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This is a model of an Italian style galley. 14th century, 1571 or mid. 18th century depending on weight on references or type. In the Mediterranean in medieval times, the galley was almost synonymous with a warship. These ships made up the principal warships of the major fleets in the area. Being high-speed vessels, they were also used to chase down pirates. The type had a late revival in the Baltic were it was used primarily in the conflicts between Russia and Sweden. It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish. The model will have the dimension Length: 166 cm, Height: 113 cm (with stand), Width: 82 cm (with oars) There is approx. 16200 bricks in the model. The galley, true galley or gallee sottili was developed during the 13th and 14th century and the design remained the essentially the same until it was phased out in the early 19th century. The main characteristics of the model are from La Capitana, a galley of Malta. The lines, armament, oars and overall arrangement follows the drawings of this ship. These are indexed in Architectura novalis mercatoria (published by Fredrik Henrik af Chapmann in 1768) as: no.18 on plate LVIII Details, such as color, not provided by Chapmann, are from Real, the flagship of Don John of Austria in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. In 1971, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle, a full size replica of La Real was built and displayed in the Barcelona Maritime Museum where it can be viewed today. This also gives an abundance of accurate picture material to work from. The details from this Spanish Real compared to the French La Réale from 1694; however, this ship is not a main reference. A sidenote on the names of the ships: “Capitana” was the term used for the largest and most prestigious ship of a squadron carrying its commander. “Real” or “Réale” just indicated these ships as being Royal, or as the main galley of the kingdom/fleet. This made me wonder: Did these ships have other more common names? -at least among the sailors. The doctrine of the galley was brutal. The ships would take position abreast and then get on the enemy as fast as possible to engage in melee combat. This largely dictates the design of the ship. Sleek with 60 oars and some 300 oarsmen, this is a thing built for speed. The main battery is at the bow, where the main battle would take place. This is also the only armament that is in the linedrawings. These guns were fixed and would only shoot once just before boarding. This may seem strange, but a galley would cover the effective distance of artillery pieces much faster than the reload time. I have placed the remaining guns, consisting of 2-pounders and pivot guns, along the side where I figured it made sense. A boat is starboard. This feature is not on the Linedrawings, but is on the other references as well as on several other galleys, so I figured it to be a galley-thing. The commander would have his place at the stern. In front of the commanders quarter is a deck space where additional soldiers, delivered by support ships, were organized.
Newoaf posted a topic in LEGO Digital Designer and other digital toolsHi, I have been working on making a large Galactus figure in LDD, intending on buying the pieces necessary and building it in real life once I have finished. I completed the head (I'm building it in sections) and went on Bricklink to check the general prices of the bricks I need. For some reason, though, there is one piece: (Inverted Roof Tile Corner in Dark Purple or Medium Lilac) that was not available on Bricklink, and I have not been able to find anywhere. This kind of screwed me up, because I assumed if it was available in that color in LDD, it would be available in real life. Now I have to figure out a way to bypass this issue when I actually build the figure. Any one else run into a problem like this?
In this thread you will find my own Classic Space space vessels, exo-bases and ground vehicles. Cosmic Explorer Built in 2012-13 for the Classic Space Supreme Commander, Benny the 1980-something space guy. It came equipped with a pocket for Unikitty during the Battle for Octan Tower. After the battle, this pocket was removed. (Unikitty turned down Benny's offer for a commission to Classic Space command, and has set out as a director actor in Movies & TV. See her latest film, "Johnny Thunder & the Temple of Gloom" for more info.) The area was replaced with a canopy for the crew to see outside from their stations near the Imagination Reactor, while the sensor array was replaced by a four-barrel repeating laser turret. This ship in it's original form (plus it's pilot Benny and his freinds) are featured in The LEGO Movie. Here you can see the inside of the vessel. Their are three seats up front in the main cockpit, and four more seats in the rear compartment. You can also see the rear turret tuned and elevated. It's design was inspired by fighter and bomber airplanes of Earth history. The ship's stats: Ship Name: Cosmic Explorer Model: LL929 “Voyager” class Command Cruiser Manufacturer: Classic Space Shipyards Engines: 3 Mega Imagination Reactors Max Speed: 5,100 MPH Weapons: 4 forward-fixed laser hi-pulse guns & 4 turret-based laser hi-pulse guns Max Hyper Speed: 80% speed of light LDD file for Benny's ssS: http://www.moc-pages...1452610235m.lxf Deep Space Fighters These ships are deep space fighters of the Galaxy-class. Each seat one figure and have enhanced hyper-drive making it nearly as fast as LL-929. (Benny's spaceship) This ship was designed to be a heavily-armed fighter, and features an enclosed cockpit allowing for long distance travel such as from system to system if in an emergency. Here is the cockpit, which can seat 1 pilot figure. The ships' stats are identical for both vessels: Owner: Classic Space Command Model: “Galaxy” class deep space fighter Manufacturer: Classic Space Shipyards Engines: 2 Imagination Reactors Max Speed: 3,100 MPH Weapons: 4 forward-fixed laser hi-pulse guns Max Hyper Speed: 50% speed of light LDD file for the fighter: http://www.mocpages....1415380096m.lxf Benny's Classic Space automobile This car was originally built by Benny to be used to shuttle himself to his work at Classic Space Command HQ and secret master builder meetings, and eventually to his SPACESHIP(!)'s hanger after the end of Octan Corporation hostilities. The ship was not featured in the film made about those events, but nonetheless was seen in the studio parking lot as Benny drove it to play himself in the movie. It currently is stationed on the planet Zonia, where Benny (along with all the other Classic Spacemen) lives. The inside of the car features two seats, opening doors, and steering wheel, among other devices / abilities. The rear of the car features the Classic space logo, identity plates, and double taillights. Statistics for the car: Owner: Benny the 1980-something space guy Model: “Meteor” class vehicle Year built: 1978 Manufacturer: Classic Space Motors Power-plant: V6 Imagination-fueled engine Max Speed: 80 MPH Classic Space security forces' Exo-Terrain Vhicle (ETV) This model was heavily inspired by set 75916: Dilophosaurus Ambush from the Jurassic World sets. I have turned it into a Classic Space vehicle by subtracting most of the features and adding the CS logo to this piece on the hood: http://www.bricklink...sp?P=30363pb021 and a space seat for the driver. The rear of the model features a removable spare tire. I plan on getting two of these jeeps for the space base. Statistics for the jeep: Owner: Classic Space Command Model: “Exo -Terrain Vehicle (ETV) class vehicle Year built: 1988 Manufacturer: Classic Space Motors Power-plant: V8 Imagination-fueled engine Max Speed: 95 MPH LDD file for the jeep: http://www.mocpages....1444615201m.lxf Classic Space ground command / flight control center I was originally inspired by the 2010 CITY set number 3182 (Airport) to make this improved control tower for my Classic Space base MOC. It is supposed to feature Classic Space printing on the blue 4 x 2 slopes, like this: http://www.bricklink...sp?P=30363pb021 The front of the building also features a Classic Space statue, which can either use a Regular white astronaut torso, or the statue torso from Space Police III line. Here you can see the inside of the model, with the second floor and roof being removable from the first floor. On the ground floor is Command and Control, also known as C&C. This is where the ground forces are dispatched and fighter squadrons are launched. It is also where communications are tracked, recorded and, if necessary, relayed to other bases / space vessels / commanders. The second floor is where Benny the 1980-something space guy's office is. it features a desk with telephone and lamp, a bed for those long nights working on battle plans / spaceship designs, and a model space base for when he needs to get away from it all. (the back of the model has blank walls, no details , and as such is not shown) LDD file for the command center model: http://www.moc-pages...1453820529m.lxf Comments, questions, and complaints welcome!
Way back when (around 2010) I designed this ship as a standalone piece for my desk. I spent about $120 USD on Pick A Brick from the online LEGO shop & from 3 Bricklink sellers. (I later found I could have saved a bunch of money by going through Bricklink alone.) The model is in micro scale, is about 2 feet long. Here we see the ship in a side profile. The mini-figure standing on the side is the Captain Edgar Danforth Fuller (or E.D. Fuller for short) We can also see the Grand Staircase's glass dome, which is between funnels two and three. Fictional Background: The RMS Acadia was designed in 1913, but World War One prevented it's construction by Steele & Sons Shipbuilders to start until 1919. The ship was modified from it's original design to burn oil, and was completed in February 1921. The ship could hold 3280 people total, with 1140 being Crew, with 270 being First class, 530 in Second class, and 1340 being the steerage, or Third class. The ship sailed it's maiden voyage in July 1921 from Southampton to New York City. The ship was English, and as such, was immune to American law of Prohibition. The ship took off-season sailings (informally known as Liquor Cruises) around the Atlantic, returning to the port of origin within a couple days. The ship managed to hold a steady service record, and remained relatively full-up until the Great Depression really took hold in 1931. The ship's owners, the Red Star Line, managed to stay financially afloat long enough to get the ship through the worst of the Depression, until the ship was requested by the English Navy as a troop ship in late 1939 for use in World War Two. The Acadia's fancy woodwork was put in storage and the ship was turned into a troop ship relatively quickly. The ship was strafed several times by enemy aircraft during the war, and narrowly missed being torpedoed in 1943, but it survived the war not too much worse for wear. When it was handed back over to Red Star Line, it was given a complete overhaul mechanically and eclectically. The whole ship was rewired, and the oil burning engines converted to diesel. The Acadia's woodwork was painstakingly restored to it's original grandeur, and she was ready for for sailing by 1948, almost a year after being handed back to it's original owners. In thew early '50's the ship began sailing luxury cruises to the Mediterranean from England and the United States, in addition to it's usual scheduled Atlantic crossings. The ship began showing it's age by the late 1960's, when it's original glass dome began to leak badly. A handful of cracks in the reinforced glass caused the ship to be dry-docked, but before it could be fixed the huge dome collapsed in on itself, causing the grand staircase to be heavily damaged. Luckily, the accident happened in the middle of the night, and no one was on board at the time to get hurt by all that broken glass. The ships' dome was replaced, but only because the ship's owners knew of it's heritage and couldn't bear to see the old girl scrapped. (Not to mention it would have cost more to scrap the ship than fix the dome) By 1975, she was last four-stack ship in existence, and the owners were planning the Acadia's 55th Birthday for the next year. The Acadia celebrated July 1st, 1976 as her fifty-fifth birthday, and as part of the celebrations she was given to a preservation group dedicated to keeping the ship sailing as an "ambassador of history", as a peek into the way things were and how the men and women visiting and working on the Acadia went about their lives through each period of this ships stoic history. Many former passengers and crew detailed their experiences on the ship in writing or on film for the beginning of what later became known as The Acadia Living History Museum. Today, the ship features a feature-length film that chronicles the story of the ship and it's many passengers and crew through out the ships commercial and wartime lives. The film is shown in the Second Class movie theater, built into the ship in 1947 after World War Two, flowing seamlessly into the 1920's flavor of the ship. The ship still sails, making stops in New York and London (substituted for Southampton) at least twice a year. The ship from a top-down view. This is Captain Fuller's suit, in case any one wants to know: http://www.bricklink...?P=973pb0294c01 Fictional Statistics: Ship Name: RMS Acadia Ship Type: Atlantic Class Passenger Liner Owner: Red Star Line Ship Built: 1919 – 1921 Capacity: 2140 passengers, 1140 crew (3280 persons total) Lifeboats: 44 boats with 75 people per boat (3300 people total capacity) Builder: Steele & Sons Shipbuilders Propulsion: 24 Boilers, 3 turbines, 3 steel propellers Top Speed: 28.5 Knots Fuel: Diesel (originally Oil) The bridge shown here is in mini-figure scale. It is supposed to be a sized-up version of the one on the actual ship model seen in the other pictures. I haven't built this part of the model in real life yet. Th Acadia's bridge features: -the Ships wheel -dual nautical telegraphs, (those things with the paddles on them near the wheel) -large table with lamp for studying charts and messages -a radar screen (added to the ship in 1947) This is the logo of the Red Star line, original owner of the RMS Acadia ocean liner. LDD file for the ship and the bridge: http://www.mocpages....1425498813m.lxf NOTES: I made the back-story up while posting this model to MOCPages. It is a 100% work of fiction. Any relation to persons, living or dead, is pure coincidence, while most of the events are true. World War One & Two did happen, and some ships were requisitioned for the English Navy as either troop ships (such as the RMS Queen Mary, which was a troop ship during World War Two) or hospital ships. The ship and even the name Acadia is something I made up. Comments, Questions, & complaints welcome!