MOC RMS Titanic
Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:28 PM
I've decided, to post a description and building phases of my latest Lego project. But let me start at the begining...
As a small kid, I was the happiest person on Earth when I got a set of Lego bricks. Over the years, I've collected enough bricks to fill a small truck But now, in college, I don't have neither time nor will for assembly. But on the other hand, I've allways wanted to have something big assembled from Lego, something, that I could have displayed on my shelves for a long time. And then, decision was made. Since I'm a fan of steam ships, I've decided to build RMS Titanic...
Work started in LDD program. I've spent around a month to construct a ship that I was fully satisfied with. I was building along real Titanic blueprints, so everything is constructed as close to real ship as possible.
Pics from LDD:
Ship still has old back here:
Construction of new, SNOTed back:
Next thing was to generate a building plan and to get the list of all required bricks. Fortunately, I had just under half of everything allready at home in my big pile of bricks Remaining had to be ordered.
Few days later, last package of bricks arrived. Everything still packed:
And scattered all over the floor:
Finally, construction has begun.
Progress was very slow because of 2 things:
- firstly, LDD isn't exactly the smartest program on Earth, so it has generated building plan starting at the top of the ship After 1200 steps (of 5400 all together) it finally became pleasure to build, because then the building plan became normal (from bottom up). Why is building from up to bottom so bad you may ask? Mostly because lot of bricks are placed into empty space, and only after few steps, the required brick, to hold those in place, is placed. Plus you have to have model turned upside down all the time.
- secondly, because of that many piles on the floor, you can't have all in reach of your hand. So, standing up and sitting down ca. 4577 times per minute is required
Some photos of progress:
And despite everything, I've manage to finish construction. Sign in front of the ship:
Ship from every angle:
The model is built so that it can be transported. It consist of two halves. Everything that needs to be done is to remove one chimney and main cable. This is done within 30 seconds:
And now for some data:
Name: RMS Titanic of the White Star Line company
Length: 217 cm (with base plates), 193 cm (without base plates)
Width: 25,5 cm
Height: 50 cm
Weight: around 15 kg
Number of bricks: a bit over 12000
LDD planning time: around month
Building time: a week (around 50 hours)
Note that everything except long cables is Lego and that nothing is glued!
Well, this is about it. I hope you guys like it.
For the end, let me post a comparison with real ship:
Best regards, NEJC
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:09 PM
The only little thing I see that could have been done better is the angle of the bow, it seems like it's a bit upright and should have been tilted slightly outwards. But that would probably have been a huge undertaking, so I can fully understand why you've left it the way it is. And the whole thing still looks amazing :)
Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:46 PM
Well,I couldn't have build it in any other way, because I didn't have enough bricks at home. But even if I had, I would do it in LDD first probably
Bow is built in the following way: first tower is from 1x1 bricks, second from 2x1 bricks and so on. So I couldn't move upper half of the first tower for a half stud forvard because of the second tower. But even if I could, it would look too much ''broken''. And all Lego slopes have too big inclination. So in this scale, I think it's better to leave it as it is
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:03 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:50 PM
I'll post what my wife thinks tomorrow night......Brick On 'MacGyver' !
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:43 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:59 PM
I hope to see this on the Frontpage of EB soon!
PS let me know if you come to Australia with it. My son and I would love to see this one up close.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:29 AM
For blueprints look here:
under ''resources'' you should find it. Inside the ship are just all colored ordinary bricks for reinforcement...
It depends on scale that you want to do. All scales have their + and -. For example, bigger the scale, easier will be for you to present all details from blueprints. But on the other hand, bigger the scale, more it will cost and harder will be to actually build it.
In my case, I ''copied'' as much as possible and it wasn't really very hard. Little bit time consuming I guess, to get all those lengths right.
My advice for you is that you give it a try. Maybe in LDD first, as in my case, and smaller scale with not so many details. You'll see that feeling, having build something very similar to the real thing, is just great
It would be great to be in the front page some day
Well, my wish certainly is to go to Australia some day, but it won't be possible in near future I'm afraid
best regards, NEJC
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:52 AM
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:29 AM
I thought that some of you may be interested in details. So here are a few pictures of the back of the ship and other details.
Back of the ship without upper piece:
Here you can see how it's built:
In the middle are 1x1 bricks with studs on both sides, then ordinary 1x1 bricks are placed on top. Everything is placed perfectly on tiles below:
and fixed on both ends:
A little bit more at the back:
From the outside you can see the connection:
Back of the ship:
And now some other details.
Here you can see how are masts placed:
Stairway in front of the ship:
Simple construction of the front crane:
Top of the front mast:
And the anchor:
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