Foremast Jack

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    Teaser For An Upcoming Project

    Looks like a pretty ominous face.
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    Terror of the seas

    Ah. First time I saw this picture on the post about your new ship-building technique I could never make out what those floating knight heads were supposed to represent. Now I see. Well done.
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    Jack's Hideout

    It's very nice, although it strikes me as just a little too bright and clean for Jack,... I mean Captain Jack Sparrow. Good work though.
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    Frigate in progress

    That is odd indeed. Speaking from a general sense of a ship structured as the Unicorn it should be on the quarterdeck just a little fore of the doorway which leads into the cabin under the poop. However, seeing how it's obviously not there and I know the modeler to be a great enthusiast for details it is quite disturbing. Unless you can find something definitive to solve your quandary I would use your best judgment.
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    The Sad Night by Hardegon

    You can just make it out in the last photo shown here on the forum post (although I didn't notice it until I looked through the other photos on Brickshelf) but the sailor in the pit-fall has to be my favourite.
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    The Ugly Berta┬┤s Tavern

    As everyone has said, the mermaid is delightful.
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    Aboriginal Hunter.

    Ah, okay. Thank you very much.
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    WIP Frigate

    Thanks for the update. In the future, if possible, maybe think about putting a white bed-sheet (or something) behind your ship when you take pictures. It's kind of hard for old men like me to make out parts of the ship when it's sitting in front of that bookshelf.
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    Frigate in progress

    Looks much better. p.s. They added the mermaid bottoms with the most recent update. So, you can update/finish your figurehead, if you were planning to use such a piece.
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    Aboriginal Hunter.

    I know this thread is a little older, but where is that spear from?
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    Frigate in progress

    This is an issue I've run into in the past. It can create quite an issue since on a real ship the lower decks were designed to a height that required crew-members to be hunched over the whole time. Since mini-figs don't hunch so well it can be quite problematic. I think it really just depends it you want a level of playability or if you're going for something more of a model. Ultimately, it's up to you, but I would say if you're designing the ship to be played with than I'd try to keep it taller; but remove as much as you can.
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    Frigate in progress

    I think Captain Blackmoor has a good point here. To be more accurate your line of gun-ports need to be about where the tan line is. That is, unless the pre-fab hulls are all supposed to be below the waterline.
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    Capstans

    So I did some poking around to get some definitive answers for us all on this topic. This is what I found. As we discussed there are two different types of pillars used: the iron posts and the wooden stanchions. It turns out that both of these are called "stanchions." The iron ones right around the capstan's drumhead pivot out of the way (as we knew). They pivot from the top and hook into the over-head to secure out of the way for weighing of the anchor. As for the wooden stanchions: they are also removable (which I did not realize). They would be removed with a device called a "beam-jack." It would wedge between the deck (floor) and beam (ceiling) to push it apart enough to remove the stanchions. It seems the stanchions were only needed when the ship was underway to prevent her hull from twisting, sagging, and hogging. (Hogging is where the bow and stern droop down and the keel raises up.) Since the anchor is only weighed while she is at rest the stanchions wouldn't have been needed and thus could be removed. (As Bart so rightly pointed out.) So to answer your question Horatio, if you're going to design and build the stanchions in around the capstan they need to be removable.
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    Islanders at the Coast

    Yes, I saw that in the first post, just wasn't familiar with that set. If it's not pirates or castle it doesn't exist.
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    Islanders at the Coast

    What set is that base-plate from?
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    Islanders at the Coast

    You sure do love that catamaran, don't you Sebeus?
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    Islanders at the Coast

    Whilst I like the MOC overall, it's a little strange to see that Islanders with non-classic Islander heads/hair. Like the woman preparing the fish wearing lipstick... kind of strange. It's not bad I guess, just made me double-take at first. I'm used to seeing them with their high-cropped, bone-hair. Still, nice work.
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    Lost Glory

    Couldn't you use something like to pinch the sail to the boom?
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    WIP British Frigate

    4x4 sounds about perfect. (If anything for an exact scale it would be a little on the small side.) Normally when the capstan was in use a man with a fiddle would be standing on top of the drumhead playing a shantey to keep the seamen working in unison. (if you have access to the movie "Master and Commander" as everyone on these forums should, in the scene where everyone is on deck having a good old time singing and Joseph Nagle, carpenter's mate, comes out to do a little jig that object he climbs on top of is the capstan's drumhead. occurs about the 37 min mark in the film) So as long as your drumhead has sufficient width to support a dancing minifig I think you're fairing well.
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    Capstans

    I take it you're saying here that the capstan had dual drumheads. (the drumhead is the slotted part where one would insert the capstan bar. Some of your terminology here has me a bit confused, but the Constitution was definitely not the norm. Most U.S. frigates built at this time were considered "heavy frigates." Ships more akin to ships-of-the-line than frigates proper. Also, "gangways" weren't movable objects because they weren't in the way of anything. They were the parts of deck on the sides of the waist which connected the fo'c'sle and quarter-deck. I think you're talking about the grating covered hatch-ways that were right around the drumhead. These were sometimes raised as much as a foot higher than the deck. But they would have had to remained closed when the "capstan's pawlin'" so that no one would tumble down hatchway with "loudly the butcher callin'" That makes sense, and seeing how I have no surety of knowledge as to the pivoting posts' purpose I'm inclined to agree.
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    Lost Glory

    This MOC is for a contest where the chair is a required piece, that is I'm sure, the only reason it was used.
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    Lost Glory

    Looking at that first picture really shows how great this technique is for displaying curvature. You're little fishing boat looks pretty good, but I think I'd like to see what is possible when you aren't restricted to using only the seat piece with such prevalence. It's a great little MOC by the way. I particularly like the ship's wheel stuck in the sea monster's spines.
  23. 40243 - Spiral stair case step. Unless it's in there and I just don't know about it.
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    Capstans

    I find it humorous that we are so intent on discussing something that has no real bearing for the audience here, since no one builds an historical ship larger than a frigate.
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    Capstans

    I know you're right about them folding away for the use of the capstan, but if they were bearing a load then they wouldn't be removable. But I think you are right. It's the only thing that makes any kind of sense.