I've been working on the prow and I came to the constatation that the real FD has its keel split in two at the prow, very odd, you can't see it very well because the teeth hides it. There are also two bowsprits (though one of them is broken)... Anyway.
She has now a total length of 129 studs !
which makes her considerably larger than the prototype and generally any other Flying Dutchman creation on the net (which was not my goal but is nice anyway
The upper "jaw" has been installed, I only need to add the "teeth" and modify the shape a bit.
When that's done I can concentrate on the triple cannons.
I'm afraid she's a bit too wide at the triple cannons. It became that wide when I added the "upper jaw"
I might keep it like this though, it will be a lot easier to build the upper decks this way.
The main gun deck
suggested I'm using the decks for extra strength. This means they won't be removeable, which was my original plan for a more accessible interior.
But the extra strength is necessary, Before I attached the mid deck I could not lift the ship without breaking something.
Now I can easely carry it around, it's "swooshable"
There are some weak spots though but I'm sure I can compensate those later when the build advances.
After all the most interesting interior section is the captain's quarters and that one is located on the upper deck so it shouldn't be a problem making that area accessible.
I found out that I'm running short on grey 4x1 plates, very disturbing as I wanted to use those on the "jaws" I have some dark gray plates left but I'm not sure if they would look good on it.
Maybe I'll try tan plates.
And then there's the mast problem, I don't have enough round 2x2 bricks to fully equip the Dutchman and I don't want to demolish my Pearl.
I think I'll have to buy some more parts, the stern will be a piece of art
when finished so naturally I'll invest quite the amount of parts in that section
Edited by Sebeus Iniwum, 20 November 2011 - 02:00 PM.