nimitstexan

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  1. nimitstexan

    [WIP] “L’Anubis” - 3rd Rate Ship of the Line

    How goes the Annubis?
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    [LDD] Gotham City police cruiser (TDK & TDKR)

    I know this is an old thread, but did you create and save any sort of "file" for those "stickers"?
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    [WIP] USS Constitution Moc Progress

    Very, very nice!!! Question, though: what is the reason for displaying the ship's boat on the gundeck?
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    Yep, decided to go with a version of the smaller one form Thomas, though tweaking it with an idea or two from your chase guns. My apologies, but I am not sure I follow exactly what you are describing.
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    [WIP] “L’Anubis” - 3rd Rate Ship of the Line

    Sounds like a plan to me!
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    So, I am about 25% through building the ship with the Nelson Chequer scheme as above (gun deck mostly complete). As I am looking at it, I really feel like she needs a different solution for her main battery other than the Lego cannons. They just look too big inside her; moreover, there is no real good option to mount them to allow all the the guns to be run in and out (which is on the of the reasons, I am sure, that is not even an option with the default build). Doing rough math, it seems like an 18lbs at this scale should be about 6 studs long with a 3-stud long carriage . . . but searching through the MOC forum as well as messing around myself, I have so far not found anything that would work at that size (especially given that, unlike COBI, Lego does not have1 stud wide wheel axles) to make "playable" and mobile gun and gun carriage. Anyone else have any ideas/suggestions, or (as a mix my metaphors) is this a windmill too far?
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    Historical Flag Stickers?

    I apologize is this turns out to be redundant, but are there and sources (free or paid) for historical flag stickers that could fit the default Lego flag sizes (6x4, 2x2)?
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    Well, I would have to see this in action before I could render an opinion one way or another, but the Creator 3-1 Pirate ship uses a brick-built hull, and still seems decently playable/child friendly. The brickbuilt heavy frigate definitely looks sharp. Possibly a more significant benefit for the prefab hull is that I think it is slightly cheaper.
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    Ah . . . I had assumed from her proportions and your descriptions that she was intended to be more based on the Leda, but I could see the Endymion, too (they both have basically the same length to breadth ratio). Yeah, looking at it again (as well as the real world Téméraire, which had 15 guns on its lower deck, just like the 15 on the Constitution's main deck), I think your thought of 11 guns for a system scale Constitution was completely correct. Not sure exactly which scale your are using, but if l'Annubis is supposed to be based on Téméraire at 70x18 studs, that would suggest a Constitution-based ship at 67x17 studs on the gundeck according to my rough math.
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    That's an idea . . . I guess it would depend on what exactly you scaled Fer Maiden against, but the heavy 40-gun 24lb frigates (either Endymion or a razee) were about 160 ft at the gun deck, and the Constitution 175 ft (actually, pretty close beam and width to a British 3rd rate); at the scale you are building, would not a 40-gun 24lbs frigate be closer to 5 hull pieces than 4 (which, if so, would allow an extra gun or two per side) . . . and a Constitution-themed ship would have very similar hull length and width to l'Anubis?
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    I foresee Anubis replacing the Imperial Flagship as the Redcoat. I am not sure if I am going to build the Brig or not (I would like to, but neither space nor parts are unlimited). If I do, the Brig will probably end up as a Pirate (though I could also see here as a peaceful trading snow . . .) If resources were unlimited, I build the 3rd rate, the frigate, the brig, and, ideally, a system-scale Constitution-style heavy frigate. But that does beg the question of what I am going to do with my Imperial Flagship . . . originally, I had the thought to lengthen and build up the bulwarks on the weather deck on both the Imperial Flagship and the Barracuda Bay Pirate Ship to loosely represent early 18th century 4th Rate frigates (a la Swallow and La Renommée/Royal Fortune). However, given that I much prefer the lines of late 18th/early 19th century frigates, I am happy to break up the Barracuda Bay ship and rebuilt her as Fer Maiden . . . which leaves the Imperial Flagship on its own . . . Without a doubt the color scheme you picked for Fer Maiden is a good one for plausibly representing privateer, pirate, or (at least pre-1810) government ship. For sure the Nelson-Chequer was not nearly so ubiquitous, especially for British frigates, as is commonly assumed, and of course is completely anachronistic to the Pirate era. That said, both Lego's Pirate ships are already weird amalgamations of various eras (huge galleon-style stern castles combined with dolphin strikers and spanker sails) which obviously had playability and loyalty to a Peter Pan/Pirates of the Caribbean view of the pirate theme as primary goals, and Lego colors are limited, and the Nelson-Chequer presents a nice contrast between the good guys and bad guys. That really makes me want to build her in those colors. I have already ordered the pieces for the default colors (must not be the only one . . . seems tan slopes have become expensive recently), though for the top hull only (these ships are going to be played with by children). After seeing that, may need to do another order for the yellow slopes . . .
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    I personally prefer the plate decks, both for playability and, well, because that is what Lego is "supposed" to look like, I guess. About to build her, though still trying to decide if I should build her in the designed privateer/mid 18th century colors, or give her a white (Black Seas Barracuda) look, or build her as a Redcoat/Blue coat ship (with a Yellow Nelson-Chequer style gun deck stripe). If I build her as a Pirate/Privateer frigate, she will way outgun my Imperial Flagship until Anubis is ready to be shared . . . sort of sits wrong with me letting the Pirates have the upper hand like that.
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    [MOC] "Fer Maiden" - 36 Gun Privateer Frigate

    So, design philosophy question; you went with plates rather than tiles for the the gun deck and weather deck; what was the reason for using tiles for the captain's quarters/main cabin?
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    [WIP] “L’Anubis” - 3rd Rate Ship of the Line

    Why Governor Broadside needs to request a 24lb heavy frigate . . . More seriously, what are the rough dimensions so far?
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    [WIP] “L’Anubis” - 3rd Rate Ship of the Line

    Indeed! Also start one thinking about the possibilities of modding (razeeing?) this into and Indefatigable or even Constitution-style true heavy frigate. Need something that can keep up with those darn Pirate frigates . . .