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Imperial Star Destroyer Avenger

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Captain_Needa avatar Captain_Needa
Level 19 : Journeyman Miner
You may visit this build at server: Cubeville.org

About this project:

When I first read about Minecraft and the sheer level and freedom of the creativity it allowed, I bought the game and created an account with one goal in mind. That goal was to build a to scale model of a Star Destroyer and in fact is the reason I chose the name Captain_Needa. Lorth Needa is the captain of the Avenger and in my mind one of the only memorable ones from the original Star Wars trilogy. So I chose that name and began looking for servers to build it in. That's when I landed on Cubeville, and after almost being banned the first time I logged in by throwing wool at phanku repeatedly, began biding my time.

I soon came to realize that my dream of a scale Star Destroyer was impossible to build in Minecraft due to the 128 meter build height limit and the ImpStar Deuce is roughly four times that tall at its highest point. Nevertheless, I continued on with my plan and determined that the largest scale I could build it would be 1/4 the actual size. Even then it is a daunting 400 meters long, 120 meters tall, and 250 meters wide. I would like to note here that the hull of the ship is all hand placed blocks. They were spawned items of course. In fact, around 75% of the black wool, glowstone, and dirt that makes up the exterior shell is hand placed spawned items. You may think that is cheating but I can assure you that all it did was make this ship go from "impossible" to "possible" to build. The giant hole in the ground in which the build sits, roughly 25% of the materials that went into the box around that hole, and some of the interior parts of the ship were world edited in the interest of time.

After searching google far and wide I gathered the required pictures and technical data to scale several pictures off on a grid. From there, I plotted major hull points in 3D and entered them into a spreadsheet to be manipulated to fit the location of the build. After laying down the points at the build site, and a whole lot of trial and error, it became as simple as connect the dots. Only most of the time the dots had to be moved a few meters this way or that because of the difficulty of the picture/grid scaling method I used. Overall, as you can see from the pictures the Star Destroyer is very true to form and I am very pleased at how the exterior hull turned out.

I knew from the beginning that the only thing that would make this build stand out from other Star Destroyers in Minecraft was to create a build that a player could immerse themselves in. Afterall, a Star Destroyer just seems out of place laying in a giant dirt box. So I lined my giant dirt box with black wool and glowstone to give it the appearance of space. The effect is a complimentary environment for this build that I have yet to see elsewhere. But that wasn't enough. I also wanted the player to be able to go inside and walk the halls of the Avenger. To stand on the bridge and look out over the bow. This is where a challenging build became even more challenging. The reason for this is two-fold really. On one hand, my Avenger is 1/4 scale and in order for the interior spaces to be detailed enough for a player to recognize anything they would have to remain full scale at least. The challenge there is in creating those spaces in a way that tricks the player into believing they are experiencing a full scale build. And on the other hand, pictures and descriptions of the interior areas of Star Destroyers is lacking. That meant I had to use a little artistic license when creating these spaces. I won't be surprised if some players remark that "this area" or "that thing" are "not accurate to this <insert offbeat comic picture/novel description/George Lucas' roommate's maid's kid-brother> description of it." Well, I'm ok with that. I set out to recreate what I felt was a 70's sci-fi space ship interior and feel like I nailed it.

Even at this stage this project is not entirely complete. I fear that it may never be complete actually. I will always think of this or that to add to it. In face, I still have a long list of exterior and interior detail to add that will take probably take me more time than we have before Minecraft 2 comes out. But it is more than complete enough for others to find more enjoyment in it than I do at this point so I am opening it to all to visit and explore.

You may access this build through the portal behind the city hall at the spawn through either the TIE/sh shuttle or Lambda shuttle located on top of the Imperial landing platform. Damage inside the build is turned off so don't be afraid of falling to your death. You will also need three mods in order to properly view it as you see in the pictures above. One is an extended render distance mod. This will tax your computer to its limit. Next is a no clouds mod. Sure you can pretend they are space dust clouds or something but they ruin the view. Last is a no void fog mod. Notch really screwed me and anyone else who has ever built something near bedrock by including void fog in 1.8. It makes it difficult to view the build from the floor and some of the interior areas. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

Build Technical Specs:

I will update these as I can.

Length bow to stern: 425
Height radar dome to lower stern: 117
Width port wedge tip to starboard wedge tip: 250
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Star Destroyer resources:


Technical commentary and actual model pictures



Phanku - Allowed me to have the land to build it on and a server to build it in.
Goalieguy6 - Spent an evening world editing a huge hole into the ground on that land.
Inutterable - World edited the stars to perfection and they look amazing.
ShadowGator - World edited some of the more tedious areas of the shell and saved my sanity.
Indras - Helped to finish world editing the giant hole and some of the black wool of the exterior shell.
Firesnuke - Helped hand place much of the wool, glowstone, and dirt of the exterior shell. Also the lighting
of the exterior hull.
Sqweexv - Placed a large number of the exterior hull lighting.
Megalomania21 - Built the engine thrusters.
And many more that I am sure I am forgetting.

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07/31/2014 3:15 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Engineer
FirmusPiett avatar
Really impressive. Any chance of a download?
11/07/2012 12:34 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Engineer
matioshka avatar
Wow, nice. I like how you haven't made it so lavishly massive that walking around it would be impractical. Size, after all, isn't everything. When it comes to the finer points of Star Wars i'm a bit of a layman, but as far as my knowledge goes this is just about as good as it gets when it comes to shape.
Can we see some more interior shots, and maybe a cutaway? Please?
07/08/2012 3:16 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
DogOfMine avatar
What is the height of a full size Imperial-I class if you know?
12/06/2011 5:43 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
SparkleHoof avatar
i would actually pay for somthing like this! spectacular job!
11/28/2011 2:14 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Architect
AlonelyPixelTV avatar
Download, Please? I NEED THIS !!! :D
11/27/2011 12:35 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Blob-Blob avatar
ive been on the website but can't get on can you help
11/11/2011 4:01 am
Level 1 : New Miner
xminecraft12x avatar
hi guys i am new can i join too
11/05/2011 11:48 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
GoalieGuy6 avatar
Never suspected whatever was gonna get built in that giant hole would be this epic.
11/02/2011 3:53 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
SashaKuroi avatar
Truly EPIC build. To visit cubeville and actually see for yourself it go to:
cubeville.org then walk behind city hall and the loading platforms right there. I love walking around and looking at it from the stars. So awesome.
10/30/2011 1:29 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Architect
flobbernoggin avatar
Mcedit schematics ?
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