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HMS Portland class 4th rate ship of the line
Neener neener neener... My ship has more guns than yours! :D That´s the logic of the Ship of the line. A ship of the line is all about delivering a strong broadside. So the hull is designed to provide stability for the heavy guns on the lower decks and to take a beating from other ships with the same purpose. This is even the case with a small one as the 4th rater.
About this creation


As usual:
The model is made in LDD
The scale is 1:38
And -sorry about the geeky nature of the posting, but here it goes.-



The HMS Portland class was a series of eleven ships built to a design from 1767. Because of the Patrick O´Brian novels HMS Leopard is the ship which is the easiest one to find information on, (the plans for this ship is the backdrop on the 2 first pics) so this model is largely based on her. As these ships span a service period of some thirty years there was a lot of color patterns to choose. I went for the Nelson mesh coloring mostly because I think it looks good.



As the European navies were deploying the 74 gun 3rd raters the class was considered too small to serve in “the line” when finally coming into service during the 1770´s.
Even though they were considered obsolete HMS Portland class ships served during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, and the Napoleonic Wars.



Some of the ships had careers spanning up to 30 years and was present at some of the major battles of these conflicts.



So there could be found one or more HMS Portland class 4th raters at these battles:
• Battle of Cape Henry (HMS Adamant)
• Battle of the Chesapeake (HMS Adamant)
• Battle of Camperdown (HMS Adamant, HMS Isis)
• Battle of Cuddalore (HMS Isis)
• Battle of Copenhagen (HMS Isis)
• Battle of Porto Praya (HMS Jupiter)
• Battle of Muizenberg (HMS Jupiter)
• Battle of the Nile (HMS Leander)



On this model I have returned to my usual sections. In this case 7 of them



I have tried to stay true to the plans, models and pictures that I could find on the ships, but I must admit to some simplifying here and there. On the stern it is very obvious (there are two women statues attached to the top part of the gallery on the real HMS Leopard) , however I think I have achieved an elegant look whilst still being pretty close.



The rudder even turns.



When I initially started designing this model I thought: “hey isn´t this just a 5th rater with an extra gun deck”- How wrong I was. The bow section is the strongest indicator. This is also the section that I had most fun designing. Here I have opened one of the access doors to show the bowsprit running all the way through the bow. (this bowsprit is a combination of the mainmast design of the HMS Lively model and the bowsprit design of the HDMS Lougen model)





There is also a noticeable bulge on the hull, this is to accomodate the weight, size and recoil of the heavy guns on the lower gun deck



On the HDMS Lougen I designed the masts to be ready for rigging. I have continued this development on the HMS Portland model.



One of the main design challenges of a ship of this type is the offset placement of the guns.



As this is a ship conceived in the 1760´s she is based on the traditional long-guns: The ship was constructed around the 22 24 pd guns on the lower gun deck and the 24 12 pd guns on the upper gun deck. As chasers and crew/rigging guns there is 6 6 pd guns on the quarterdeck/cabins and 2 2 6 pd guns on the forecastle.



Here a view of one of the center sections to show the gun emplacements (these are very similar on the HMS Lively) and the capstans, these are of similar design to the HDMS Lougen (Initially made to fit a small ship I found them to be of a better design than my previous ones).



The boats and anchors are of my usual design.





Now follows some shots of the design process broken down in 10 stages
I have managed to make these with all the extra graphics on up until stage 8 (then LDD crashes due to the amount of bricks), especially the "brick outline" makes them more revealing, enjoy:



1: Initial measuring, This is based mainly on drawings of HMSLeopard, these drawings give reference points with gaps of 5-10 feet. Already here the organic shape of the 18th century hull is obvious. The hull is designed in a V-U-Y shape from bow to stern.




2: Filling the gaps(and designing the bow), Some will notice the yellow hair on the other pictures of the figurehead. This is the only piece that is not directly buyable via “Bricklink” or “DesignByMe”. The rest is pretty standard.



3: Cleaning up the hull, This is the stage where I make the model structurally sound and finish the main design of the external hull including the stern. The hull is approx. 165 studs long and approx. 41 studs wide(beam).



4: Inside SNOT, As I don´t know the colors of the lower decks of the Portland class, stage 4 -8 is a combination of HMS Leopard(4th rater) and HMS Victory (1st rater). This also means that the hold is left as an open space except from the base of the masts and pumps. Which hasn´t been made yet on this shot.





5: The Orlop, This area is mostly below the waterline, this is the lowest deck that I have a HMS Leopard plan for. This is a real maze of rooms, it´s kind of a mess even though I have simplified it quite a bit.




6: The Lower gun deck, This is the main gun deck carrying 22 24 pounder long-guns. These are considered heavy guns, way heavier than standard field guns of the period. This deck also features the pumps and two of the capstans.
The stern has alternate positions for two of the guns on this deck






7: The upper gun deck, This deck is very similar to the main gun deck of a frigate, carrying 24 12 pounder long-guns. This deck also features the galley/stove, the other two capstans and the section with the officers cabins and the marines room. I just designed the panels dividing this section from the larger section of the deck.






8: Top deck(s), Forecastle: with 2 6 pd guns(chasers), the stove chimney and the belfry. Spardeck: this will later be dominated by the ships boats. Quarterdeck: with 2 6 pd guns. The administrative section of the cabins with checkerboard-floor and 4 6 pd guns, (actually I couldn´t fit the last one :P) and the wheel. The doors of the office section are designed as single and double doors with windows.





9: The poop deck, This covers the main cabin, the office cabins and the wheel. The only noticeable design feature here is the skylight.



10: Masts & other stuff, This is the final stage of a LDD design, on a real build this would be followed by a rigging stage and the construction of a display stand.

Thanks for stopping by, rating, and commenting.
Anders T



Building instructions
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Comments

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  April 10, 2014
Wow, the attention to detail on the ships hull is very impressive! Love the color scheme and all of the different screenshots really put in proportion the actual size of the thing. Overall, 10/10. One of the biggest I've yet to see.
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  March 12, 2012
I downloaded some of your LDD files. And it brings my poor MacPro to it's knees... Seriously, I have 16GB of RAM! :) I am so blown away by the shear size of this ship! It must be at least 4ft long! I love your technique! One of these days, I might get brave enough to try to build one of these! Thanks for sharing!
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  February 11, 2012
You should build the Portland with real bricks but I already know it would be way to expensive ;) My Flaming Remnant will certainly outrun this beast!
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  February 3, 2012
Quoting Anders T Partly because of this posting, I find that you seem to be an expert at building historically accurate ships and I think that you would be a true source of inspiration and a valuable giver of advice to future shipbuilders, so I have taken the liberty to invite you to my new group “Ship Builders guide”.
Thank you, I feel honoured! My ship is currently on display in a maritime museum so it will be hard to make pictures on demand, but I'd be happy to explain my techniques. To be honest, you're my source of inspiration now since I've started on a minifig scale 1st rate ship and your technique might be very useful if I can make it into a sturdy modular ship.
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  February 2, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free I see, good luck with it... Make sure to have a Back Admin, seeing how not having one back in December has bascially crippled HFR!!!, though I have an idea what to do about that.
So now I have started my new group... Thanks a bunch for your comment. I have taken the liberty to delete it from this posting, due to the size, but I have saved in my own files for continuous rereading.
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  February 1, 2012
Wow this is incredibly detailed. The hull is amazing and you have filled it loads of goodies. I love the “geeky nature” of this post. It’s like a history and ship building lesson ;) rolled into one. I also really like the background, reminiscent of early technic boxes. Thanks for your comments on my GT40 I am due to restart it soon. I will try some new ideas. I think you might be a perfectionist too ;)
  January 27, 2012
I see, good luck with it... Make sure to have a Back Admin, seeing how not having one back in December has bascially crippled HFR!!!, though I have an idea what to do about that.
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  January 27, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free Hey, so have you made any headway with that Group Idea?
No not yet. I was planning to start it off with some examples in real bricks, as I suspect it to be more revealing and appealing to other builders. Then I will follow your advice and example in pretty much anything else. I think this will be strongest combination. A very well concieved plan for the group stucture and an initial posting targeted the brick builders. What fills the time is my current build of the HDMS Lougen I am getting the response from local AFOL's that this could serve as an example of the process from LDD to real bricks. I expect to upload it next week as a showoff file and a buildlog. In response to my other question: (what a weird sentence but I think you know what I mean) I have been making some work on an alternative color version of this ship, but when the Pickabrick order arrived havent done anything much but build.
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  January 27, 2012
Hey, so have you made any headway with that Group Idea?
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  January 18, 2012
Quoting Jon B Very impressive design, and beautifully presented!
There is a lot of trial and error in both for me, so thanks!
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  January 12, 2012
Very impressive design, and beautifully presented!
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  January 11, 2012
Quoting The Lego Animal (Jay Rhum) Thanks for your time! Your opinion is important, for me! =)
Yours is too for me my friend. Sorry i didn´t stop by sooner.
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  January 6, 2012
Thanks for your time! Your opinion is important, for me! =)
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  January 6, 2012
Quoting Noah and Ben Another amazing piece of work! I love how you make these so historically accurate. Might I make another request that the USS Constitution be your next project?
Okay then... I can´t promise anything but I think it will take a month or so.
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  January 5, 2012
I'm sad, because you didn't come to see my 18th version of Poseidon! :-P
 I like it 
  December 25, 2011
Too bad it's not real. It's probably my favorite LEGO ship here.
  December 23, 2011
I did the new pics on my u-boat try to see it :)
Anders T
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White Knight
  December 16, 2011
Incredible !>.....well done
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  December 16, 2011
When build in that scale details can be awsome and yours are...fantastic!
Anders T
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Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill.... Bill Nye, The LEGO Guy
  December 11, 2011
DUDE THANKS FOR THE LIKE!!!!!
Anders T
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Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill.... Bill Nye, The LEGO Guy
  December 11, 2011
DUDE THANKS FOR THE LIKE!!!!!
Anders T
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Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill.... Bill Nye, The LEGO Guy
  December 11, 2011
DUDE THANKS FOR THE LIKE!!!!!
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  December 11, 2011
Quoting vincenzo Sciortino WOW very cool! I love the shape of the boat! Awesome! Can you come see my u-boat? But If you do I have to tell you that I will put new pics in 2 weeks because of the changes I did in the boat. Btw I love the canons! Awsome job!
Thanks, I will check up on it in a couple of weeks then.
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  December 11, 2011
WOW very cool! I love the shape of the boat! Awesome! Can you come see my u-boat? But If you do I have to tell you that I will put new pics in 2 weeks because of the changes I did in the boat. Btw I love the canons! Awsome job!
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  December 10, 2011
Quoting Nate Flood Your ability to use the LDD is amazing! Outstanding work! Very very impressive!
Quoting Ben The Lego Builder Great job on shaping the hull.
Thanks, I only hope that some of the design solutions also work in real builds.
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  December 10, 2011
Quoting Ru Corder Wow! This is just great! The presentation is what makes this, as well as the super huge awesome ship of course. Well done to say the least!
Thanks I have only recently started making such elaborate presentations. I owe a great deal to the advice and comments from "Andrew AKA Hump-Free" and "Lego Animal(JayRhum)".
 I like it 
  December 10, 2011
Your ability to use the LDD is amazing! Outstanding work! Very very impressive!
 I like it 
  December 9, 2011
Great job on shaping the hull.
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  December 8, 2011
Wow! This is just great! The presentation is what makes this, as well as the super huge awesome ship of course. Well done to say the least!
 I like it 
  December 8, 2011
Impressive design and presentation!
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  December 8, 2011
Quoting STEVE FINCH Anders, excellent work! You have captured the shape of the hull spot on. Been trying to get the shape of a hull right for a couple months on HMS Discovery and you have given me some ideas on where i have been going wrong :) Thank you for commenting on my creations.
Glad to be an inspiration. Thats quite a task you have put on yourself. I have searched a bit and couldn´t find any plans for a HMS Discovery (many paintings though), as a first ship I would recommend going for something with an easy to follow plan. There is a wonderful source in the "Atlas du Genie Maritime" from the French Dept. of Defense. I have thought about doing some of those ships myself sometime, but knock yourself out for now.
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  December 8, 2011
Anders, excellent work! You have captured the shape of the hull spot on. Been trying to get the shape of a hull right for a couple months on HMS Discovery and you have given me some ideas on where i have been going wrong :) Thank you for commenting on my creations.
  December 7, 2011
You're welcome Dude! I felt it was really difficult when I've just arrived, to have just ONE comment! Now that I post and so much people comment, I try to share it with nice and talented buiders, on this site! =)
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  December 7, 2011
Quoting chanhngoc 1413 Amazing!!!
Thanks
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  December 7, 2011
Quoting Jarno Moleveld Love this one! Would love to make a minecraft version from this sooner or later! =D
Thanks, Good luck :)
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  December 7, 2011
Quoting The Lego Animal (Formerly known as Jay Rhum) hahahaha! I must recognize it's quite hard to be known here!...
It´s quite interresting to sometime do some detective work on the pages. There are some real gems out there that hasn´t really been noticed by a lot of people. And hey! you have to be one of the nicest guys on the pages, certainly you have been giving me my due attention... -and then some- thanks!
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  December 7, 2011
Quoting inika brick absolutely amazing! I can see clearly that you worked very hard on that! Can you check out this funny comic I made? It's sure to give you a laugh! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/296907
Thanks, yep these projects take a serious amount of time.
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  December 7, 2011
Quoting JS Can Excellent!
Thanks
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  December 7, 2011
Amazing!!!
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  December 7, 2011
Love this one! Would love to make a minecraft version from this sooner or later! =D
  December 7, 2011
hahahaha! I must recognize it's quite hard to be known here! I think I can say I've got some good friends here, now, and they know my work, like I know their one. That is so good to hear people would love to buy our stuffs! In one year(I subscribed around november 2010), my Titan submarine was a Mocie Award 2011, and has been later a MOTD. 97 builders added me in their favs, some very talented builders too. Lately, my entry number 13 for Poseidon WIP had 51 rates and comments in 2 or 3 days! What more to ask? =) unhapplily for us, I have the strong impression people generally prefer spaceships to seaships. Keep on the awesome work, my friend! I'll encourage people to come over you! And I can't wait to see one of your ships of the line in real ABS! ;-)
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  December 7, 2011
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! =(
I don´t know, maybe I´m smelly :P
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  December 7, 2011
Where are my MOCpages's fellows to offer your work the rates and comments it deserves! =(
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  December 6, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I Wow, man, wow, just amazing, I wish it was real, too expensive and brobably not strong enough to keep itself in one piece but it looks so good. I can't find anything bad about it, not yet, maybe if I look at it longer but it's so detailed as well :P Great job, I really hope that you build one of your ships (a smaller one perhaps ) in the real brick some day.
Thanks, yep I fear for the stability of this behemoth as well, and the price tag, I must admit I haven´t checked :P
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  December 6, 2011
Quoting Jay Rhum Looking a little bit more at your pics, shaders might be already on, not the outlines... I've opened the file. Magnificient with outlines! But would it be stable if it has to be modified? =)
Hey, as you can see on the pictures above, I have played around with the settings. I think the limit is around 30000 bricks without bugs. (in my case LDD just crashes and goes into safe mode)The real problem seems to be with the outlines, shading doesn´t seem to be a big issue. Thanks for settting me to that task as I think it has enhanced the look of this posting.
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  December 6, 2011
Wow, man, wow, just amazing, I wish it was real, too expensive and brobably not strong enough to keep itself in one piece but it looks so good. I can't find anything bad about it, not yet, maybe if I look at it longer but it's so detailed as well :P Great job, I really hope that you build one of your ships (a smaller one perhaps ) in the real brick some day.
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  December 6, 2011
Quoting Jay Rhum Looking a little bit more at your pics, shaders might be already on, not the outlines... I've opened the file. Magnificient with outlines! But would it be stable if it has to be modified? =)
You have made me think a lot about editing images and making the LDD shots look different. I will probably revisit a lot of my MOCs to make the pics look better. In that porcess I´ll might bump into some bugs- I will get back to you on that.
  December 5, 2011
Looking a little bit more at your pics, shaders might be already on, not the outlines... I've opened the file. Magnificient with outlines! But would it be stable if it has to be modified? =)
  December 5, 2011
by shaders, I meant some Open GL extentions, using your graphic cards. This adds some 3D effects on the shadows, on the bricks. Simply the BEST WAY to display your LDD's Mocs, for me! But it may be more slow or unstable with BIG MOCS, like ours. I'm curious to see if your big models will open! LDD might be more stable on Nvidia? Could you try these options? Go into edit > preferences > Check the two "High - quality rendering of the bricks" options(it normally ask to restart LDD. Then you can check the "outlines on bricks options." I don't want to bother you with that, but I'm curious! And I'm sure your PC can handle this!I would understand you don't want to! And for an exemple of the bug, when it does not come back to Windows: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/297562
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  December 5, 2011
Quoting Jay Rhum Another masterpiece into your stunning collection!...
Thanks, yes there is some problems with LDD when building MOCs this huge. I don´t know about the shading? -But I haven´t experienced any weird bugs. Sometimes when I import a big chunk of bricks in to the MOC (like the HMS Lively) it just shuts down LDD. That´s why I don´t have any comparative shots on this posting. Now your second question: Intel®Core™i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470. And then your third: I was thinking about working my way up the rating system, with my next one being a 3rd rater and then finally a 1st rater (HMS Victory or ...maybe even a French one from "Atlas du genie maritime":)...). Noah&Ben has suggested the USS Constitution on several occations, this ship is kind of a mix between a 5th rate frigate and 3rd or a 1st rate razee. So this will probably be my next design, but I will get to the 1st raters eventually.
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  December 5, 2011
Quoting Alex Charbonneau Excellent work! I love looking at your old-timey wooden ships =) I have never had the patience to build anything this scale in LDD and you've got it down to a science! Hope to see you tackle one of these in real bricks someday! (God and wallet willing :P)
Donations can be made on this account... :D
  December 5, 2011
And for your next masterpice; I will suggest the HMS Victory! I love that ship! =)
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  December 5, 2011
I'd be curious to know your computer's hardware. Here is mine: core 2 duo @ 3 ghz, 6GB Ram, radeon HD6970(maybe some ati's drivers have some issues with LDD...). I've noticed the software is less buggy with "Aero disabled(I'm under Windows 7)
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  December 5, 2011
Another masterpiece into your stunning collection! As usual, the shaping work on the hull is fantastic! I've got a question, LDD fellow builder. I can guess on your pics your graphic options for advanced shaders and outlines between the bricks are off. Is that the unique way to stabilize LDD while working on big projects(I've counted more than 40000 on some of yours!)? My project is only almost 20000 but sometimes, with these options on(I need the outlines) and it sometimes bugs or simply return to Windows(and I swear my computer can handle this! =)
Anders T
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  December 4, 2011
Very Nice Work On This. There are a lot of details hidden throughout the interior of the ship, as well as the exterior. Nice work.
Anders T
Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  December 4, 2011
Quoting Anders T Yes, even though I have uploaded way more pictures than usual (partly because of your review), there is still a great heap of details and techniques hidden inside the MOC.
That may in fact be a great thing, as I feel with the added pictures, more people will be willing to check out the file, so it's like giving those people a little something something for checking out the MOC itself. Also, normally, it is better to have many photos than not enough... Normally, like I may have pushed it with my MOC's page. (On a side note, this is the 400th creation in my group, just a little fun fact for you.)
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  December 4, 2011
Excellent work! I love looking at your old-timey wooden ships =) I have never had the patience to build anything this scale in LDD and you've got it down to a science! Hope to see you tackle one of these in real bricks someday! (God and wallet willing :P)
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  December 4, 2011
Another amazing piece of work! I love how you make these so historically accurate. Might I make another request that the USS Constitution be your next project?
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  December 4, 2011
absolutely amazing! I can see clearly that you worked very hard on that! Can you check out this funny comic I made? It's sure to give you a laugh! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/296907
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  December 4, 2011
Quoting Admiring Orpheus What a job, as always! I have a question though: do you build all the masts from lower levels? Because besides being accurate, if you ever want to make a real-bricks model, I can assure you masts stability will be one of the biggest problems… Only after budget! :P
The masts are designed to be pretty sturdy as a unit. It doesn´t show on the pics, but all the masts have a core of technic axles and antennaes. This means that the main stability issue should be breaking off from the hull. Especially the mizzen mast that is slightly tilted needs the support from the decks or it would turn over. So I have designed the masts this way partly to be accurate, but mainly for stability. Thanks for your concern as this is often forgotten in LDD designs... And uh- the budget :( Ouch!
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  December 4, 2011
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free Very Nice Work On This. There are a lot of details hidden throughout the interior of the ship, as well as the exterior. Nice work.
Yes, even though I have uploaded way more pictures than usual (partly because of your review), there is still a great heap of details and techniques hidden inside the MOC.
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  December 4, 2011
What a job, as always! I have a question though: do you build all the masts from lower levels? Because besides being accurate, if you ever want to make a real-bricks model, I can assure you masts stability will be one of the biggest problems… Only after budget! :P
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  December 4, 2011
Excellent!
 
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