Finished 10179 Brick Linked Falcon! What a blast putting together 5k+ piece set! I am missing 3 curved bricks that go on the front side, but I used other pieces until they are ordered. There are some extra 1x16 bricks in the background that got mixed in from another model that I plan to build.
Lesson learned: Have a print out on which parts the color substitutions were made. I forgot that I switched color for some of the light blue grey 1x8 plates since it was cheaper. Caused me to do some rework later in the build.
I plan to make a Death Star Docking Bay diorama similar to the one David did, but simplified. I will post progress once it is started in a few months. http://www.fbtb.net/2011/10/31/daves-ucs-scale-escape-from-docking-bay-327/
To Boomers: The red plate is visible from the bottom.
In Texas you will see trees put on the top floor of the building under construction. My wife loaned me her Christmas tree from the Winter Village she is building when the top gun section was finished:
Top view of frame before the top platting goes on. The cockpit is not yet installed. I used two black levers instead of the steering wheel for Luke's gunnery chair.
Side docks and bottom part of the cockpit in place. Since I didn't have the sticker sheet, I used a 1x2 tile decorated with an instrument cluster.
Finished Top Front View. Chewy is on board getting the ship warmed up!
Top Side View. The sticker sheets are going for crazy money. I just printed out a JPG I found online on photo paper. No one will know the difference. Keep in mind that the Brick Link part list includes the Lego frame for the sticker. If you do not want it it, remove from the wish list prior to ordering....
Top Back View. I decided to keep the black boat rigging over the engines for now. It has grown on me. I may pull it off and add additional blue translucent tile. The grey rigging is just too much money. I also added one 1x2 grate tile to the top and 1 additional tubing. The best part of Lego is customization!
Boarding Party: Note that I cheated on the lighting. I simply removed the top gun module and used a LED flashlight. Still need to get C3PO.