Anders T

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    Cog or Kogge A cog is a type of ship that first appeared in the 10th century, and was widely used from around the 12th century on. Eventually, around the 14th century, the cog reached its structural limits. This model is a somewhat generic version of this ship. However, some features narrows it down to being from around 1300, +-50 years. The ship type was a northern European brake from the sleek Viking ship. The need for spacious and relatively inexpensive ships led to the development of this trader workhorse. Fore and stern castles would be added for defense against pirates, or to enable use of these vessels as warships. It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The model will have the dimensions Length: 68 cm, Height: 75 cm (with stand), Width: 19 cm (Beam) There is approx. 4300 bricks in the model.
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    HMS Surprise

    Thanks man, I know it is not your dreamboat, but doesn’t it rather hit the spot as well. Thanks! Thanks. One of the reasons why I chose to build her back in 2011 (First take on the ship) was because of the abundance of material about her. This is mainly due to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels. After LW19 she was put in boxes. I will do an effort to get some better pictures if/when she is up for another event. Until then we will just have to make do with these. Thus the initial apology and link to better pictures. Yep I also took a whack at improving the pictures before, and decided to leave them as they were.
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    HMS Surprise

    Just browsed through the forum and could not find this anywhere. Think I just forgot to share it. Mentioned her some time ago in the General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread. If she is hiding somewhere in the forum, I do hope someone has the chops to remove this topic. Scale 1:40’ish L: 150 cm B: 26 cm H: 114 Bricks approx. 19300. Looking back at my earlier designs I found that my version of the HMS Surprise, just like the HMS Ontario, was somewhat wanting. This is a model of the HMS Surprise launched as the corvette Unité in 1794. In 1796, The Royal Navy conquered, refitted and renamed her. She later on chased pirates in the Caribbean for several years. The ship plays a central role in the Aubery-Maturin stories. This includes the movie from 2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The HMS Rose, which was later, renamed HMS Surprise, plays the “role” as HMS Surprise. Neat, but somewhat confusing. Being notoriously bad at taking photos of my creations there is some Renders below, these are also in the General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread. …but you need to look at the LDD file to get a view of the details of the creation. Find it at MOCPAGES She has been on display at LW Copenhagen 2019. A Swedish AFOL has taken some fine Pictures from the event on this link. Hope it is ok that I link to this There are also some more photos including WIP at my Flickr page.
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    [WIP] - HMS Providence - 34 gun frigate

    You are right to assume, that you cannot just build along as if it was a house. PARTS: A ship this size is quite heavy. First, I would recommend dividing it into parts. I usually divide my ships in a lower and upper hull. This means that the lower hull is all about strength and that the upper hull has a flat bottom. This is a great advantage when you work on the different details. On a ship of this length, I would also consider dividing the upper hull into two parts. (Aft and fore) LOWER HULL The lower hull needs to be just as strong, if not stronger, than if it was a prefab hull. The exact structure depends on how the orientation of the pieces that make up the hull shape is oriented. From what I can see you have (wisely) limited yourself to a mainly sideways orientation. I would recommend overlapping plates and a square grid-structure. You could use technic-connections, but have never used it on a lower hull. The bow and the stern present a special challenge. Here is bricks mounted in different orientations to achieve the changes from the general hull shape. UPPER HULL If you decide to leave the upper hull as one piece, you definitely need a technic core to take the moment. (bend and torque) I used a plate of technic beams on HMS Surprise and that worked very well. The bow needs to be especially strong at the points supporting the bowsprit. I usually make a stern that just holds together. It needs to be a splash of intricate designs and it only really has to hold itself. The masts needs to have their base inside the hull. This is to counter the moment. (bend and torque) MASTS AND RIGGING. Be sure that your masts have sticks or technic axels running through most (all) of the structure. Brick-connections won’t cut it. Have your rigging planned before attempting to mount the masts. The main rigging parts is what holds your masts sturdy. AN EXAMPLE On this LDD-file you can see what I consider as one of my more sturdy ship-models. Yep; tooting my own horn! It is an example of the structure of the lower hull as described. I did not have the discipline to stick to one orientation of the lower hull, so you can probably do without most of the mess that I made, especially on the bow and stern. It is also an example of an upper hull. This is only 90 studs long and therefore without a technic core. …And this was another wall of text from Anders T
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    Thanks. You are right most of it could be different. It could be more rounded, higher on the castles… The white bottom could be black. I actually think about doing that on my next design. The brown could also be black or even a dark blue or red. The tanned could be black, darker brown and so on. ... and then I appreciate your conlusion that I was right with my choises. Thanks. I guess you have noticed that I used the pumps that you borrowed from “Imperial Shipyards” Thanks man. I guess that the last few weeks have been quite productive. There is even one more ship on the slipway.
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    Pirate ship bows.

    It all depends on the rest of the ship.
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    Thanks. I have to remember to post some pictures when I get around to building it. Thanks must be quite funny to see one of your national treasures made by some random foreigner. Hope I am not embarrassingly far away from how it should be.
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    The Carrack, Caravela, Nau, Nao, Neef or Kraak. The ship type was all the rage in the 15th century. It was important for me that it seemed like a reasonable evolvement of the cog, and as a precursor for the galleon, being closer to the latter. Trying to avoid the most out there designs of this type; I have mainly used different plans for the Santa Maria and a great deal of sense. It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The model will have the dimensions Length: 85 cm, Height: 75 cm (with stand), Width: 23 cm (Beam) There is approx. 6400 bricks in the model.
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    The white dove pirate boat

    As a first ship, this is quite nice. You have a lot going on here: Hull, with a sideways “snot” idea as well as some twisted brick action going on. Custom guns, to fit the size of your ship. Brickbuilt mast, with sails and rigging. Very cool indeed.
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    Thanks Nice that you notice the difference between the stern and bow, as the techniques used are not at all the same.
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    Caravel 15th century Not likely to be a pirate ship, but the European overseas empires would not have existed without this ship, and therefore no Caribbean pirates. The caravel was a small, highly maneuverable ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. The lateen sails gave it speed and the capacity for sailing windward (beating). Caravels were used by the Portuguese and Castilians (Spain) for the oceanic exploration voyages during the 15th and 16th centuries. With a length of almost 14 m (scaled) the design resembles caravels of the same size as Niña(Santa Clara) and Pinta from the 1492 quest for Asia. It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The model will have the dimensions Length: 40 cm, Height: 45 cm (with stand), Width: 10,5 cm (Beam) There is approx. 1300 bricks in the model. In this digital rendering, I have shown both a lateen rigged and square-rigged version.
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    Thanks, historical and scale accuracy is indeed some of the goals I have in designing ship models such as this one. Reading your comment, I realize that I omitted some information that I usually give at the start of a topic. Therefore, here comes a somewhat late introduction. This model resembles a Byzantine Dromon. It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The model will have the dimension Length: 93 cm, Height: 43 cm (with stand), Width: 37 cm (with oars) There is approx. 4350 bricks in the model. For reference, I have used several models, paintings, drawings and descriptions of the type.
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    [MOC] Pirate ship

    On the initial question regarding the #18653 bow. -Why not sculpt it in other bricks- From what I see, the section is something like seen on the right. On the left, I made a similar shape using tiles, slopes, plates and a #87087 brick (the red one). Though the shape is not as smooth it gives you more flexibility in terms of color.
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    Yes and with some explanation as well. On a Dromon the ram found on earlier galleys was replaced by a ”spear”. On the bow, there was an elevated platform with the weapon known as “greek fire”. Behind the platform is a windlass, which has similar purposes as the (later) capstan. The deckspace below and above the upper and lower rowers respectively, is a grid/lattice. This is makes it possible for the rowing soldiers to coordinate the rowing action. On a sidenote: Galley slaves was a rarity. Not even the Romans used them and not at all on a war galley. Professional rowers or soldiers operated the oars and participated in fighting the enemy when boarding. ...But -Ben Hur-. Yep that is Hollywood for ya. I "knew" about galley slaves before researching the ships as well. Aft. The Dromon looked similar to older galleys. On later Italian style galleys, a rudder would replace the steering oars. The elevated platforms on the side are a distinct dromon feature. Other versions usually have higher platforms or even an elaborate castle centered in the middle. I found that this made the ship potentially very heavy and/or compromising the use of sails. Not really fitting a shiptype named “runner”.
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    Skuldelev Ships

    Still not pirate ships, as such, but some of them could be handy for a bit of raiding. The models resemble five ships from just after 1000 A. D. Viking-age in Scandinavia. They are minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The largest model, Skuldelev 2, will have the dimensions Length: 80 cm, Height: 40 cm (with stand), Width: 10,5 cm The smallest model, Skuldelev 6, will have the dimensions Length: 29 cm, Height: 21,5 cm (with stand), Width: 7 cm There is approx. 4900 bricks in the models combined. With 2100 going to Skuldelev 2, 1100 to skuldelev 1 and 450-700 bricks for each of the other ships. The main source of reference is the The viking Ship Museum: Vikingeskibsmuseet i Roskilde The focus of the museum is a permanent exhibition of the five original Viking ships excavated nearby in 1962. The line drawings and data found at the museum is the basis for the models and the replicas Ottar, The Sea Stallion from Glendalough, Roar Ege, Helge Ask and Kraka Fyr are invaluable source material for the colors and final look. Information about the ships can be found here and at the links found above Skuldelev 1 A “large”cargo vessel (Knarr), 1030 A. D. Skuldelev 2 (and 4, see information) A Warship (Skeid), 1042 A. D. Skuldelev 3 A cargo vessel (Byrding), 1040 A. D. Skuldelev 5 A small warship (Snekkja), 1030 A. D. Skuldelev 6 A fishing boat or small cargo vessel (Ferje), 1030 A. D.