An Imperial Navy galleon with three decks carrying fourteen guns, over 100 studs long, and dangerously understaffed.
About this creation
I absolutely love the Imperial Flag ship (10210)! When I got the kit as a gift for my 30 birthday, I put it together with two dear friends, all building at the same time. It was that night I knew that I wanted to expand on the kit.
I wanted to keep it looking like the original, as if De Bruyne Ster is the big sister ship of the flagship.
In the year before my dark age, I built ships for the soldiers I’ve got from Sinterklaas in kit 6276.
I made a small ship for the town of Blockerdam, but ‘De Bruyne Ster’ was my first serious attempt a ship.
De Bruyne Ster is a SHIP, it measures over 100 studs long tip to toe...
The idea for the slanted bow came pretty quickly, and the realization that I could not build both sides came soon after…
Making the cut-away ship was tricky to make modular, and to make it solid enough!
However, building it open-sided gave me the perfect excuse to throw in a finished interior and take nice pictures of it!
The two decks under the upper turned out to just have the minimum height, however, completely tiling the second deck would have made it just too low…
The idea to have the castle slant forwards was a lucky find.
But to do the same with fore-castle was really tricky, it was very fragile to work on!
Having the castles at a slight slant, really gave De Bruyne Ster the curved shape of a galleon.
Like every galleon it has a gallery
It had to have an additional sail; if it would have the same rigging as the original, it would be inferior in speed…
So I put a lateen rigged sail on the back.
It has to stay furled though… it are the two sails from Jabba’s sailbarge rolled into one…
It carries 14 guns, 7 heavy and 7 light canons.
Only thirteen fit below, but the fourteenth is for good luck!
Though the second deck was built to support the LEGO canon, I did not have nearly enough canons in my collection, so I built my own design
In the end, I think they look cooler than LEGO’s own design!
I sort of forgot the kitchen, and ended up cramming it in the forecastle…
The previous kitchen is converted to the powder room!
Building this door was a challenge; I did not want the forecastle to be too high, but I did want a ‘proper’ door…
On the inside it is a bit funny, and I don’t think a bit realistic, but all decks are assessable!
The lower deck can only be reached through the central hatch
I couldn’t resist putting in the new half-arches from the Prince of Persia sets…
There are three cabins in the aft.
Here sleep De Heeren van de Bruyne Ster
It does not have a lot of room for furniture though…
The captain’s quarters are more spacious!
King Neptune watches out over the waters…
The two middle masts support the second and main deck.
It’s quite a balancing act!
De Bruyne Ster is only two hull pieces longer than the imperial flagship…
But it is considerably taller!
In a lot of ways it still looks like the Imperial Flagship…
In other ways I completely reinvented it!
Building De Bruyne Ster was a real challenge, but something I have been wanting to do for a long time!
Very nice, I must say it was a pain checking it out with the pictures being so big, but that doesn't change the fact that it's very nice, I like the use of sail barge panels on the windows of the cabin, great job job on the overall shape of the ship as well