Where is home?: Eureka, California
How long have you been collecting Star Wars Lego?: Since July 18th, 2015. I had seen the sets in stores and always liked them, and my wife was always bugging me to get one, but I thought they were too expensive. Then my wife and I went to a wedding and she popped into a Lego store (we don’t have one where we live) and got the Star Destroyer. It was game on after that.
What are your favorite sets?: Anything UCS really. They are just so impressive. I particularly like my SSD. It just screams “LOOK AT HOW LONG I AM!”
Your ships are awesome! Where do you draw your inspiration?: Star Wars (especially the original trilogy) is the easy answer, but mainly it’s just whatever strikes my fancy. The Royal Guard Tie Interceptor was just something I found while poking around online. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to build one. The gunboat was a ship that I always liked from the X-Wing and Tie Fighter PC games and had to have a Lego version. I’m waiting for my next burst of inspiration. Until then I just tinker around on LDD and practice.
How long does it take you from concept to completion?: Once I get the idea that I want to build something it usually happens pretty quick. I usually have the finished product in hand within a few weeks of inspiration. A lot of the time is spent waiting for pieces, especially if there are some weirdo pieces involved and I have to order them from Europe.
How do you source your bricks?: I use a combination of bricklink and brickowl. I feed brickowl my LDD file, it gives me a list of parts and the stores that sell them. I get most of them from whoever has the most at the best price, then I go to bricklink and get whatever is missing. Bricklink has a far superior selection of stores, parts and prices, but the interface is terrible. It reminds me of a website from 1995.
Any advice for those interested in getting into MOC building?: Get Lego Digital Designer (LDD), play with it, learn it, love it, and be prepared to hate it at the same time. It can be frustrating, but it is an amazing tool.