So finally I gathered the parts and time to make a small advance on her… She won't be finished until August, when I have lots of time and available money to buy the required parts. In the next remaining time, due to high-school exams, I won't be very active so don't expect updates.
Basically the hull is finished. It requires around 50 plates to be truly finished but I don't have the slopes in the bow (those blacks are fakes, obviously) so I can't connect it all.
I'm quite happy with my solution for the stern problem. While cb4 offered a clever method for building the bow in general ships his stern in the xebec was very accurate for a xebec but has nothing to do with galleons or frigates, which have the stern "closed". It also allows for a working rudder.
She's becoming quite large (around 80 bricks long) but as is mainly empty space weights only 820g. These photos also show the possibility of building, in the very least, an orlop (though the frame is so colourful and messy that there is no chance to do that in this specific ship). As you can get from the photos she is incredibly strong — I can hold her very easily with one hand without any risks.
I decided to start planning the next building phases. Here I show you my ideas for the rest of the vessel.
The cannon is a 12 powder.
The heavy and ornate stern:
That golden "thing" is a bell. I couldn't (obviously) attach it in LDD, though in reality it will have a proper rope, of course
(the brown slope is a chimney). Also notice the base of the mast, where the rigging will be attached and the side stairs.
At last the masts. I'm using cross-axles (like in the Imperial Flagship) for the top masts, since they exist in brown and have strength and appropriate dimensions.
These LDD photos are just small helpers to let me know precisely which parts I need, so if they are not totally finished is mostly because I only need an idea about the shapes of the things; the details I will work with the bricks in the hands
Edited by Frank Brick Wright, 31 March 2012 - 04:53 PM.
A ship is floating in the harbour now,
The wind is hovering o'er the mountain's brow;
There is a path on the sea's azure floor,
No keel has ever ploughed that path before
(Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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