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  1. Mr Maniac

    Review: Deep Sea Refuge

    Hello everyone! Long-time lurker, (relatively) first-time poster! With LEGO's latest Deep Sea lineup having taken longer than planned to come to the U.S. (wonder if there's any world events that might explain the delay?), I decided to browse through some of the old 1997 Divers sets earlier in the summer to see if anything caught my eye. Sure enough, I happened upon a MISB edition of Deep Sea Refuge on eBay. Having played with it at a friend's house as a kid, I decided to snap it up. But with the newest sets having a state-of-the-art underwater research station, does this original model still hold up? Let's find out as we go beyond the sea (just kidding, we're going under it. Sorry Bobby Darin.) Info Set # - 6441 Name - Deep Sea Refuge Theme/Subtheme - Town/Divers Year - 1997 Piece Count - 433 Minifigures - 5 Price - MSRP $60 US Links Brickset, Peeron, Bricklink, Bricksafe Box Aside from a few minor dents and scrapes, the box still looks pretty good. Love that sunshine pattern on the seafloor. Definitely way more inviting than the box art for Aquazone, Atlantis or recent Deep Sea sets. It gives off that peaceful tropical island vibe that quite a few of the 90s sets gave me, although it probably helps that the only foliage available at the time were palm trees or those little conical and spherical versions. We also have the very cool Divers subtheme logo in the upper right-hand corner, along with an old price tag sticker that's still on the box. I won't say how much I paid for this thing unless asked, but I can assure you it was far from the original $59.99 shown here. That said, that logo continues to be great, reeking of atmosphere. You can practically hear the Jaws theme playing as Mr. Mask and Snorkel here looks to the surface and sees the shark silhouette, wondering if it saw him, if he can make it to safety... Moving on, the back of the box gives you some very fun alternative LEGO models, including a goofy little water slide and diving board setup, along with a larger (and smaller) undersea research station. Overall, they all seem pretty good to me, even if the boat on the largest alternative model picture looks a little strange with the bubble windshield. But that's the fun of LEGO. Now here's the good stuff. Like most boxes from this age, we have a great inner flap with more set pictures and some flavor text to help unleash your inner Jacques Cousteau, which I transcribed for all of you lovely people. "The ocean depths hold many mysteries and dangers. Sharks, stingrays and possibly sunken treasure! With building sets from the LEGO SYSTEM Divers collection, only you, the LEGO MANIAC, will find the secrets of the deep." The same flavor text is also available in French and Spanish for those in the multilingual crowd. We also have the customary (for the time, at least) plastic window which has some of the specialized parts on the left, with a random assortment of parts in bags to the right, complete with fun little scenes of the divers trying to outswim an octopus while a possible Captain Redbeard shipwreck lingers in the background. I understand why LEGO doesn't do this anymore, but man, it'd be great to bring this back. The top of the box feature some attractive water patterns, complete with rays of sun hitting the waves and the top of the ship's antenna and flag, which suggests the boat sank. Guess the pilot should've read the legal notice on the side of the box, which clearly states "NOT FOR USE IN WATER." The bottom of the box has some more of that big beautiful water pattern, complete with a porthole-like window design for viewing the diver minifigures and all that sweet, sweet animal life. Plus a now-useless barcode. Finally, the sides of the box both feature another angle of the set, with a captured shark and a sawfish that's getting a little too close for comfort for one of the divers. Once you open it, the seafaring fun doesn't stop at the exterior of the box, with a blue tray that helps contribute to the aquatic atmosphere. Take all the bags out of the right partition and you get the instructions plus a small catalogue which shows the hottest sets of 1997. Had to take a photo of the Divers page, as it looks great, with none of the obvious computer backgrounds that most promotional art has now. Instructions No surprises here. It's about the same as the box front, except without the name or age range. On the back are those wonderfully goofy alternative models again, along with a small blue tag in the lower left corner, which would be cut out and sent to LEGO for a magazine subscription. It may be repetitive, but I'll take this over Win-Shouty Kid any day of the week. Here's a random page in the actual instruction booklet. As you can see, no call-outs for individual parts, although submodels do have little yellow boxes. This can make for a more challenging build if you're not paying attention, though it's what I'm used to, so no problems there. Given the limited color palette, you get very good color differentiation, along with some fun graphics of schools of fish swimming around behind the instructions. Pieces Here's the eight bags that'll make up the whole set, still freshly sealed from all the way back in 1997. While LEGO doesn't use the bags with holes in them anymore (presumably to ensure the parts stay fresh), they still have a nice tactile quality to them. As far as loose parts go, all we've got here is one long string that will make up the winch and one lone LURP, which were everywhere back in the day. Two tan 32x16-stud baseplates make up the last loose parts in the box. Not as exciting as some other aquatic baseplates, but does provide plenty of room for staging little dioramas. Here's my first attempt at creating a photo grid in PhotoShop, with four of the bags open. Again, much like the instructions, no neat and orderly numbered bags like they make now. Chaos reigns when it comes to what parts are in what bag, so you just have to open all of them. Depending on your point of view, it can be either incredibly frustrating or incredibly rewarding to scrounge around until you find the exact piece you're looking for. And here's my second attempt at creating a photo grid in PhotoShop. With another four bags open, we can get started...almost. In case you couldn't see what was in the one plastic window, which so ably displayed all the cool new parts from this subtheme, worry not, as I took another photo of the parts after peeling the film away. We get some more sea life, some seaweed, two minifigures that have been tragically bisected by the sawfish and a few printed parts. As for the parts of interest, we have not one, not two, but three light-blue bubble windscreens, which were the most common versions according to Bricklink and mostly appeared in Divers sets (and were always excellent to have). We also get some neat modified bricks which were quite rare, only appearing in two sets in white and five sets total. The white and yellow panels 4x3x3 with portholes are also somewhat rare, having only appeared in five sets total, and only two sets in the color white, both from the Divers theme. As for the white panel 4x4x6 concave, these parts only appeared in seven sets, including some older ones from the space theme. Both the white and yellow 3x3x3 corner convex parts are probably one the more unique items here, having solely appeared in divers sets, while the minifigure handjet was sprinkled among a number of themes and subthemes (no pun intended), including an Aquazone set and Alpha Team: Mission Deep Sea one. Perhaps one of the more surprising finds here was the bow top, 6x6x1, which only appeared in two Divers sets. All told, quite a catch. As befits LEGO's generosity, we get two separate DSS for this set. I opted to leave off the marine life ones that go on the LURP since we now have actual molds to fill the gap, but I ended up using all the ones on the larger sheet, as it helps give the set some more character. Fortunately, LEGO's not a complete monster, and does give us plenty of excellent printed parts to make up for all the stickers, including control panels, a diving flag and three fun sea life tiles that will be part of a play feature. While I don't think it's to the same level as Adventurers, we still get lots of nice accessories for the minifigures to use as they explore the depths, along with two baseball hats to wear when they're not. Minifigures After getting the minifigures into emergency surgery (otherwise known as my hands), they're back together and ready to go! While they work well enough as generic figs to play around with, the May/June 1997 issue of Mania Magazine saw fit to give them all names that, depending on your perspective, are either endearingly silly or irritatingly cute. From left to right, we have Cora Reef (I think), twins Tug Topside and R.C. Scooter, along with Diver Dan and Scuba Sandy. As befits minifigures from this era, no backprinting exists for any of these characters, although the front of their uniforms are on-point, with great little sub logos that suggests a level of financing and organization the blue divers from the same subtheme simply don't have. Here's the gang with all their uniforms and scuba equipment on. Now we have a little more differentiation among the identical ones, and some of the flippers come into play. Love how the red and black flippers contribute to the overall look of the uniform. A rear shot of Cora and Dan with their oxygen tanks on. Kind of wish LEGO still used these ones, instead of the dual tanks from space sets, which are smaller and less detailed. We also get plenty of aquatic life for this set, including two stingrays, the happiest (and rarest) dolphin I've seen, the common sawfish and octopus, plus a white shark that may or may not be great. Hard to say with the newer one from this year. The Build We start by building the boat, which fits in nicely with the color scheme of the overall set. Even the 1x4 red brick works given the color band that makes up part of the actual Refuge structure. Build it up some more with a crane boom and some steering... ...then after tying off the string to the winch and hook, which is one of the two most frustrating steps in the world... ...you'll have a boat! Though something's still missing. So, after the second most frustrating step in the world... The boat is complete! While I don't have too many of the larger brick-built boats from this theme, the design of the cabin is particularly nice with the raised platform for the sonar dish. Not to mention the stern of the boat works better than the one from Shark Cage Cove, which always seemed a little low. Some other angles of the boat. One thing I like here is how the number on the side corresponds to the set number, something that still gets done anytime you pick up a set that has a vehicle in it. Now to move onto the main course that is the Deep Sea Refuge itself. I was surprised the instructions had you start on the main model immediately after building one of the two vehicles, but so it goes. We start by building the base. The blue hinge brick in the center is part of a play function that we'll come back to later. Add some flooring and the all-important chrome silver knives... ...followed by some furniture and hooks that will make up the changing room for divers... ...and we're well on our way. But first, a sub-model in the form of an X-ray machine. Obviously sleeker versions can be made now, but it works just fine and fits in nicely. Now it's starting to take shape. The machine on the opposite side of the X-ray machine is supposed to be a microscope, though it may not be the best version I've seen. The changing room for divers looks good, and fits all the extra scuba accessories that come with the set. Once that's complete, the Refuge gets closed up and we start working on the rock formation. Add a LURP and a roof to the Refuge... ...and we're done! While Sebastian and Flounder may be missing, there's still plenty of room on the two 32x16-stud baseplates for the sea life and divers we do get from the set. Some more angles of the Refuge itself. While it's quite bulbous, the shaping actually works for the structure, even if the greenery is a little samey compared to the diversity of parts we're spoiled with now. Now that we've gotten through the appetizer and main course, time for dessert, in the shape of a yellow submarine. We start with the base... Add in some branded compartments and that fishy computer screen in rear... ...and the sub starts to take shape once we add the last bubble windscreen and the porthole panels. Much like Aquazone sets, this sub comes with two moveable arms, even if it's missing a magnet hand. Unlike Aquazone sets, the joints that make up the arms seem to be slightly sturdier and less breakable, since they use fewer finger hinge parts. Guess time will tell if they break as readily. Also of note are the parts they use for the hands of the arms. I've only seen the towball piece used as part of a winch before, so it's cool to see a different use for it here. And there we are, one yellow submarine! While not as fancy as the one used by The Beatles, it still pops nicely. Another two angles of the sub. If you can ignore my crooked sticker placement on the rear and the shoddy PhotoShop job I did, you'll see this is one sleek machine, a far cry from the Crystal Explorer Sub's bulbousness. The fence pieces on top, along with the light gray bar adds some nice greebling detail. Hats aside, the two spare parts here include a Technic axle and a trans-clear 1x1 round stud. Pretty basic. Play Features While lacking in such traditional fun-filled action features from our "enlightened" age like flick-fire missiles or stud shooters, there's still some good solid stuff here. The most interesting feature that springs to mind is how easy it is to get inside the Refuge. With two hinge bricks, the structure easily swings open. There we go! Plenty of room for Sandy to do her research and for Diver Dan to get a new oxygen tank. Here you can see the cleverness of using trans-light-blue for the bubble windscreens, making it seem as if they're actually underwater, instead of an ad hoc photo studio. The placement of seaweed right outside both of the windscreens is also a solid design choice, giving the illusion of swimming to a stingray on the left and Cora on the right. So I'm cheating here, but didn't want to figure out the proper exposure for a printed tile on black under a dark blue window, so I'm stealing from the instructions. All three tiles, much like the Exploriens gimmick (and maybe a few others) look scrambled under normal light, but once you look at them through the dark-blue window, you can see bones and other fun-filled secrets. Curious about what the Refuge looks like when closed up? Simply open up the roof and you'll be able to see the structure the way the minifigures would. Kudos to the designer for making the entrance to the Refuge four studs by four studs to fit an actual minifigure, although they lose a few points once you realize there's no easy way into the structure given the placement of the struts. The bubble windscreens are also big enough to accommodate a minifigure as well, which probably comes in handy if you want to do some lounging, and can open up. Much like the Refuge, accessibility is the name of the game with the sub too. The bubble windscreen opens wide to place R.C. in his comfy blue chair... ...and thanks to four hinge bricks in the rear, it's a snap to place another minifigure in the back, although this is clearly the less comfortable position given how there's no chair. And if a diver finds something they want to stow away safely, all they have to do is open one of the two boxes on either side of the sub. Admittedly, I don't know if the printed tiles would fit in here, but the coins definitely would, along with whatever other knicknacks they happen to come across. The arms on the sub are also just as capable as a minifigure's, and can grasp a number of things. You'll also notice that there's plenty of room to display the sub on the baseplate without needing to take something else out. And thanks to the miracle of trans-clear bricks, I can make it seem as if the boat is floating on the surface of the water, where our last few play features reside. But before I forget, the boat does have a nice little compartment near the bow for placing spearguns, hats, and whatever other accessories aren't in play. While lacking a hatch on the top to seal the compartment (along with an accessible way for the pilot to get to the compartment short of clambering around the outside of the bow), it's still nice to have. Last but not least is the boat's winch, which has plenty of string to reach the (imaginary) seabed. That 41L string piece can also attach quite easily to the roof of the Refuge, even if it's not exactly clear what it's function is. If you're a fan of the movie The Abyss, you could treat it as an electronic tether and recreate the scene where the drilling platform slides deeper into the oceanic trench by pushing the set off the table. Final Thoughts Pricing and Value - According to Brick Insights, which I use for this sort of thing because I'm lazy, the price-per-part for this set is $0.22, which is a slight improvement over its price-per-part back in 1997, when it was at $0.24, which makes it good overall. That said, I think this set was still worth it even if the score was worse, given how many rare and exclusive parts you get in this set. Speaking of... Pieces - You get three bubble windscreens, eight panels with portholes, some parts that are nice to have such as an anchor and a chain, along with plenty of seaweed, string and sea animals. I'd say that's a pretty good deal, especially when you look at how much you get, and the rarity of some of these parts. Design/Build - This might be one of the more satisfying builds I've gone through recently. With two vehicles, you have something to show for your efforts without it taking too much time. With a lack of small plates and tiles, you can quickly assemble one model after another, and it's all well thought out. The sub is longer than some of the other ones from this...ahem...subtheme, but still looks sleek with plenty of room to access the interior, and the Refuge is similar. No matter if your hands are large or dainty, LEGO made sure grubby digits of all sizes can get into the Refuge. While lacking some of the more homely touches that make up 2020's Ocean Exploration Base such as a bed, coffee maker or lamp, this one has the edge by actually making it seem watertight, something that is frustratingly lacking in more recent underwater sets. And the boat is a nice addition that didn't need to be included in a set whose main focus is underwater anyway, so adding one in is a nice touch, which I can't say for the more recent line. Playability - This review took me a little longer than planned, since once the Refuge itself was complete, it was hard to get back on track and finish the sub. There's so much to do, with all the divers, accessories and sea life that you can have a number of adventures and not once get tired. Swoosh the boat. Swoosh the sub. Swoosh the aquatic animals into the Refuge. Even if this is the only set you have, it's still enough to have a good time (although I might have to recommend picking up a set that comes with a shark cage). Verdict: There's a reason this is a flagship set, one that, judging by The Brickster's review, is still widely loved and appreciated. If you compare the more recent Ocean Exploration Base to this set, it's almost no contest in terms of what you get. LEGO Divers may not always sell as strongly in the aftermarket as other retired themes, but it's well worth your while to seek this set out. Heck, it even integrates quite nicely with more modern underwater City subthemes, yellow colorschemes and all. While this set wasn't the first one from this subtheme I was looking to buy, when I saw it, I figured it was worth the price. And boy was it ever. I suspect this will stay in my collection for quite some time. Thanks for reading! Comments and questions always welcome!
  2. Hello all! Here again I have another naval creation I made, this time it's a nuclear submarine. Any comments or critiques are very welcome, thank you! This is a cutaway attempting to show a lot of the real details the submarine should have, including the sonar device, the crew bunks, the bridge, the torpedo tubes and of course the engine: Ballistic Missile Submarine by General 尓àvarre, on Flickr There are also several play features like hatches to see more details which you can see in the comments on flickr! Ballistic Missile Submarine by General 尓àvarre, on Flickr Also, if you like it please stop by on flickr and give it a favorite, thank you again .
  3. As you might have guessed from my previous Aquazone moc I'm putting together an Aquazone world, and what is this 1995 Lego theme without the eternal bad guys - the sneaky, stealthy Aquasharks? The "Spurdog" Fast Attack Submarine - A mobile base of operation with ample offensive capabilities. Powerplant: 35000 kW Hydrolator Crystal powergenerator Armaments: 2x harpoon launchers, 2x Mk 71 torpedo launchers Oxygen supply: Mk 4 artificial gill system and redundant CO2 scrubbers Complement: 5 to 10 Like its real-life counterpart, the jointed frame allows for superb maneuverability, though unlike its counterpart it is not used for propulsion. This single hybrid pump-jet propellor pushes the sleek submarine along at a speed of 45 knots, max. Obviously, I had to incorporate the Aquashark cockpit piece in the build, but it's designed for smaller craft. This solution works rather well. The crew is pulling 16-hour shifts, and the bloody espresso machine still hasn't been fixed! Oh well, maybe they'll snatch one off an Aquanaut sub sometime soon. Gullwing doors for playability access to the crew quarters. The action on these doors turned out perfect. Various hatches provide airlock access for the Aquashark divers. Does this submarine look somewhat modular to you? Is it? Of course it is! Can the sections be rearranged? Of course they can! The submarine still looks sleek, and the separate module acts as a small stationary base. Inside it are storage containers, diving gear, a maintenance station and diving pools... ...which also allow access to the two modified Aquashark Scouts and extra scooters. This sub has everything you need for those oldschool Aquashark raiding actions! More pics in the Brickshelf folder (when public). Thanks for now, more Aquazone to come!
  4. Tamas Juhasz

    [MINI] Submarine

    Hello! Finally my entry is done: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=546318 It's a pneumatic submarine. I wanted to make something similar to the 8868 B model (which is the best B of all time imho), but 200 parts aren't much for that. So I decided to make a pneumatic sequencer base, which allows an automatic function circuit. Working method: two pneumatic cylinder are connected to the other's valve, they control each other. The big cylinder controls the two small. : Promo pictures: So the main function is the pneumatic arm, other smaller ones are described in this picture. Video is available below. Made with 200 parts: Other pictures: Thanks to the outer shell with the yellow panels, the submarine is pretty rigid: Control panel in the cockpit: The inner structure with all pneumatic parts: Video: link: I know, there isn't much time left to the end of the contest, but in the last few weeks I was very busy. Fell free to ask or comment, I'm courious about your opinion. .LXF file for instructions: www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Submarine/mini-submarine-ldd-instructions.lxf .
  5. Hey Everybody, I want to show you a review about LEGO 7773 Aquaraiders Tiger Shark Attack Submarine Vehicle:
  6. My latest creation; ...it's another submarine . It's a small one, I do hope to build a really big submarine one day. The observation dome on top, the printed transparent dish, came from some Star Wars set. Lots of canopies to give the operator a complete view of the surroundings. I hope you like it. I'd put it on Ideas but who am I kidding, people are only interested in yellow submarines .
  7. Well, this year's LEGO offering has been good time me. As a starter... I immediately took a liking to LEGO Creator 31090 due to the prospect of building a LEGO TF from the parts inside. So here we are. BumbleSea is a low profile sibling of Bumblebee and he transform into an undersea sub with salvage and recovery abilities . Transformation doesn't require reassembly of parts. One of my biggest challenge was implementing the windshield on his chest (like Bumblebee), which connects pretty near to the pelvic balljoints. For building instructions, pay a visit to my blog below: http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2019/02/lego-creator-31090-underwater-robot.html For building instructions of my other LEGO Transformers ,especially those made from a single LEGO set. go here: http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/search/label/instruction
  8. This sinister vessel comes with giant twin propellers, a turning rudder, removable conning tower, six seats inside the vessel for the brave crew, and a periscope for seeing your enemies before they see you! Help the evil Lord Ogel stalk and sink his nemesis, the Alpha Team, (plus his old foe Johnny Thunder) with his cutting edge submarine by firing torpedoes and diving deep to avoid depth charges. And when all else fails, rev up the engines to ramming speed and run through your enemies' vessels at top speed!* Remember: Run silent and Run deep! (*NOTE: Sub does not actually fire torpedoes, move under it's own power, or float on real water, though it will sink!) Builder's notes: This is a recolored Yellow Submarine model (set 23106). I lengthened and widened the sub, removed all but one periscope, added three more seats and revised the color scheme to be suitably evil and dark for Lord Ogel. I even added two huge round windows to watch the sea-life go by and let Ogel plot his next evil move. The rear of the submarine. The sub features six seats and table, plus a lift-away upper half to access the crew compartment. This submarine model will be built in real life, but I'm unsure where it fits on my to-build timeline. I will update this page when it does happen with real-world pictures! I finished putting together the Ogel Underwater Base (set 4795 from 2002) that I received from my step-father's collection with a few additions from my bins for missing parts. I misread the instructions very early on and didn't notice until it was time to join the two halves together, so I rigged the double-joint to work with my mistake. I also ran out of parts on the rear near the rear half's revolving door, so I had to modify the model a bit to make it into more of a MOD than a straight-up set. I added a ramp to get to the entrance and built a couple more figures for Ogel's Skeleton Drone army... I just need to make four more drone figures to complete the "army". I also have given Ogel his ancestor Vladek's sword from Knight's Kingdom II. Here we see the skull door in the open position. The inside still needs work, as the inside is pretty much still original to the set. I think I will put a big chair for Ogel where the skull on a pedestal is right now. Here is the story I have written so far about Ogel and how he connects to my 1920's Adventurers stuff: Born in 1893 as the last heir of the nation that bears his name, (Ogel) William Joseph Ogel was determined at an early age to rule his country with a iron fist. He became Lord (emperor, in effect) of the country in 1910 and heir to his ancestor Vladek's mysterious powers. (today we would call this physic energy "mind control") However, his control oddly ended at the border of his country. Desperate for power, he devised a scheme to amplify his powers using a strange substance known then as Ogelium to be dispersed via an unknown method. (probably via the water supply) Thankfully, World War I intervened before he could enact his plan, and he scaled back his plans until 1918, when the war ended. He had stayed out of the conflict, and secretly built up his military in the process. In 1920 he lost his left eye in a accident with a small sample of Ogelium, after which William kept the glowing ruby-red socket behind an eye-patch from then on. Determined once more to take over the world on his own terms, in 1925 he contacted Lord Sam Sinister to get him objects of great supernatural power. This eventually led him to the un-named jungle island where he and Sinister actually beat Johnny Thunder and company to the treasure at the last minute. Determined not to share the treasure with anyone, Ogel greedily double-crossed Sinister and grabbed the "treasure" for himself and his army of mind-controlled soldiers. Sam then go into a sword fight with William, which William won, but at the price of his left hand. Afterwards, it was revealed the treasure William took was fake, and than Johnny and Sam had joined forces to blow up the temple after the fight. This was done to prevent William from returning and getting the real deal. Furious, Ogel replaced his hand with one of Ogelium and permanently removed his patch so that anyone could see his scarred eye. After having lost his country during a Great Depression-era revolution (started by Lord Sam Sinister in a grab for power which cost Sam his life) Ogel retreated to his island fortress, whereupon he plotted and schemed for around 30 years to regain his evil standing with the world. By the late 1950's, he had gained the notoriety of a urban legend, a myth mothers told their children to scare them to behave. But certain world leaders knew he was real, and still alive due to an mechanical encounter suit to keep him physically fit. After firing a nuclear rocket at the moon in 1965 to announce to his demands for world conquest (or else!), he was the subject of the newly-formed Alpha Team mission, which, helped by an aged Johnny Thunder, sank Ogel and his entire military base to the deep ocean depths. In 1972, he reemerged from the depths using nuclear-mutated sea life to try to conquer the world once more, and was again stopped by Alpha Team. In 1978, he tried to freeze the world solid, in an "If I can't have it, neither can you" scenario, only to be stopped by Alpha team's leader, Agent Zed. In the process of fighting Zed, Ogel was finally defeated by destroying his encounter suit, revealing the frail, 85-year old man inside. Ogel's final act was to take a fatal does of Ogelium, killing him nearly instantly... but not before detonating a remote nuclear device, destroying Zed and much of Ogel Island. ....rumors persist, however, of a clone of Ogel running amok in the world, trying to regain his evil place in the world as late as 2009.... Comments, Questions, Suggestions, and Complaints are always welcome!
  9. I don't know if anyone else remembers when @Sebeus I posted LDD images of his Lego Ideas Submarine about 5 years ago, but it inspired me to take a stab at making something similar in real bricks, with a number of modifications to make it look more like an actual WWII German midget sub called the Seehund (the sail design & external torpedo racks on my version are heavily based on what was actually used on the Seehund-class). I completed the LDD mock-up about 2 years ago, but various circumstances, namely trying to scrape enough money to hire a lawyer to get divorced from my ex-wife & my mom passing away last year after a long battle with cancer, always ended up preventing me from being able to buy the parts I needed off BrickLink until earlier this year. So, without further ado, I present: The CSS Piranha SSM-1 Lead boat in the Piranha-class midget submarines used by the Neo-Confederate Navy Piranha Starboard Side by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr From Jayne's Ships, 2118 edition: "Due to increased success of Federal Republic & Lone Star naval bombardment of Neo-Confederate coastal cities, the New Confederate States of America government realized that they'd need some cheap, relatively fast & stealthy means of coastal defense, thus the Piranha-class midget subs were born. Equipped with an air-independent drive able to operate submerged for 18 days with fully-charged fuel cells, and packing two MK-54 heavy torpedoes, the small, two-man boats proved their worth when they sunk a Federal Navy frigate sailing close to the Alabama coast in an attempt to bombard Mobile with its 3" coil guns." Piranha Hatch by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr Top view of the Piranha, with external torpedo racks visible & hatch open. In the nose of the sub are twin, repeating harpoon launchers that used compressed air to launch explosive-tipped harpoons at any sea monsters attacking the sub. The sub uses harpoons instead of lasers for discouraging overly ambitious sea life to conserve the limited power of its hybrid bio-diesel/hydrogen fuel cell Air-Independent Drive. Torpedoes Away! by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr "While these subs were originally designed with coastal defense in mind, a task they're well-suited for, Captain Edward "Blackbeard" Teach of the Heavy Cruiser, CSS Baton Rouge found a way to turn them into effective offensive weapons: He simply removed 2 of the ship's boats from the port-side boat davits & secured one of these subs in their place, extending its operational range to wherever the fusion-powered cruiser could take it. Since then, all Neo-Confederate Mobile-class Heavy Cruisers have had Captain (or rather Commodore, since that idea earned him a promotion) Teach's modification applied, making these already infamous 'pocket battleships' even more of a pain in the allied navies' necks." Piranha Interior Aft by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr The 2-man subs are equipped with a combined engineering & torpedo control station in the aft (next to the single bunk for whomever is off-duty to get 6 hours of sleep while the other crew member pilots the sub. Both stations are only manned when the sub has located a target for its heavy torpedoes). Piranha Interior Forward by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr The pilot's station in the forward section of the boat also has the controls for the harpoon launchers, so that any sea serpents or kraken thinking the sub would be a tasty snack can be dispatched without having to wake the other crew member. Hope you enjoyed this project, and as a nice little bonus pic, here's the sub on display at BrickFair, VA, my first time attending as a registered participant :D My Stuff by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr
  10. Grid E10 Studica / Q10 World. Current depth 50 m, speed 6 knots, heading 0 degrees. S901, after the successful amphibious strike on site Mike, proceeded to South Bay, in Southern Xenor, as there is a port between close to sites Papa and Oscar. 0 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Control room. 1 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Bonustrack, custom made radar and damage control screens. LATERAL PUENTE MANDO ESTRIBOR by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Suddenly, the sonar man spoke: -Sir, surface contact bearing 45, range 50000 metres, 5 knots, diesel. Not recorded in database, probably a freighter! -Aye, I will report the Captain. Keep speed, heading and depth. 2 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The Watch Officer went to the Captain´s cabin. -Sir, we have a surface contact, probably a non combatant. -Thanks, let´s go to the control room. 3 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr -Do you have SIGO image? (Satellite-Inteligence for Geographical Observation) -Sir, it will take a few minutes at this depth, but we will have it. -Thanks, I will report the Naval Command. 4 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr “Intel: freighter suspected to be carrying WMD has left port in Southern Xenor. Possible ship name: Xenor Sea 1, heading to Tosul. In case of contact confirm ship and prepare for assault. Sinking is the last resource.” He received a message via the internal communication system. -Sir! We have satellite image. According to the image, it is a freighter, but we can´t confirm the name yet. -Set interception course, speed 8 knots, keep depth. 4 1 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr -Send encoded message: grid Q10, contact with possible ship, proceeding to intercept, preparing assault by divers. 5 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr -After confirmation, our target is in sight. We will shadow the freighter and wait for appropriate assault conditions. 6 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The cofferdam flooded to allow a free escape of the divers. 7 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr
  11. Hi people! Maybe some of you know me of the Star Wars forum. I am the proud builder of one of the UCS minifig AT-ATs and the Imperial Base, but I wanted to change and build something different. And after the Alebricks 2016 Lego Event I decided to build a minifig size submarine. I took inspiration on the S80 class under construction by Navantia, but I wanted it larger and more powerful. This is what I have by far...only the bow, the first module, and the sail. I don´t know when I will finish it, but I would like to build it with bricks for Christmas. The sub will hold 40 minifigs (32 for crew and 8 for a SpecOps unit)(like in the soon-to-be-built S81 for the Spanish Navy), 8 tubes (6 in the "real" S80), with an estimated length of 220 studs (approx). The design has been tricky, but it looks good. The real LEGO model will have detachable panels, so the inner rooms (control room, quarters, halls...) may be seen. I hope you enjoy it, and questions are welcome! Of course it must be finished and more detailed, but it´s promising SUBMARINO ENSAMBLADO 2 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr
  12. S901 Triana was christened a few days ago, and after the training in the submarine simulators and other submarine units of the Navy, the first patrol was to begin. The crew was either inside the sub preparing it to sail ASAP or loading the last supplies, and only a representation was ready to be inspected by the Admiral Chief of the Navy. FOTO1 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr FOTO2 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr FOTO3 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The Admiral Chief of the Navy arrived in a vehicle and was saluted by Captain RAMIREZ ARELLANO, who reported about the readiness of ship and crew. FOTO4 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr FOTO5 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr FOTO7 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The Admiral lets the Captain give a speech: “Little ducks, there is problem in the world. The Republic of Nations has started a war and they are threatening our existence and our COAC allies´. They started, but we will make them stop. We have the most powerful killing machine ever devised by the man. We are capable of delivering more firepower than has ever seen before. And victory shall be ours, with the help of God.” “Chief of the Boat, are you aware of the name of this boat?” “Very aware, Sir!” “It bears a proud name, doesn't it, Mr. Cob?” “Very proud, Sir!” “It represents fine people” “Very fine people, Sir!” “Who live in an outstanding neighborhood” “Outstanding, Sir!” “In a beautiful city” “Beautiful, Sir!” “Which is in the greatest country in the entire world” “In the entire world, Sir” “And what is that name, Mr. Cob?” “TRIANA, Sir” “And what do we say? “HAIL TRIANA!” “Dismiss the crew Mr. Cob!” “Aye, aye, Sir! Fall out!” FOTO6 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The Captain is named after Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano, who was the first US Navy Submarine Commanding Officer with Spanish origins (his family was from the former Spanish Province of Puerto Rico).
  13. TRIANA, on her way to southern waters, carried an 8-strong team of the Special Operations Unit. This is a combat divers unit that can carry out a varied range of operations, such as infiltration to designate targets for bombings of for long-range surveillance patrols, evacuation of valuable personnel, elimination of high-value enemy targets… In this case, we can see a simple readiness exercise with an electric powered inflatable zodiac. As informed in previous posts, by using the submarine´s cofferdam, the team can leave the sub diving without emerging. Combat divers training by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Combat divers training 2 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Combat divers training 3 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The inflatable zodiac remains packed in a container in a side of the sail.
  14. After the events depicted on [GBW] - Troop build up - Erotema - Submarine Assembly Plant the first unit of the S90-class diesel attack submarine is to be christened. What does this mean? Normally, whenever a marine unit is ready to enter service, she (I will never understand why vessels are feminine in English) is given a name and someone very important for her own country breaks a bottle of champagne on her hull. In this case, the first unit of the S90 class will be named S901 TRIANA. The namesake comes from Rodrigo de Triana, the lookout who first spotted the American continent on 12 October 1492. It is also one of the most typical neighborhoods in Seville, Spain. “Good morning, this is Antony Stone reporting live from Erotema Shipyards, where the new submarine of our Navy, Triana, is to be christened in the following minutes.” 1 START PRESS by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr “We are close to the catering for the subsequent finger food lunch that will take place after the christening”. 2 CATERING by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr “The authorities today are the following: Mr. Blas Gálvez, President of Erotema. Bishop Marcellus Breadwine, top military priest. Miss. Marifé Gálvez, Miss Erotema 2017 and daughter of President Gálvez. Top Navy officers and the future Captain of S901 TRIANA”. 3 AUTHORITIES by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr “We listen now the anthem of Erotema being played by a small group of…MARIACHIS??? WTF!!! Well, our studios on Erotema city report that as all the available personnel is engaged in the war, the Navy had to hire the services of a mariachi band on tour on Erotema”. 4 ORCHESTRA by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Overall view of the event. 5 OVERALL VIEW by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Detail of the Navy Insignia, inspired on that of the Spanish Navy. 6 NAVY INSIGNIA by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Detail of the submarine sail and the flag of Erotema. From left to right (bow to stern), attack periscope, observation periscope, 16-cell SAM VLS, snorkel, radio antenna, radar. 7 TOWER DETAIL by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Overall view of the submarine in all her length. INSTAGRAM1 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr Main features: Length 241 studs, about 81 metres. Beam: 22,7 studs (aprox), about 7,6 metres. Armament: 8 650 mm torpedo tubes. Up to 32 torpedoes or missiles (cruise missiles too) plus 4 mines. Each torpedo or missile can be replaced by 2 mines. 16-cell SAM VLS. Crew: 32 + 8 passengers (specops units, training personnel, etc). This submarine has 3 diesel generators and 1 electric motor driving a pump jet, which makes her even more silent than current diesel submarines (of course, more silent than nuclear subs). Its AIP plant extends her underwater endurance for about 30 days without surfacing.
  15. legoMoccer

    MOC Lotus Espirt S1

    hey just finished a moc of the lotus esprit S1, any feedback would be great i submitted both versions to lego ideas but they turned down the Bond version i guess due to the licence there more images and angles on the ideas page, not sure if i can post it https://ideas.lego.com/projects/6c22a01d-d7fe-44a3-bf8c-fc7b4050b513
  16. Map location: Grid C4 in Studica, P6 world. At Erotema Shipyards, the assembly of the first S90 class submarine (to be christened yet) is finishing. STERN MODULE WITH RUDDERS AND PUMP JET by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr President Gálvez went there to take a final look of the manufacturing process. He speaks with the Fleet Admiral... PRESIDENT BLAS GÁLVEZ AND FLEET ADMIRAL by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr "-When will the sub be ready to support our Army and allies? Soon things may go very harsh. No problem President, the sub will be ready to be christened and ready to sail in 6 weeks. Ok. What about the S100 model? It´s on inception. Good." The S90 moves using a pump jet, so it is very silent. TAIL AND PUMP JET by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr The President and Fleet Admiral visit several parts of the factory to see how the work is going on MODULE ALMOST FINISHED by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr MODULE ALMOST FINISHED 2 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en FlickrMODULE ALMOST FINISHED 3 by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr And he sees a scale model of the completed submarine and a sample of the weapons carried. SCALE MODEL AND HEAVY WEAPONS by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr "President, this is what our submarine can carry. The black cylinders close to us are naval mines, with them we can block any enemy port or naval route. Next, the cruise missiles, with a range of 2500 km. Its conventional warhead is very powerful and its CEP is less than 10 meters. The dark gray torpedo is an excellent weapon against ships or submarines. It has a double homing system with optic fiber and acoustic sensors, with a range of 50 km and 50 knots of top speed. To conclude, the SSM, with a range of 150 km and able to strike both ships or land targets. Besides, the sub will carry SAM in a VLS in the sail to have short range AAA capability against ASW helicopters." The submarine is a real build I began at the beginning of 2017 after making a 12000+ part LDD. I posted a few pictures of several real lego-built modules, but the pics displayed here with the wall and floor were taken a few hours ago. Enjoy!
  17. Grids M6 and M7 (general map). Ldd build. After knowing that the Spriznulo Navy failed the trials with 2 drones on grids L6, L7, M6, M7, the 4th flotilla of the Erotema Submarine Force departed from her main naval base in an attempt to recover such valuable technology and return it to the legitimate owner. ES 411 (Erotema submarine 411) is underway to grids M6 and M7 in silent running in case the passive sonar array can detect any distress signal or abnormal noise coming from the lost drones. According to the Strategic Electronic Warfare Units, there is evidence of an unknown radar signal first detected on grid L6 that followed a path to grids M6 and M7 before disappearing from the radar screens. As Spriznulo is an allied, it is vital that the COAC finds the drones before any RON nation do. Secret orders, known as Letters of Last Resort (yes, I have copied the name from the Royal Navy), are to be executed by the Submarine Fleet Captains in case there is no time or possibility to report to the Erotema Navy High Command. Will our submarine find anything apart from old cannons, chests, masts or sealife? DIVERS OK by green helmet spanish AFOL, en Flickr ES 411 belongs to a series of midget submarines, which have inspired the larger classes still on trials, but soon ready for a conflict that the COAC didn´t start. Enjoy!
  18. Legonardo

    Some mocs

    been a while since I posted here, so here's a few mocs I've made the last few months, enjoy! enjoy! David
  19. here my U-boat, hope u like it, people asked me for some images, i made a video for lego ideas, i will put soon the link here and into yt video for voting, im waiting for approval Thanks!!! Omar
  20. Jody Meyer

    [O-F04] The Big Fish...

    Title: The Big Fish... Planet: F04 Tags: Civil, Building, vehicle, Submarine, exploration Well Hans and Bob have been shipped to Illustria to help out with an exploration rig in one of the many vast oceans... PANEL18 by Meyerj, on Flickr PANEL18a by Meyerj, on Flickr The Fish is from Atlantis set 8080. The smaller sub is a work in progress but started from set #6559 Platform also work in progress, started from set 4210 Cheers Jody
  21. NB : the boat qualify easily for a SHIP built (about 2800 pieces, more than 110 studs long, about 50 high) LOCATION : F04 - Illustria TAGS : SHIP, submarine, spaceshift, exploration, Octan, civilian building Hadvice : Where shall we go professor ? Pr Thaum : We go to Illustria, Hadvice. I had great news from our research ship over there. Hadvice : Why is it a bunk only for you in this shuttle professor ? Pr Thaum : This shuttle don't need two pilots, so the other passenger don't need a seat... and why not a bunk... much more comfortable... And you're a great pilot Hadvice... Pr Thaum : ... Could you please shut off the com, I will have a small siesta... the whole path is recorded in the main computer. *** a restorative power nap later, over Illustria main ocean *** Hadvice : Professor, here we are... just over the SHIP. We are going to land. The sea is fully striped with green sargasso weeds ! Pr Thaum : Sargasso !! Yeah !! Luckily I have my special outfit !! Pr Thaum : an this outfit, is really what I need today for what is going to happen !!! That will be a great day Hadvice !!! All is already prepared, I just have to speak with professor GRANT and you could start the submarine... Hadvice : er... a submarine ? Pr Thaum : Yes Hadvice, a submarine ! *** just a few moment later *** Seaman : Hi Mr FOURFREE, your submarine will be ready to board as soon as we have dropped the pilot boat... : Glups... this... this si my submarine ? Seaman : Indeed, Sam will put it slowly on the plateform with the crane. Pr GRANT : I have prepared this lookout, as your request Berthold. And Selim will record the whole mission. Pr Thaum : Nice, Miles, I would like to see all by myself, the submarine, the sea, the sargasso, underwater... I'm very excited !! Seaman 2 : The submarine is ready Mr FOURFREE, and Youri will go with you until the submarine properly enter the water : Er... I feel ill professor, I have seasickness ! I'm not sure I can go underwater ! I'm nauseous ! : Don't forget to roll up your visor in this case ! It's OK Karl, let it go, Sam, you can lift ! Youri, ready ? deepsea diver : OK Professor ! : Have a nice trip Hadvice !! And don't worry I'd brought the freezer, Selim will protect you if it's needed. : Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!! PLAAAOUF ! Youri (deepsea diver) : Sub released, OK Sam, hook free. Pr GRANT : All the sensors are OK Berthold, sonar, radar, and the sub cams. Pr Thaum : I'm so excited !!! What a pity we don't have a rhum bottle !! Hadvice !! could you hear me ? We have locked some steel structure behind you... could you see it ? Hadvice : Yes professor, I can hear you, the fall is controlled, - 425 feet... and yes my sonar indicated that the ground is not far, and that something metallic lies just beneath I will start the flash lights. Hadvice : A ship wreck professor ! I'm just above a ship wreck ! Seems to be an old one ! : Good Hadvice !!! Good, quick, you have to stow on it and bring it back !!! I'm so excited !!! I'm so excited !!! Hadvice : Seems to be a LL 918 or a LL 924 old space classic cruiser... : We... We just received the image from your onboard cam !! That's it !! That's it !!! : Uh Oh ! : Er... professor ? : Yes ? : Seems that I'm not alone here... and I'm not sure that I'll catch your wreck safely... : Rhooo, Hadvice, what a tiny concern !! You're afraid with some littles fishes... The sonar dispalys some moving biological bugs... : The fishes seems to pilots underwater scooter and even a submarine professor, and they seems really unhappy... : Bring back the wreck up !!! I will figure the fishes problem out ! Hadvice : you're the boss, Boss... Hadvice : The wreck is fasten, I'm going up... with friends... Beware everybody... At least 4 friends going up with me ! Manta Alien : Fatghn fatghn !! sroooofff Fatghn !!! <piuuuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwww> Pr Thaum (waving is lightsaber on) : <Fsssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh> Treasures everywhere !!! I'm so excited <SCHLAK - back piuuuuwwwwwwwww> Well done Hadvice !!! Selim, freeze me this one up ! Selim : Yes Professor <SHWWAAAAAP> Shark alien : Fatghn !! Gaaargllll ! Pr Thaum :♫ Here we are ♪ !!! Born to be kings ♫!!! Pr Thaum : ... ♫ We're the princes of the universe !!! ♪ Here we belong... !!! *** a one way carnage later *** Pr Thaum : Now, we can open the hold ! Quick Barney, quick, I'm so excited !!! Barney (starting the blowtorch) : Let the game begins ! Pr Thaum : Youri, take care of my new experiment living subject, please ! gnerk gnerk gnerk Otto : There's a container inside... sealed ! Pr Thaum : Please, Barney, will you... Barney : A child's play ! Barney : done... Pr Thaum : Youhouuuuuuuuuuu !!! Another one !!! That's another piece !!! hin hin hin hin bring it to my shuttle please, I will leave as soon as possible. I have to retrieve the second one from the treacherous Dr Long... Pr Thaum : Hadvice, you can load my 2 treasures into the shuttle Hadvice : sure professor... Pr Thaum : And have a particular care of the second piece.. We go back to the Axle quickly !!! *** the precious load carefully stowed into the shuttle *** Pr Thaum : I AM THE KING OF THE WORLD !!! WHOUUUU WHOUUUU WHOOOOUUUUUU !!!! Hadvice : Professor, be carefull !! I'm afraid you may have an unexpected dive ! C&C welcome... a throng of bonus pics coming soon
  22. Down periscope, prepare to fire torpedoes on my mark! Help the evil Lord Sam Sinister stalk and sink his nemesis Johnny Thunder with the cutting edge submarine S-13, nicknamed the Killer Whale, by firing torpedoes and diving deep to avoid depth charges.* *Sub does not actually dive, fire torpedoes, or float on real water. This sinister vessel comes with two propellers, a rudder, a ladder from deck level to the conning tower, and a periscope for seeing your enemies before they see you! Remember: Run silent and Run deep! The ship comes with detailed interior and removable roof. This is so you can plan Sam's next devious attack on Johnny in the war room, pilot the sub in the control area, or try to coax some extra speed out of the motor in the engine room. You can even watch the sea creatures go by with the massive windows in the side of the sub! NOTES & LDD FILES: Here is the LDD file for version 1 (above): http://www.moc-pages...1466873891m.lxf It is based heavily on set 4888 and the sub Nautilus from the 1950's movie version of "20,000 Leagues under the Sea". This is version 3 of the sub's LDD file: submarine version two LDD file This model (v3) was more inspired by the modern subs from 1990's film "The Hunt for Red October" than the Nautilus, though it still retains the large porthole. It features an enlarged conning tower and revised engine room. I also moved the tower four studs closer to the front of the sub. Both models are able to be built in real life. Any thoughts, comments, and / or questions are always welcome!
  23. If you're anything like me, you were probably struck with awe when the 1995 Lego catalogue hit the stores. The Aquazone theme was something different entirely, and the diorama pictured was totally awesome. A whole new world opened up for us legomaniacs, literally! Arguably the most realistic, and in my mind the coolest submarine was the cargo sub that came with the 6195 Neptune Discovery Lab. Of course, at the time I never actually owned the set. But now I do, and after building the little sub I was a little disappointed, because it only looked good from several angles. From the pictures in the catalogue, I somehow imagined it being much, much beefier. So I set about building an improved version, another vessel for my Aquazone project. It serves as a medium range cargo sub, features a long-range com antenna, storage bay that doubles as airlock, redundant air-supply systems for those extended trips, electromagnetic container hook-up crane, dual harpoon launchers, and ofcourse aquazone-mandatory magnet & gripper arms. I tried to remain close to the design of the original 6195 sub. The yellow flags that probably functioned as hydroplanes were copied, as was the "pontoon" layout on the underside of the craft. The main prop located higher up on the sub, two manuevering pump-jets on the sides, just like the original. The dark grey clips that hold the yellow flex hose have since been replaced by black ones. Inside the cabin, a seat for the pilot with steering controls, and one for an engineer with joystick controls for the manipulator arms. Behind them, a torch and pire extinguisher, and the airlock door to the cargo bay. The cabin will fit three minifigs comfortably, altough the rear crewman actually has to remain standing during the entire trip. Or, he could just go lie down in the spacious cargo hold. The cargo bay, big enought to even carry one of the cargo containers used by my Aquanauts. Although, that's what the extending magnetic crane on the back is for. Hydrogen refueling in progress. The container has a hydrolator crystal powered electrolysis device, which generates hydrogen from seawater. Hydrogen is then used in the subs fuel cells. Larger submarines actually have these devices built in. With the huge power durability of the crystals, these submarines would be analogue to present-day nuclear submarines. Ofcourse, radioactive isotopes and hydrocarbons for fuels are a thing of the past in the aquazone. A side by side comparison of the two cargo subs. My version is just a couple studs longer but probably has four times the cargo capacity. Overall, I think it would be instantly recognisable for anyone who owns the 6195 set. I did replace the neon orange lamps with regular lamps on the 6195 sub in the photo however. More pics on the Brickshelf, and more Aquazone moc's coming in the future! Thanks for viewing, and please consider building and posting more underwater ceations in the Action and Adventure forum!
  24. So, I decided to dust off a project that had been set aside for quite some time, due to how the first version had some major design flaws (IMO) that I just couldn't seem to work out. Well, after going to BrickFair last month, I decided to take another crack at it (in between various RL stuff that has been keeping me constantly busy), and after tinkering around with a few ideas (one of which, even though I initially liked it best, I had to discard due to two of the key parts being discontinued & never publicly released in red), I finally came up with this. I figured that I should post it here, rather than in the Sci-Fi forum, because it's about as much inspired by the Atlantis & Aquazone themes as it is RL Navy stuff, so without further ado: Behold, the Federal Navy Ship Black Pearl, Black Seas Barracuda-class fusion-powered fast attack submarine for my crazy crossover sci-fi/fantasy LEGO setting. It is the third ship of the Black Seas Barracuda class SSF (Fusion-powered Fast-attack Submarines), the first two being the Black Seas Barracuda and the Jolly Roger (wonder if anyone will get the references), and all ships in the class are named after infamous pirate vessels. This one just happens to have the commander of its namesake vessel for its CO.... Improved FNS Black Pearl, Forward View by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr The FNS Black Pearl is mostly deployed as part of the Federal Republic of America Navy's Caribbean Squadron, patrolling the mostly lawless waters of the Caribbean League for pirates (conventional & submarine), hunting down notorious sea monsters and giving Neo-Confederate commercial shipping & commerce raiders nightmares. Improved FNS Black Pearl, Aft view by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr Armed with four twin-laser cannon turrets (for engaging airborne targets & smaller surface vessels while surfaced & close-by underwater threats when submerged), dual axially-mounted torpedo tubes (each can carry either one MK 50 Long-range sonar-guided heavy torpedo or two MK 49 short-range sonar guided medium torpedoes), as well as a remote recon probe (also serves as a remote active sonar platform) and sometimes Federal Special Operations Command Underwater Demolition Team members, these medium subs pack a mean punch for their size. Interior view, looking Forward by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr As is typical of most submarines, the interior is cramped, but provides adequate living for its crew. The forward-most compartment houses most of the air cylinders as well as an airlock for UDT divers & the remote probe to be deployed or retrieved. Interior View, Looking Aft by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr This sub's fusion power plant, in addition to providing electricity for propulsion & equipment, also is used to separate hydrogen & oxygen from water, thus the sub can remain submerged indefinitely, crew provisions being the only limiting factor (although some enterprising crews have been known to deploy their SOCOM UDT teams and/or remote drones to harvest seafood to extend their time below the surface when trying to remain undetected deep in enemy territory) Black Pearl Bridge cut-away by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr The relatively minimalist bridge, where the captain & duty helmsman take the sub where it needs to go. (The periscope raises & lowers)) Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this LDD project. I DO fully intend to build this thing for real (and bring it to at least one Lego show), but unfortunately, my budget is such that I've only got the barest bit of the bottom section done as of yet. This build clocks in at over 860 pieces, most of which are rather small, so you can see how it could be a bit on the expensive side, however, it is getting my top priority for my LEGO budget from now until I have it finished.