Hi, folks. I recently completed this Ark play set for my daughter (6), and thought I’d share. More attachments can be found a few posts down. I had a few goals for the project: -Low Cost- The thing is made of cardboard and hot glue, mainly, plus some rare earth magnets, Lego, and other stuff from around the house. -Durability- It is structurally strong and coated in gloss paint and gloss clear coat. -Functionality- Internal spaces are easily accessible, chairs are removable (strong magnets) to accommodate those transformers incapable of sitting (most of them), space for the paper craft Teletraan I, bridge screens with replaceable scenes. Info: -It’s based on the cartoon model for the Ark. -I found out early on that making it curved was going to drive me insane, and so moved to lots of angled surfaces…which was only slightly maddening. -I put the axial trench (taken from several Star Wars ships, naturally) in to break up the hull a bit. -I opted to put the armaments on the fronts of the ‘wings’ rather than on the nose like in MTMTE. I got the idea from the Transformers Ultimate Guide book which had the weapon clusters on the sides. -Computer screens and controls contain a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) references that she will miss, but that we nerds understand (Star Wars diagrams, Battle Beast logo, HAL’s eye, pong, Gobotron, Veritech diagram, Soundwave’s starship plans from the cartoon, more). -My daughter’s collection mainly includes Animated toys (mostly Activators). Much of her collection is actually able to sit in the seats pretty well. The Activators are actually small enough that the ramp could have two lanes. -The roof of the top chamber, bridge, and main section, as well as the back wall are held in place by magnets. The sides open via hinges (large hinges, I know, but I liked the heavy-machinery look they added). The ramp is held in the folded position by magnets. -The ramp looks like it is bending at the middle due to weight, but that’s just how it looks (even without a load). Fully loaded, the ramp looks the same. -The doorways off of the main chamber lead to the side chambers. One leads to the ramp, while the other to a storage space, prison, repair bay, what have you. Shortcomings: -I would have liked to spend more time making the surfaces more plated-looking, but I was using rubber cement to avoid warping. It just doesn’t hold well and is frustrating to work with, for me. The last thing I wanted was a lot of plates falling off when my daughter was trying to play. I did enough plating to give the impression of the way it’s built and that was enough for me. -I would have added more techno-detail to the ship if I had been willing to part with more of my Lego. Again, the minimal additions were enough for me, just breaking up the hull and adding some detail. -The landing gear could have looked a lot cooler, but I didn’t want to mess around with their durability at all. Minor damage or weakness of other parts won’t impact play nearly as much as the thing falling over constantly. They are made from poster-printer paper rolls. The cardboard is like .25” thick. I needed a saw to cut them. They’re heavily glued to 6” of two interior walls as well. I usually carry the ship by one or two of the gear. -Given the materials, it looks a little rough. This doesn’t bother me. The ark, along with almost everything Transformer-built, has always looked rough in the show. The Ark may have been pretty nice when first constructed, but it didn’t stay in mint condition long. Places where the cardboard surface was slightly rough or dented just seemed to fit. If I was making this for myself, I might have taken the time to cover the cardboard with card stock or taken the time/money to build the ship from plastic, but when it comes down to it, I wanted it for my daughter to have fun with, not to be used as a display piece. I would love to see such a thing created, but I’ll have to leave that to you expert modelers out there! Note: Not sure if this should be in Radicons or General TF Discussion. If it needs moved, I apologize, and please do so. Thank you.