rock raider

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  1. What a bold name! You don't think you're tempting fate just a bit? Most sailors were incredibly superstitious. I really like the flag. Is that printed fabric?
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    [MOC] The treasure..

    Did you print that goblet yourself? I think it is so cool and now want one.
  3. I love it! The Imperial Flagship was one of my favorite sets growing up and you expertly captured the essence of it. You have a nice eye for miniaturizing detail. I like how you replaced the blue lanterns with the space gun piece.
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    [MOC] HMS BIRCH (Update: Complete)

    Thank you! All those knots took many hours but I agree that it was worth it. The rigging is almost fully functional. All the sails can be trimmed and taken in/ furled and the appropriate ones can be reefed. Thanks. One of my favorite parts about being out at sea is seeing dolphins swim alongside your ship. It never gets old so I thought I'd include that in my model.
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    [MOC] HMS BIRCH (Update: Complete)

    It's finished
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    Square Heads Project

    Haha! these are great! That ice cream piece is so perfect for those dresses. what are the green column pieces behind the dresses?
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    [MOC] Pilot Cutter "Lady Felicia"

    Awesome, thanks! Yea, I think smoothing the bottom could be good. I agree that some slopes, particularly the curved kind like 93606 could be really helpful in achieving a sleek hull. I still like the shaping as is though.
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    [MOC] Pilot Cutter "Lady Felicia"

    I love this! Great attention to detail. I would love to see what the hull looks like from underneath.
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    I love the look of this ship. You have some great shaping going on and I really like that you added a full hull to the prefab parts. It looks to me like the bottom addition goes a little deep and is too angular. It doesn't seem to follow the curve established by prefab pieces.
  10. Well I'm excited. I used to tinker with some brickfilming back in the day so I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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    [MOC] HMS BIRCH (Update: Complete)

    Haha I didn't GIVE it to anyone, the redcoats took it and if the bluecoats can, I imagine they will try to take it back. Thank you. I just posted a tutorial on my process for sail making. I hope you find it useful. Thank you, that's one of the parts I'm most satisfied with.
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    Sail Making Tutorial

    I needed to make the final sails for HMS BIRCH so I thought this would be a good opportunity to show my method for sail making. I based this technique on tutorials from this forum as well as some model ship forums along with some of my own intuition and experimentation. This tutorial is for making fairly realistic sails. If you are trying to make sails in the style of official Lego sails, I recommend you check out this topic on reproducing Lego sails from which I took inspiration. To start, make paper templates of the sails you want to make. Then trace them onto your fabric. I'm using calico because it has a natural color, it's thin and is pretty inexpensive. Next, cut out your sails being sure to leave at least half an inch around the edges. This border will allow you to hem the edges later but you want to leave more than your intended hem to account for the fraying of the fabric. Then, using a pencil and a ruler, draw lines to mark where you will sew a stitch to represent the seam between panels of sailcloth. In historical ships, panels were usually between 18 and 42 inches wide depending on what country they were made in the type of sail. I spaced my seams at 3/4 inch for square sails and 1/2 inch for triangular sails. Here is a great reference on sails. Now you can sew the fake seams. The pencil lines make it much easier to sew a straight line and it is very obvious on the final product if your lines aren't parallel. I'm no seamstress but I understand that you should backstitch at the ends of the stitch to prevent it from unraveling. I usually go 1/4 inch past the edge of the sail for this. Now we apply art gesso to slightly stiffen the fabric and prevent further fraying. I applied a mixture of one part gesso to 3 parts water to both sides using a cheap paintbrush. Then hang them up to dry for a few hours. I usually hang them outside but it was cold and rainy. I usually iron the sails briefly to make sure they are flat before proceeding. Then, mark a line 1/4 inch from the edge of the final sail and cut it out. This will be our hemmed edge. Fold over the edge using a ruler. This is your last opportunity to make sure the line is straight. I've noticed that tracing on a flexible fabric can lead to lines that are slightly curved but I don't sweat it because I know I can fix it here. Finally, sew your hem. You can also glue or sew in some string to use as attachment points for your sheets and halyards to make attaching your sails to your ship easier later. And you've done it! Your ships will be the fastest on the seas! Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything is unclear. This is my first time trying to make a tutorial so I hope you find it useful.
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    NONE of the 10K Pirate LEGO Ideas Submissions have been approved!

    Hmm. I find it very interesting why different people support projects. I personally didn't much care for the pirate bay submission but was delighted with what TLG turned it into. I supported the Caribbean Clipper remake with the same assumption; that it would be modified to fit the Lego brand and the final product would be better. On the other hand, some people are outraged that TLG changes the original design at all. Not making a judgment. Just think it's interesting.
  14. This is true, but I can hope. After all, they realized that it was a bad idea to split up the castle and space themes so maybe they also realize that pirates and imperials go together. It's wishful thinking I know but I was really hoping for a worthy opponent for Barracuda bay.
  15. Voted for Pirates (of course), and said I hoped for an imperial fort or frigate. So, we won't know which one won until the set is actually announced right?