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Here’s a love letter to one of my favorite ships of the Age: the absolutely terrific Téméraire-class 3rd rates by Jacques Noël-Sané. Without doubt this is my main inspiration for L’Anubis - god of the Underworld. The main obstacle for building larger ships in theme-scale is obviously the age old question: to prefab hull or not? Building the lower hull to Fer Maiden that mates up w/ the prefabs taught me a few ways to do a brickbuilt hull that can at least live in the same universe as them. That gave me the confidence to try this. I then used Fer Maiden’s dimensions to get a theme-scale equation and have my 3rd rate at 70x18 studs along her gun deck. Total width at her waterline is slightly more due to the SNOT curved slopes. Anyway, enough of that - I know you want the goods. This is still very much a work in progress with some gaps and test techniques so bear with me! I feel like you guys enjoy seeing a bit more of the process. This project has been progressing super quickly thus far (surprisingly) but I will really need to build her in real life and the instructions are going to take a massive effort.
Here’s my minfig scale MOC of the Charlemagne. (Charles The Great) I’m posting my MOC on this great Pirate MOC forum so this can also inspire other builders in the future. It’s a 3rd rate Téméraire class 74 gun ship of the line of the French Navy. It’s big brother was launched in 1807 in Antwerp under the Napoleonic rule in Belgium. It had a length of 54m (177ft) and a beam of 14,3m (47 ft). This MOC at about minifig scale counts 150 studs long from stern to the bow at it’s longest point and 42 studs at its widest point at the lower gundek near the main mast. Don’t know the brick count (never made it in digital form) but it took about 2-3 years to finish of which several months were spent on the rigging. I want to pay a small hommage to the builders of these lego ships who inspired me to build this lego ship which gave me hours of fun: Achille Gallus HMS Bulwark HMS Lively HMS Prince of Wales/Minerve HMS Victory Le Fleuron/Prins Willim Le Fourageux Phantom Pinnacle Rapscallion Revenge VOC De Ruyter USS Poseidon (And I’m sure I forget to mention quite a few superb ships on this forum, sorry guys) And a special thanks to the builders of : HMS Agamemnon for it’s colour sceme and stern technique HMS Enterprize for it’s hull technique and steering mechanism HMS Persephone for it’s modular build thechnique and it’s perfect composure at a it’s own (smaller) scale. Here's the link to my Flickr page for some pics: Here's the link to the big brother info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ship_Charlemagne_(1809)#/media/File:Lancement-du-charlemagne.jpg