Foremast Jack

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  1. Patrick O'brian...IMO the best historicl fiction fiction ever written. My first time through, I got a little teary eyed when Jack hoisted his flag, and the death of Bonden, well I still cant talk about that.

    While I agree it is the best historical fiction ever written in English. I really think you should leave such huge spoilers out of a post (or at least warn people). I don't speak for myself as I'm on my fourth run through the series, but I imagine there are still many who've yet to wander into O'Brian's amazing replication of an age not too long past.

  2. Very nice as always Sebeus. I love the spanker boom and gaff. I had planned a similar idea with my old HMS Icarus. You can see in one of the later pictures how I was planning to do it. Your idea is superior though since mine required the tying of knots and yours simply snaps together. Well done! :thumbup:

  3. Frank she's a beaut! Very impressive in every way. Great designs always result in great lines. Although I think I would like to see a little more attention given to the "capstan" (windlass in this case). :tongue:

    On a side note: I'd like to throw in my 2-cents about the seemingly overcrowded ship. While it is quite true that LEGO men aren't exactly proportioned properly, I think another reason she seems overcrowded is because she IS overcrowded. It's easy to forget that living on a man-of-war wasn't exactly the most comfortable of lives (for the lower-deck hands). Remember that on a ship of the line every inch of space was mathematically accounted for and filled with something. There are so many men packed aboard that half had to always be at work. What I mean here is that each man was afforded 14 inches (~35cm) to "sling his hammock." Now obviously a man is wider than that, but since only half the crew would be sleeping at once this was effectually twice that, still not much. To give you an idea look at this scene from Master and Commander.


    Those are bodies hanging there.

    So, yes. She is overcrowded, but then again she should be.

  4. She looks amazing! I think the shape of the bow looks pretty awesome, and it's always nice to see something in so grand a scale. While I would disagree with Frank on the ship's beam (something around 45 studs in breadth would be perfect for this scale of ship) I think she may be a little long. Or rather there should be a greater spacing between the great guns. I understand you're not trying to reproduce an exactly historically accurate ship here, but it seems a shame to not take advantage of all this space to make something as realistic as possible. If you're going for a typical first rate of over 100 guns, there should be something more like 32-34 guns per gun deck (as I'm sure you're aware from referencing the Victory). If you're placing 50 guns on the lower deck and have yet to build and arm the middle, upper, fo'c'sle and quarter decks you're going to have WELL over 100 (something closer to 200!).

    Still I very much look forward to seeing wherever this ship happens to take us. :wink:

  5. I think she looks great so far, for the most part.

    I think the cannon carriages could use some love. I think I'd like to see something a tad more elaborate.

    I also feel the masts are a bit too large in diameter for this size of ship. However, since 1x1 would probably be too small, I guess 2x2 is the better route to take.

    My favourite part has to be the little windlass. I love it! :grin:

    Keep up the good work. :thumbup:

  6. It looks pretty good, and is a clever take on the name; but like Bart stated, "If you didn't stated it was Davy Jones his, then I woudn't have guest it." It needs something more to really define it as belonging to old Davy. I'm thinking it needs a giant kraken coming out of it or something. :wink:

  7. Thank you very much for the added pictures. There are so many great things about her. Without a doubt though I have to say those which catch my eye most are her superb lines. She looks so elegant. I also love the brick-built sails, powder-buckets, signal flags, and the tarpaulin and gripes on the launch.

    I did have a question. There seems to be string from the wheel running below deck. Does it operate the rudder, or just loop below giving the appearance?

  8. So did some reworking on her today as I briefly touched on earlier. Wanted to post a picture to get some feedback on the changes.

    Changed things:

    - Reworked the entire length of gunwales from the trumblehome aft. Employed a SNOT technique to allow for multi-tone colouring to more accurately reflect the paint scheme.

    - Replaced the gun-port cover "flags" with brick-built covers.

    - Removed the "slopes" in the gunwales and instituted a hinge system (based on CGH's technique) to give the look of more curvature in the hull. (note: I didn't go through the process of angling the sides in LDD, but obviously they will be in real life.)

    - Lengthened the channels substantially.

    - (There were innumerable other small changes, however myself alone will recognise them.)


  9. So based on all the responses I received here, I'm in the process of reworking the entire upper-half of the ship, stem to stern. I'll think she'll turn out a lot better.

    I'm sure I'll still post a picture or two when my brick-link orders arrive, but seeing how some the pieces I ordered are no longer the right ones, I'm not sure how complete it'll be. We'll just have to wait and see.