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  1. @Count Vroskri Sorry I'm so late in the game, just saw that this post was forgotten... Here are a couple of ideas for 16 wide... 1) Grab a 16 wide premade bow piece (both parts are even available in white white) 2) Get a million hinge plates (you can see a demonstration here... many ship mocs use that bow technique) Good luck! (if you've gone a different route, we'd love to see it!)
  2. @kurigan Wow! Thanks!
  3. @Professor Thaum Thanks for the explanation!
  4. lol, thanks for the replies guys, it's instructions for a model. There are a lot of pages, I'll probably not copy that one and instead go with a more standard looking skylight. Weird thing: now that @Kwatchi mentions it, it really does look like a disguised/styled air conditioner
  5. Hey everyone, I'm working on a frigate based off of l'hermione. Quick question for you guys... What is this?
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    [MOC] Europa

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! @Mister Phes I'll post some pics with minifigs, it may be a while, but I'd like a capstan shot. When I get minifig pics up I'll add some shots of the undercarriage/hull shape joints. @Captain Braunsfeld Rigging. Best advice, is pirate it! (steal copy someone else's) I definitely understand! I try to avoid cutting or coloring. When I was five, I remember putting some tape on a spear to make an axe and drawing a face on a 1x1 brick (since I lost one of my heads). I hated destroying pieces, but there's a little modification in me, so it's fitting that my grandest build (so far ) would include a touch of that. Thanks! I'm glad you appreciated a creative take on the Sea Rats flag!
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    [MOC] Europa

    There are several issues that come with building a Lego ship, but the primary one: smooth hull shape (with curves on three different planes) presents the greatest challenge. Ultimately, every solution to the hull shape problem involves a compromise: some by stressing tiles, others by eliminating one (or more) curve plane, others by creating jagged lines. My design uses mixel joints to create the shape. The sacrifice comes in several gaps. I've used rigid hose and standard rigging to disguise the majority of them. This design has involved several experiments (notably the Spirit of Sir Edward). Modeled after the brig USS Lady Washington: I present the Europa. The rigging: big thanks to @Wellesley. I had no clue where to start, so I just ended up copying what I could from his fantastic Ymir. The front gaps on the hull aren't bad, but still noticeable. Figureheads are one of my favorite aspects of shipbuilding. In mythology, Europa, the mother of King Minos of Crete, was abducted by Zeus who took the form of a white bull. While I tried to avoid modifying bricks in this build, I did paint several. The figurehead has most of the modifications: I painted the hairpiece white. I also removed the head from the horse costume 35704pb01, painted it white, and glued a brickwarriors bull head on top. The rudder can be moved by the tiller. Flags are based on this technique here. Originally, the Europa was going to have 16 guns. To go with her armament, her deck was going to be dark red (to help conceal blood). I scrapped the armament, but kept the dark red. I didn't grab a good picture, but there is a capstan under the lifeboat which does work (raising and lowering the anchors). The bell is a bucket painted pearl gold. No ratlines, I'm not that crazy... even though I catch myself dreaming about trying this technique with a two-decker. Let me know what you think!
  8. Unit name: Type: Heavy Cavalry Uniform description: Dark blue jacket with with lapels and gold trim. Red epaulettes and sash; white trousers. The helmet is steel with iron or leather chinstraps. The crest has a scarlet comb. Polished steel cuirass. Equipment description: Cavalry saber; standard infantry flintlock pistol. Recruitment center: Unit history and description: Campaigns: Motto: More about the unit:
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    The Book on Cuirassiers

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! Good idea! I had a lot of fun putting together the brutal vignette. I saw those on shapeways I think!
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    The Book on Cuirassiers

    I've always been bothered by Lego Cuirassiers... Simply put, I couldn't find a satisfactory set of armor/weaponry for them. I finally settled on using a backwards Lego Roman Centurion helmet which does a decent impression of the French cuirassier helm, chrome silver breastplate, and a cavalry sabre from brickarms. Finally satisfied, here's the 'book' on Napoleonic Cuirassiers CUIRASSIER Cuirassiers were heavy cavalry equipped with cuirass armour and firearms, first appearing in late 15th-century Europe. In the later 17th century, the cuirassier lost his limb armour and subsequently employed only the cuirass and sometimes a helmet. By this time, the sword or sabre had become their primary weapon, pistols being relegated to a secondary function. Cuirassiers achieved increased prominence during the Napoleonic Wars and were last fielded in the opening stages of World War I. Though the armour could not protect against contemporary flintlock musket fire, it could deflect shots fired from long-range, stop ricochets and offer protection from all but very close range pistol fire. More importantly, in an age which saw cavalry used in large numbers, the armour provided excellent protection against the swords and lances of opposing cavalry and against infantry bayonets. It also had some psychological effect for the wearer and the enemy, while it also added weight to a charge, especially in cavalry versus cavalry actions. Napoleonic French cuirasses were originally intended to be proof against three musket shots at close range; however, this was never achieved in practice. The regulations eventually recognised this, and cuirasses were subsequently only expected to be proof against one shot at long range Thanks! You can find a couple more pictures on my flickr
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    Just saw the final design... It’s awesome. The original ideas design reminded me of Fort Legoredo, a great build, but limited as it was mostly minifigures and brown logs. This is much more colorful, new figures, new sails!! and more variety for future builds.
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    [OL - FB] The Mayor's House

    Such a nice clean build. Makes me want to give some colonial architecture a try. Well done! Only suggestion is that with the red as your accent color, I originally thought this was a Corrie build!
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    [MOC] Cedric the Bull's Hideout

    I agree the bulls don’t get enough attention... they’re like a slapdash version of Wolfpack. The underground is great, as is the story... as a child, this set would get serious play. Some suggestions: up the color saturation in your photos, they look a little washed out (probably to get the nice white background). It will help them pop.
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    Pirate Minifigure Frame

    I attached the hand to the back of a 4070 headlight brick.
  15. Amazing work! Professional, exciting, fantastic!!! Gotta say, Sea Rats and Eslandola minifigs are putting the oleander/corries to shame.