10179 UCS Millennium Falcon part Lego 4592c05

So it has been a few weeks since I’ve committed myself to building the Lego Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon and it has not been simple. and one part has slowed my progress. The part in question is Lego 4592c05.

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I have been able to substitute most of the expensive parts (see below) however the part that has eluded so far seems son insignificant that I wondering what I let myself in for.

“…they cost from £0.02 to £4.96”

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The UCS Millennium Falcon needs 60 pieces of this small inconspicuous part; on Bricklink.com they cost from £0.02 to £4.96 if you wish to buy in bulk.

At the lower prices they are in limited quantity, if I were to buy the lever in small quantities from different sellers, the shipping costs would ridiculous!

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I could not justify spending that amount of money for a single unique piece, so in the end I found a Bricklink seller who made custom levers which he simply painted and varnished. I won’t know the quality of his work until I see them but I know it is a compromise I’m willing to make.

In the meantime I have a huge stockpile of Lego pieces in various states of storage. One thing I did not fully account for was the specific type of storage and sorting this project would require.

Many people on various Lego forums and on Facebook have suggested the actual “Blueish Grey” colour of the Lego 4592c05 isn’t necessary, but I part agree; I am not prepared to pay over the odds for such a tiny piece that is purely cosmetic to the build.

I am currently trawling Bricklink, Ebay and other sites to see if I can find this part but in a different colour however at time of writing even the variants of Lego 4592c05 are rising up in price!! I don’t think Gold goes up in value this quickly!

*** UPDATE ***

Someone is selling Lego 4592c05 specifically painted to match blueish grey, see below. I have ordered some and let you know when they arrive.

Lego 4592c05 for Millennium Falcon

Lego 4592c05 for Millennium Falcon

 

Lego Stormtrooper incorrect helmet

Just a very quick post to let you know about an issue with the Lego Stormtrooper helmets.

I ordered 10 Lego Stormtroopers from Bricklink.com specifcally LEGO SW036. They came from the Netherlands so it took just over week to arrive so my anticipation was palpable.

Upon arrival I hastily ripped open the small cardboard box and inside were my Lego Stormtroopers in various pieces. I put them all together, lined them all up and I felt a very silly smile across my face.

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This is how my Lego Stormtroopers arrived

I wanted to photograph my latest Lego haul so I got out my macro lens and shot various close ups and scenes and duly posted them up on my photography blog which you can see here. I must point out I have digitally corrected those images on that page.

However it wasn’t until I shared the link on a Lego group page on Facebook that the helmets look odd; in fact he described the Lego Stormtroopers has having “French mustaches”, upon a much closer look he was right!! Once you see it, you can’t “un-see it”

Lego Stormtrooper with French mustache.
Lego Stormtrooper with French mustache.
Left Stormtrooper has correct helmet, the other two are incorrect
Left Stormtrooper has correct helmet, the other two are incorrect

You could argue that it is such a minor detail that it isn’t worth raising, but to me Star Wars Episode 3, 4 & 5 Stormtroopers are as iconic as Vader and Skywalker! So it is important to have them look right.

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Lego Stormtrooper with correct helmet

I have contacted the seller from the Netherlands and we are working towards a solution; she says she has sold many Lego Stormtroopers without issue; I do believe her but Stormtroopers with French mustaches just doesn’t work for me!!

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10 Lego Stormtroopers posing

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What do you think? Am I making a Montagne out of a taupinière? Comment below, let me know!

It has been brought to my attention that the French mustache Stormtroopers are possibly fake. Can anyone comment and let me know? I paid £4 (€5.5) for each Lego minifigure.

Lego 8042 motorized excavator photos

It is currently December here in Buckinghamshire so there isn’t much daylight to shoot anything outside, and also it is very quiet in my photo studio. So, since I have recently rekindled my love of Lego I took my latest purchase the Motorized Excavator, Lego 8042.

I have several backdrops one of being a colour called ‘Mandarin’, I was concerned the colour might be too close to actual colour of the Lego kit but after a few test shots they compliment each other well.

For the noir shots, I did have issues with the flash syncing on a cheap flash, my Canon 600EX was fine; but you can read more about that soon on my photography blog. Subscribe to learn more.

You can read build log, in the meantime let me know what you think? I’m always curious about other people’s opinions on my work.

Enjoy!

 

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Lego 8043 Motorized Excavator build

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There are many desirable Lego Technic sets in my opinion, but few are as compelling as Lego 8043, the Motorized Excavator.

There are bigger Lego Technic sets out there; Lego 8043 only weighs in at 1123 pieces according to BrickSet.com but because the articulating arm has so many moving parts running through one artery, the gearing is incredibly intricate.

 

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The instructions comes in three parts with book 1 being the most difficult as that illustrates the drive tracks, the wheel base and most of the body detail as well.

“..Not suitable for kids”

As we have come to expect from Lego, the manuals are clear and generally precise although there are a couple of illustrations that did make my scratch my head. This is usually because the piece to be added is obscured by another part, you do need to make a few educated guesses in those cases; because of this I do not believe this is suitable for young children.

 

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The base is relatively simple to build; it’s just a framework with only few gears to install. Even so, it was great fun install the tracks!

The real work (if you call Lego “work”) is the main body. This is where the bulk of the clever stuff happens; the body has to hold all the switching, a majority of the gearing and cogs, the 4 motors which are usefully heavy to offset the weight of the articulating arm, and the battery compartment which holds 6 AA batteries.

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The gearing is powered by 4 motors aligned in parallel, 3 power the wheel tracks and the 3 point articulating arm, bizarrely one powers a switch so you can remotely alternate between move the entire Excavator OR move the arm; you cannot choreograph both simultaneously.

If you are interested in mechanics then you will absolutely love this build. Even thought I put it all together myself, there are several layers of parts that it is easy to confuse the function of each gear and axle!

 

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The engines of Lego 8043 is powered by four of these moderately powerful motors. If anything I wish Lego would update these motors to something a bit more powerful, they are capable of making things move along but there’s no harm in more yumph! 🙂

 

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After 3-4 hours I had made good progress but, excitingly, I realised there is still much to do but in a good way. Some Lego builds can be predictable however some of the recent sets I’ve aquired have stimulated many rainy evenings!

 

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If there was a downside it would be the price. Since its release in 2010 when it cost £143, it can now fetch up to £300. I personally would never pay that for this set, I found it for significantly cheaper. The good side is that the value of Lego 8043 can only go up in price.

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed sorted out the parts and savouring the moments putting it all together. In the 7 hours build time I was never bored but I was stumped a couple of times due to the illustrations not being entirely clear.

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LEGO Star Wars 75105: Millennium Falcon

I have always been a Lego fan and a Star Wars fan, so it makes sense that when these two cultural giants collide then I want a piece (or several pieces of that).

With all the hype around The Force Awakens I did what I shouldn’t be doing… shopping for toys.

I wasn’t going to actually buy anything,  but an offer for the Lego 7965 Millennium Falcon appeared on Gumtree.com in my town!! It was clearly a sign.

So here we are a couple of days later and the Lego Millennium Falcon is finished.

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SOOO EXCITED!!!

I cannot tell you how I felt picking up the box from the seller, it was reassuringly heavy and rattled as the plastic bags shuffled inside. I had a stupid smile across my face while driving home, I just had to post an image onto Facebook to share my excitement.

 

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R2-D2 turns up to inspect my work.

I started the build the following day (I’m a freelance digital designer with a bit of time on my hands) so I stuck on Netflix in the background and carefully opened up the box.

Within an hour I had already made a lot of progress, too much to be honest; I always want the builds to last longer as they are so much fun, however at this point the foundations had already been built.

 

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Little beds for tired little Lego men.

I love the silly detail that comes in the Millennium Falcon on this scale; for example these simple bits made two beds! Very simple and clever…well, clever to me anyway 😛

 

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At the rear of the build the Lego designers have come up with some ingenious ways to make the Millennium Falcon look used and lived in, there are random blocks that placed in the corners, the two  round blocks represent part of the engine; I’ve never seen the internals of the Falcon before and I’m sure Lego used some reference material in the design. Either way it was interesting to see it come together.

 

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“Chewie… we’re in Aylesbury!”

Any Lego set, other than the Technic range, would be incomplete without the mini figures so when I see a head, a torso and a leg in one of the bags I have to put them together immediately! I love Chewbacca’s semi surprised face and the quirky smile on Han Solo. These figures are magnificent!

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Once I started building the walls and shell of the Millennium Falcon that stupid grin of mine came back; it was starting to take the iconic shape. Once again I was so impressed by the clever use of Lego parts to create the shapes; as well as forming the shell, there are tiny parts that give the Falcon that imperfection we are so used to.

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“Almost there… almost there…”

 

Before Star Wars, films always represented space ships in a clean and clinical way; they never looked beaten up from use or battle scarred; Geore Lucas and his amazing special effects team created a look that has influenced sci-fi directors ever since.  It’s nice that Lego have included this detail.

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All those additional pieces really make this model stand out
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Lego have done a magnificent job bringing the Millennium Falcon to scale

 

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Adding those touches was great fun!

As I write this, the Lego Millennium Falcon has to be the most nostalgic Lego build I’ve ever done. I frequently hark back to 1978 when I was a young lad in Eastleigh going into the cinema by myself after being dropped off by my mother. Back then I did not fully understand the story (I was only 7) but I do remember the young farm boy, and old wise man, swords that had beams of light and a space ship that could go faster than anything else.

The entire build was around 5 hours, and I was taking my time doing it! There is nothing complicated so I believe a passionate 8 year old could build this with a little assistance from an adult.

I loved building this Lego set, I managed to buy it at a truly bargain price but at £130 the retail price is quite steep I think.

Do yourself a favour and buy it if you can find it on GumTree or eBay and get a bargain.

Enjoy.

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The final finished model.

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