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Hi all! I'm mostly a technic moc builder, and during the last few years, I didn't post about anything except technik, but now I'd like to present my mini tanks and self propelled guns. The theme is the first world war, except a few, there will be posted mocs only about real tanks. Prototypes, which were built in relality (but never seen combat), also can be found here. My concept: all tanks (no SP guns, because there was one-two prototypes only) are built in more or less microfig scale, my reference is the Tiger1 german tank, it's 6 studs wide, so 6 stud is 3,7 meter. So 1 meter is eqaul to 1,62 studs. The width is determinative, the smallest tanks are 3 studs wide, the small ones are 3-4, the mediums are 4-5. The heavy and super heavy tanks have 6 or 7+ width. All mocs in this topic are built only digital so far, but I'm planning to make them in reality, too, as my financial status and time allows. All tanks were made in LDD, and rendered with Pov-ray. I will update this topic frequently, as a new tank is done. Sooner or later I'll post also real pictures beside renders. Some tanks requires special stickers and thchniques (like covering a part to be in the requested color, or connect the tracks with strings), I will write that in these cases. I tried to use only real colored parts (except few cases, where they are covered with stickers). I tried to catch the characteristics of tanks, instead of being 100% proportional, but I tried to make them as proportional, as possible in this size. Sometimes there aren't a lot of possibilities to make proportional, for example: the tank should be 4,5 studs wide. Width can only be a round number, so a tank which should be 4,5 w, is disproportionate already. Main folder of all tanks: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=548239 I render one picture about one tank, if you want to see more, ask for it, I can make more in LDD, or render about the requested part/viewpoint. There will be a lot of mocs, so I also opened a topic for WW2 tanks, see here: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=100891 The tanks: 1. Renualt Ft-17: French light tank, mother of all modern tanks, the first one with 360° rotatable turret. Was quite fast and effective. Info: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Renault_FT Big picture: http://www.brickshel...nualt_ft-17.png It's a typical 3 studs wide very little tank, but thanks to it's individual shape, can be recognize easily. 2. Mark IV (male version): The first british tank in combat, very iconic and famous. Had no suspension and was pretty big with more than one guns. Info: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Mark_IV_tank Big picture: http://www.brickshel...-IV/mark-iv.png The front shape around the tracks is very special, angled and rounded, I think brick technique is better here than plates. There isn't a lot of variations from hoses, the big cannons standard 3mm wide (like in most of my tanks), the smaller machine guns are screw drivers. I'm planning to make all significant ww1 tanks, like K-wagen, Tsar tank, A7V, Gun carrier Mark 1, Whippet, Saint Chamond, etc... to be continued...
After watching James Cameron's documentary on the underwater expedition to the wreck of the battleship Bismarck and a few other documentaries on World War 2 naval warfare, I wanted to build some of the warships of that period with Lego. I decided to build these models in scale to each other and in a size resembling common model kits of such ships - small enough to be a challenge to build with Legos, yet large enough to allow for detail and characteristic shapes and features. Since I never built ships with Legos, I searched the net for examples of World War 2 warships built with Legos at the size I had in mind. My first build, the Bismarck, was at first a reverse-engineered build based completely on the MOC Operation Rheinübung by Locutus 666, which you can find here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/377978 I especially liked the accuracy of the complex superstructure, which was fun to re-create and taught me a few neat building-techniques for achieving lots of detail at this 'small' scale. When I was done, however, further research into the short but dramatic history of this battleship led me to improve quite a few things. First of all, I wasn't very pleased with the hull, and built a completely new one using SNOT and stacked plates and tiles to achieve a correct shape, size, and the characteristic wooden planks on the armoured main deck. I also changed some details on and added a few more to the superstructure to make it more accurate. For instance, the funnel is much more accurate now. The changes I made which are readily apparent deal with the colouring. I chose to build the model according to the paint job the battleship actually wore during Operation Rheinübung. The Swastika inside the red banner on the bow and stern sections of the main deck have been painted over with grey, as were the black and white stripes on the side of the hull. The Bismarck only retained its white fake waves on the sides of the bow. The masts and radar installations had been painted a very dark grey which almost appeared black. Also, the funnel top was silver throughout the Bismarck's lifetime. The dark red parts resembling the boats are a bit of an artistic choice. The real boats had dark red-brownish elements, yet were mostly a light grey, but in order to make them stand out and not have them look like some other part of the superstructure, I chose to use dark red pieces for them. Here's how my model looks: Since building this model was fun and I'm very pleased with the result, I decided to have a go at another ship, this time of another type and with its construction stopped after the Bismarck was destroyed. It's the german aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, the first ship of this type in the german Kriegsmarine. The most notable feature of this ship were it's two steam-powered catapults, at the time said to be by far the strongest to be found on any aircraft carrier. Since the real thing was never finished and we will therefore never know how the superstructure and armament would have finally looked, I chose to base my model on detailed drawings by the U.S. naval intelligence from that period. Note that the armoured flight deck would most likely have been covered with wooden planks, but I went for a grey finish with a few markings to indicate the two lifts, the catapults and the rear edge of the flight deck. Here's the model: Last, but not least, I built a smaller support vehicle, namely a 1936B-Type Destroyer. Here it is: What better way to end this post than with a photograph of the whole tiny flotilla? Here it is. As for scale, the Bismarck is almost 46 cm long, and the Graf Zeppelin is 47 cm long. It's quite possible that I will build more ships from that period, maybe the german pocket battleship Graf Spee, or one of the fast battlecruiser of the Scharnhorst-class. The Mighty Hood (HMS Hood) is a great candidate to be turned into a model as well. Wheteher you like or dislike what you see, have suggestions, ideas, or something interesting to add, please comment!