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This ship is my second big project. It has taken quite some time to design and involves a great deal of new techniques for me, some from all of you on the pages and some of my own. It is built in minifig scale or 1:38 and is based on the plans, pictures and data that can be found literally everywhere on the web. Please take the time to compare this model with the wooden models of HMS Surprise.
About this creation


HMS Surprise was originally launched as the corvette Unité in 1794 but was captured by the British navy in 1796. (the commander didn´t clear her for action d´oh!)
In 1798 she went through an extensive overhaul that included a coppering, hence the orange hull.

In the same process she was rearmed to carry 24 32 pdr carronades, 10 18 pdr carronades and 2 4 pdr long guns.



That is probably why there is more gun ports than there are guns ?!? I actually thought about blinding them off but all the pictures I saw has them so- .
Often referred to as a frigate she was clearly on the small side and therefore classified as a 6th rater



As mentioned above, this design involves a great deal of new techniques that differ from my previous ship design.
In the following I will give a tour covering some of these new features and techniques, sorry about the amount
of text.



The main new challenge was to make a coppered hull. I found orange to be the LEGO color coming closest to the color of wooden models. This presented a new problem! I couldn´t use my previous hull technique as there is a very limited range of bricks in orange.



After designing a couple of ships I have come to the conclusion that this was actually a good thing as it forced me to make much more precise hulls.



As one thing often leads to another this made me rethink the entire process of designing the hull. Most obvious is the bow and stern.





One central thing that has remained is the section design in this case 6 of them.



As I could get very accurate information about the both the exterior as well as the interior of this ship I took a great leap forward in the look of the decks. This means that it´s SNOT and things like pumps, stove, boats, guns, masts, etc. are designed / redesigned to be more accurate.









Thanks for visiting, rating and commenting
Anders T


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  August 3, 2014
Please build more vessels from the age of sail!
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Anders, I have to say with no inhibitions, you are a master designer. I feel your pain with being forced to design with limited brick resources, and obviously I can appreciate how those limitations force out the most awesome builds, by the best builders. This has inspired me to take on something like this, I think the only thing it lacks is sails. Maybe have two versions, a real world one like this, and a fantasy one with sails, that would obviously be too heavy in real life. Best of show here, thanks for the presentation, Chris
Thanks, This posting was mainly a test of the hull building method used on this model, the HMS Lively, the HDMS Lougen and the HMS Portland models. I will try to include rigging and sails in my upcoming real build of the HDMS Lougen. There may have to be some extensive alterations made on the masts on this build to make that work, I don´t know. Trial and error and all that.
 I made it 
  December 13, 2011
Quoting Leo Jenner Mags: I tried google but i didn't get what you got. could you copy me a link please and thank you..... http://bambuser.com/node/2286629
I would like to help but... a link to what?
  December 13, 2011
Mags: I tried google but i didn't get what you got. could you copy me a link please and thank you..... http://bambuser.com/node/2286629
 I made it 
  December 11, 2011
Quoting Erik Hendrikx Wow, this is amazing work!! Well Done!
Thanks
 I made it 
  December 11, 2011
Quoting LDD User I'd love to be able to download this, but I'm getting a 404 error every time I try. Can you try to reupload the .lxf or something?
Thanks for asking, I have uploaded again.
 I like it 
  December 11, 2011
Wow, this is amazing work!! Well Done!
 I like it 
  December 10, 2011
I'd love to be able to download this, but I'm getting a 404 error every time I try. Can you try to reupload the .lxf or something?
 I made it 
  December 10, 2011
Quoting admiral b jef the shape is amazing looking at it is like looking at the real thing
Quoting The Lego Animal (Formerly known as Jay Rhum) Where are my MOCpages's fellows to offer your work the rates and comments it deserves! =(
Thanks, as decribed above this MOC was huge development of my shaping techniques.
 I like it 
  December 7, 2011
Where are my MOCpages's fellows to offer your work the rates and comments it deserves! =(
 I like it 
  December 1, 2011
the shape is amazing looking at it is like looking at the real thing
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  October 29, 2011
Quoting Nykle Dijkstra Great ship! It's the best LEGO version of the Surprise I've seen so far (I've seen about 4 versions). Very accurate. Well done! Are you planning to build more of these? Perhaps a ship of the line?
Thank you, for all your comments. Yes I´m currently designing a 4th rate ship of the line, I expect to upload it mid-november.
 I like it 
  October 29, 2011
Great ship! It's the best LEGO version of the Surprise I've seen so far (I've seen about 4 versions). Very accurate. Well done! Are you planning to build more of these? Perhaps a ship of the line?
 I like it 
  October 16, 2011
Wow! This is an amazing ship! I can't believe you managed to build this on LDD.
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  August 2, 2011
This amazes me, I can never get unusual connections to work quite right in the LDD. And you have alot of snotwork in this thing. Very impressive, even in digital form.
 I made it 
  July 17, 2011
Quoting Maxime MaxSamAlex Wonderful ship, with curves I would never have thought were possible to make in Lego. Frank is right. Modern ships are more geometrical and square, thus they should be easy for you to do.
Thanks for the comment and the group approval. Interresting thought with those modern ships, I have thought about making the HMS dreadnought, but that´s a huge ship, maybe in a different scale.
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
Maybe most beautiful LDD ship on site! I'd also like to see your interpretation of a modern ship, like Titanic or a WWII warship...
 I made it 
  July 8, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I Impressive, this must have taken a lot of time to figure out and build up. Great care for shape I see and very detailed. any idea on how much it would cost ? It's a beautiful ship, love to see this one or your other ship in real bricks some day...
Thanks, It has been very enjoyable to build her in LDD but I´m sad to say that she will not be built in a near future as her DesignByMe price is about 3200 USD. I could probably get a better price via bricklink, but its still a hefty sum. I want to get some more experience and settle for a technique before using that kind of money. That´s why I always have a shipproject going on. So far the comments for this ship has reassured me that the technique is close to what I want, so My next ship will probably just be a test of the techniques and not a change as this was from my HMS Ontario "Ship".
 I like it 
  July 8, 2011
Impressive, this must have taken a lot of time to figure out and build up. Great care for shape I see and very detailed. any idea on how much it would cost ? It's a beautiful ship, love to see this one or your other ship in real bricks some day...
 I made it 
  July 4, 2011
Quoting jim mcdonough very impressive build.hard to tell how you put it together.do you have any instructions etc or more close ups of the way you put the hull and deck together.how long did it take to make using LDD.THANKS JIM
I will load up instructions soon, but the technique is pretty much the same as on my Hms Ontario model "Ship". On that build it is more obvious and building instructions has been uploaded. Otherwise look at the HMS Surprise WIP. I´ve been working on this model since february 2011, but most of the time was used at rebuilding and learning from mistakes. If I had known what I was doing from the start it would have been much faster.
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
That's a great job dude! The hull seems really accurate, with nice curves. Once again, great job on LDD, hope to see it sson in ABS! Do you know how long it would be?
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
very impressive build.hard to tell how you put it together.do you have any instructions etc or more close ups of the way you put the hull and deck together.how long did it take to make using LDD.THANKS JIM
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
again a very nice and detailed shup, i love your hull, its so perfectly made, with a good waterline and everything. great job
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
Very Impressive! Just perfect!
 
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