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Fortunately, there are still a few creators left to bring to life what we could have called the "UCS scale" (Ultimate Collector Series) before LEGO casually applies this label to the (play) set box 75098 Assault on Hoth.
Mirko Soppelsa is one of those and his version of the U-Wing Starfighter, a ship seen in Rogue One: Star Wars Story, has nothing to envy to the mythical vessels of the range Ultimate Collector Series like the Rebel Snowspeeder from set 10129, the X-Wings from sets 7191 and 10240, the Y-Wing from set 10134 or the Imperial Shuttle from set 10212.
In 2017, LEGO should also offer under the reference 75144 a new version of the Snowspeeder seen in the set 10129 released in 2003, which will probably delight all collectors who do not have this box and who today refuse to pay for it. 10 times its original price ($ 130).
In the meantime, take a look at Mirko Soppelsa's flickr gallery, his UCS U-Wing Starfighter is well worth a few minutes of your precious time.
Note: Any impression of my obsessive behavior towards the 75098 Assault on Hoth set is your imagination (or not).
Because I like creator-sharers, here is a micro version of Poe Dameron's X-Wing proposed by Didier aka Did & TheBricks whose wings are made from LEGO brick separators that you can reproduce if your heart tells you.
You shouldn't have too much trouble finding in your bulk the eight dividers needed to reproduce this X-Wing, LEGO puts them almost everywhere ... The creations that incorporate this part are also legion, some more successful than others.
Didier kindly sent me the exploded view visible below, a story to facilitate the task of all those who want to get started.
While the acronym NPU (for Nice Part Use) is used today until the overdose on flickr and others, sometimes in a somewhat pretentious way, here is a perfect example of the diversion of the primary function of a part, in this case here a tool which allows to disassemble LEGO pieces without damaging your fingers, to integrate it into a successful creation.
Did & TheBricks is the author of many other creations, his MOCpages gallery can be found at this address.
Are you a fan of LEGO and your studio is too small to display a 5000-piece Millennium Falcon UCS? Your parents / your wife / your husband / your boyfriend / your girlfriend don't want you to undress the beautiful century-old dresser in the dining room with your LEGOs? This is what to solve your problem with this creation of korean artist Kim do-hyun aka Stick kim.
This 500-piece model was posted on flickr more than a year ago, when it was "blogged" with lots of superlatives by all the sites on the planet. But in the end, apart from going into ecstasies for a few minutes in front of his screen about the beauty of the thing, we couldn't do much more so far ...
The artist finally shared the secret of his creation which gives him all the same more interest: the .LXF file which will allow you to reproduce this Millennium "Chibi" Falcon full of details (to be opened with Lego digital designer) is now available for download at this address.
There you go, you can now do your shopping on Bricklink and add a discreet LEGO touch to your interior without annoying everyone around you.
If like me you are nostalgic for the M formatidi-scale, operated by LEGO for only two boxes in the Star Wars range with references 7778 Mid-scale Millennium Falcon (2009) et 8099 Midi-Scale Imperial Star Destroyer (2010), here's what to take care of with this very successful creation: A U-Wing Midi scale whose wings fold up that you can assemble at home using the instructions in PDF format to download below.
The 7778 and 8099 sets were excellent compromises: The level of detail was sufficient without sacrificing playability or space saving for those who wanted to display them. Too bad that LEGO hasn't continued to adapt other ships and gear to this scale.
This U-Wing's .LXF file was made available by the ship's creator (psychobilly1 on Reddit). Some parts are not available in the color used under LDD in mode Expanded, but they can easily be replaced.
You can DIY this U-Wing as you like in Lego digital designer and even import it into the new tool similar to LDD, Studio, to directly supply your Wanted List on bricklink and order the parts you need.
Useful documents to download:
There are those like me who are waiting to be able to spend their money on The LEGO Batman Movie merchandise and those who take advantage of the event to let their creativity run free.
If you have a few minutes, take a look on flickr to find out Robin's playroom seen by LEGO 7, it's worth the detour with DUPLO, micro-builds in spades and lots of details to discover through the photos.
Ah yes, by the way, the new polybag of the day with Batman, a Bat-Signal and some stickers:
This bag of 41 pieces bearing the LEGO reference 5004930 was seen in a LEGO Store, which confirms that it will be available soon during a promotion.
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