits), but they've all fallen apart, so I may have to take up my previous goal to turn one 3d, as you have.
But really, good work mate.
01-15-2007, 03:35 AM
Of course there's still a point to doing it! For fun! That's why I did it. You could animate it, blow it up, all sorts of things!
I used This site (http://peeron.com/scans/10030-1/)'s instructions. I made 1 of each piece first, then instanced them as I went along. It took me awhile to finish, but only because I worked on it a little bit at a time here and there. I'm guessing around 15 hours or so.
Making the pieces took longer than putting it together I think, figuring out exactly how big each piece was was hard at times. But taking the time to make sure everything was the right scale and would fit together nicely made the actual building of the model much more fun. It really felt like I was putting together the real thing. And it was about $300 cheaper!
01-15-2007, 03:41 AM
Yeah.. I suppose...
I started on a 'Yoda' one tonight. The pieces are too reflective, though, in my opinion.
Only five layers into it.
Any suggestions? (You being the expert, and all.)
01-15-2007, 04:47 AM
Heh, I wouldn't consider myself an "expert", but yeah, I'd turn down the reflectivity a little bit. It's a real good start though, I'm anxious to see how it turns out!
01-15-2007, 02:46 PM
The 'expert' was meant half-jokingly.
What I'm really wondering is how you did the bottom of your lego pieces - is every single piece boolean-treated? Seems like it'd kill your machine, that.
(I just had an idea... see, if you do a bunch more Star Wars spaceships, you could create some animation of a space battle, then have them blow eachother up, or whatnot. Could be fun.)
I hope to get a bunch more layers done when I'm at home, tonight; can't work from school.
01-16-2007, 03:01 AM
For the bottoms of most of them I used extrusions to hollow out the bottom, then I just placed hollow cylinders inside, and combined the whole thing.
05-23-2007, 05:46 PM
haha that's great I made the same model a couple of month ago lol. check it out on my portfolio
05-23-2007, 05:46 PM
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