For my next project I thought Id do something a little different. Usually when I post something it is mostly completed, but this time I wanted to share the progress of a much larger scale project from its beginnings. For this new endeavor I have chosen an under-represented class of ship in the Lego world, a third rate ship-of-the-line. After extensive research and planning, I began toying with ideas in LDD. This was really my first time using LDD to mock up a real build, mainly because the bricklink orders needed to be more or less precise to make it reasonably affordable. I focused more on size and shape than detail, I find it much easier to add detail in real brick than LDD. Here's what I came up with:
This project will be entirely brick-built, using no prefab hull sections, brick-built cannon, and new levels of detail and realism than Ive achieved so far in Pickle or Praetorian. It is not minifig scale (even though it's 24 studs wide) but by moving away from hull sections the shape is much easier to get in proportion. She will be built from the waterline rather than a full hull, the reason for this will be revealed much later
Heres a top view:
The hull will be made in sections, consisting of the foc'sle, mid-ship, and quarterdeck. The cabin section and stern will also be removable and is one section I haven't fully conceptualized yet. Heres the foc'sle detatched:
The interior will be fully finished, with at least 64 brick built cannon (I have 22 built so far) and will comfortably fit a minifig standing up. The technique on the tumblehome uses standard 1x2 hinges (over 200 of them!) instead of hinge plates to get the right shape:
My first parts order arrived earlier this month. As I begin the actual build I will post progress updates in this thread, culminating hopefully in a very large, one of a kind battleship:
Here's the Flickr gallery for this project. Stay tuned, any helpful comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated as this ship takes shape!
Dread Pirate Wesley
Edited by Dread Pirate Wesley, 01 May 2011 - 12:13 AM.