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USS Poseidon - Minifig Scale First Rate Ship of the Line

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On 2/27/2017 at 3:02 PM, kurigan said:

First, let me chime in on praising the quality and intricacy of your rigging so far. Wow, great job mate! 

 

As to the thickness, I was meaning the diameter of the individual strands which make up one of your shrouds. With only your photographcs, and little size reference to go by, it seemed to me that they are only as thick, or maybe a bit thicker than those on my little sloops. Not trying to be a know-it-all, I really can't tell from back here, so I tried to phrase it in a question. I suppose something got lost in translation 

 

Ow I'm not going to be a hypocrite here, I despised backhanded compliments, but I want you (and everyone) to understand, that even though you're doing things differently than I do and making decisions on which I may have gone another way, I respect the effort you're putting into this build. At first I didn't much like this her, but she's grow on me. Perhaps I didn't have faith she'd ever be completed, meeting the ignominious fate so many Lego SoLs meet. In any case I'm really getting behind this and find myself rooting for you to finish her. 

 

Do you have any plans for moving and/or displaying her publically? 

Thanks.  A build like this is a never ending compromise between aesthetics, cost, time, and authenticity. For the lines, I looked at many photographs of the Victory and tried to guestimate the size of the lines in proportion to a person and the Victory and then attempted to proportion that to the size of my ship and a minifig. It's an educated guessing game. The standing rigging is heavier and thicker. The running rigging is lighter and thinner, as I believe it really would be. I mixed it up with about six different thread sizes and colors. As I get further into the rigging it is astonishing how many lines were involved in a ship like this - literally hundreds of different lines between the standing and running rigging. I estimate that I already have over 500 feet of lines in the ship now, and there is a lot more to go.   

As for public displays, we might try to display in the Utah Brickslopes in June (I'm in Utah) or maybe the Utah State Fair. I have spent a lot of time building the structure and installing the rigging in a way that the ship can be separated into three pieces and moved. I certainly hope to see some benefit from that work and effort.

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16 hours ago, shiplover said:

 A build like this is a never ending compromise between aesthetics, cost, time, and authenticity.

You don't have to tell me. I always say "modeling is a series of compromises." The timer says you only have 113 days to get ready. Better get cracking!  :wink:

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Almost done!  After several experiments, I think I have the process for building sails figured out. 95% of the rigging is complete. Three of the furled sails are in place. A few more weeks to finish the sails and all that will be left are the boats and to get the last two hundred of the crew in place. I'll get some updated photos soon.

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"USS" prefix aside, will you be devoting this class to either redcoat or bluecoat facitons?

You could dominate Brethren of the Brick Seas with this bad boy!

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Dang!  I had no idea the official Lego ships were that far off scale.  This is an incredible build! 

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Truly amazing... the built, the rigging, the scale

 

I only hope the chamfer in the ceiling was not fitted out to permit the ship supporting the mast...

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Significant work and effort was put into making the ship so it can be moved. It's movable. I'll show photos of moving at some point. 

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As big as she is, do you need the aid of the sails to move her?

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It's been a busy summer so I haven't made much progress. I have experimented with sails and some sail construction techniques to give a full sail underway look and avoid a droopy flat sail look. I've found the material that I like and built and hung four or five full sails as part of this experiment. As is typical with this ship, all of these have been or will be scrapped and replaced with the final version. But, I think I have finally figured it out now and have an idea for making them work. I'll post some pics soon.   

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