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General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

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On 12/23/2017 at 3:52 PM, 2maxwell said:

Hey guys, I just ordered a few bearskin hats and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with using them with various backpacks. I never see the combo; do they not fit together?

Are you talking about the ones used on the Royal Guardsman Minifigure? If so, then yes. I've made some Guards/Grenadier soldiers with them, and they fit with the standard backpack. I'll see if I can't get a picture.

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I've been working on a project to help my pretty much non-existent Naval forces. In doing so, I'm in the process of refitting my Brick Bounty as a Redcoat privateer, and I created the below as an interim Bluecoat craft (for context I have about 3 times as many Redcoat sailors). As for my creation, I labeled it a Gunboat, although I don't know if it would qualify as such. I have two main concerns/questions- should I change the mast to the solid mast piece; and would it be better to keep the Gunboat or scrap it for something larger and more substantial (such as a Cutter, or at most a Sloop). I'm unsure, as I think each can be useful; though I do like the idea of a coastal support craft.

 

32849152508_ee1d8c3913.jpgGunboat #1 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

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@CommanderJonny1 Hello and welcome to our pirate's cove :tongue:. Your build is a nice first try and it's your decision should you want to keep this moc of yours or try to build something larger. Regarding the masts of this size, I think brick built ones (with many arts used) look better and having multiples of this piece works wonders. If you have the time, always use rigging (some string and a cloth or paper) as they make vessels look a lot better.

If however you decide to go larger, in my opinion, the first thing you should do is to widen the vessel a bit to make it look more "realistic" (at least in minifig scale).

Anyway, i hope I've been of help to you and as always, keep building!

Edited by blackdeathgr

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Thanks! I'm big in to history, so this goes hand in hand.

9 hours ago, blackdeathgr said:

If you have the time, always use rigging (some string and a cloth or paper) as they make vessels look a lot better.

I have used those strings for rigging, though I admit to it being a bit lacking.

39791802023_9dbf0f9a7e.jpgGunboat #2(R) by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

9 hours ago, blackdeathgr said:

If however you decide to go larger, in my opinion, the first thing you should do is to widen the vessel a bit to make it look more "realistic" (at least in minifig scale).

I did think it was a bit narrow, but I justified it as it being small enough in size; I wanted more than just rowboats. Also, it gives me a nice name (Swordfish), though historically Gunboats were actually numbered. Anyways, thank you for the feedback!

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Soon as the Land Bounty comes out, I might see about making some modifications of it for Lego Pirates, Circa 2015.

 

Or maybe the Dieselnaught.

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WIP of Chapmann no. 18

Chapmann no 18 WIP.lxf

This is eventually going to be the Chapmann no. 18. La Capitana, a row galley from Malta.

She is now at a stage where the model both presents new challenges, especially on the stern castle, and saves me because the design of the actual ship is sensible. She is also somewhat recognizable, therefore this teaser.

The bricks you can see beside the actual hull are measuring guides

 

 

To clarify. The naval architect Fredrik af Chapmann, published the treasure “Architectura Navalis Mercatoria” in 1768.

The book consists of accurate linedrawings of ships from the age of sail.

I have wanted to make some of the ships from Chapmann for quite some time. Made the initial measuring and research for this one about three years ago, and then put her on hold.

At the time, she differed too much from anything I had done before. Now with a bunch of medieval ships under my belt I have confidence to take her on once again.

 

 

As the source material provides the lines, there is no clear source given for the overall look.

Here I will mainly draw inspiration from the larger Spanish galley “Real” the flagship of Don John of Austria in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. As this is only inspiration, I will still consider her the Chapmann no. 18.

Edited by Anders T

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Hey guys! I have a question for anyone who's built a ship with an uninterrupted mast section taller than a 32 axle (~27 bricks) but only using the 2x2 round bricks. Since the 32 axle is the longest made by Lego how do you make sure the mast is strong enough in the area where there's no axle or if using two they both meet? Or is this not a problem once the rigging has been done? Is it possible to source custom made axles greater than 32? Any help is greatly appreciated! Cheers

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Welcome to Eurobricks, @Black Pearl! Having custom rigging really decreases the whole build's fragile spots on the masts and will most likely solve that problem if it's tight enough. Of course, keep in mind that it wont entirely solve your problem, but personally I just leave the top without axle connections because the only hazard to the top is just knocking in to the whole thing or if it's meant for kids more than for collectors. If you wish to go the route of third party items, you can always purchase small metal bars to put through the masts. Personally, what i'd do if it's 59 bricks tall is just use a 32 axle and 16 axle and then leave the top connected normally. The only route I'd advise against for axles is using many small axles to connect the entire thing. I don't generally use size 8's or under as having a bunch can just lead to removing the clutch power of the piece.

Hope this helps!:laugh:

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Hi @The Neighborhood Merchant, Thanks for the welcome and very useful information! Sounds as though it should be strong enough then once the rigging is done. It'll be more aimed as a display model than a play model so hopefully I'll get away with a slightly weaker mast!

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This ship has been in the works for far too long now but it's finally nearing completion so here's a little teaser for you all! :grin:

49156490422_166cbdbf1d_c.jpgNew Ship of the line teaser! by Black Pearl, on Flickr

Extreme bragging rights up for grabs if you can name the ship! Hint: It is fictional but it's not the Black Pearl...

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Maybe it is the blurriness of the picture, but it seems like a ghost ship to me.

I am guessing the Octavius.

Another guess could be the Unicorn, as you say it is a ship of the line, and the Unicorn was based on the fourth ranked Le Brilliant.

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21 hours ago, The Neighborhood Merchant said:

Looking forward to seeing it! It looks like an absolute behemoth from the picture! I have no clue what black fictional ships are out there other than the Pearl. :tongue:

If I revealed the true colours it'd be too easy! :wink:

9 hours ago, Anders T said:

Maybe it is the blurriness of the picture, but it seems like a ghost ship to me.

 

I am guessing the Octavius.

 

Another guess could be the Unicorn, as you say it is a ship of the line, and the Unicorn was based on the fourth ranked Le Brilliant.

 

Not that you need any more bragging rights... :laugh: but you are indeed correct! She's the Unicorn! As a little tidbit, though the Unicorn only has enough armament to be considered a fourth rate and whilst there is indeed a fourth rate named Le Brilliant, I believe she's actually based on the third rate Le Brilliant launched 1690.

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On 12/1/2019 at 1:40 PM, Black Pearl said:

Hey guys! I have a question for anyone who's built a ship with an uninterrupted mast section taller than a 32 axle (~27 bricks) but only using the 2x2 round bricks. Since the 32 axle is the longest made by Lego how do you make sure the mast is strong enough in the area where there's no axle or if using two they both meet? Or is this not a problem once the rigging has been done? Is it possible to source custom made axles greater than 32? Any help is greatly appreciated! Cheers

That teaser looks very sweet :D

My advice concerning the masts is using steel cable 3mm (or whatever is long and 3mm thick). You can cut it the length you want and it is very stable. Especially for a ship the size of that, you can't solely rely on the rigging.

Anyway, good luck with the rigging!

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