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  1. Dead eye help needed.

    "He" did indeed do some bit of a tutorial, but it turned out to be a lot more work than it seemed worth. I only ever got so far before I had to stop but you can start here.
  2. "The making of" our Spanish Imperial Galleon

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  3. I'm done. I quit. I'm out.
  4. @Bregir Alright then: I like this one too. May I suggest a few things though? First, I appreciate the sand green lower portion; looks like oxidized copper. If you used a combination of plates on end and those same slopes in a manner similar to what I did on Bumblebee, you could make the curves match, in theory. I've wanted to do something like this, with the sand green on my own ships, but never come across enough sand green, anything. Also, if you use more than one fulcrum you can make the bows bluffer than the stern. From my experience with this style, it doesn't appear you've gone beyond the natural tolerance built into the bricks, not even close really. You could get much more curve without damaging the bricks which would help up forward. On that note, using the brick-bricks to look like planking was clever. With a bluffer bow you can also shrink the cutwater to a single stud wide, which IMHO would just look better. If you do get those top-down views I'd love to see your gun and how it's mounted. I might have an idea or two for ya there too.
  5. Ranks and positions in the pirates theme.

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  6. @Bregir I would love this design, more as a schooner than a brig, of not for those pre-fabs. They're just so unnecessary here and they just brings the waterline down too low. She looks as though she got hung up on a sand bar at high tide and has wait for it to come back in. Where your chain plate is now, is about where the waterline should be... Ah who am I kidding! You don't care. Have fun mate!
  7. General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    I can haz joining bounty? As has become my wont, I've been keeping my current projects under wraps but this was just too perfect, so enjoy a sneak peak, courtesy of my ridiculous cat!
  8. [OL-FB] An old two-decker

    Yeah, pretty much what he said
  9. [MOC] Blow, Harry, Blow!

    This, is incredible. Sorry I took so long to get around to saying so, but I do love everything about this. The design, the execution, the scenario, it's all just too much fun. Thanks for sharing !
  10. Brig "Aurora"

    @Cousarmy0001 Alright, I'll chime in... As for guns, I agree with Cousarmy. For size and scale brick built is the way to go. Handily enough, there's a link in my signature to a few purist friendly designs which may be of use. Check out The Foundry. It's very incomplete and needs a lot of work, but it's start. There's also the ones I put on Reckless and if you really like those and ask real nice, I can show you some I've come up with which no one has yet seen. My initial impression of Aurora was "oh, like Moshulu" She's a ship turned restaurant in Philadelphia where, incidentally, I had my wedding reception. This likening I based on both the setting and her hull shape. I'll expound; brace your selves! I don't think you owe any one credit in particular for any technique used, not that I can think of. In fact, I think you've invented a new one with the flex tube and flags. It’s really quite clever and looks great. You've achieved a complex shape at the bow which thus far has seemed like something of a chimera. I also like GeoBrick's idea and think it might work out if you tried it. Perhaps it's the color scheme or the thickness of the bulwarks, but I just didn't see a wooden hull, until I forced myself to look for it. She struck me right off as an iron or steel hull, something from the late 19th or early 20th century, and I don't think that's bad place to be. A lot more late-period metal hulls survive today than wooden hulls anyway. As a museum ship on a trendy waterfront, like Philly's own Penn's Landing, that makes a lot more sense to me. If you go that route, loose the cabin and round your stem into a fantail. You can use the same technique as on the bow. Also lose the guns outright, save the trouble, and give her a more benign back story, why not? OK now is where my advice gets... unpopular. While I realize the whole point was to play around with the pre-fab hulls, my best advice is to strike em. They are a handicap and a crutch at the same time, IMHO. You put Sirius at the top yourself. I shouldn't need to offer any more encouragement than that to convince you that you're a better builder, no? OK, then let me put it like this: These are to car design what pre-fabs are to ship building. You'll do as you will, but I don't see why you can't use something like Sirius' technique in combination with the flags and tubes to make a truly remarkable, unique and innovative design. Sorry all, but the "bad guy" shtick isn't over just yet. Rigging. Insist on purism here if you must, but Lego was never intended to simulate anything like a ship's rigging in anyway and always falls short. Short of truly looking the part or offering even token support to a ship model's upper works. It is my considered opinion, that in such cases, where there are simply no Lego pieces to do the job, it should be OK, even by purist standards, to introduce non-Lego elements. After all you're just substituting one piece of string for another. If difficulty and time consumption are your worry, take it from me, it's unfounded. Though it's not a task for the faint of heart, string rigging is nowhere near as challenging as it would seem most believe it to be. If you wish to give it a shot, reach out to me and I can do a lot to get you started. One more thing and again I'm repeating myself here but, ah... research, research, research. You don't need to be a "book worm" to run a few Google searches, but being able to say "This! I am definitely making one of these." is invaluable. Just like you did with Sirius, you saw a shape you liked and worked to recreate that. Alright, finally, my standard disclosure. When wondering in what tone to take my words, air in favor of benevolence rather than animosity. Though I may seem heavily critical, that I even bothered should be seen as encouragement, not discouragement. Plenty of builds go by and I say nothing. It takes time to compose all this, so take or leave my advice, but don't do so lightly. She's a great build so far. I say; keep building and thanks for sharing! edit: 1 "offering even token support to a ship model's upper works" may he too bold of a statement. Those Classic Pirate shrouds offer quite a nit of support being rigid plastic. 2 I remembered HM Bark Endeavor after I shut everything down to finally go to bed. She uses a similar technique and you may find her an interesting bit of inspiration.
  11. ...making me do stuff... grumble-grumble...:angry:

  12. Custom Black Pearl

    Welcome aboard mate! I see that this is your first and only post. There is a place for conversations of this sort, where you may find better luck, the Buy, Sell, Trade forum (BST), check it out. While you're taking a tour of the site, you might as well brush up on the Site Guidelines; never hurts . Also, are you aware of sites like bricklink.com or brickowl.com, where you can buy specific bricks in specific quantities? You can even take that parts list and make it a wanted list so the site can find the best store(s) for you. One more thing, you'll find it's in good form, and likely to generate more cooperation (and garner less attention from the staff) if you make some sort of introduction for yourself. You could share some of your own MOCs or tell us all a little about your self here. Cheers!
  13. @Spud The Viking Looks like you're going for something like a Cruizer Class Brig. Go ahead and plug that into Google and enjoy a veritable feast of free data! What's going on at the bow though? She's 2 studs thick there and 1 the rest of the way down her gunwale. I won't say its wrong, you may have a good reason, but at this stage it does look awkward. Check out the "about me" section of my profile, you may find "Scorpion" and "Blanid" of particular interest. You may also find @Mr. Townsend's Pinnacle rather handy and inspirational, being of a similar design and build style. Cheers! @Bregir Hey that's a neat idea ! If you'r going to tile the deck, as it looks like you gearing up to, why not just go SNOT? Ya know, I've done a lot of work on the style you seem to be adopting and I do find it to be the best way to get a good fit. My decks aren't all that galling, are they ?
  14. Pirate Instructions Help

    Ok mate, here's the complete and honest truth. You really not going to find them, not any that are worth the investment. Simply put there just isn't enough motivation for most builders to want to go through the extra effort of keeping track of all that, composing it and then sharing it around. Sure, there are more motivations in the world than profit but nobody really does anything without expecting something out of it. Really get into this and start developing your technique to the point that you're building model ships and you'll find put exactly how thankless the whole thing really is. It's been my experience there are only two reasons anyone ever bothers with one of these things. Either they have something to prove or there's just something stuck in their head they have to get out. What you need to build them is Lego, lots and lots of Lego. Not being a smart-ass here, that's just how it is. In general, I would advise putting together a lot of 1X bricks and plates as well as plenty of round things. Despite being supremely unique, Lego Shipbuilding is still just Lego building. I think the best advice I can give is to stop thinking "what can I do with this system?" and start thinking "how can I make this system work for me?" If you really want to figure out how other builders are doing what they do start counting studs. I mean it's all Lego, the ultimate in modular systems. There are only so many possible combinations of bricks. If you look closely enough you can just figure out what parts they used. It is my firm belief that the best Lego builds come from builders who are first knowledgeable of their subject matter rather than being experts on the medium. Trying to figure out how to build the ship in Lego is, IMHO, sort of backwards. Figure out first how a ship is made then representing it in Lego will make a lot more sense. Now I'm not sure what you mean by "colonial era". It's a painfully broad term that could refer to a rather wide swath of time. It's also a steadfast contention of mine there is no such thing as a "pirate ship". There were ships that were used for piracy but they were just ships until pirates made use of them. Is there a specific century or decade you're interested in and a particular motivation behind that focus? You'll find that the later in history you study the more information is available which is probably why you see so many 19th century ship models. Never underestimate the value of data. One final piece of advice from somewhere one who's tried to reinvent the wheel himself; start small and build up. Don't try to do galleons and ships of the line right out of the box. Pick something small, like a sloop or a cutter, for which you can find lots of information. Build it as a learning experience whether you intend to keep it around or not. There simply is no substitute for experience. Cheers mate! P.S. Not to plug my work, getting a little tired of doing so myself, but I have compiled something of a history of my works on my profile. You'll see lots of WIP shots, good for stud counting, and may find "Scorpion" of particular interest.
  15. While your brick-built hull is impressive, it looks as though it would be difficult to fire over such a high sweeping bow, even with your extemporized gun carriage there. Allow me to suggest a bit of a redesign by way of moving the mast forward and employing a traversing gun carriage amidships a-la Friends Good Will.