This post is a follow-up of my review of 6289/6290 Red Beard Runner. As I have said, there is a lot you can do(moc) about the original build and here we go: my improved Red Beard Runner!
Every last detail on the exterior has been retained while I took some effort to remove the collapsing stern castle and tilting front mast. Now the ship looks and works pretty solid and is by all means another great modular ship from Lego.
Now a bit walkthrough around the ship:
1. The improved version looks exactly the same as the original but I managed to add an overhead rope for improved masts stability.
2. Here goes the ship bow. The nice little handrail is an extension from the original and I put on two black "deck pieces" under it to make the bow feels more streamlined.
3. Take a look at the new mast placement. I add a lower mast base and let it penetrate the upper deck. Now it is much more solid with little effect on the feeling.
4. A closer look at the base of front mast: ultra-firm placement with red color to go with the hull.
5. Let's move on to the stern. The once-cluttered, nonsense cabin is now fully cleaned up to make room for its captain and crew. As you can see, the white arc design on the outer wall was left intact, even the blue wall inside is exactly the same. I yet to make up my mind on how to add a little furniture or make a little cabin door but that's another story.
6. The simplistic cannon rail that I love, I keep them that way.
7. With the front mast now higher, I replaced the original short rigging with the longer ones. The crane is working properly and you may have found that I changed the way of sailing. The original string-hung sail is giving too much creases to the sails and I just want to go with the tradition way.
8. I add a little trapdoor to the cabin floor which now leads to an extra level beneath. This design aims to utilize the space below the cabin which was then used to place the leverage. Now since the leverage is gone, a little storage for the crew. Time to fill it up with Rum and Bacon!
9. The opening cabin walls are also working perfectly on both side.
10. The castle deck piece now can be slided back and forth to reveal the cabin.
11. If you leave the cabin floor open, you can see right through to the storage. I add some barrels in it to represent goodies.
12. Last but not least: the skullhead! This is the best part of the ship and I dare not to dampen it in any way.
13. However, instead of the red tongue/throat inside the mouth. I decide to add a little spice to it and placed a red cannon right in the mouth. Now taste death!
14. BONUS shot: the storage revealed!
Thank you for reading! Any comments?
Edited by Bricverson, 27 September 2011 - 07:10 AM.