10K Club Interview: Meet Simon Dudley and his Nasa Spacecraft
Kicking off not only a new year, but a brand new decade, it's 10K Club member Simon Dudley (aka Micro_Model_Maker) who has been made a 10K Club member thanks to his product idea Nasa Spacecreaft. Learn all there is to learn about his model right here and be sure to congratulate Simon in the comments down below :)
- Where are you from?
I'm from the United Kingdom
- How old are you?
- What do you study or do for a living?
I’m studying for my masters degree in computer games design.
- What hobbies do you have?
I'm into 3D Printing, design work (Take a look at my portfolio if you'd like), scouting and fencing.
- Do you have a personal portfolio website that you can share with us?
Here's my ArtStation account.
- How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
My interest started with exposure to one of the first LEGO video games - LEGO Island then Racer 1 and 2, then everything changed with the LEGO Star Wars sets in 1999, I can still remember the great tv adverts for that era. Since then I’ve been collecting pretty much all the Star Wars and other scifi/space themes and do not plan on stopping.
- What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?`
Throwing a curve ball here, this is an extremely hard question, I’m torn between my first ever set and the, for nostalgia it will be the first X-Wing, but I thing my favourite set recently is either the huge Hogwarts Castle or the Ultimate Falcon, these two are amongst my top because of the amount of detail and the sheer beauty and design work that went into it.
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
Hmm I’m not sure I have a favorite, I think most parts are needed in some ways when creating a model. I guess I can narrow it down to type of element, it would have to be the tiny detail parts which I use a lot in micro scale buildings.
- Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche for sure, they kicked started a new wave of LEGO NASA sets and did so whilst making a beautiful and detailed set.
- Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
I visit eurobrick every now and again mainly for techniques, I don’t really like looking at other mocs as I like my work to not draw from others’ work.
About Your Project
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
I’ve always loved space and always found the craft to be unique, they look futuristic but also look like they never left the 80s, I looked at some of the past NASA missions and thought it would be interesting to make a set that included some of these missions craft.
- What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
One of the biggest challenges that I’m sure most builders go through is where do I start? after that things went together pretty well, some of the challenge for sure came from trying to capture the detail in such a small scale. The hardest build was the shuttle, in fact it went through about 5 different versions of the course of this project being uploaded, the final version was finished one day before this hit 10k.
- How long did it take to complete the model? Did you finish it fairly quickly, or did it take a long time?
I finished the first version fairly quickly (the one I uploaded) however over the time of the project I rebuilt and upgraded all the builds at least twice.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes – again- and how long did it take?
Unreal to be honest, I’ve seen so many people hit 10k supporters in such small time, I’ve had so many ideas here fail throughout the last two years that id kind of given up hope, in fact I didn’t even check this project for almost a year. Last time I checked it was at 1500, came back here a month ago to see the overwhelming support and praise for this set!
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
Roughly it was 650 (most of these parts come from the bases).
About LEGO Ideas
- Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
I really wish I did, all I can say is just build something you love and put your all into it, and do not give up!
- What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
The NASA Apollo Saturn V.
- What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
The platform is fantastic for aspiring designers, it allows anyone to get feedback and support for their creativity. I also love that it allows people to share their dream set with so many people.
As for tips, I would say make sure you have great looking images and lots of them.