LEGO fan spends 6 years perfecting Klingon Bird of Prey

Back in 2010, German builder Kevin J. Walter designed an impressive LEGO Klingon Bird of Prey using virtual bricks. Now, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Kevin’s six year mission to recreate that design using 25,000 real LEGO bricks is finally complete, and the result is phenomenal!

Klingon Bird of Prey

Kevin’s design is simply stunning. I love everything about this build, from the spot-on color palette to the intricate shaping and detailing in the wings. Even the exposed studs feel right for this Klingon vessel. Of course, there is also some great part’s usage in here too. Can you spot the guns belonging to Toy Story’s Army Men and Bilbo Baggin’s front door?

Klingon Bird of Prey

Klingon Bird of Prey Klingon Bird of Prey

The Bird of Prey has always been one of my favorite Star Trek vessels, especially since it makes an appearance in my favorite movie from the franchise Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (yep, the one with the whales). And I guess Kevin knows how popular that one is with the fans, since he has gifted us with this gorgeous Voyage Home “poster” of his creation:

Kevin told The Brothers Brick that he had originally planned to make the wings moveable between attack, flight, and landing configurations, but that they ended up too fragile and heavy due to the brick-built feather pattern and other detailing (including the disruptors, which are heavier than they look). However judging from the photo below, he was apparently able to incorporate a working cloaking device into his model!

The attention to detail and sophistication of the sculpting had many jaws dropping here at The Brothers Brick compound. Modelling all those curved surfaces is no mean feat, and it looks like Kevin has employed every technique in the AFOL manual to great effect:

Kevin’s Flickr stream also includes some candid “work in progress” shots that give an insight into the planning and effort required to realize a LEGO creation of this magnitude:

I shall leave you with one last thought: Hab SoSlI’ Quch!

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