rock raider

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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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    [WIP] Iron hooks re-crewtment

    Your color scheme is fantastic. Those colors really complement each other and really make the ship pop. Have you considered using the medium nougat hull pieces from the bowser's airship? I'm curious how that might look alongside the rest of the ship.
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    [MOC] Whale Rock Outpost...

    Lovely fort and a well presented story. I love how quickly they all come to accept the the skeletons aren't just going to sit around all day doing nothing.
  4. I love it. It fits in surprisingly well with the pirate island scenery.
  5. 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?
  6. Did you print that goblet yourself? I think it is so cool and now want one.
  7. 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)

    This has been my Quarantine project for the past few months and, now that I'm going back to work full time, I probably won't have much time to finish it soon. It's getting close though so I thought I'd post it. Without further ado, my first frigate. HMS BIRCH EDIT: 1st Update EDIT: Final Update All of the deck can be removed to see the gun deck And the helm works! I'm pretty proud of the rope system that I was able to implement that works just like the real steering systems of the time. Clicking on the above picture will take you to the video of it working on my Flickr Thanks for viewing. As always, comments and constructive criticism are welcome. Since this is my first ship of this size and I plan to finish and re-work some parts, I welcome any suggestions.
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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.
  15. 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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    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
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    [MOC] Under Jolly Roger! Estrella - Frigate

    Must have missed this when you first posted it. Lovey ship, I especially like the shaping of the stern cabin. I hope to see it "in the brick" one day.
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    [MOC] HMS BIRCH (Update: Complete)

    As requested, here are some in progress shots that show the internal structure and some features I didn't highlight before. Here you can see the spine, kind of an internal keel between the base and the gundeck. The spine, gundeck and lower hull provide almost all of the longitudinal strength for this model. You can also see the pulley system I used for the working steering, part of the capstan inner workings, and how I achieved the half stud offset for the deck using 1x3 double jumper plates. I later added a small hold to use a bit of the wasted space below the gundeck. Here she is being outfitted with guns and supplies. You can see how the bitt is set up for mooring the ship. I only show one line but the ship can be moored with two spring lines, an aft breast line and, with some creativity, a forward breast line.
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    [MOC] HMS BIRCH (Update: Complete)

    It is almost done. I've been splitting time between finishing it and working on my next ship but, rest assured, I will post final pictures here once it's ready. As far as instructions go, I don't think I will go to the effort to make instructions for this, though I could post some of my "in progress" pictures to show how it went together.
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    [MOD] Renegade runner

    I really like the cannons. I have been using a cannon with the same towball pin/head/fez combination but my carriages are somewhat lacking; usually just an Erling in between the breech and chase. I will have to steal this idea. Have you had any trouble getting the pins to stay all the way in the head? I've noticed that mine tend to be loose and show a slight gap.
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    [MOC] Passing on the Family Sword

    Lovely scene! I have been hoping to make an 18th century military ball or party for a while and have been frustrated by the lack of appropriate dresses and, Judging by the fact that all of your ladies share similar tastes, I would guess that you have too. I also love the office and especially the clock. Where did you get the floor tiles?
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    [MOC] Out On Patrol

    Lovely scene. I like the path. Is that cannon black?