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Micro Bulk Carriers
A set of micro-scale (1:900) bulk carriers, including an LNG tanker, a container ship, and a VLCC class oil tanker.
About this creation
A while back, I created a micro seaport (now a Cuusoo project), but I have never done a decent render of it. A few days ago I received a few comments on the container ship in this set, and it sparked me to get a render done of the ships, which are the focal point of the MOC. I also realized that the MOC was sadly lacking a supertanker, so I went ahead and created one. What we have here are:

An LNG tanker, modelled after the Suezmax class vessel Arctic Princess (I love its orange and white color scheme). The model is about 40 studs long by a little less than 7 studs wide. Here is a picture of the real Arctic Princess.

A large container ship, also approximately in the Suezmax class size range. While I didn't try to exactly model any real container ship, I did use some of the large MSC line container ships as a guide. This ship has a beam of a little more than 6 studs and a length of about 45 studs. Here is a picture of an MSC lines container ship.

A VLCC class oil tanker, modelled after the Front Endurance. This ship has a beam of a little more than 8 studs and length of almost 47 studs. While the VLCC ships are large, they are still significantly smaller than the really, really big ULCC class tankers, which would dwarf all of these ships. Here is a picture of the real Front Endurance.

All ships are built at a 1:900 scale (1 stud = 7.2 meters).








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  January 19, 2014
so cool!!!!
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  December 29, 2013
The Arctic Princess is amazing, I love big industrial ships and it doesn't get better than four giant tanks of gas. Superb job on all three of them!
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  December 24, 2013
pretty cool :)
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  December 22, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett These all make great display models. Nice work.
Thanks. My intent was that these models both look good and have a little bit of playability as well. I am planning (at some point) to upgrade my micro seaport, so that these ships all have somewhere to go and be useful.
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  December 22, 2013
Quoting Lego Builders Nice micro building! They are always a treat to see. -LB Senior
Quoting David FNJ Neat!
Thanks, guys!
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  December 21, 2013
These all make great display models. Nice work.
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  December 19, 2013
Nice micro building! They are always a treat to see. -LB Senior
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  December 19, 2013
Neat!
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Shaping is remarkable! The details and piece usage you produce are just marvelous. Fantastic job, Matt!
Thanks, Alex. On the parts usage -- a lot of what I did, e.g. the hull shaping, was borrowed somewhat from other MOCs, but there were a few cases where I was happy to find a new part usage, like the hinge plates that make up the "greebling" of the oil tanker's deck.
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  December 19, 2013
Shaping is remarkable! The details and piece usage you produce are just marvelous. Fantastic job, Matt!
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Henrik Jensen nice collection of micro-vessels. The LNG- tanker, is because of its special exterior, my favorite. But the Container ship has in my opinion the nicest hull shape. The Oil tanker's superstructure with the supported bridge wings looks great. Is it only because of your reference image, that you have chosen to render it, sailing empty?
Thanks. You are correct that the oil tanker is empty, and, yes, it was partly due to my reference images and partly out of desire to have some variety. I could have fairly easily chopped off the bottom two studs of height to bring the waterline up. The LNG tanker is laden. If it were empty, you'd see the underwater bulge in the bow similar to the oil tanker's.
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  December 19, 2013
nice collection of micro-vessels. The LNG- tanker, is because of its special exterior, my favorite. But the Container ship has in my opinion the nicest hull shape. The Oil tanker's superstructure with the supported bridge wings looks great. Is it only because of your reference image, that you have chosen to render it, sailing empty?
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Kirill Simerzin I really like how you built all your ships - and especially these smalls)) The front bow part solution is great!
Thanks. There are actually two separate techniques used for the bows. I used one technique for the LNG tanker and VLCC oil tanker, since their bows were fairly similar, but the shape of the container ship's bow is quite a bit different (it tapers to a much narrower profile near the waterline), so I had to come up with a slightly different solution.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 original and very well done! doing those fig scale would cost thousands of dollars!
Thanks. A minifig-scale VLCC tanker would indeed by an investment. Although opinions differ about exactly what the appropriate scale is for minifigs, it is somewhere around 1:40. At that scale, a minifig-scale model of the Front Endurance would measure over 8 meters!
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Gorgeous!
Quoting sam the first more fantastic work! beautiful boats, lovely job.
Quoting Gabor Horvath Every ship is great! And nice technics everywhere!
Thanks, guys. I am happy that you like them.
 I like it 
  December 19, 2013
I really like how you built all your ships - and especially these smalls)) The front bow part solution is great!
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  December 19, 2013
original and very well done! doing those fig scale would cost thousands of dollars!
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  December 19, 2013
Gorgeous!
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  December 19, 2013
more fantastic work! beautiful boats, lovely job.
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  December 19, 2013
Every ship is great! And nice technics everywhere!
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Tom Simon See, here is how I see it: these are so attractive, they are begging to be included in a harbor scene. Read that as LARGE project. As an MIT guy, I'm sure you are well suited to take that on, and kick its rear.
As it turns out, the LNG tanker and container ship are already part of a larger MOC, my Micro Seaport (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/354961). I suppose that I now need to upgrade the seaport to include an oil off-loading facility.
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  December 19, 2013
Mr. Bace. Those links really nail it down! Yea, it's not the left hand right hand image comparison that we intuitively hunger for, but the shots you picked illustrate the shape of the real vessels very well. The viewer is able to conduct the comparison (and conclude that you nailed these ships!) Again, great models and a great post. Attack!
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  December 19, 2013
See, here is how I see it: these are so attractive, they are begging to be included in a harbor scene. Read that as LARGE project. As an MIT guy, I'm sure you are well suited to take that on, and kick its rear.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Michael Rutherford Outstanding detail! The shapes are perfect! I would love to see these in silhouette compared to the real ships. Simply excellent. Attack!
Thanks. I'd like to be able to do that comparison, but I had to work exclusively from photographs for these builds (no blueprints or plans). It's hard to create that kind of comparison shot from photographs, which are generally not taken from the straight-on angles that you'd like to use. If you want, you can Google "Arctic Princess", "MSC container ship", or "Front Endurance" to see what the real ones look like. UPDATE: I have now included links to pictures of the real ships that inspired these MOCs above in the description.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting P. Voranc Great work, I like microscale ships and these are very well built, colors chosen are also nice.
Thanks. I wish I could take credit for the color schemes, but for the most part, I just copied the colors of existing real ships.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Lars Kumpfert Much better than some of the big ones... nice design! ;)
Thanks. Micro-scale building is definitely a challenge, but I like building small. If I build at a larger scale (e.g. the 1:65 scale I used for my Coast Guard cutter), I try to make sure to use that additional size to include as many fine details as possible. I try not to build big just for the sake of being big.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti These are all fantastic and greatly detailed but I really love the LNG tanker that is just amazing .
Thanks. I think the LNG tanker may be my favorite, too. It was the first one I built. I like the fact that LNG tankers have a strange look to them that makes them stand out from the other large ships.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Navy Person Great micro ships!
Thanks!
  December 19, 2013
Outstanding detail! The shapes are perfect! I would love to see these in silhouette compared to the real ships. Simply excellent. Attack!
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  December 19, 2013
Great work, I like microscale ships and these are very well built, colors chosen are also nice.
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  December 19, 2013
Much better than some of the big ones... nice design! ;)
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  December 19, 2013
These are all fantastic and greatly detailed but I really love the LNG tanker that is just amazing .
  December 19, 2013
I never tried it. I will test it this evening. Maybe it works. Thank you for this. I hope it works then because it had already worked until one day it denied (by some different file writing permissions).
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  December 19, 2013
Great micro ships!
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 I already know them from your Flickr images. Very well build. I have an own containership in about 1/700 too but not uploaded yet. My POVRay denies its service! :(
Thanks. Regarding your troubles with POVray: One trick that is often required with LDD2POVray (and this may apply to POVray in stand-alone mode as well) is to run it in Administrator mode -- i.e. right click on the application and select "Run in Administrator Mode". That trick sometimes clears up issues with file permissions that may block it from running.
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  December 19, 2013
Quoting Gabor Pauler Very stylish ships in such a small scale, congratulations.
Quoting VoyageCreations . Cool ! Great shaping, I really like this moc
Thanks!
 I like it 
  December 19, 2013
I already know them from your Flickr images. Very well build. I have an own containership in about 1/700 too but not uploaded yet. My POVRay denies its service! :(
 I like it 
  December 19, 2013
Very stylish ships in such a small scale, congratulations.
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  December 19, 2013
Cool ! Great shaping, I really like this moc
 
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