MOC Feature: Cowboy Bebop Vehicles

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

It’s been a long time since I’ve started any blog posts, for whatever reason, but I want to start again with the intention to only write about something that I deem worthy of writing about. More quality over quantity.

That said, here is a little post about a Lego MOC I made last year. A micro-scale build of the vehicles from the hit anime series Cowboy Bebop. I love that series and if you appreciate the visual art form, you have to watch this. It unlike any anime before its time and doesn’t seem to follow a script/theme and miss-mashes several ideas into any given episode ranging from martial arts, bounty hunting, space travel, futurism, jazz music, cowboys and pays homage to pop culture icons like Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul Jabbar etc.

Rambling aside, my form of tribute to the show is these three little vehicles and I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. While re-watching the series, I wondered if I could made a small version of Jet Black’s space craft known as the Hammerhead. I sketched it out and I figured the general shape and quickly discovered that I could make it quite nicely. It started from there. Then I wondered if I could make the other two and after much experimentation and buying certain parts from my local store, I made the rest.

 

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Swordfish, my favourite piece

Swordfish, my favourite piece

I learned that micro-scale building is fun but challenging too, to build something right in a confined size takes more work than you think.

As a mentor told me before, start with a sketch and then work your way around that. There is no right or wrong process here, just do what is natural to you.

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