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  1. For my upcoming Aquazone project, I built a small submersible for the Aquanauts faction. It is intended to be a multipurpose utility submersible, short to medium range, operated by a single Aquanaut and space for one passenger. Specifications are as follows: Powerplant: Four 6.5 kAh Hydrogen fuel cells Propulsion: Single propellor, dual maneuvering pump-jets, max speed: 30 knots Communications: Dual Enhanced UHF antennae, dual short-range VLF voice comm antennae Armaments: Dual harpoon launchers Oxygen supply: 60,000 liters of compressed air, redundant dual 20 m3/hour carbon scrubbers The submersible (though technically almost a submarine) in all its glory. Three powerfull LED-lamps provide ample lighting for navigating around the seabed. The propulsion system, fast but not very silent. But it's not meant to be stealth anyway. The trans-neon antennae are a piece of revolutionary sci-fi technology that allows high-bandwith communication over long distances, something that's impossible in current era submarines. Basically it's like underwater 4G with a 300 kilometer range from the cell tower. And the bill being paid by the Aquanaut admiralty. Sweet. Top hatch, for use when the sub is surfaced only, for obvious reasons. It even features a small window with electrical defogger! Emergency escape hatches, operated via explosive bolts. Be sure to put on a diving suit first though! Also, it's for easy playability access. Clearly visible are a tool clip, a control panel, and the diving hatch. It can even hold an Aquanaut diving suit and the doors will close just fine. The diving hatch, technically it doesn't fit a minifig but oh well. This deep in the ocean, pressure inside the cabin would have to be very high to stop water flowing into the sub, but minifigs are tough! Try smacking one with your hand as it's laying on the table, you'll get my point. The pilot, operating the sub via dual joysticks. The harpoons are laserguided, and have an optional explosive tip. But surely, there's nothing to fear in the deep seas except maybe huge sharks, giant squids, and competing factions, right? Since the yellow numbered tile is available 1 through 4, I built four identical subs. They're multipurpose anyway, and there's a lot of work to be done for these fellows, and a lot of stuff to be built! Additional pictures in the Brickshelf gallery (when it's public) http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=561086 Thanks for viewing, more aquazone builds will follow!
  2. If you're anything like me, you were probably struck with awe when the 1995 Lego catalogue hit the stores. The Aquazone theme was something different entirely, and the diorama pictured was totally awesome. A whole new world opened up for us legomaniacs, literally! Arguably the most realistic, and in my mind the coolest submarine was the cargo sub that came with the 6195 Neptune Discovery Lab. Of course, at the time I never actually owned the set. But now I do, and after building the little sub I was a little disappointed, because it only looked good from several angles. From the pictures in the catalogue, I somehow imagined it being much, much beefier. So I set about building an improved version, another vessel for my Aquazone project. It serves as a medium range cargo sub, features a long-range com antenna, storage bay that doubles as airlock, redundant air-supply systems for those extended trips, electromagnetic container hook-up crane, dual harpoon launchers, and ofcourse aquazone-mandatory magnet & gripper arms. I tried to remain close to the design of the original 6195 sub. The yellow flags that probably functioned as hydroplanes were copied, as was the "pontoon" layout on the underside of the craft. The main prop located higher up on the sub, two manuevering pump-jets on the sides, just like the original. The dark grey clips that hold the yellow flex hose have since been replaced by black ones. Inside the cabin, a seat for the pilot with steering controls, and one for an engineer with joystick controls for the manipulator arms. Behind them, a torch and pire extinguisher, and the airlock door to the cargo bay. The cabin will fit three minifigs comfortably, altough the rear crewman actually has to remain standing during the entire trip. Or, he could just go lie down in the spacious cargo hold. The cargo bay, big enought to even carry one of the cargo containers used by my Aquanauts. Although, that's what the extending magnetic crane on the back is for. Hydrogen refueling in progress. The container has a hydrolator crystal powered electrolysis device, which generates hydrogen from seawater. Hydrogen is then used in the subs fuel cells. Larger submarines actually have these devices built in. With the huge power durability of the crystals, these submarines would be analogue to present-day nuclear submarines. Ofcourse, radioactive isotopes and hydrocarbons for fuels are a thing of the past in the aquazone. A side by side comparison of the two cargo subs. My version is just a couple studs longer but probably has four times the cargo capacity. Overall, I think it would be instantly recognisable for anyone who owns the 6195 set. I did replace the neon orange lamps with regular lamps on the 6195 sub in the photo however. More pics on the Brickshelf, and more Aquazone moc's coming in the future! Thanks for viewing, and please consider building and posting more underwater ceations in the Action and Adventure forum!
  3. It's been a while since I've been on Eurobricks, but as you know, after some months on non-Lego duties and interests, at some point the itching becomes unbearable... So picking up where I've left off, I present to you another Aquazone MOC in the underwater quest for hydrolator crystals: The Hydrolator Recovery Vehicle / Submarine Terrain Recon (HRV/STR) It is of course heavily based on one of my favourite Lego sets ever released. Now, why would you drive a lumbering vehicle over the ocean floor when a submersible would be infinitly more swift and practical? Because Lego Aquazone, that's why! Its role is to provide a long range mobile base of operations for the recovery of the much sought-after Hydrolator Crystals. It has long-range communication capabilities, a submersible docking platform, armaments, and carries two multipurpose container units. The Utility Sub firmly locked in place on its platform. An Aquanaut can enter and exit the sub through the airlock. The cabin opens up to allow placement of the captain, pilot, and engineer. Guided harpoons offer defensive capabilities. The sonar/underwater-lidar array keeps the window in place and is used to steer the vehicle, exactly like in the original set. The airlock door at the rear of the vehicle. The lower pair of propellors offer additional thrust, the top one is actually the sub's prop. Notice the license plate, gotta have that valid registration for those bureaucrats at the Aquanaut admiralty! The container units are interchangeable and fulfill different roles supporting the Aquanauts. On this expedition, they equipped themselves with a maintenance unit and an armoury unit. The armoury especially is very neat, the speargun rack folds nealty into the container. First rule of Aquanaut admiralty spending: Why build just one when you can build two for twice the costs? More Aquazone mocs to come, and more pics in the brickshelf!
  4. As you might have guessed from my previous Aquazone moc I'm putting together an Aquazone world, and what is this 1995 Lego theme without the eternal bad guys - the sneaky, stealthy Aquasharks? The "Spurdog" Fast Attack Submarine - A mobile base of operation with ample offensive capabilities. Powerplant: 35000 kW Hydrolator Crystal powergenerator Armaments: 2x harpoon launchers, 2x Mk 71 torpedo launchers Oxygen supply: Mk 4 artificial gill system and redundant CO2 scrubbers Complement: 5 to 10 Like its real-life counterpart, the jointed frame allows for superb maneuverability, though unlike its counterpart it is not used for propulsion. This single hybrid pump-jet propellor pushes the sleek submarine along at a speed of 45 knots, max. Obviously, I had to incorporate the Aquashark cockpit piece in the build, but it's designed for smaller craft. This solution works rather well. The crew is pulling 16-hour shifts, and the bloody espresso machine still hasn't been fixed! Oh well, maybe they'll snatch one off an Aquanaut sub sometime soon. Gullwing doors for playability access to the crew quarters. The action on these doors turned out perfect. Various hatches provide airlock access for the Aquashark divers. Does this submarine look somewhat modular to you? Is it? Of course it is! Can the sections be rearranged? Of course they can! The submarine still looks sleek, and the separate module acts as a small stationary base. Inside it are storage containers, diving gear, a maintenance station and diving pools... ...which also allow access to the two modified Aquashark Scouts and extra scooters. This sub has everything you need for those oldschool Aquashark raiding actions! More pics in the Brickshelf folder (when public). Thanks for now, more Aquazone to come!
  5. Lego Atlantis. Released after the 1995 Aquazone theme, but set somewhere before the Aquazone theme, this 2010 underwater action theme revolved around a team of daring scientists and adventurers, searching for the lost city of Atlantis. Their main submarine was the 8075 Neptune Carrier. A very cool set, loaded with play features, such as a small rover and detachable minisub. But the major flaw, that you can really only partially blame on the design team, is that the interior of the submarine only seats one single minifig. This is their main submarine, mind you! So, I set out to build a better version, and have it take a place in my Aquazone project. The idea would be, that this submarine is a former military sub, refitted for civilian use and sold off to an adventurous group searching for a lost underwater city. As such, it has been around for a while and is actually quite an outdated machine in the sci-fi Aquazone universe. I present to you the Technical specifications: Powerplant: 73000 HP Hydrolator Crystal powered turbine reactor Propuslion: Twin hybrid pump-jets, additional dual maneuvering pump-jets Top speed: 40 knots Armament: Dual torpedo tubes, storage for up to six Mk 59 torpedoes Oxygen supply: Dual redundant Mk 2 artificial gill system Crew complement: 10 to 16 The design is somewhat classic, reminiscent perhaps of a nuclear powered submarine (which it actually used to be, before the conversion some years ago to the hydrolator crystal powerplant). The additional thrusters and hydroplanes provide for ample maneuverability. Main pump-jets.. ...that actually steer left and right. This thing is actually four studs short of the magic one hundred. But, it does come with interior, because after all, you need a place to eat, sleep and relax. If Lego sets can't have that, AFOL creations should. From left to right: Torpedo room, control room, laboratory/EVA room, crew quarters, sanitary facilities/engine room (imaginary, gotta cut some corners sometimes) "Wait, did you say torpedo room? But you said the submarine was converted to civilian use!" Yes, well, these guys are proper rednecks. If you buy a piece of disabled military hardware, you enable it. Gun law enforcement is a joke in the Aquazone world. "Load torpedo tube one!" A torpedo is lifted using the overhead crane, and swung into the tube. These torpedoes are quite large, they require two crewmembers to load 'em. "Open tube one outer door!" "Tube one, fire!" (insert your best torpedo launch mimicking sound here) Notice the flick-fire missiles, as these were an integral part of the Atlantis theme I was obliged to incorporate them somewhere, but they're just for show. The control room. Visible in the front are the steering and weapons stations, and in the background, sonar. Captain Blackpool checking the plotted course on the digital navigation chart. Behind him is the ladder leading up to the conning tower. Up the ladder, through the hatch, you can access the observation platform. The conning tower also features the sub's communication arrays and an airlock. The lab, where reasearcher and crew physician dr. McEwan is studying one of the mysterious Atlantis maps. The EVA lockers and equipment, and the hatch leading to the detachable utility-sub (more on that later). The crew quarters, with bunk beds, dinnertable and small kitchen. In the rear, the door leading to the aft compartments. The lower deck has the rover bay in front of the ship, and a small observation room in the rear. Just like the original "Mk.I" set, this sub has an extra sub and a small car. The front of the submarine hinges open when the sub is perched on the seabed, allowing the rover to be driven out. The rover bay also functions as an airlock. The rover has storage for flippers under the bonnet (or hood), spearguns, a spacious boot (or trunk), windshield, and even a license plate! The utility sub, connected with magnets, and accessible via the hatch in the EVA room. The sub has its own airlock and even has space for a diving suit. "Let's go find this lost city!" More pictures in the brickshelf folder (when public), and more Aquazone mocs to come!
  6. Well, I'm always tempted to overdo the greebling so I purposely left the sides of the cargohold plain. It's intended to be the cargo hold anyway, there's presumably not going to be much machinery in that part of the hull. That, and it's slightly more true to the original sub that way. The only significant disadvantage is that slight colour differences in yellow Lego bricks will stand out more. It appears yellow colour consistency is suffering a lot from the new production methods, something that might become a problem in my larger Aquazone builds later on...
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    Storage and Sorting LEGO

    There's been a topic about that question here. The general consensus seems to be, that your bricks will be fine. Not quite sure if the bricks being enclosed in plastic containers will have any additional impact. (Also, to 95.6 percent of the world population those numbers you mentioned are just silly)
  8. Absolutely fantastic! I'm happy to see another submarine for the Action/Adventure forum! Quite a realistic scifi sub, sleek hull, lots of vents. The contrasting colour for all the hatches is a really nice touch. The interior is really cool, the stretcher as bunk bed is simply brilliant! Wish I'd have thought of that in my Neptune Carrier Mk.II which you should check out if you haven't already I suppose. I'm really looking forward to seeing this built in real bricks, be sure to adjust the lighting for photos because black builds can be a pain to photograph. Curious to the other builds you're planning as well, what will the Confederate colourscheme be like? All in all, I'm reminded about the 1863 Hunley for some reason
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    Oxford World War Series - WWII Planes, Tanks

    These don't look half bad! The "made in Korea" tag is pretty smart, it inspires a lot more confidence. Level of detail is excellent, kill count decals etc. If these are available in Europe I might even be tempted.... It's really too bad TLG is sticking with their "never have, never will" stance on military sets. Evidently there's a market they're wilfully missing out on.
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    [MOC] Truck trailer accident

    Love it! This really reminds me of my youth, when stuff was actually happening in my lego towns. Accidents are never fun, except in lego towns! (I looked in your Flick album, and there's a lot of action in your town!) When I saw the firetruck I immediately knew, this has to be a Dutch firetruck. Great job, very recognisable!
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    Favorite Space Line?

    This is a difficult question! When I was a kid, all new themes were awesome. And now, all those themes conjure up romantic images of my youth. But I do prefer the early civilian, peaceful themes like CS, MTron and Ice Planet. Although, I suppose Blacktron 1 was pretty cool too!
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    Could SLCC someday have Lego exclusives?

    Some people sure do, some people sure don't. I suppose for Lego it's a balance between making money off these pretty-much-guaranteed sales and brand recognisability, and alienating a large group of customers who are unable to obtain their product.
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    The best of the worst Lego Ideas

    This exactly. I always imagine some young kids' parent uploading these to Lego Ideas, or the kid uploading it under supervision of the parent. I understand that these post-babyboom parents feel like they need to encourage their kid at every turn, but I also feel these parents could be a little more realistic and honest with their kids. Their "awesome" design really isn't gonna be made into a set. Maybe somewhere in the process of uploading, the Ideas site should be showing pictures of the successful Ideas sets so far, accompanied by the subliminal message "is your idea really up to these standards?"
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    Pirate theme getting worse

    Much can be said for the latter, but compare the Black Seas Barracuda with the Brick Bounty.... or compare the Eldorado Fortress with the 6242 fort.... yeah I'd say the classics actually were "all that great". (Maybe not filled to the brim with pre-defined play features, but did we really need those when we were kids?) Curious, is there any evidence that TLG would consider these anniversaries is their product line planning? Other than the promotional minifig here and there
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    Donald Trump microphone LEGO remake

    The yellow bricks really ought to be orange... believe me folks. Thing is, like with all Trump things, there's no way to tell if someone is supporting him or just plain making fun of him. But maybe that's for the better, it's a brick forum and not a political one.
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    [INDEX] Ships of BOBS

    I'd like to point out that the Torrent is currently neither licensed nor is Billy the captain. I haven't heard him complain though, sitting here on my desk.
  17. I'd love to contribute to the BrickMania layout, but isn't that for Belug members only?
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    [OL-FB] The Pegasus

    Argh! Great minds evidently think alike! I, too, am building a custom hull cutter, and I, too, was thinking of using that shield and the name Pegasus. Fortunately, I had been composing a list of possible shipnames. But your hull definitely looks nice, I know now how tough that is!
  19. Another fine Corrington national is looking to join the Empire's exploration and expansion effort - William "Daring Billy" Dodger. The son of a respected architect, Billy has recently graduated from the Belson Royal Engineering University, where he was known for his practical jokes and some rather unsuccessful experiments in the development of a safer type of gunpowder. Billy is now pursuing his lifetime dream: a career in the powerfull Corrington Navy. To this end, he has used his professor's connections to get an audience with a renown Navy admiral. "Uhm.. yes... well.. your references are certainly uhm... impressive... uhm.. Well, I suppose I could always use a decent engineer. We're quite short of hands, with everyone in the country losing their bloody minds and heading east to the New World and all... Uhm.. Well... Let me think.... Ah! I think I've got the perfect assigment for you! Follow me to the shipyard." "One of our captains found this ship abandoned and adrift near Tiberia. It's a little banged up and all, but still quite.. uhm.. seaworthy. The shipyard can't keep up with the demand for new ships, so we're refitting this one. You know.. uhm.. the weirdest thing happened, one of the crew that found her almost had his uhm.. foot bitten of by a crocodile that had crawled on board." "What was the ship called, admiral?" "Oh.. uhm.. the Saint Vitus Dance... Our intelligence suggests she was under command of an inexperienced captain by the name of.. uhm.. Croquet.. but never returned from a trade run" "I see" "Bloody Oleon scum with their weird names... But we're renaming her Torrent. I want you to oversee the overhauling. See if you can make this uhm.. primitive piece of crap.. into something worthy of the Corrington navy." "Aye sir!" And so Billy sets of, drawing up plans and overseeing the construction process. And two weeks of hard work later, the Torrent is ready for inspection by the admiral. Billy, however, has a little joke in mind to play on the admiral.... "Well sir, there she is! I made some changes to the rigging as well. The first sea trials were a bit dissapointing though...." "What the?!?!" "Stand still so I can cut off your head! You good for nothing bungler!" "Whaaaa! It's a joke, admiral, it's just a joke!" One beating and two hours reconfiguring the rigging later.... "She's a fine ship Billy, she'll be a fine addition to the merchant fleet. I could use someone like you on the crew!" "Thanks lieutenant.. But I'm not sure the admiral is keen on having me in the Navy though..." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In real life of course, the Torrent and St Vitus Dance are two different builds, but similar enough to conceivably be transformed with some barrels of paint and some minor woodworking. Also, instead of being just a piece of scenery, the Torrent is a sturdy ship with play features, taking me back into my comfort zone. Both the anchor and the tackle are functionial, and can be controlled by either turning the capstan or the little knob at the back of the ship. Switching between the two functions is done by turning the barrel in front of the foremast. Implementing these features in a small prefab hull was a real challenge! Oh, and Lego, could you make those technic 2x8 plates in brown please? She is armed with four 12-pounders, and a large cargo hold, fitting a class 3 trade ship. The sails are waterproof and tearproof paper, so they will probably last me a while. The stern with the dinghy removed. The black gear can be pulled out 2 studs length and then drives the capstan mechanism. The quarter galleries turned out quite nice. I may have to redesign the stairs to the poop deck though. More pics in the Brickshelf gallery! (Edit: typo)
  20. Yeah, Billy might have to try his luck with another admiral of the fleet! But like the admiral said, they can use every capable hand right now, so an opportunity will present itself soon. Yes, placement of the masts is a bit unfortunate, the mainmast might be one or two studs too far forward, and the mizzen mast is way too far back. But, at least it allows for easy playability access to the deck. I'm aware, it is supposed to be a class 3, so while I'm unable to license it right now, I will definitely be licensing it in the future. Right now, it's time to start building a new, smaller ship! After all, Corrington has the best mapmakers in the world!
  21. Joining the Corrington Empire's effort is William "Daring Billy" Dodger His first contribution is helping out in the refitting of a recovered Oleon merchant vessle.
  22. I forgot to mention, the technology for the capstan was stolen from the Oleon shipyards by our Corrington spies (Corries stealing superior technology from Oleon? The world has gone mad!)
  23. [COR-intro] Billy Dodger's first assignment | Pimbo | Corrington (I can't find the option of registering it as an intro build though)
  24. A little weird but very entertaining! Keelhauling whilst beached, I'm having trouble imagining it. You sure put a lot of work in this story! Did I spy a small Team America reference?
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    [INDEX] Ships of BOBS

    Regarding the Unknown Oleon Trade Ship: A little bird told me that, in fact, it was not destroyed, just damaged. The same little bird then continued to tell me, it is actually being refitted presently in a certain nation's shipyard and will be making her return to the Brethren of the Brick Seas soon..... The little bird also complained it had perched on the ship's railing, which was freshly painted, and now the underside of its little feet were red.....