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  1. greg3

    [MOC] The Yacht Peggy (version 2)

    I have and they seemed quite impressed… (they’d just held a LEGO minifig treasure hunt across several of their sites and are looking to do more LEGO themed things) I’ve emailed some pics of more of my local builds to them waiting to hear back from them… fingers crossed!
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    [MOC] The Yacht Peggy (version 2)

    That's Castle Rushen (one of the best preserved Medieval castles in Europe... one day I'd like to recreate that in Lego too!) As for The Peggy, I've recently had a tour of the warehouse where she's undergoing conservation and learnt loads about her former owner and took a few photos of the boat ... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Guns Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Original 200 year old decoration!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Masts and spars Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr
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    [MOC] The Yacht Peggy (version 2)

    Here are some links: Wikipedia Entry Info on Peggy’s Conservation and History National Historic Ships UK Entry Plans I used these to help with the build… hope you find them interesting! Cheers
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    [MOC] The Yacht Peggy (version 2)

    Thanks for the comments... glad you like it! It is actually minifig scale - assuming my maths is right!!! (aimed for 1 stud = 1 ft) The real life vessel is only 27ft long, which I think makes its survival after 200 years all the more surprising!! The masts and sails are best guesses based on plans of the boat I found online that were made in the 50's following its rediscovery. One day I'd like to try and do the full hull w/keel, rudder etc but there are lots of tricky curves and angles to get to grips with! (in the meantime I'm looking at using the hull design as the basis for a Congreve Rocket Launching boat!! (or maybe a Victorian Lifeboat)
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    [MOC] The Yacht Peggy (version 2)

    Thanks for the support!! (I think the submission might benefit from some better photos... don't think the current ones are the best) Yep, that's the real life one you've linked to. There's more info here Peggy Link The hull is really sturdy in fact the boat could be called swooshable (especially without the sails... they are a bit heavy to be waving around! I do have plans to use the technique again (I plan on a different colour scheme and I have ideas for other vessels!) so I might create a bit of a tutorial or at least some pics of how it all fits together!
  6.  Hi It's been a while since I've posted anything on EB but thought I'd share the latest version of my 18th century Armed Yacht "Peggy". I posted the first version a while back but have since completely redesigned it. It's inspired by a real life vessel which still still survives here on the Isle of Man... IMG_2384 by g.nat, on Flickr The History Bit The Peggy was built in 1789 for a prominent local businessman and politician, George Quayle, and was originally designed as a small pleasure vessel and racing yacht. As well as 6 oar-ports and a schooner rigged sail plan, she was one of the first vessels to be fitted with sliding keels. These 3 keels could be raised or lowered depending on the conditions to maximise speed and stability. In 1796, Quayle sailed the Peggy over to England, transported her overland, and took part in a regatta on Lake Windermere with great success. During an eventful return journey, he survived a storm thanks to Peggy's sturdy design. In 1802, the Peggy underwent some modifications which saw the sides raised, the oar ports filled in and the sliding keels and associated mechanisms removed. This made the vessel a pure sailing boat, more seaworthy and able to carry a small amount of cargo or passengers. She was also armed with 6 light swivel guns and 2 larger stern chaser cannons. Some people have suggested these changes imply that Quayle was involved in smuggling! (especially as he had a private dock and boat house cellar built into his house!). Although as Quayle was also an officer in the local defence force, and this was at the height of the Napoleonic wars, the armament might have been to provide protection from French privateers. When George Quayle died in 1835, the Peggy was simply bricked up in her boat cellar and forgotten about. Then in 1935, she was rediscovered still in excellent condition along with her masts, spars, guns and even the original sliding keels. In the 1940s/50s Quayle's house became a Nautical Museum with the Peggy in her boat cellar as the centrepiece. The Peggy is currently registered as part of the UK's National Historic Fleet as she is considered to be the oldest surviving schooner rigged vessel, the oldest vessel to have sliding keels and one of the best preserved examples of a non-military 18th century craft. In 2015 the increasing risk of flooding and gradually deteriorating condition of the boat saw the Peggy moved from her home of over 200 years. She was taken to a temperature and humidity controlled facility where modern technology will be used to fully examine and record her structure and stabilise and restore any damage. She is due to return to public view in 2025 but for now, you can view her in LEGO form! Without Sails IMG_2382 by g.nat, on Flickr With Sails IMG_2425 by g.nat, on Flickr Some Close Ups IMG_2415 by g.nat, on Flickr IMG_2412 by g.nat, on Flickr IMG_2409 by g.nat, on Flickr The Crew IMG_2423 by g.nat, on Flickr In Action IMG_2419 by g.nat, on Flickr IMG_2420 by g.nat, on Flickr The Whole Build IMG_2407 by g.nat, on Flickr I'm pretty pleased with how she's ended up but at some point I'll probably redo the colour scheme - this is how she's looked since becoming a museum exhibit (recent research has uncovered her original paint schemes... white and green with a red interior and then all dark tan after 1802) Anyway, I thought I'd put her up on LEGO IDEAS IDEAS link and see what happens!! Any support/comments would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks for looking! SUPPORT NOW 
  7. Hi In recent months, I've started getting back into stargazing and thought I'd see if I could make a working telescope out of LEGO... and this is the result! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Inside the telescope, 2 minifigure magnifying glasses create a magnified and inverted image just like the real thing (just not with quite the same range!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on FlickrThe build also includes a section of “night sky” to explore. This includes a number of celestial bodies, both brick built - including a giant “space turtle” (a nod to the Discworld books) and a lost astronaut (perhaps he's looking for a Spaceship, spaceship SPACESHIP!!!) and some using actual images of astronomical objects (my favourite is Mimas… one of Saturn’s moons that looks like the Death Star “That’s no space station… it’s a moon!”) Untitled by g.nat, on FlickrSo far the MOC has proved a big hit with the children I teach and so I've also decided to post it LEGO Ideas as I think this’d make a nice official LEGO set ( it's great to look at/play with, it's educational and hopefully can inspire people to look at and learn about the actual night sky!) Any support would be greatly appreciated... thanks! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/b1f84187-f371-414a-8f17-9509ed428eec
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    Ballabreek 2021

    Interestingly, comments like this about changes in the real Isle of Man are always popping up in the local media and online forums (and to be honest I often agree with them as I love my history!)... anyway it just goes to show that Ballabreek does mirror real life! Hopefully this week's update will be a bit less "controversial" Today it's the town park that's had a bit of a revamp... new paths/pavements and a good clean! (as part the original layout, some pieces have been there for over 10 years!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The layout of the park has stayed the same but I have relocated the War Memorial here (This was actually it's original spot before it was moved to near the church). Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This has meant moving the "Ballabreek Bricks" sculpture/fountain. The iconic golden bricks symbolise the towns past - referencing the town's gold mine and its name which means "place of the brick" in Manx. (it was the first local settlement to have buildings made of brick rather than stone). Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The fountain takes the place of the sensory garden (which was only ever going to be temporary) and is surrounded by wildflowers part of the town's latest project... BallaBee. To find out more, the news crew are interviewing the president of the town's Beekeeper Association... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr He explains that the aim of the project is to boost the numbers of bees and other pollenating insects in the area by planting a large variety of wild "bee friendly" plants in public spaces. The project will also involve the placing of rooftop beehives on a number of buildings. The first "trail hives" are top of the local grocery shop (which hopes to sell the honey produced by the hives.) but it's hoped that more businesses and homeowners can "bee" persuaded to join the project. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The idea of the "BallaBee Project" was inspired by parts of my local town that have been left to become bee friendly areas. I also wanted to find a use for some of the latest CMF figures (the Ladybird Girl will make an appearance at some point too as the project extends to replacing chemical pesticides with natural predators). Anyway, thanks as always for looking and feel free to comment on what you think of the changes!!
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    Ballabreek 2021

    Today sees the opening of Ballabreek's new skate park.. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Sponsored by the healthy sports drink company "Vita Rush", the park will provide a space for townspeople to show off their tricks and skills using skateboards, bikes, scooters, skates and wheelchairs. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As always, the news team are there to cover the event. Here they're interviewing a spokesperson from the drinks company about why such a facility is so important to the local community. As well as giving predominantly young people somewhere to go, the ramps etc are removable so the area can be set up for as a roller/ice rink or used for music performances and other community events. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr So as you can tell I got the new skate park set and thought it'd fit in perfectly where the church used to be (I've been meaning to get rid of the church for ages as it didn't really fit in with all the other buildings which are modded official sets or have a local theme. It was also too small/cramped to be playable). I also wanted to see the new road parts in person... sadly I was not impressed! They might be ok for starting a new town but to replace all my road baseplates would cost a fortune and there's no curves! One thing I have decided to do is to replace all the old light grey pavements with light blueish grey parts. The old parts are starting to look pretty mucky and I also want to simplify the connections between baseplates to make disassembling the town easier. So far I've just done the immediate area of the skate park but will eventually get the whole town done. Here you can see where the old 9the steps) and new meet... and where the war memorial stood (don't worry - it's just being moved!). I'm hoping to create a ramp to allow wheelchair using minifigs to access the promenade walkway. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks for looking... comments are welcome!
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    Ballabreek 2021

    Well that's been an interesting few weeks!! After 7 months of normality, we were put into a strict 3 week lockdown due to a Covid outbreak at new year. So a combination of having to work from home at very short notice, no local LEGO shopping, very slow delivery from Shop at Home and the fact I'd disassembled the town ready for its first public display (due for next weekend but now sadly postponed to October!) has meant no updates for a while. Fortunately the lockdown has worked and life is back to normal (in real life at least) although Ballabreek is still being put back together but that hasn't stopped its Chinese community celebrating Chinese New Year with a small parade through the town... (luckily my Story of Nian set arrived just in time!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The centrepiece of the parade is a giant animatronic Nian (a legendary beast that is said to have once terrorised Chinese villages) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr According to the legend it was scared away by loud noises, light and red banners so the parade includes people setting off firecrackers and banging pans and cymbals to create noise... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr They also hand out red envelopes containing money... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The parade ends with a fireworks display... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Of course the whole event is being covered by the local news crew... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Anyway, thanks for looking. As always comments are very welcome.... (Hopefully I'll get the rest of the town put back together soon... perhaps with a few changes!!) Well spotted... let's say he was underwater (he had actually fallen down the side of the desk!!)
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    [MOC] Paddle wheel steamer

    Very nice! I especially like the deck seating, the rigging and the way the hull curves out around the paddles. Is it based on an actual vessel? Thanks for sharing.
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    Ballabreek 2021

    Happy New Year to you all! What better way to start 2021 than with a new topic to chart the ongoing lives of the citizens of Ballabreek, my LEGO town (now in its 10th year) This scene is from yesterday when a number of the more adventurous minifigs took part in a "New Year's Day Dip" by jumping into the (freezing cold) sea!! This is based on a number of real life dips that take place locally (not that I took part in any... maybe one year!!) The brave dippers... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As well as a large number of spectators, there's a life guard and medic on hand (just in case!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Fresh from their trip to a Galaxy far, far away (see last year's Ballabreek topic), the local news crew are back and on hand to record the event... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr In they go... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Some dippers think it's only fair that the spectators get wet too... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr So what's 2021 got in store for Ballabreek? Well next month the town will be going on public display at a local "Brick Show" (hopefully!) so at the moment I'm experimenting with how best to disassemble/transport it (which is why this update is so brief and I can't show the rest of the town at the min). Apart from that, who knows what the year will bring us, but these 2 will be there to cover it... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thank for looking - comments are always welcome!!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    Well as 2020 comes to an end there's time for one final update and it's only right to focus on the minifigs who have made it all possible... the local news crew!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This year they've covered it all; floods, fires, community events, strange local customs, business news, heartwarming animal stories, local history, sporting events and of course the impact of the pandemic on this small community. In recognition of their hard work, I've given them the week off and after hearing them say they'd like to spend it "sipping cocktails somewhere hot and sunny" I knew exactly where to send them... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr (Not sure it's quite what they had in mind but at least they won't have to self isolate when they get back so they'll be around to bring us Ballabreek 2021!!) In the meantime here are a few of the times when reporting the news didn't quite go to plan... Rogue waves... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Cheeky children... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr An even cheekier seagull... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr And he didn't stop there... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr And finally the infamous "lens cap incident" Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr So there we have it... Ballabreek 2020 comes to a close. Thanks to everyone who's followed the adventures of my little town this year and I wish you all the best for 2021!!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    Unfortunately I haven't had much "Ballabreek time" recently (as well as being busy at work, I've rediscovered my love of Star Wars so my Lego time has been taken up rebuilding all my old sets from a "galaxy far far away"!!) But there's always time for a quick festive scene.... after an "unusual" year, the locals are having a low key Christmas. Here they're holding a Christmas Eve sing song around the tree... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr And of course, our news crew friends are there to capture the event... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As always, thanks for looking.... and best wishes for the holidays. Screenshot 2020-12-24 at 21.03.07 by g.nat, on Flickr
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    Ballabreek 2020

    As today is Remembrance Sunday, the people of Ballabreek have gathered at the town war memorial to observe a 2 minutes silence... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This year the silence was signalled by the firing of a restored WW1 gun... a QF 13 Pounder Anti-Aircraft gun mounted on a period Thornycroft j-type lorry. (Gun/lorry by Brickmania) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The town mayor, lays a wreath on behalf of the townsfolk... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr And as always, the whole event is covered by the local news crew... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This was a just a quick update to mark Remembrance Sunday (and an opportunity to make use of the Brickmania WW1 Anti-aircraft gun and lorry!) Thanks for looking... comments always welcome.