The Neighborhood Merchant

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    [MOC] The Tubinare, privateering catamaran...

    What a fantastic MOC! All the small details and the beautiful color palette are extremely pleasing to the eye. I don't believe I've ever seen palm trees made like that before, they look great! I This is one of those MOCs that I'd love to see go on Lego ideas. Also got to love the use already of the new chameleon!
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    Cloudship 1

    These are probably some of the most detailed custom prints I've seen! The speedometer use with the frying pan is simply ingenious! I also love the inclusion of the old compass and globe. Would you be willing to share your secret on how you went about making the wood grain effect for the tiles?
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    Cloudship 1

    I remember watching this video back in 2018 and being absolutely astonished with the creativity put in to this build. You truly did an outstanding job with designing the ship and everything else in the build. This will go down as one of my all time favorites. Also, how'd you do the wood grain? It looks spectacular!
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    La Comete

    I look forward to seeing this alternative! Your ships will always bring great joy to my life and while it's sad to see such a beautiful vessel go, It's much better to take it down before it completely falls apart by itself; and besides, I'll always have pictures of her on my computer !
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    [MOC] Na Korowaiwai 1854 by js_customs581

    Woah! What a fantastic creation! So many details in such a small island.
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    [MOC] Pirate ship

    I'm looking forward to seeing the complete build! I'm a little late, but my input on rare, expensive pieces like that and if they should be avoided to save funds is more along the lines of biting the bullet if it's important. With your color scheme, it really comes down to the colors you want for the captain's quarters and to find the best accent. If that color of brick is vital to your color scheme, then It's more important to have a ship you can be proud of that's unique more than one that was cut back due to fund issues. You have to also consider future use of the piece. If you continue to build MOCs, you most likely will find yourself destroying your old ones to improve upon them or build more advanced ones with their pieces. If you believe a piece can be vital to a current build and a future one, then it would be important to get said piece so you can always have access to it (or until you lose it ). Also, never follow the price input Stud.io gives you. Trust me, they overestimate entirely. If you plan to purchase this, I'd recommend if you have the time then choose piece by piece from each store. Depending on your ship size, this may take a 10-20 hours, but you'll save 200 to 500 just by using that small amount of time (from my experience at least for buying three ships). Keep in mind as well, pieces like this that are in low quantity can sell for overpriced amounts just because the lack of other sellers; but, if you stay active and check ebay and bricklink often you will surely find them for a much more reasonable price later. Anyhow, that's just my opinion, but for stuff like this do what you believe is the correct path and what fits within your comfort zone. Also, welcome to the forums! Your ship looks beautiful already and I can't wait to see more! My apologies for the long message, I talk way too much.
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    [MOC] Blue Imperial Fort

    This is a fantastic build, pantelis! Your choice of colors is always striking and stunning. Your use of the viking hull and the pirate flag for the shipwreck is ingenious. The LotR ring used for the door handle really works. The angles: fantastic, the colors: outstanding, and your details: on point. I'm absolutely in love with your builds!
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    Thanks so much for the photos, they look great ! I personally really enjoy the look of the figurehead and I am interested to see how you change it. Teddy did a wonderful job, as the cannons look nothing short of excellent. I'm interested to hear how using IKEA curtains for your sails goes as I'm struggling to find the perfect material for a ship I'm designing right now. As for the interior, if you worry about the quarters shaking around too much (use of just tiles), or having to apply too much pressure to uplift them (tiles with studs), then I think that using a brick with groves (2653) and a door rail (32028) would work perfectly for easily sliding it out for a build like yours.
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    It truly is an amazing vessel and I'm very excited to see it with cloth sails. I noticed that you updated the figure head, do you think we can get a closeup of that when you take more pictures? It'd also be neat to see how you made the cannons (I can't tell if that's a unique style or a standard one). Lastly, do you plan at any point to add an interior? I noticed in one of your earlier pictures you added some hinge functions to the side to allow that.
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    Spanish Galleon Enviar

    That turned of beautifully! Can't wait to see it with a crew, sails, and rigging! You are totally spot on with the very odd Armada color scheme! Once again, in my opinion, those green railings are so beautiful on this ship and the curves you did for them look great!
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    Pirate Essentials by ChaMi

    Thanks for posting this, Mister Phes! This is such an amazing design and will definitely be receiving my vote. Also, if you check the Ideas page, you'll see that at some point he added coins and a parrot.
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    Spanish Galleon Enviar

    It's nice to know another one of your beautiful ships is already underway! It's not often that you find MOCs related to the armada so I look forward to seeing the outcome. The only thing I'd recommend changing up would be the stern. I'm aware that a galleon's stern is common to jut out, but it's often at an angle which makes the outcome more appealing. I'd recommend using some hinges to give the top a nice angle. You could either use the hinge bricks or just go a style similar to that of the Barracuda. I'd also recommend using more inverted slopes for the back and trying to not have too much of an overhang at the top. Anyhow, I know it's a work in a progress so I just thought I'd share some input I think would turn out quite well; however, it's totally your creation so due as you please. In my opinion, other than that the ship is looking excellent and I absolutely love the green railings on the top! Great job!
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    [LOGO Contest] Design the official BoBS Logo!

    Can a simple gif file be posted for the banner? This could unlock some great possibilities for some people who know how to use Adobe After Effects and would be much better eye candy for users.
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    Realistic.... unrealistic....

    Wow, thanks so much for posting this! I love reading any kind of history whenever I have the time, so this post was absolutely fantastic for me! I never heard about the spikes that they'd shoot out of the small cannons so I find that the most fascinating. The flags were also very interesting. I've seen a few of those, but some of the others I haven't were so strange (mainly Captain John Quelch's). I thoroughly enjoyed this entire post, and it has made my morning a great one so thank you very much for posting this!
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    [Moc] The Council of Wizards

    Another spectacular build, pantelis! Your builds are so inspiring and continue to really capture true depth and quality. The sand green, the dark green, and the dark red are such great colors and your builds really capture their true potential. You just made me want to watch LotR again. Also, those Fabuland arches really stick out and look absolutely stunning with this MOC. I need more of those arches in my life.
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    HMS White Card (Now finished!)

    It turned out beautifully! The part that really strikes me is the rigging. You did such an excellent rigging application and it looks like you did every single line that belongs on a brig. Love that you kept the Imperial guard color scheme and of course the overall ship design is spectacular! I look forward to seeing your next ship!
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    Saber Island using modern parts.

    That looks amazing! I love the color you used for the water (is it Medium Blue?) and the colors you used for the tower! I think that the technique you used for the palm tree is pretty ingenious. Not only are those new parts, but the fact that it's on a clip is useful. Personally, the old palm trees always fall off on some of my old sets so this is something I love. The railings are great, the landscaping is great, and the minifigures are great. Well done! Also, I just love the fact that you used flesh heads that hold a similar style to the originals. The flesh smile and Obi-Wan's head really match the old ones!
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    Rotting Leviathan

    This is amazing! Such a high amount of detail in such a small package. I love that you used the hinge bars both for pincers and for the eyes. Well done!
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    Advise needed

    Already looking good! I'm looking forward to see the final version.
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    HMS Horshwaddle

    Wow, looks fantastic ! I've always been a sucker for the original Imperial Flagship (probably my favorite ship), so as you can imagine seeing this beauty made my day. I've always found it difficult to mimic the uniqueness of Lego's ship layouts, but this ship and your White Card seem to have captured that vintage feel that all of us appreciate very well. Also, I love the fact that you added the hook with the barrel. Such a simple addition, but really adds to the nostalgic look of the ship. Glad to see that you added your own sails with the same color as the original flagship instead of just using the one mainsail they had. As for the octopus, I honestly think it looks rather neat. In terms of aesthetics, it actually fits well with the the back cabin and looks like something that would be carved. Once again, great job! Also, where did you get the figure head? It's hilarious!
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    I think that Bregir's method worked really well. As for the overall flatness, I think what you want is a wind blown effect. My guess is this can be achieved by making the sails larger and then tying each corner to the yardarms. You'll have to make sure not to make the sails too much larger, because all you're doing is just basically folding extra sail to give a wind blown effect. Also, make sure to tie the knots extra stiffly so that way your sails would be nice and tough. Hope this helps! Also, just want to put an emphasis again on how well done this ship is. Sails or no sails, this is one beautiful vessel!
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    [MOC] Carribean Clipper 2019

    There is an entire library on Eurobricks that contains most the sails Lego has produced. They should all be 1:1 scale. From there you just click on whatever sail you want to edit/print and then when you're in the new tab, download it to computer. All you got to do from there is just go on photoshop, select the lines on the sails and then change the hue to whatever color you desire and then you're done. You can always edit more if you'd like, but that's the simplest version. After that just buy printable fabric and print your sails on it. This is how I'd recommend buying sails for ships, as you can add a custom look to your ship and only have to pay one tenth as much. Here's the link to the sail library: Hope this helps!
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    [MOC] Carribean Clipper 2019

    I enjoy the more minimalist look of the back when compared to the original. It's also nice to see some love shown to the Red Beard Runner's sail, but personally I think it throws off the Blue coat look a little. I believe the sail itself would look great if you could change the color. If you know how to use photoshop, I'd recommend tinkering with the sail a bit and getting a nice vibrant blue to match the clipper's sails. Other than that, It's still a wonderful vessel and I look forward to seeing what else you do. The clipper extension you did is beautiful and really captures the ship's potential. Also, where did you get the black hull for your ship from? Thanks!
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    Wow, what an absolute beauty! I can't wait to see her with cloth sails! Seems like the HMS Effortless takes a lot more effort than the name would imply ! Haha, don't worry, we've all been there!
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    Advise needed

    If you want a ship to match the descriptions you listed, than I'd go with Bregir's suggestion. If you're worried about the cost then just note The Imperial Flagship itself is really expensive, but this is mainly due to a few pieces such as the reddish brown masts. By having a different color you'd be able to condense the cost a lot (just try to avoid buying the black pearl hull pieces). Personally, I think that even though you want it to be smaller, it'd be doing the HMS Victory justice if you had at least two decks. I don't think making it big has any downsides to a child (when I was a child I always dreamed of having a big ship). I'd recommend starting from the Imperial flagship with a new color scheme, then double deck it with modular supports, then just adjust the back to make it look correct. For the sails just use thick paper or even just pickup cloth at your local crafts store. This way you don't have to destroy your beautiful Imperial Flagship, you don't have to touch your BSB or it's sails, and you don't to worry about having expensive sails on a ship which can be stained or ruined.