Please feel free to post your own Lego shenanigans in this thread too! I'm doing this log so that in the years to come, I can look back and remember the whole adventure of making this build happen - from the first choice of going 'ah sod it, I'll have a work of art to be fond of for a long time', through to deciding where to put it. The thing is, I'm not a Star Wars fan! That's not to say I don't like Star Wars (clearly not, otherwise why would I be attempting to make a huge themed Lego model?) and I certainly appreciate the films for what they are, but I'm more interested in their cultural significance and impact. For the record, Rogue One is the best film - I prefer the darker tone and the Star Destroyer features quite prominently in it. I was considering buying the Lego set 75252 but I was a little disappointed when it was unveiled - I was hoping it would be like the Millennium Falcon 75192 in that there would be a detailed interior. I was already aware of MOCs and was thinking that they actually tend to be more impressive. After a while I gave in to the urge and bought the instructions, then... The model's creator actually has an even larger model (the legendary ISD Tyrant) that he's made, but due to the complexity will not be releasing instructions. A good thing, as I may have tried to build it! To be fair, it's also his creation and I think he deserves to have it as his own masterpiece; and unless I'm willing to use the dining table as a permanent display surface, I'd have nowhere to put it! The biggest purchasable Lego Star Destroy MOC is the ISD Intimidator, which comes in at five foot long, ~20,000 pieces and ~20kg: however, it lacks interior details and if I can't fit the Tyrant anywhere, there's no way this can either. The instructions are worth buying just to look through. There are 1290 pages which are divided up into eight sections. The quality is equal to that of any flagship Lego set, though there are some helpful additional comments in some places as well as a link to an unlisted Youtube video for one particular difficult bit. The creator really went out of his way to make the model accessible and focussed on using more readily available parts. There's also a sense of humour around the model - if I say 'Eddie Izzard', those in the know will know what I mean. The overall plan was to also have a few little mini scale ships to accompany the model - a few TIE fighters, bombers and Darth Vader's infamous advanced variant, as well as some rebel ships. . The thing is that if everything were done to scale, a TIE fighter would be half a stud, an X-Wing a whole stud and the Millennium Falcon three studs. I'd love to get a Trench Run or Hoth diorama in too. On a side note - unfortunately I seem to have the world's greasiest hands, which winds my brother up no end when using his iPad (which as a result of his moaning, I try and use as much as possible when I visit him). To this end, I've bought some cotton gloves to keep things grease free - in the past, I simply used to wipe each brick/sub assembly clean with some kitchen roll after putting a model together. STATUS OF PROJECTS MOCs (designed by other people) Star Wars Star Destroyer: COMPLETE! UCS Falcon MKII: Instructions acquired, ongoing part ordering Mini CR-90 Corellian Corvette Tantive IV Blockade Runner: COMPLETE! EF76 Nebulon-B Escort Frigate: COMPLETE! Plus-Size AT-AT: COMPLETE! Articulated SW AT-ST ("Chicken Walker") v3.0: COMPLETE! Snowspeeder - Minifig Scale: COMPLETE! RZ-1 A-wing Starfighter - Minifig Scale: COMPLETE! B-wing Starfighter - Minifig Scale: COMPLETE! X-wing Starfighter - Minifig Scale: COMPLETE! Y-wing Starfighter - Minifig Scale: COMPLETE! TIE Fighter: COMPLETE! TIE Advanced: COMPLETE! TIE Interceptor: COMPLETE! TIE Bomber: COMPLETE! Darth Vader's Light Sabre: COMPLETE! Luke Skywalker's Light Sabre: COMPLETE! Han Solo's Blaster: COMPLETE! Stormtrooper Blaster: COMPLETE! Trench Run Pursuit: COMPLETE! Palpatine's Throne Room: COMPLETE! Death Star II midi-scale: COMPLETE! Hoth Turrets & Radar Cannon: COMPLETE! Millennium Falcon (1:125 Scale): COMPLETE! (dismantled) Luke's Landspeeder - Minifig Scale: Instructions bought, ongoing part ordering Mini dalek: COMPLETE! Aliens Chestburster: Instructions bought, ongoing part ordering Alien Xenomorph: COMPLETE! UCS Aliens Power Loader P-5000: COMPLETE! M41A Pulse Rifle: COMPLETE! Aliens APC M557: COMPLETE! Avengers AOU Mark 44 Hulkbuster 76031 + 76105 Combination: COMPLETE! Minifig Scale Hulkbuster: COMPLETE! Iron Man Helmet: COMPLETE! Iron Man minifig collection: COMPLETE! Avengers Endgame minifig collection: COMPLETE! Thor's Hammer - Mjolnir: COMPLETE! Iron Man Mark 43: COMPLETE! Realistic Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: COMPLETE! Lamborghini Centenario 1:8 hypercar: COMPLETE! McLaren 720S: COMPLETE! Ferrari F40 1:10: Instructions bought, part purchase ongoing Pagani Huayra: Instruction purchased, part ordering ongoing 42009 Mobile Crane with new gearbox: extra parts ready, awaiting disassembly 42056 Pimp up my Porsche: extra parts ready, awaiting disassembly 42083 Pimp up my Bugatti: extra parts ready, awaiting disassembly 42107 Sian upgrade: COMPLETE! 42142 Pimp up my Ferrari: COMPLETE! 42115 Cosmetic changes for Lamborghini Sian: COMPLETE! Miscellaneous Space Marine Dreadnought: COMPLETE! The Motorized Tumbler Batmobile: COMPLETE! Robocop: COMPLETE! ED-209: COMPLETE! RoboCop 2 Robo CAIN: COMPLETE! Metal Gear Rex (Minifig scale): ~40-50% built, ongoing part ordering Sauron: COMPLETE! New Minas Anor: 0% built Official Lego sets 8838 Dirt Bike: COMPLETE! 10269 Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy®: COMPLETE! 42009 Mobile Crane MK II: awaiting upgrade 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: awaiting upgrade 42083 Bugatti Chiron: awaiting upgrade 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator: COMPLETE! 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R: UPGRADED! 42110 Land Rover Defender: COMPLETE! 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: UPGRADED! 42130 BMW M 1000 RR: 0% built 42143 Ferrari Daytona SP3: see MOC 'Pimp my Ferrari' 42159 Yamaha MT-10 SP: 0% built 75060 Slave I UCS: COMPLETE! 75313 AT-AT UCS: COMPLETE! 75531 Stormtrooper Commander: COMPLETE! 75532 Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike: COMPLETE! 75533 Boba Fett: COMPLETE! 75534 Darth Vader: COMPLETE! 76190 Iron Monger Mayhem: 0% built 76191 Infinity Gauntlet: COMPLETE! 76217 I am Groot: COMPLETE! 76223 Nano Gauntlet: 0% built 76226 Spider-Man Figure: 0% built 76240 Tumbler: MOTORIZED! 76259 Batman Construction Figure: 0% built 76262 Captain America's shield: 0% built My own MOCs (which I will never get around to doing) Alien chestburster reveal diorama Aliens minifig scale dropship Star Citizen minifig scale Avenger Dioramas Battle of Hoth: COMPLETE! Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame Heroes: mostly bought Villains: ~80% bought Assorted movie minifigs Ongoing PETE J'S BUILDING RULES I've never been diagnosed with OCD/autism/aspergers, but if you need proof, this is it! Lego plates with the 'Lego' logo facing upwards or downwards shall be placed such that: Primary orientation is to the rear of the model Secondary orientation is to the centre of the model Lego plates with the 'Lego' logo facing sideways shall be placed such that: The logo is orientated correctly (i.e. not upside down) Liftarms shall be orientated such that: Sprue marks are hidden from normal viewing Friction pins shall be orientated such that: 'Gaps' are aligned to the front and rear of the model Sprue marks are facing downwards and inwards All axles must be adjusted until running as freely as possible All parts must be pressed hard together such that no gaps are present If possible, a model must be converted to right hand drive (as God intended) Only official Lego is allowed (excepting custom minifigs or Buwizz) LESSONS LEARNT Be nice to the Lego community! The majority of them do it as a hobby to help other enthusiasts and are typically counting hundreds, if not thousands of parts: if a mistake is made here and there on the cheap bits, suck it up and put in a new order. Always overorder slightly on small parts in case the supplier miscounts. Lego minifigs can be expensive to buy separately; lookout for sets that already contain them. Some parts may have marks on or be discoloured - overorder to compensate. Discoloured white and light grey Lego can be restored by soaking in 12% H2O2 while being exposed to UV (sun) light for 3-6 hours, though need to be agitated every now and again to remove bubbles. Light grey parts need to be carefully laid out as shadows will mar the effect, as will focused light; white parts just need to be stirred once in a while. Don't order immediately! Lego prices and availability can fluctuate to a surprising degree (it is common to see 20% cost variation in a matter of hours), so watch for a few days before committing. The more parts you buy at once, the cheaper the per brick cost will be. Some of the best value sellers will only accept orders over £200 or more and as a bonus also tend to have access to rare parts at more reasonable prices. Rather than order on a model by model basis, wait until you know if you want to build more models or not. Be aware of part versions. Some more complex models can require older versions of parts to use unofficial building techniques; electronic parts (IR receivers for example) can also significantly affect performance. Tweezers are a great way to apply stickers with good alignment. MOC instructions are prone to having 'misordered' construction. Always read and plan ahead, especially for large MOCs, where it may be better to prepare as many sub-assemblies as possible before putting the model together. Lepin and other knockoff companies are the devil incarnate. Not only are the part tolerances off, they shamelessly take MOC designs and sell them as their own. While it is not up to me to decide whether or not you care, don't be surprised when your fake Lego doesn't clip together or work properly. And you'll always know that the model you have sitting on display is a shoddy parody of something that could've been great . Updates will be as and when.