EAS Agamemnon from Babylon 5

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During SHIPtember 2016, Ryan Olsen created a SHIP based on Babylon 5 - the EAS Agamemnon. I stumbled across it at the time thanks to some Lego blogs, and at the end of the year decided to build one for myself.

The main pic is from a render (done in BlueRender), but here's a few pics from the as-built model, complete with stickers:

And from the rear:

More pics including renders and WIP pics in my Flickr album.

Stats-wise, it's about 95cm (~117 studs) long, 35cm tall and 15cm wide, using ~4700 bricks, weighing-in at just over 3.7kg (8.2lb).

I reverse-engineered it from Ryan's WIP pics in LDD, so obviously credit for the original design (and stickers) goes to Ryan, but I know I solved some problems differently and I did the LDD file so I guess I'll take a little of the credit... ;)

Two Word documents with images intended for printing on clear or white-backed sticker sheets are in my Bricksafe folder, along with the LDD file.

The build is covered in a thread on Eurobricks. It's actually fairly difficult in parts because the I didn't do instructions or even use groups in LDD, so you have to use the Hide tool to remove parts and figure out the build sequence yourself (the LDD-generated instructions are junk). Sorry about that, but this was my first big MOC so that's just how it turned out. Take it as a challenge. ;)

There's one bit of reinforcement for the rings in a Flickr WIP pic that's not in the LDD file, so check that (well, all of them) out!

If you build it, have a whole lot of fun, and share pics!
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MOC-12902

Name EAS Agamemnon from Babylon 5
Designer manglegrat
Designed 2017
Inventory 4720
Theme Other

18 COMMENTS

  • 4 months, 1 week ago CaptainQuinn (18)
    With manglegrat's permission, here at last is the long talked about instructions, and how to get them:

    The list of parts is different to what's on here, but I can easily email the XML parts file for anyone interested.
    The instructions are released under a Donation-ware model... donate to a recognised humanitarian charity, email the receipt to [email protected], and you'll get a link to your specific package of instructions, image files for the stickers and XML parts list for easy purchase.
  • 8 months, 2 weeks ago Shandyman (6K) PRO
    WoW! Awesome build. Great looking ship. Very accurate too!  Well done sir!
  • 10 months ago Vokhev (15K) MOC Designer
    The Omega is probably my faovourite ship from B5  which is probably my favourite sci-fi show. Great job on it. I would like to build it but I'm missing over 1000 parts and I've never even used LDD so it might be a bit too ambitious for now...
  • 1 year, 1 month ago TheCommodore (48)
    Hello! This is an absolutely incredible build. I'm absolutely in awe. I was wondering if it would be possible to get instructions like a regular Lego booklet. I'm not sure how huge an undertaking might be, but on the off chance its possible, and you're willing to do that, I would be incredibly grateful. I'm determined to follow your gorgeous example, but LDD is software, and I and technology don't mix well. :D 

    Whatever the case may be, this is astonishing work. Thank you for this creation.
    • 1 year, 1 month ago manglegrat (1458) MOC Designer
      Hi, thanks for your kind comments!

      No, I'm not doing instructions - but there's a guy on this Eurobricks thread (the poster called Captain_Quinn) who was working on a fairly professional looking instructions package, the prototype I saw was awesome, but I'm not sure the current status of that effort.

      Keep an eye on that thread, and if he ever publishes some, he'll probably post an update!
  • 1 year, 8 months ago Polyprojects (1392) MOC Designer
    It's a very nice moc. I've just taken the LDD apart in different sections . Rotating center, tail, stand, mid front, front and engines, the sideplates are allready disconted.

    Maybe i could eventually take the rotating center apart in 3 parts. There's a technic liftarm going from top to bottom and that may be tricky if you want to build the parts separately. 

    This seems more buildable.
    • 1 year, 8 months ago manglegrat (1458) MOC Designer
      That might help from the individual sections perspective, if you group 'em and let LDD do instructions for you they might make more sense. Separating the "lobes" from the core of the rotating section also makes sense - they're 100% duplicates, lots of repetition in those.

      Yes the liftarm in the rotating section was there as I felt it needed something to tie both lobes together, but it's possible that the clutch of the bricks will be enough to hold everything together.

      The only possible issue with splitting it up is that assembly could be pretty hard that way. I built it from the middle out - did the front and rear frame sections and core of the rotating section first, hooked them together using the stand to hold it all in place, then added the outer layers afterwards, engines last. Putting together the three spine sections by making the connections for the rotating core was tricky...

      The lower engines are a little saggy - I suggested to the guy in Oz who's doing a version of it that they need some pinning to the central engine structure to stop them drooping, and he came up with some minor tweaks that look great. The entire engine section hanging off the end is heavy and suffers a little in gravity... Mine has been together for a year and still looks pretty good, though!

      Sequencing is the trickiest part. It might not be possible to build the sections to completion separately then try to hook them together, not without a chunk of rebuild! That's why my patience ran out when I thought about doing instructions. ;)
  • 1 year, 8 months ago LegoOri (69K) MOC Designer PRO
    This is quite frankly an amazing build. When can we expect a Minbarry cruiser?  :-) Small question, since the description didn't address that - does the rotating section really rotate?
    • 1 year, 8 months ago manglegrat (1458) MOC Designer
      Thanks! Minbari ships have far too many curves for me. ;)

      Yes, the midsection rotates - manually - and it's well counter-weighted so you can put it in any position and it'll stay there. I never wanted to motorize it, though. That would be great if you were taking it to a show, but not so worthwhile in my living room... ;)

      The original designer Ryan plus one other guy in Oz are working on possibly motorizing their versions of this. Check out my Eurobricks thread linked in the description for some of their discussions on it. :)
      • 1 year, 8 months ago LegoOri (69K) MOC Designer PRO
        Thanks for the complete answer :) My question was more academic than anything else - I have no intention of buying the parts for or building such a large MOC. For starters, there is no room for a meter-long LEGO model in my apartment. I am also not sure how compatible the expenditure will be with my bank account and\or my wife ;)
        • 1 year, 8 months ago manglegrat (1458) MOC Designer
          Ahah, get it now! I'm running out of room myself. The WAF (wife acceptability factor) of my hobby is declining over time in direct proportion to the number of flat surfaces populated with Lego... :(
          • 1 year, 8 months ago LegoOri (69K) MOC Designer PRO
            That sounds like a very accurate formula... I make a point of taking everything apart once in awhile. But with something this big, you just wouldn't -would you?
  • 1 year, 8 months ago rauricus (843)
    Oh, wow, what an amazing model. I‘m speechless. Congratulations! And on a theme which sees way too few contributions (tbh, all that Star Wars stuff... *sigh*).
    • 1 year, 8 months ago manglegrat (1458) MOC Designer
      Thanks! :)

      Yeah, Star Wars tends to dominate - but hey, this show is well over 20 years old now, and has been far out of the limelight for over 10 of those, so those of us who are both fans of B5 and still interested in Lego are few and far between!
      • 1 year, 8 months ago rauricus (843)
        20 years? That can‘t be. We‘re talking 2,3 years max ;-)

        I was hoping that Straczynski would tackle Robinson‘s Mars Trilogy, but that project seems to be in permanent hibernation by now...
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