Build 12/11 2005, Pieces 1500, Steps 201
LWH: 81/40/19 studs, 63,69/31,32/14,33 cm
Because there are so many photos, the detail shots have been parted out
on three pages:
This one contains overall exteriour shots, of the top and belly of the
craft, while the two other contain Engine and guns,
gear & hatch
Inspiration: Being historically interested and living in
Denmark, one of the old 'Viking homelands' I'd felt for a while that
'somebody' ought to make a decent Viking faction comparable to ones like
PCS (USA), Iron Reich (Fascist Germany), Eastern Block (Russian style
Communism), Jade Empire (Chinese style Communism) etc - and especially as
an opposition to the newly created Galactic Inquisition: Anyone in for
some torching of monasteries?
Later, I found out that there were actually some people from the Danish
LUG that had already made a Space Vikings theme, that my craft didn't fit into
colourwise (brown, basic red and black: no dark grey or dark red): too bad, I
don't think I have the right pieces in those colours... anyways, being an
experimental builder, it's probably the first and last time I try my
hand on a spacification of a Viking ship: been there, done that.
1) Build a Space Viking ship that actually resembles a Viking ship.
It should have good raiding capabilities:
2) Capable of carrying plenty of troops and loot
3) Heavily armed: Capable of defending itself against moderate attack and
act as heavy weapons support for troops
4) Fast enough for surprise attacks and timely withdrawal before the
reinforcements start to arrive
5) Insertion: VTOL engines and wingtip landing gear
6) Maneuverability: Capable of hovering around in cities (lightly defended
and a lot of stuff to loot)
7) SHIP size
8) Mortar/artillery piece
Introduction: For some strange reason, I started this craft 27/8
2004: only two months after I finished the dreadful Hoverbus project.
To cut a long story short: it was fun and interesting to make the front,
stern and cabin area, and lay out the basics of the rear (engines, wings,
stern), but I kind of lost interest when it came down to actually doing the
dirty work of designing the engine area in the rear compact enough
to fit the craft, while still allowing for a pointed stern, maneuverable engines and wings, and a working landing gear.
It probably didn't help that I got started on a one- year course that
included an innovation project in cooperation with the Lego Company that
I, naturally, spend all my time on ;-)
So besides a few short burst of work with months in between, the
Longship Project turned out to last more than 15 months during which I
made 12 other models.
nose is hanging a bit, partly because the stand is attached at a weak
spot, and partly because the cabin area in the front is basically an
Not a SHIP: In the lego spacer's terminology, a SHIP (Seriously Huge Investment in Parts)
is the biggest class of lego spacecraft defined as minimum 100 studs (or
ca. 79cm): The ultimate challenge to a Spacer (at least to make a good
Now, at 92 studs, the Hoverbus got pretty close, and I could easily
have extended it above 100 studs, but since it was only
made virtually in MLCAD, it wouldn't really have counted anyways, despite the
huge investment in time it demanded. Very early in the Longship project, it turned out that
the basic design of the craft simply wouldn't look good if I tried to
"stretch" it to the necessary 100 studs.
After I found that out, I started pondering over what other design I could
make that would fit the SHIP standard: without looking stretched, without
just being a larger stack of bricks, and preferably being a totally new
design that would only fit the SHIP standard, instead of something I could
just have tried in a much smaller scale.
The final drop: But it was nagging me that I hadn't finished the
Longship, and especially because I felt I had evolved in another
direction both technically and stylistically, while building those 12 models
and generally hanging out at CSF: The project seemed to go increasingly stale
and old-fashioned by the
passing of time, and I started worrying about losing the
motivation to finish it altogether.
By late autumn 2005 I came up with the special SHIP design for Dagger Project, and this was the final
drop: Starting the huge Longship so
short after the Hoverbus seemed to have worn out my initial inspiration
and drive to build the Longship, and I decided not to start on the Dagger
Project until the Longship was finished and out of the way.
This was the motivation I needed, and with some intensive building during the first two weeks of
December, I cleared this clutter or unfinished business away, and
was ready to concentrate on new projects.
a little hole in the clouds threw the lighting totally off
The craft was presented in the following threads:
and even managed to be highlighted by Lenny Hoffman on Lugnet despite the
engines and secondary gun
cabin hatch and landing gear/wing hinges
gun, forward wings and stern guns
Go to: Engine
and guns, Interiour,
landing gear & hatch