Micro Ghost Millennium Falcon

Last week, I was in St. Louis for the FIRST Championships, showing off some robots in the LEGO Education booth. Unrelated to the robotics event, they had a table full of white parts, mostly from the Architecture Studio set, for people to build with. It’s a very interesting exercise to build using a single colour. You focus a lot more on the shapes of what you are creating, using texture to add detail instead of colour differences. I definitely wandered over to that table whenever I had a chance. Who can resist a table full of pieces? One model that came out of it was a micro scale Millennium Falcon. It wasn’t very accurate to the ‘real’ thing, as there was a limited selection of parts, but upon returning home I thought I would try to make a more accurate version at the same scale.

Ghost Falcon

Here are building instructions if you’d like to try to build your own. You can just use a regular 1×1 cone for the cockpit if you don’t have the squat cone that I’m using, which isn’t all that common.

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Here are a few more pictures of it, including the original version I built at the event. May the force be with you. Always.

Escape From Jakku Maze

It’s been on my todo list for a while to see what kind of maze I could design by combining the parts of another LEGO set with the 21305 Maze set. I finally decided to see what I could come up with using 75099 Rey’s Speeder.

I wanted to keep the theme of the maze related to the set, so this maze has you navigating the alleys of the Niima Outpost, avoiding the scrap piles, and eventually getting to the Millennium Falcon in order to escape from Jakku. Despite the limited selection of parts, I was able to design a couple of dynamic obstacles, including a rolling canister and swinging pendulum, which are pretty easy to get through, but will slow you down if you are trying to do a speed run.

It is a variable difficulty maze, in the same style as the other mazes I’ve designed, so that you can increase the difficulty by progressively removing the tan 1×2 log brick pieces. Instructions for building it can be found below the video.

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Jakku Maze

Motorized Micro AT-TE

I recently designed a six legged walking frame for another project and one of the first things that popped into my mind after designing it was that I could probably build a reasonable All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE) from the Star Wars universe around it.

AT-TE

It’s built to a pretty small scale, maybe around 1/2 the size of a minifigure, but it’s still fully motorized, with a Power Functions IR receiver, AAA battery box and one M-motor crammed into it.  The basic frame I’m using for the AT-TE can only walk in a straight line, but as I demonstrate in the video below it can be extended to include 2 M-motors to achieve tank-style steering.

I also put together building instructions for the basic walking frame, which you can find here.

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Droideka Destroyer Droid

A custom LEGO model of a Droideka (Destroyer Droid), as seen in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

This model was inspired by some Bionicle Bohrok sets I recently picked up. Shortly after putting them together I figured I could probably make a decent destroyer droid from the pieces. The finished model can transform into reasonably round wheel form.

Droideka

Droid Starfighter

A custom LEGO model of the Droid Starfighter, as seen in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

This model posed some unique construction challenges given its ability to transform between starfighter and walker configurations. After trying some more complicated designs I settled on the current one, which is actually quite simple and results in a stable model in any of the configurations.

As an added bonus the transformations between split wing fighter, closed wing fighter and walker can all be done quickly and easily without removing and reattaching any pieces.

Hyperspace Transport Ring

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A LEGO model of the Hyperspace Transport Ring, as seen in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones. The transport ring is used by the Jedi Starfighter and other small ships to achieve hyperspace travel capabilities.

This model was designed specifically to fit the official LEGO Jedi Starfighter model (Set #7143) and stands freely with or without the Starfighter docked.

Note that the click hinges used to form the ring were remolded by The LEGO Group a couple of years after I designed this model.  They are not as strong as they originally were and I don’t think the model maintains its shape as well with the new parts as it did with the original.

Hyperspace Ring