Lego DockingBay327 BuildGuide .pdf
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Lego Docking Bay 327 Build Guide
For Minifigure Scale UCS Falcon
Jeff Miller - 3/31/2013
This a build guide for a Lego Death Star Docking Bay 327 diorama for minifig scale
UCS Falcon. The goal was to build a high quality set while keeping part count (i.e. cost)
down as much as possible.
The design is based on pictures of a model by Dave aka F2 at MOC Pages. He did an
incredible job scratch building the set out of 10,500 parts. There were no directions
available, so I decided to make a design using Lego Digital Designer (LDD) and ended
up with 7,780 parts.
Unlike David’s set, the floor elevator is static and the back wall is unfinished from behind
to reduce cost. Bricks in red can be any color or used since they are not visible. Further
optimization for non-visible bricks can be done, but I leave that to the reader.
I didn’t bother creating the Lego building guide in LDD. Output quality is very low and
unusable in HTML format for a set this size. It also takes 20 hours to complete on an
Intel i7 machine, which has to be restarted from scratch if any changes are made.
This Adobe PDF build guide was created by taking screen snapshots manually. The
PDF file can be transferred to a tablet or other device to facilitate building without
directly using the LDD file. I recommend leaving the majority of the floor tile to the end
to avoid scratching.
Note: The finished built set has some minor changes from the LDD model due to parts
availability on Brick Link. Review and adjust the Brick Link list as desired prior to placing
any orders! For example, I went with a taller antenna on the support building
(Vader/Obiwon Duel) that is not available in LDD.
Design based on pictures of a set created by Dave aka F2 at MOC Pages
3D Renderings were done using LDD 2 POV Ray
UCS Falcon LDD Model used for test renderings was made by Dan Jansen and
is available at EuroBricks Forum. Note that translucent bricks located at the top
of the Falcon near Luke’s gunnery chair can be deleted to speed up rendering.
Parts list was created using LDD Manager which is available at EuroBricks
Pictures & Files:
Project progress was documented on FBTB forums under user name jmfbtb
High resolution pictures are located on Flicker
LDD Model Files, Build Guide, and Parts Lists will be available at Rebrickable
Gate Inside Corner Options (Painted Arch vs. Un-painted Slopes):
For the completed set, arches were used for the inside white gate corners. The 1 x 5 x 4
white inverted arch is listed as a valid part in LDD, but it has never been released in a
set to my knowledge.
If you want to go with a curved radius inverted arch, painting will be required for the
lower pieces. The top arch pieces are available in white.
The alternative is to use slopes for approximating a curve. The arch version is in the
main build guide screen snapshots and slope version (no paint required) is at the end of
the build guide as an alternate.
A Paasche VL-SET Double Action Siphon Feed Airbrush was used for painting. The key
is to ensure good coverage with several coats from Tamiya Fine Surface White Primer
spray can. This is especially important using black parts. I then used the air brush to
paint on Tamiya acrylic White X-2 mixed with Thinner X-20A and a couple of drops of
Tamiya "Flat Flesh" (Tan in color) to better match the off white Lego pieces. It is not
perfect, but very close. I used the air brush metal siphon cup for mixing. From a
distance under normal lighting the casual observer should not notice the difference.
Arch Version (Paint required for lower inverted arch pieces):
Slope Version (No paint required):
The table was a simple design to allow for maximum storage space under it. MDF was
used for the table base. 1”x2” wood was installed on the bottom of the MDF around the
bottom perimeter to support the side edging. 1x3 wood was used to secure the legs.
Everything was nailed and glued into place. A thin 3/8" balsa wood strip was paced
around the perimeter on top of the MDF for the Plexiglas cover to sit on and hold the
base plates in place. The edging around the perimeter extends up 1/4" to hold the future
Use Lego Bricks to set the base plate spacing prior to taking measurements for your
table. Remember that the white gate protrudes on both sides. The LDD model takes this
into account so that the gate does not extend beyond the base plates.
Note that the base plates extending past the set will need to be cut to fit:
The remaining pages are screen snapshots of various sections of the set. You do not
need to build in the order they are presented. I would recommend starting with the gate
first. Review parts availability from Lego, Bricklink, etc. and make any necessary
adjustments prior to ordering.
Have fun building!!! - Jeff