Lo var Lachland

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  1. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers

    Appreciate your service. I don't exactly like the thought of the deep ocean but for some reason, ships and naval vessels captivate me. I wish I grew up in the era of Battleships and ten-gun cruisers. Nowadays it's all electronic. I bet for the CIC officer in the Second World War trying to hunt a submarine with just sonar pings and a manual plotting table it was an exciting and heart-pounding experience.
  2. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers

    Both white lights are in accordance with Maritime law, including two red and green lights on either side of the bridge. Thank you for the compliment! Heh, thank you. My specialty is history and naval operations. :)
  3. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers

    Absolutely. I'm currently working on a hospital ship in the same scale. After that I also want to build a battlecruiser. Definitely some more things coming soon, time willing. I am going on a vacation soon so that may disrupt my building process unless I have enough CPU power to run LDD on my laptop, lol.
  4. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers

    Thank you! It's about 1:200/1:125 scale, the size of a LEGO microfig trophy. Thanks P42.
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    Torso and Leg Colours for WW II minifigure

    German Wehrmacht would be best with the olive-green that is included in the Star Wars Endor sets. This is what I believe to be the closest color to the "Feldgrau" uniforms of the period. UK would be as Eggyslav said, most likely the dark sand tan. For the Americans, it depends on the theater. In the Pacific, Marines wore OD green and camouflage, while it was pretty much all tan in Europe.
  6. OSS Tarpons [L45] "Tarpons-class" Light Cruiser Commissioned May 1940, launched September 1941 Armament as launched: 15 152mm main batteries in a 3x3x3x3x3 format with a range of 16 km; 6 total torpedoes in 2 triple MOD 64 launchers with a capable range of over 10 km; 6 .50 AA guns (Increased to ten dual-20mm batteries in addition to .50s) 4 90mm secondary guns for anti-ship defense; 4 90mm anti-submarine depth-charge rocket launchers; two ASW depth-charge stern racks; two ASW depth-charge amidships racks General Information: Top speed 36.2 knots at ahead full, 16 knots astern; Compliment of 552 officers and men Ships in Class: OSS Tarpons: Designed in 1940 as a fast, versatile vessel with the purpose of hunting enemy destroyers and submarines, the Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers featured formidable, fast-firing main armament and strong anti-submarine capability. It was the most widely Oskenian-produced light cruiser of the Second World War, with 17 vessels being launched by the YpaƦpilisa Naval Yard. In 1943 the Tarpons-class were given additional AA armament to contest enemy aircraft and became valuable in escorting allied shipping during the last years of the conflict. With fifteen fast-firing 152mm main guns, the Tarpons could cut down thinly-skinned submarines or destroyers with ease. During its service record, the Tarpons claimed three U-Boat kills, one JU-87 kill, and one German fast E-boat. Post-war, six were given a re-fit and re-commissioned as guided missile cruisers with VLS systems and two main battery guns. The Tarpons and the six other ships that received modernization are planned to be retired in 2030. Above images: OSS Tarpons in her 1943 configuration following the AA refit OSS Rother: In 1963 when conventional methods of naval warfare had been phased out in favor of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and guided missiles, Oskenia was still lagging far behind the rest of the world when it came to naval modernization. The conversions of the Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers proved that Oskenia was still a world naval power. With the complete removal of all previous ordinance, the OSS Rother took on a slicker, cleaner look. The no.3 and no.4 amidships turrets were replaced with a total of 40 missile tubes for the "Phoenix" guided missile and no.1 turret was replaced with a quadruple anti-air missile system. no.2 and no.5 turrets were replaced with single 3-inch gun systems. The two triple-torpedo tubes were replaced in favor of two single guided ASW tubes. In 1981 Oskenia also installed four American-supplied Phalanx CIWS systems and an improved bow sonar bulge. The OSS Rother and her other six ships that received this modernization are still being operated by the Oskenian Navy to this day. The OSS Rother and the five other ships included in the conversion were re-classified as the "Rother-class" Light Guided Missile Cruiser. In the Rother's service life, she aided in middle-eastern support missions and power-projection operations, including multiple humanitarian relief task forces.
  7. Lo var Lachland

    Custom LDD bricks and fixes

    Does anyone know if the .xml file is copy-able over to Mac Computers? I've had conflicting reports from different users I have been conversing with through Discord. I assume the .xml is the same but kept in a different file location. I'm obviously not going to ask for the download file if it doesn't work.
  8. Lo var Lachland

    Post up your vehicles!

    "Sultan" Family of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) Oskenain Army 1986 - Present For years, the Oskenian Armed Forces were on the hunt for a viable LAV for service across the various branches of the country. In 1985 the Army settled on the LAV-20 "Sultan," produced by the Tundra military arms company. The LAV-20 was Oskenia's all-purpose light armored vehicle for all theaters of war. It was equipped with a 20mm chain-fed autocannon and a coaxially-mounted MG, with room for an additional .50 on the turret roof. Equipped on either side of the ERA turret were quadruple smoke-launchers, capable of providing cover for infantry, other armor, or the Sultan itself. Being designed in the mid-1980s, it still retained the airborne identification stripes of red on black to identify the vehicle as friendly to airborne units. This was phased out in 1995. The LAV-20 Block I was capable of reaching a top speed of 60mph on-road and 54mph off-road. It was capable of carrying an infantry squad of 6 soldiers in the rear compartment and was modular enough to make multiple variants depending on the mission at hand. After ten years of service, the Oskenian Ministry of Defense realized they needed an upgrade over the Sultan, which had proved difficult to manage in the middle eastern conflicts of the time. The low ground clearance, underpowered main gun, unreliable engine, and inadequate armor forced the military to focus on advancing the Sultan into the LAV-30, which was introduced in 1997. The new vehicle featured a pneumatic suspension to control the ground clearance of the vehicle, as well as a larger, more advanced main gun with enhanced range and penetration capability. It also introduced Explosive Reactive Armour and HE grills, which increased the survivability of the crew. The driver was given better visibility with the re-location of the side-view mirrors. Even after the Block II vehicle was introduced into the Oskenain Armed Forces, the Military needed a way to repurpose the older hulls and therefore the aging LAV-20 was repurposed as the "Scythe" Mine-clearing vehicle. The Scythe was a modern alternative to the flair-tanks used by Oskenia until the early 21st century to clear landmines and IEDs in combat zones. It was built on the chassis of the LAV-20 but has a removed turret and reinforced armor plating, not to mention high explosive protective grates. This weight brought the vehicle down to a top speed of only 35mph. When the military introduced this vehicle in 1998, they did not expect a service life of over twenty years. Many Scythes are still in service today, providing accurate, efficient ordnance disposal in the Middle East and beyond. The Scythe uses metal roller-balls to dig up and detonate ordinance ahead of advancing troops. The driver is protected by an extra-thick compartment and he sees out of an armored vision system mounted on the roof. It has a crew of only two, the aforementioned driver and a commander. During a NATO military "wargame" operation in 2003, a mock Oskenian mortar unit was outmaneuvered by Finnish forces when the stationary radar-sighting units were destroyed by infantry platoons. Humiliated by this defeat and realizing the importance of mobile radar units to replace the aging towed stations, Oskenia developed the Optical Radar Ordinance Sighting Vehicle, or [OROSV]. Designed to be a self-propelled mortar/artillery sighting vehicle, it found additional work in surface-to-air radar operations and sweeping battlefields for enemy units. With a radar range of 30 miles, the OROSV is parked in a support role and then using IR sights and radar, spots falling ordinance, and reports correction data back to the crew operating the emplacement for follow-up rounds. The OROSV pictured below is painted in the (then) new Alpine Disruptive Camoflague Pattern or ADCP, which was then widely accepted as the universal paint job for all future LAVs. It is also fitted with an extensive anti-high explosive armor grate and side/rear ERA. After extensive conflicts in the Middle East in the 2010s that pushed Oskenian crews to their limits and resulted in the losses of many LAV-30s, Oskenia found insurgent-operated Main Battle Tanks to be formidable adversaries and realized that the Oskenain "Coyote" Main Battle Tank, although more advanced, suffered from a large profile and limited maneuverability. The "Poseidon" was designed to solve this problem. Built as a maneuverable, adaptive gun platform for anti-tank operations, the Poseidon did more than just replace the Coyote. It also replaced older scout tanks. In addition to anti-armor missions, the Poseidon found a niche in an infantry-support role and was used extensively to provide advancing units with cover. The 105mm smoothbore gun is remotely controlled by the commander/gunner, who sits in the hull behind the driver. It is designed to penetrate enemy armor and concrete emplacements. Equipped with advanced explosive reactive armor and a hull that is more resilient to IEDs, the Poseidon is best used as a mid-range support vehicle. The Poseidon has a top speed of 58mph on-road and 54mph offroad. While the Poseidon faired well in operations against light to medium enemy armor, the 105mm gun was still inadequate to deal with Main Battle Tanks at range, and therefore was eventually moved away from AT roles. To solve this problem, the Oskenian military borrowed from the United States and developed a 100mm TOW-like anti-tank rocket mount. The "Reaper" Light Anti-Tank Vehicle-100 (LATV-100) is the fastest variant of the Sultan to date. It can travel at 65mph on-road. Eight 100mm wire-guided projectiles are housed in a rotating, elevating turret above the hull. It has an effective range of 3,500m. Being based on the hull of the Sultan Block II, the LATV-100 has the ability to use pneumatic suspension to both raise and lower the hull per mission requirements. When firing, the hull is lowered as far as possible to increase stability. The suspension allows the Reaper to rise over obstacles and attack targets in an ambush-style when they least expect a strike.
  9. Lo var Lachland

    (MOC) OSS Scimitar, [K09]

    I have a whole history written up. I'm planning on posting some of it in the future along with future builds. In the meantime, check out my Flickr for more builds and Oskenian equipment, including armor.
  10. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Type38 152mm Naval Gun Schematic

    No worries, and thanks! :)
  11. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Type38 152mm Naval Gun Schematic

    I have the build here: OSS Scimitar
  12. Lo var Lachland

    [MOC] Lego Expeditionary Light Tank M8 "Buford" AGS

    Looks like a massive caliber-gun for a light tank. Is it a 105mil?
  13. This is a build I did in LDD and then vectorized. It's a fictional 152mm triple-mounted gun emplacement designed for Oskenain light & heavy cruisers. Deciding to share it here because it's not something you see in LEGO very often and I wanted to get your guys' opinions. Thanks :)
  14. Lo var Lachland

    Operation Valiant Sweep- -1/16/20 - 3/9/20

    Rip, LDD is my life right now lol. Are micro builds considered fair play not just for this OP but for the game in general?
  15. Lo var Lachland

    (MOC) OSS Scimitar, [K09]

    While I work on other ships with much harder, rip-your-hair out hull techniques, I took a break and went back to the basics with the Scimitar. I designed it to have a basic studded bow design built primarily from 1x2 slopes. It took me around a week to complete on and off. Satisfied with the result, I also went on to build a heavy cruiser in the same style. It's not what I'm used to, but certainly is a fun weekend project. The backstory for the "Democratic Dictatorship of Oskenia" goes much more into depth than I care to post on Eurobricks, but in short, it is a Mediterranean-focused country founded in the late 1700s. This ship is one of their escort frigates. OSS Scimitar: "Saber-class Escort Frigate." Commissioned April 1939, launched August 1940. Armament: 8 152mm main batteries in a 3x2x3 format with a range of 16 km; 6 total torpedoes in 4 twin MOD 60 launchers with a capable range of over 10 km; 12 AA batteries ranging from 20mm to 90mm; 4 90mm secondary/AA batteries for anti-ship defense. General Information: top speed of 28 knots at full, 10 knts full-aft; A complement of 454 officers & men. Ships in Class: The OSS Scimitar is an Oskenian Escort Frigate designed in 1940 during the onset of the Second World War. It was designed as a cross between a light cruiser and a destroyer, escorting convoys with depth-charges and high-speed. This particular frigate is painted in a "Nightwatch" disruptive camouflage for night-time operations. The stern of the Scimitar, showing the 152mm triple mount guns and the four twin-mount torpedo tubes, in addition to all three rangefinders, surface radar, twin funnels, turret #2 air-identification paint, and Oskenian flag.