Bringing the UCS Falcon to life
I posted to Instagram a few months ago that I was finally building my UCS Millennium Falcon - set 75192. Then life and work got in the way and stopped me from finishing off that project with proper lights!
With Christmas around the corner I just had to go for it, and here we are.
I've taken the fab Light My Bricks lighting kit of course - and then made a few little tweaks.
Here's how it looked when I finished building the Falcon. Note that I built this on the brilliant Efferman Stand. This stand - presumably invented a chap called Efferman - is made of Technic beams. I think it was about £40 for parts, and the design is free.
Initially I fitted the lights exactly as shown in the instructions. The only exception is that I didn't fit the red lights to the cannon underneath the Falcon - because they could never been seen when displaying the model upright like this.
1) The Hyperdrive Generator
I like the use of flashing lights where appropriate - in this engine room scene there are two flashing green lights which add good ambience. But I want that engine to move a bit.
Here's the static view:
To change this around a bit I took the flashing bit light from the wall on the right and swapped it with the one in the Hyperdrive unit. Here's the result:
2) The cockpit
As standard the light kit looks pretty damn good. There's a white light at the front and two blue lights under the seating area to illuminate the cockpit.
But a lot of people like to customise the cockpit as the LEGO design had a few flaws. So can we also do the lights a bit better?
The defining characteristic of the cockpit - and really any such set - is blinky lights. Lots of them. Thousands of buttons and switches and they all have lights on them.
To make something similar I took the two 2x1 slopes which are the control consoles in at the front and made a few teeny tiny holes in them. To fit a light I also removed the central pin underneath. (Sorry purists - I drilled holes in LEGO!). The effect is great and more in keeping with the movies.
2 x Custom 2x1 Wedges with Control Panel Prints (or just brutally damage your original pieces!)
Next steps : I think there's some spare ports on the expansion board near the cockpit. We could add a few more lights to the control panels at the back too!
This has to be The Big One.
And this is the end result with the hull plating back in place.
But seeing the blue lights pulse on and off I was still not happy.
Remember these strip lights are connected in series - a daisy chain - so only require one port to power them. As such the Multi Effects Board with two outputs was great.
Here's how it looked:
Note that the White and Blue lights are right next to each other so the pulsing effecting is quite awesome. Next I'll add a strip of cardboard all around the rear, behind the blue pipes, and will try attaching the light strips in series along it. I think this could create some cool special effects.
To achieve this result I needed the following extra parts:
6 x Blue Strip Lights
7 x 5cm Connecting Cables
1 x Multi Effects Board
I will probably continue to look at ways to take this model a bit further - stay tuned!