I think there’s a strong case to be made that no vehicle has been built in LEGO form more than the Millennium Falcon. There are dozens of official sets and countless more custom creations, but very few of them look as smooth as this Midi-Scale rendition by FlyInSpace. This near-studless Star Wars spaceship achieves it’s look thanks to plenty of overlapping panels connected via lots of clever Studs Not On Top construction. This is an especially impressive feat when you consider how thin the model is. And, while this ship might not be large enough for a minifigure crew, it still contains plenty of functionality, including landing gear and an openable boarding ramp.
Probably most Adult Fans of LEGO have made themselves in minifigure form, but Lego_nuts has taken brick-based self-portrait to the next level with this slightly meta creation. Lego_nuts has recreated their own LEGO room four times over at various scales for a build of the builder building a build of the builder building a build, etc, etc, etc. Included in each level are multiple renditions of the same work bench, computer, and brick storage. It’s fascinating to compare the different approaches used to building the same objects at different sizes. There are also multiple renditions of the official sets on display in the actual room. Which ones do you recognize?
Chances are you immediately recognize this ship built by Rubblemaker. Odds are equally good you don’t know its name. “EF76 Nebulon-B Escort Frigate” doesn’t stick in the mind like “X-Wing” or “Death Star,” but it has appeared in tons of Star Wars media over the years. It even served as the headquarters of the Rebel Alliance for a time. Rubblemaker’s midi-scale recreation of the ship is a fitting tribute to this often-overlooked piece of sci-fi history. Clocking in at 81cm long, 42cm high, and made from over 2500 pieces, this is actually Rubblemaker’s second attempt at the ship, and possibly the most accurate version ever built.
Beautifully greebled and full of clever angles and elegant slopes, the ship looks amazing photoshopped against the cosmos, but you might want to take in an unedited view to really appreciate all the work that went into the build. Note the in-scale Millennium Falcon docked along the ship’s spine. “Millennium Falcon.” Now that’s a name that stays with you!
There are a lot of great LEGO TIE fighters out there. So many, in fact, that Matt (Classic Brix) decided to do something a bit different and build one at a slightly reduced scale. And boy, does it pay off! It’s a super model with some of the parts choices giving it a very distinct style. The standout is the use of a gear wheel to give the window its signature octagonal frame. But take a closer look! This gear actually has studs with bars slotted into it, to allow the ball shape of the cockpit to be recreated. It’s a frankly genius solution!
Wow. There are lots of ways to breathe life into old things but Builder Thomas Gion found a new one using some crutches. Inspired while driving down the highway, Thomas decided to try to recreate the shaping of its front grill using that unique crutch piece and the rest was history. Not quite Speed Champions scale with its 5-stud wide cabin, this probably fits more into the midi-scale category. Either way, the parts usage on this build is ingenious. Not only is the detailing on the front of the model amazing, the coloration Thomas achieved in the body is simplistic but effective. He also made use of old trans-clear macaroni bricks for the windscreen which was also neatly sandwiched in with some cheese slopes.
It can be hard to get the shaping right for some of the classic cars. They might be blocky in some ways but they’re also pretty smooth with an artistic flair. Its always nice to see when one is done proper justice.
Man, I love good LEGO builds in an alternate scale! Here we see a trio of TIE Fighters built by Tim Goddard. They’re not quite microscale, but probably what we’d call closer to Midi-scale. Tim calls it Trophy Scale which would be great to receive such a trophy. The Darth Vader TIE Advanced X1 and its regular TIE escorts are handsome on their stands and showcase just about as much detail as their bigger UCS counterparts.
Tim tells us he has been thinking about building the entire Death Star trench run in this scale, which would still be massive and jaw-droppingly impressive if he pulls it off. In the meantime, just tie yourselves over with a couple of the good guy ships, an X-Wing and A-Wing. Now don’t get cocky! Actually, we prefer when you do get cocky. It usually makes for good LEGO creations and amusing subject matter to write about.
This adorable LEGO vignette of two characters from the animated show Primal, by Dan Ko is a fun scene. Even though it was built with a small number of parts, it is big on charm with some very clever part usage, like the Minifig bowtie used for the dinosaur’s eyebrows, and the claw part used for the feet. But that single clip for the two spindly front legs is perfect.
This LEGO Republic gunship by Ron_mcphatty is a smaller take on a great vehicle from that galaxy far, far away! The ship is built on the midi-scale, which puts it between miniature and minifigure scale. This size allows for greater details than a miniature model, but less complexity and fewer parts than a model scaled to minifigures. And this thing is jampacked with details! We’ve got the rockets between the rocket launchers on top in the back, ready to shoot down any battle droid fighters. Clear radar dishes represent the swivel guns on the wings. Of course, that’s not all! The coloring of the ship stands out with the bright red and green against the stark white. That bright green is one of my favorite things about the ship, so I’m glad to see it all represented!
I didn’t expect to find such a great real estate listing on Flickr, but Kristel Whitaker’s Midi-scale Modular LEGO build looks cozy as can be at eight studs wide. As Kristel has shown us with her previous builds, she is a master of color usage, and this model is no exception. I love the choice of dark blue for the door in contrast to the white trim. And the way the foliage pops against the cobbled walls of tans and browns is just terrific! I’d love to see more modular-style buildings in this scale.
And like with any good real estate listing, there’s always multiple pictures of the property. Check out this shot of the backdoor. The garbage bins are a nice touch.
The sequel Star Wars movies brought us the MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 Bomber. Nevermind trying to figure out how bombs can drop in the vacuum of zero-gravity space. Forget that they seemed to be dangerous fiery tinderboxes that would engulf its crew and anyone else within farting distance. They were neat and rather imposing visually, and when it comes to selling movie tickets and merchandise, that’s all that matters, really. Thomas Jenkins gives the Resistance bomber the LEGO midi-scale treatment and the result is quite good. LEGO sold us a minifig scale 75188 Resistance Bomber back in 2017 with, I would imagine, some moderate success. But this model, though smaller, seems to portray its shaping and proportions better. It just goes to show that you don’t need a massive payload of bricks to drop an accurate looking bomber like this one.
Thomas Jenkins is the latest in a long line of LEGO builders trying their hand at one of -if not THE– most famous ships of all time. While others go for shocking size with accurate interiors, others like Thomas have opted to go pint-sized and adorable.
We’ve seen Han Solo’s pride and joy in this scale before in 2009’s 7778 Midi-scale Millenium Falcon. But in the 11 years since that release building techniques in the world of LEGO aficionados have evolved.
The way Thomas built the forward mandibles, for example, is a departure from every official rendition of the Falcon we’ve seen to date, and in fact many fan creations. The closest I can recall is Gol’s sleek version from late last year which also used slopes to achieve the acute angles. He’s also smartly used a smaller version of the wedge plate flap techniques of it’s larger siblings, and I also genuinely appreciate the effective choice to simply alternate between two different molds of the jumper plates to achieve The Force Awakens-era rectenna.
This isn’t even the first Falcon we’ve featured in a month or even in a week, but you can trust that as long as savvy builders keep coming up with fun and interesting ways to reinterpret the YT-1300 Light Freighter, we’ll share it with you.
The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic ships in Star Wars, and perhaps all science fiction. It’s so familiar that it’s been made into quite a few official LEGO sets as well as countless fan creations. Interestingly, despite the numerous recreations, there’s still room for new design ideas, such as Tim Goddard’s latest 1/72 scale version.
Built at this scale to fit in with some of his other Star Wars ships, this model is full of interesting design features. A very noticeable aspect of the build is the sheer variety of pieces used. This is evident in the shaping of the overall shape of the ship, as well as in the details, like the cockpit. And that’s not even mentioning the greebles that emphasize the pieced togetherness of the fastest hunk-a-junk in the galaxy. The smartest design choice though, has to be the colours. Not content with the same old mixture of gray with splashed of dark red and various earth tones, this version of the Falcon features a mix of old and new light gray, further hammering home the point that the ship really is scrapped together.