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Gumby



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Location: Vancouver, BC Canada Age: 29

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:10 pm    Post subject: Building your UCS sets Reply with quote

Here are a few things most of us have to live with:

1) Display space is limited
2) LEGO constantly comes out with cool new UCS sets.

As a result, we often have to change what gets put out on display. With these sets, I get a lot of enjoyment out of building them. However, taking them apart is a bit of a nightmare for me since I sort all the pieces back into baggies in order to make the next building experience easier.

So my question is, how many times have you built your UCS sets?

Here are mine:

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built: 2
Dismantled: 2

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 2-3
Dismantled: 2-3

7194 Yoda
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1, into my spare parts pile now

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 0
Dismantled: 0

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 0
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1 (in progress)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've built the X-wing, AT-ST, TIE Advance and Yoda (my mum's) once.
I've built the Naboo fighter a couple of times, and the snowspeeder was built enough times to know how to make it from memory. Like, 10 ish.

A may have missed one, not sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 3
Dismantled: 3

7194 Yoda
Built: never

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 2
Dismantled: 2

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 2
Dismantled: 2

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

The Tie Interceptor was a very repetitive build.
The Star Destroyer was a great build till I tried to put all pieces together - I never managed it without any crashing at any side.
all my 10 fingers hurted for 2 days after dismantling the Falcon
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a LEGO room with six shelving units and I still run out of space. I can't imagine how someone could display everything.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built: N/A
Dismantled: N/A

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: N/A
Dismantled: N/A

7194 Yoda
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1 (sorted)

10018 Darth Maul
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1 (sorted)

10026 N-1 Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1 (sorted)

10129 Snowspeeder
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10143 Death Star II
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10174 AT-ST
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10175 Darth Vader's TIE Advanced
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 0 (not yet arrived)
Dismantled: 0

A travesty, I know. In addition to display space and a steady stream of new UCS sets from LEGO, there is another factor at work here: time. Building a set that consists of 1000-5000 elements involves a significant temporal investment.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consider my UCS stuff to be pretty much on permanent display and to date I've had the X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Vader's TIE, Naboo Fighter, Star Destroyer, Blockade Runner, Millennium Falcon, AT-ST and Yoda displayed since originally assembling them. Of course it helps to have more than 40 feet of shelf space to do so. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a UCS Y-Wing I got for my birthday when it was new - and I've yet to open the box. Crying or Very sad I also picked up the X-Wing from another member a while back and never got around to verifying it's complete... but I trust him. I simply don't have a place to put them yet, but know they're awesome.

In all honesty, reminding me of them just now pushed me an inch closer to buying a house.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have the heart to take anything apart. I buy one or two sets and then rearrange everything in my LEGO room. It is becoming increasingly difficult, but I manage to fit everything in.

My wife has been wondering how I can keep doing it. She actually made the most amazing offer ever last week. If I can clean out the garage and sell my '67 Mustang (which is going to break my heart) Crying or Very sad; we will knock out the back wall of my LEGO room, expand it into the garage and wall-in that half of the space. I will more than double (almost triple really) the size of that room and will be able to keep collecting and still have everything out on display for years to come.
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harrison



Joined: 25 Oct 2007
Location: Blackpool England

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built:3
Dismantled: 3

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 3
Dismantled: 3

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10026 N-1 Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10129 Snowspeeder
Built:3
Dismantled: 3

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 2
Dismantled: 2

10174 AT-ST
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10175 Tie Advaned
Built: 2
Dismantled: 2

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

Ucs AAT
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

UCS B-Wing
Built: 1
Dismantle: 0
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sam90



Joined: 10 Nov 2005
Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10018 Darth Maul
Built:1
Dismantled: 0

7194 Yoda
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built:1
Dismantled: 0

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 3
Dismantled: 2

Naboo Fighter
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1

10129 Snowspeeder
Built:1
Dismantled: 0

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1

10174 AT-ST
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10175 Tie Advaned
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

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Fullmetalfan



Joined: 23 Feb 2007
Location: Newcastle, England

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of the 5 UCS sets I have (inc the Death Star)

10174 AT-ST
Built: 0 (Still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 0 (Still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10143 Death Star II
Built: 3/4ths (3/4ths made then my cat knocked it off the table...)
Dismantled: 1 (In several large chunks not dismantled into 5000 odd bits)

10188 Death Star
Built: 2/4ths (half made then went into hospital for a long time, when I got out my mum had moved everything and mixed all the sorted pieces up. Just have not had the drive to sort them out again.
Dismantled: 0

10186 General Grievous
Built 0 (Still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

As you can see I do not have much time to get around to doing them. I still have some new clone wars sets unmade (mostly the biggest ones)
When I do try and do them something goes wrong ><.
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Flesh Skywalker



Joined: 30 Aug 2006
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10018 Darth Maul
7194 Yoda
10026 Naboo Fighter

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built:1
Dismantled: 0

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0
Repaired: 1

10129 Snowspeeder
Built:1
Dismantled: 0

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0
Repaired: 3

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10174 AT-ST
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10175 Tie Advaned
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10188 Death Star
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10186 General Grievous
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

harrison, can I get a clarification on "UCS B-Wing "

All still on display waiting for new friends.
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chawan_cut



Joined: 27 Oct 2005

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we should have a thread or topic of people just showing off their pictures of their collections. i know there have been some in the past, but they get lost way in the back pages.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I honestly don't know why you get more than 1 UCS set
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Skafte



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
Location: Sweden

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because we can.

I'm quite lucky concerning display space. Our garage has a second floor which has been converted into a LEGO/pool/video game hall. (Yes, I'm 35.) All the UCS sets are up, and I have built the majority of them only once. The exceptions are:

10030 ISD - built 4 times. This was my first UCS, it has been around a while.

7191 X-wing - built 2 times. I took it apart because i wanted to. This was before I had all the space.

10143 DSII - built 2 times. Fell over in the car when it had been on display in a toy shop window. Didn't feel like fixing it then, so I took it apart instead.
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harrison



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flesh Skywalker wrote:

harrison, can I get a clarification on "UCS B-Wing "



yes not an official lego set but built mainly using instructions on brickshelf and then modified to my own design. it's as long as the Y winng and the display stand was a pain to do! no camera with a flash s sorry no pics at present.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If I can clean out the garage and sell my '67 Mustang (which is going to break my heart)


No. No amount of space is worth that. Unless it's a junker, which I'm guessing yours isn't.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have The Death Star II, Star Destroyer, Blockade Runner, Tie Interceptor, and Naboo Fighter. I have built all of mine once, and never taken any of them apart, or off of display.
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Joined: 04 Jan 2008
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, I only have 2 UCS sets, the Star Destroyer and the AT-ST. I've built both once, but had to take the AT-ST down 'cause I was moving. I'll get around to building it again sometime. . .

The Star Destroyer I had to dismantle about 6 months after I'd finished it because I noticed the nose began to sag under the weight of the model. Anyone else have this problem? Any ideas on how to fix it?
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Joined: 29 Feb 2008
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 4
Dismantled: 4


10134 Y-Wing Starfighter
Built: 3
Dismantled: 3


10174 AT-ST
Built: 4
Dismantled: 4


10174 Vader's TIE Advanced
Built: 3
Dismantled: 3


10179 Millennium Falcon
Built: 3
Dismantled: 3


10188 Death Star II
Built: 4
Dismantled: 4


10186 General Grievous
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1


I don't usually like to just sit and watch T.V. so I'll build my sets at that time. Building is very calming for me so I'll build all my sets (including all my smaller sets) until I run out. I display them for a while and then dismantle them. After a break of a few months or so, I start the process all over again. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

off topic slightly i remember when i was little building lego space set 928, i built it that many times i didn't need the instructions!

yes they look good on display but building is more fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A year ago, I successfully dismantled my UCS falcon down to the major component level...not the piece level. I then stored it in the original box. A month ago, i decided to build it again...and I was surprised to see how intact it remained. It only took me 1 hour to reconstruct the entire thing from scratch
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i kind of pick and choose with the ucs sets...

7181 TIE Interceptor Built: 1

7191 X-Wing Fighter Built: 1

10026 Naboo Fighter Built: 1

10174 AT-ST Built: 1

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer Built: not yet

10179 Millenium Falcon Built: not yet

10174 Vader's TIE Advanced Built: not yet

10188 Death Star II Built: not yet

yah, i'm definitely going to have to put some time in to complete these things. some have never been built bc i didn't have room for them outside the closet, plus i didn't have time to build them bc of our baby being born.

so now we have a new house with more room, and our "baby" is 18 months old, so i do have more time to build once in awhile.

oh, and...
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If I can clean out the garage and sell my '67 Mustang (which is going to break my heart) ; we will knock out the back wall of my LEGO room, expand it into the garage and wall-in that half of the space. I will more than double (almost triple really) the size of that room and will be able to keep collecting and still have everything out on display for years to come.


that's a tough call -- i have a 66 mustang, so i know -- but if you are as big a mustang fan as you are a lego fan, you will regret selling the car -- like someone said, unless it's a junker, that is...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7181 TIE Interceptor
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1, currently displayed

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

7194 Yoda
Built: 1
Dismantled: currently displayed

10018 Darth Maul
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10026 N-1 Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1
Sold

10129 Snowspeeder
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 1

10143 Death Star II
Built: 0 (still MISB)
Dismantled: 0

10174 AT-ST
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0, currently displayed

10175 Darth Vader's TIE Advanced
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0, currently displayed

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 0 (Don't own it yet)
Dismantled: 0
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deco_droid wrote:
oh, and...
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If I can clean out the garage and sell my '67 Mustang (which is going to break my heart) ; we will knock out the back wall of my LEGO room, expand it into the garage and wall-in that half of the space. I will more than double (almost triple really) the size of that room and will be able to keep collecting and still have everything out on display for years to come.


that's a tough call -- i have a 66 mustang, so i know -- but if you are as big a mustang fan as you are a lego fan, you will regret selling the car -- like someone said, unless it's a junker, that is...

Wink


My wife has been trying to get me to sell that car for a while now. It's not a junker it's in pretty good shape. I put in a nice CD Player in it, some sweet speakers, and hooked up an alarm system. The problem was that when the cost of gasoline went up I decided to let it sit, because to have it run well, the premium gas is the best for it. At over $5.00 a gallon and about 10 miles per gallon it was the thing that made it too much to drive, so I non-oped it to save on registration and insurance during these lean times of the economy. One of the previous owners used to drag race with it. So it really goes fast quickly. The only problem is it still has the drum brakes, so stopping is a whole different story. I really wanted to save this car for when I retire. It's one of few things I own that's older than I am.

Back on topic- The space might be worth it since the space I have now reflects that I've been adding shelves on the wall in spots to keep making room for new sets. The room looks kind of thrown together.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10134 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10143 Death Star II
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10174 AT-ST
Built: 2
Dismantled: 1

10175 Darth Vader's TIE Advanced
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0

10179 Millenium Falcon
Built: 1
Dismantled: Never! That build was a marathon.

10188 Death Star
Built: 1
Dismantled: 0. This is probably my favorite set.

They're all on display, but I'm running out of space. I would like to get the RBR and the Snowspeeder, but I don't know where I'd put them.
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