The distant planet Dida used to be entirely covered with water for thousands of years. During that period giant coral like structures grew in the rich waters. Due to increased solar activity the planet dried up. These giant coral structures now tower above the landscape because the structure strong outer shell proved to be virtually indestructible. These coral structures are now ideal places to build bases, by carving out the softer inside to create hangars and other facilities.This base was created by the imperial troops. This is clearly visible by the big imperial logo on the upper landing platform (fully constructed from LEGO plates). The structure also has 300 LED lights. So it is also looks good in the dark. Description from building process in stage unfortunately not all the pictures can be added because of limit space. The ceiling of the upper red hangar received some extra greebles. I added some more yellow greebles to the underside of the retractable platforms. How did I build this.. I received many questions how I build this coral base. First of all I made a design of the main shape in 3D CATIA V5 CAD. The design is such that the structure looks identical if you rotate it 90 degrees. It has four identical quarters.
Next I created a macro in CATIA V5 (like you record and execute macro's in Excel) that translates the 3D shape to building instructions. The building instructions are Excel files that show with colors where the bricks should be placed. Since there are four identical quarters the instructions only show one quarter. The example below is a worksheet that shows one of the 134 brick layers.Red means that there is no brick. Orange means that the previous layer had a brick in that location. Green means that there is a brick. Light green means that the next layer will not have a brick in that location. Next I began building the coral base. Below is an image of the point where I almost gave up.
It took me ages to get the main gates with the sliding doors right. And it was still only a tiny part of the structure. Also all the interior still had to be done. Below is an image when I arrived at the blue layer with the reactor core still visible. You can see from the helicopters that my kids have been playing with the coral base all along the build.The image below shows the blue layer almost finished. If you look closely you can see that the lights in the reactor core are on. Work in progress on the big green hangar. Again with proof that my kids enjoyed playing the entire build. The next image is when the yellow hangar floor with retractable landing platforms is finished.
Getting the mechanism right was a nightmare. The platforms needed to be strong enough to survive my kids playing with it. Also the mechanism had to fit within the space between the ceiling of the green hangar and the floor of the yellow hangar. The gearing of the motor had to be just right.Strong enough to lift the platforms but with acceptable speed. For safety I added a 24 white clutch gear, so the motor would not be jammed if the kids take their time to switch off the motor once the platform is either fully up or down. You can still see the battery box that controls the platform lifting motor. Please look at my other items too! Please ask when you need to know more.
Europe: Can pay by IBAN/BIC codes by bank. I will not be held responsible for any lost packages by the post office. Item location: Holland / The Netherlands. Lego Star Wars MOC Coral Base will expose your STAR WARS COLLECTION" is in sale since Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Building Toys\LEGO Building Toys\LEGO Complete Sets & Packs".
The seller is "collectorsitemnl113" and is located in Amsterdam. This item can be shipped worldwide.