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Calypso
Jacques-Yves Cousteau's "Calypso" sea-exploring vessel.
About this creation
Originally a World War Two BYMS class minesweeper, a wooden ship build in the US, and subsequently lend-leased to Britain, where she served in the mediterranean as "HMS J-826" during the war.
After the war she served as a ferry in Malta, until Cousteau got into the picture in 1950.
The ship had an accident and sank in Singapore port in 1996, but was raised and is being completly refurbished in 2009!
Cousteau himself died in 1997.
Calypso is still tied to the Cousteau Society today.

MOC is exact to minifig-scale (as exact as minifig comes...), using Siskinds "1 foot = 1 stud".

This MOC sets a new first for me; It's the first time I've tried to order loose bricks directly from LEGO. It might be routine for most people here, but for me it kind of took the hobby to "the next level". I hope the €7.00 worth of railings show on the screen ;-)
The model took around a month to build, but almost 3 weeks of that time where waiting for the pieces from PAB to arrive at my doorstep.

Hi-res photos now on Brickshelf !





Model has NO interior. -But a lot of exterior details. Enjoy them instead, please...


Fabuland propellers. Now that I was ordering the railigns anyway, I thought they might look good here...










The hull... Lots of room for improvement, but I didnt have the right type of bricks. Oh, if I would just have thought of that BEFORE finishing the PAB order...
The keel and the Technic-beam interior is actually re-used directly from the U-96 moc!









The forward observation-chamber is 3 meters below surface, and can hold one person lying down.




It *IS* big, and it weighs a ton! (It's as long as the U-96, but twice the width and height...) If put in water it would certainly sink like a... brick!




Hm. A bow-photo is missing here, and one of the others accidently repeated twice. Sorry guys. Stay tuned for the whole bunch i high resolution on Brickshelf.



Crane actually works, and can be folded down on the deck when not in use (as with the prototype).












Mini-sub and shark-cage. (Actually it is the diver/cameraman who goes INside the cage! ;-)


Lifesaving de-pressurisation chamber.



Okay, this is NOT a helicopter-MOC, so forgive me... ;-)


le Commandant Cousteau








Vive La France!


Classy presentation with GoGo Girls...
(Yes, they are my daughters)


(Drawing shown is not specifically of the Calypso, but the generic BYMS class design.)


Additional photos;






BTW: I cant find a suitable group to join this MOC to. Suggestions?



Comments

 I made it 
  April 25, 2014
Quoting eric s fantastic! what was your PAB technique?
No tecnique. I think the reference is for Pick A Brick; Online shopping of individual elements at Lego. But better to go with BrickLink for parts shopping!
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  April 24, 2014
fantastic! what was your PAB technique?
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  April 15, 2014
Beautiful model! I remember watching Cousteau's episodes every week on TV when I was young. I loved the Calypso and the PBY, which should be the logical follow-up model! Great work and thanks for the memories!
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  October 9, 2013
Nothing short of excellent. The bow design is very well made, really like the bending curves and SNOT hull. The detail is very well made, thanks for making this boat that no one has quite ever done before in lego.
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  November 16, 2012
il est superbe
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  November 12, 2012
Okay,it's a miracle!
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  June 11, 2012
Astonishing!
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  April 29, 2012
Excellent hull shaping!
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  April 25, 2012
Wow!!! How long did it take you to make that?
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  April 24, 2012
Great attention to detail!
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  March 6, 2012
One word-Brilliant!So excellent,i just cant find words to describe it!Awsome job!!:-))
Henrik Hoexbroe
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Chris Melby
  January 21, 2012
Anders T led me here, giving some advise from your hull design, Brilliant work, what a presentation!
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  November 8, 2011
Nothing to add: it is a masterpiece. A beautiful desk model and a very nice tribute. It is also a "souvenir" of my favorite TV-programs.
Henrik Hoexbroe
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White Knight
  October 30, 2011
A beautiful masterpiece !>.....well done....
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  October 21, 2011
This is magnificent! I love every little detail of this fine vessel. You've done the great man proud :)
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  February 7, 2011
Wow! what a superb reproduction! I love this ship so much! Could you check my model, i am in naval ships too. ;-)
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  February 6, 2011
This very successful moc is a great tribute to the great man :Jacques Yves Cousteau
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  January 10, 2011
Thanks for your wonderful work and showing us how you built such a great lego creation. I've been wanting to build a lego ship for a long time, but the hull has always been the hardest part and never looks that great. I've begun to try and tackle building this myself based on your great work and pictures. I've been using lego digital designer and have completed the top half of the hull so far. It has been much easier for me to replicate this based on your pictures, and explaining your lego building techniques, but some of the detail and design that went into this is incomparable as I have been trying to build this boat. Thanks again and I'll be updating my page with the progress of the ship.
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  December 11, 2010
Thanks a lot for that outstanding MOC of a legendary ship. You certainly deserve one of those famous Cousteau Red Watch Cap.
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  December 8, 2010
Wow... what a brilliant build! You say the hull has room for improvement, well i can't see where, tbh. It looks fantastic. :)
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  December 8, 2010
Wow! This is amazing MOC!
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  October 23, 2010
This is epic, I love it. This must have taken ages to design and build. The detailing is amazing and flawless. Great building techniques throughout. I can spend ages just looking at the different features.
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  October 17, 2010
amazing.like the way its put together,hull and deck is very well done,
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  October 17, 2010
amazing.like the way its put together,hull and deck is very well done,
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  October 7, 2010
This is amazing. So many great building techniques. A top class MOC!
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  October 2, 2010
amazing ship! great detail work.
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  September 26, 2010
that thing is amazing in detail and size i don't know how anyone could build something so amazing
  June 18, 2010
More than beautiful.
Henrik Hoexbroe
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Manthan Dutta
  May 24, 2010
Wow.Very realistic with all the details.
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  April 27, 2010
Wonderful! I have to disagree with your self doubt regarding the hull. The hull looks great, forward, aft, and in between. As are all the details above.
Henrik Hoexbroe
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benjamin mcdonald
  March 11, 2010
awsome. you just put so much detail in, it's amazing.
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  February 24, 2010
Great Work and Detail and It really L@@KS like the CALYPSO. Ships are not easy to do with Legos especially when you have to do the HULL from Start to Finish. I thinl your execution is Terrific and one of the nicest Ship builds i have seen. Your Tanks and Military items are impressive also THX Keep up the great work Tom Thompson
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  February 23, 2010
Absolutely magnificent! I particularly loved the wooden deck, as well as the helipad, terrific! 7/5, take that conventional fractions!
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  February 23, 2010
Wonderful! I can see you spending your time in every detail for as long as the detail needs - and not for as long as you can spend your time :-) Lovely. Perhaps you should take care of the details on my ship too ....
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  October 5, 2009
This is excellent!
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  September 15, 2009
Wow, really fantastic work on this. Your hull design is very smooth and the detail you put in is really striking! Well done.
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  August 10, 2009
Dude.....Amazing work, I can not believe the detail of the model. The thing is huge, if LEGO made this I dont think i could buy it new.....nice work
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  August 6, 2009
WOW, this must be one of the best things I've ever seen on MOCpages. The amazing details just never seem to end. Lovely, lovely work. A well deserved (and rare) 5/5 rating from me.
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  August 5, 2009
Unbelievable effort. This is fantastic!
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  August 4, 2009
Very nice ship.My dad and me want´s to build a large ship,too.But i think it will never looks so good like yours.
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  August 2, 2009
Wow! During my "dark ages" I actually built several large, static, model boat kits. Having seen this I am wondering why I didn't just stick with Lego in the first place!! I really like the way you made the lower hull and deck, and the level of detail is fantastic.
  July 29, 2009
I like this very much. The red slopes and bricks you've used to emulate the curve of the brick built hull fit in unbelievably fluidly. The details on deck are nothing short of meticulous as well; I'm sure that the BYMS schematics assisted greatly.
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  July 28, 2009
only 32 like its?!? this thing NEEDS to get moc of the day or something. it deserves closer to 132 like its. awesome job!
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  July 27, 2009
This is totally stunning! How did you make the round shape of the hull? Just make a wall of 1x2 bricks and bent it a little? And you can join "Movie and Television", this is a famous vehicle from TV, right? ;)
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  July 25, 2009
Very impressive, great details, good job
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  July 24, 2009
looks great, awesome job on the hull
Henrik Hoexbroe
brandon scott
  July 23, 2009
i like u better than eggplant. ur awsome
 I made it 
  July 21, 2009
Thanks a lot everybody. I am very happy with the positive reception. Also I am especially happy that many of you think this model is worthy to celebrate the memory of the great Cousteau, and the fond memories it has brought back to us "older" people here... ;-)
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  July 21, 2009
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner what you need now I think is is a shipyard layout
Thanks Steffen! It's a good idea, but wouldn't fit on the dining-room furniture ;-) How about doing the Catalina yourself? (Cousteaus famous sea-plane)
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  July 21, 2009
Congratulations Henrik! Absolutely the best Lego model of the Calypso so far :-) I like all the fine details - the funnel, the sub and the flag - just to mention some.
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  July 20, 2009
Since you made so many efforts to build the hull in such an extraordinary, cool-looking way, what you need now I think is is a shipyard layout - just to show off the detailed hull, you know: just because you can... So much work deserves to be displayed in a great layout, too. I love this boat. Steffen
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  July 19, 2009
Hey Henrik: Back when you had to plan your time to make sure that you wouldn't miss a particular television show, I remember I would try to organize my time on Sunday afternoon so I could watch the "Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau." Seeing your beautiful rendition the Calypso brings back good memories of those times. As the others here have mentioned, your attention to the little details, and the impressive scale of the project really make this model. Great job.
Henrik Hoexbroe
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Pedro Cuahchic
  July 17, 2009
Outstanding. One of the finest minifig scale ships I've seen. Your attention to detail is to be commended. Hope to see more from you!
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  July 16, 2009
This really brings back fond memories from my childhood. I remeber being moved by Cousteau's words. Cousteau is missed, but your Calypso brings him back so beautifully.
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  July 15, 2009
wow, fantastic
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  July 14, 2009
Wow, superb detailing, and your cool minisub, this is just an awesome boat MOC, I think the hull looks great, and the railings look well worth the money, great work! ~T
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  July 14, 2009
Quoting Idoia Miranda What can I say... it is Excelen and look very good in the Dining room.
Wifey????!!!! Ha, that's funny! Well, Thank you for your patience, and for picking up the PAB parcel at the post office! ;-)
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  July 14, 2009
Interior, schminterior! This is awesome -- the mini-sub and crane, the deck detailing, the small watercraft and shark cage were all favorites. I also loved the depressurization area -- I have fond memories of watching Costeau's TV specials in the 70s, and this MOC brings them to mind. "As I slowlee put my ageeen bodeee into zee watare . . . " (Old joke)
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  July 14, 2009
What can I say... it is Excelen and look very good in the Dining room.
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  July 14, 2009
WHAT A BEAUTY!!! EXCELLENT JOB-LOOKS JUST LIKE IT 5 SMILES IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!
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  July 14, 2009
Doesn't get much better than this! The form, the color work, the details...absolutely fantastic!
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  July 14, 2009
VERRY GOOD CREATION!!! but still I don't think this deserves 5/5, it deserves 100/5!!!!! there is so much detail on it like the stairs and the motor of the rubberboat. I don't like it, I love it!!!
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  July 14, 2009
WOW EXELLENT WORK!! I love the classic old style of this boat, this is exellent :]
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  July 14, 2009
Amazing. The hull, especially the bow, looks fantastic - awesome curves with the 1*2 bricks and SNOT work in the lower parts. Then the railing around the decks is a huge eye-catcher, the size of the ship is astounding - a brilliant job all over. Best regards, Steffen
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  July 14, 2009
There's not many people who can nail a good hull, but you did! I'm very impressed with it, and I hope those two girls are too. Good day
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  July 14, 2009
masterpiece! Really nice modelling. Looks very pro, very exact and your daughters (if that's what they are) are lovely ;)) Keep on working like that!
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  July 13, 2009
Ha ha! Se magnifique! All of it is fantastic, but what I like in particular are: the hull! The shape is great, and I like how you closed up the bottom. I also like how you did the deck; so much attention to detail!
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  July 13, 2009
Excellent rendition of one of the most famous civil ships of all time. As a Frenchman, I say " Bien joué, mon ami !".
 
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