kurigan

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  1. General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    @Henjin_Quilones Well, I went and looked-up caravels again to be sure I knew what I was talking about. To my eye they seemed to have been purposely simplistic rigs. To be anything like historically accurate, you wouldn't really need much. A couple of shrouds per mast and a few stays would be enough if you were so inclined. Fantasy builds are always a matter of opinion but I don't really think this one needs much of anything at all though. One bit of trouble I foresee with strings, would be the way the yards hang. Using a brick built connection they hang kind of far out away from the mast. The shrouds might then deflect by resting against them on one side. Solutions I can see include, forgoing strings altogether (perhaps in favor plastic Lego shrouds), adding some kind of spreader above the sail, or going so far as to hang the yards with string as well so they are against the mast more. @Slobey That skull is intense!
  2. General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    @Anders T There it is, there's the answer I didn't want to have to be the one to give. Thanks Mate! @Henjin_Quilones I'm of a similar mind to Anders T. I use cheap embroidery thread from the hobby/craft store myself. It's dirt cheap, comes in myriad colors and is available in a couple different gauges. It's not the easiest to work with and I don't trust my knots on their own (a dab of glue helps em to not slip) but I've gotten used to it and figured out some tricks to really make it work for me. The trouble here is in answering generalized questions about a field of interest in which there really is no generalization. Do you have anything you could share with us like a WIP image or some inspiration/reference material you've been using?
  3. General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    Well mate, that depends on exactly how deep down the rabbit hole you wanna go.
  4. Hello all. I came across these tracks in a lot of used Lego I picked up for my bricklink shop. I don't know much about Lego trains, but I do recall reading about alternative brands of particularly good quality and was wondering if these, were those. They are a very good match for LBG (light bluish gray) and interlock perfectly with Lego brand track. I have 24 of the straight pieces and 12 of the curves. Since I don't know exactly what they are and they are not Lego brand I didn’t want to put the m up a a custom item in my shop. Instead I'd like to offer them for trade. There are a few items I'd be interested in such as the animals, rat, cat, etc.) From the Holiday Train and any number of minifigs with which to complete sets.
  5. Humm... well let's see. For starters, the dorsal view does help. Some visual aid of your concept would help too. To save time I'll assume this is going to be a Xebec or other similar Mediterranean style boat. With that in mind I went to a quick Google search for Xebecs to take a refresher course in their shapes, particularly at the bow. Honestly, I think you're over thinking it; reinventing the wheel, so to speak. I think I get what you're about with plates, tiles and hinges, but I don't know if it's going to really create the shape you're looking for. IMHO what's been done in the past with flex tube and hydraulic hose has been pretty effective and closer in scale. None of the rail constructions I saw recreated on models seemed all that substantial, made of rather thin stock. Some don't even have them at all, so maybe that's an option. On another note, do I perceive a bit of brick bending? The way your bow is constructed is very bluff for such a ship, if my assumptions are correct. If you used a method more like I've used on my later bent hulls, I think you'd not only like the overall look better, but also find it easier to blend in the rails in question. Take or leave it, but if you're interested and want more on how, hit me up or just take a peek at my catalog. I'll not tie up the thread any more with "what I did..."
  6. Topsail Schooner "Lady Kathryn"

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  7. The Adventure Galleon

    I don't normally go in for the steam punk/air ship thing, but I like this one. perhaps its the embellishments on the balloon ends that win me over. In any case, great job and thanks for sharing!
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  9. That's awesome! Good for you mate. They look good in that setting too.
  10. Hey there customizers! I had myself a bit of fun tonight, messing around with my own bit of customization and thought you all might get a kick out of the results. I've long held an idea to expand my mini-fig army by incorporating custom helmets made from card stock. When you actually have money to spend on Lego, official head gear isn't that expensive but with no budget for actual helmets I figured this would be a great way to equip my solders while adding a personal touch. Where does the ring wraith fit in? Well this fella is a prototype and why not a Nazgul? I decided to just give it a shot and started with a paper template. That template came out so well I just had to keep going. Being just an experiment I didn't want to try for too much detail, but the model is based on Witch-king of Angmar as appears in The Return of the King. Materials other than Lego include: Printer paper, Elmer's glue, recycled cardstock, a cocktail sword and sharpies for color. I did the design by hand, but have the blank yet so I could scan it in if anyone really wants it. It's super easy to create though so I don't imagine they'll be much demand. Thanks for looking, let me know what you think below. More Images Here.
  11. Well, mate, the trouble is that that's not a poop deck. It's the quarter deck and yes on a 4th rate it should be covered up to, and some bit past, the mizzen mast. That deck, which functions as the roof of the great cabin will then be the poop deck . On most of the SotLs I can conjure up the wheel is ahead of the mizzen and covered by or is just beyond the cover of the poop. I'd advise mocking up some portion of the poop deck and seeing how well a helm (wheel) fits below it. If its a good, fit, go for it. if not cut the poop short. I can't comment on the first one there, but I really think you've got a good thing going on your 50 gunner here.
  12. Flickr Find: Under Water March

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  13. Help Plan a Roebuck Class Fifth Rate

    I like that you're thinking/innovating, but can't picture your proposed mechanism in my head. You say lift arms and pins and I think "Revenge".
  14. Monstrum Maris

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  15. um... Now, that being said; I love her. It's no secret that I'm no fan of prefabs, but I think you picked a good ship to model on them. Shtandart, the replica, is an incredibly small ship so, well suited to the size and scale limitations, IMHO. I too am a fan of her color scheme and find it pops pretty well in Lego. One thing though; you do know that the ports and flaps are actually square? The rings are just wreaths around the openings. I went and took a look at some photos of the replica again and find that the wreaths seem to have always been finished wood, but I wouldn't think it completely inappropriate to interpret them as gold or green. If you're sticking with the yellow, which really doesn't seem to stand out much, I might suggest another hull color. Though she appears in some of the images be painted with a bright lemon yellow color, other's, perhaps from a different time, look like an ocher yellow instead. So, there seems to be some room for creative license there. I've always thought that Bright Light Orange would be a close approximation to ocher.