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USCGC Hamilton WIP Update #2
Progress report for my ongoing 1:65 Hamilton class US Coast Guard cutter project.
About this creation
Since my last WIP post, I have reworked the telescoping portion of the hangar and have added the funnels, turbine intakes (the curved sections immediately in front of the funnels), and the rear mast. I was hoping to have this update done sooner, but the mast has been the bane of my existence for the last two weeks. Duplicating its sloping angle and including all of the supporting trusses and platforms has proven to be a difficult task at this scale, but I think I have finally arrived at a result that I am content with.

To give you some idea about the magnitude of this project, the length of the what is shown here (i.e. the flight deck, funnels, and turbine intakes) is 74 studs. That represents about 126 feet at the 1:65 scale, which is almost exactly one third of the overall length of the ship. So far, I've used around 3,000 parts, so it's looking like I may have underestimated the final part count somewhat.

I think I've crossed the point of no return on this project now -- it's starting to really take shape, so I am going to be motivated to finish it. I'm not exactly sure what I am going to work on next, but I am leaning toward building down from the flight deck to main deck, and then building the main deck out to the stern.



Since there has been at least one request for a close-up of the rails, I created the following image as well:








Comments

 I like it 
  July 29, 2014
It will be so awesome when this is finished.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
This is looking good! I can't wait to see the final product!
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Take your time, make it awesome!
Don't worry. I pretty much have no choice but to take my time with this one, but I definitely don't plan to cut any corners.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2014
Take your time, make it awesome!
 I made it 
  February 8, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough great job so far,could you post a close up of the handrails,Never got the hang of LDD,AMAZING WORK
Thanks! I'll try to post a close-up of the rails when I have a chance, but the basic idea is that every post is made of a robot arm (part #4735) on the bottom and a Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw (Part #48729) on the top. The posts have to be spaced 2-1/2 studs apart so that the robot arms form a continuous lower rail. You can use any size bar for the upper rail. In this case, I've used a series of 4L Lightsabers. This scheme works very well at this scale, but is probably too small for a minifig-scale build.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2014
great job so far,could you post a close up of the handrails,Never got the hang of LDD,AMAZING WORK
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen It looks really promising, the radar mast and especially the radar reflector is really well designed. However, I am a little worried that you can complete your project when you have already used 3000 pieces. Of course it can be built in stages, but how does your computer react the day where everything must be pieced together?
Thanks. As far as the size goes, I guess I'll see what happens when I get there. I have a moderately powerful PC, and I have already had models approaching 6,000 pieces in LDD and LDD2POVray and the only problem I experienced was a slightly slower response to changing the point of view in LDD. POVray itself is designed to handle models with many bevels, so other than extra time to load the model, I don't expect too many problems there.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 sound useful and logical at this scale. I just thought that this kind of building would be incredible at scales like 1/700 and 1/350.
Indeed, I think it would work well at those scales as well. After I finish this project and take a breather, I am thinking of building several WWII battleship classes at a scale of around 1:200 or 1:250, and I expect that I would approach those builds in the same manner.
  February 6, 2014
sound useful and logical at this scale. I just thought that this kind of building would be incredible at scales like 1/700 and 1/350.
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
It looks really promising, the radar mast and especially the radar reflector is really well designed. However, I am a little worried that you can complete your project when you have already used 3000 pieces. Of course it can be built in stages, but how does your computer react the day where everything must be pieced together?
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting BRICK IT Productions This looks pretty amazing! So far, my favorite part is that SeaHawk (;p), but the rest of the ship is looking great! Do you think after you complete this, you could try to build a carrier of some sort like the Enterprise?
Thanks. Regarding your question: I don't know about a true carrier (there have been some very good ones posted here fairly recently, by both Achintya Prasad and Locutus 666), but I have given some thought to building a marine landing ship, either an LPD or LHD. You don't see those built in LEGO too often.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Joonmin . That is realistic! Really nice shaping:)
Thanks!
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Navy Person Awesome creation! two of the Hamilton class cutters are currently in service with the Philippine navy and of them is the PN's flagship! Really great work, cant wait to see it finished!
Thanks. You are correct about the two Hamiltons going to the Philippine Navy. A third has been transferred to the Nigerian Navy and a fourth to the Navy of Bangladesh. That ought to give you some idea about how versatile and well-built these ships are. I expect that there will be more such transfers as the Hamiltons continue to be phased out and the Legend-class National Security Cutters are brought online.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee This is shaping up to be fantastic on an epic scale! The details you've included are truly stunning and inspiring. Michael is absolutely correct about your "nothing but the best" attitude for this beauty. Keep it up, PLEASE!
Quoting Michael Rutherford Ah... mo bettah mo bettah! This is going to be one heck of a vessel when shes done. You seem to be maintaining a "Nothing but the best" mentality as you proceed. Solving each challenge slowly and as well as possible. That mosaic flag on the side is a nice touch. Attack!
Thanks, guys. You are right about my anal retentive side taking over ;-). I have spent a lot of time, perhaps too much, on some of the features, but since I am still making reasonably good progress, I don't expect to be taking too many "short cuts" in the future.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Can the hangar really slide telescopically?
The hangar can't really slide in my model. I briefly considered trying to do that, but I think it would have made the build a little to ugly for my taste. In this latest revision, though, I did try to represent the telescoping portion more realistically -- you can see a small amount of the narrower, telescoping portion right next to the hanger door.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti I would love to see you build the USCGC Eagle ! It would be amazing!
The Eagle would be a pretty good build, but so far I haven't built any sailing ships, so it would definitely a little outside of my wheelhouse. That's a good thought, though -- I'll have to keep it in mind. Some of the other USCG ships I'd like to build are a Sentinel class Fast Response Cutter (at only 156 feet, it should be a breeze :-)) and the USCGC Mackinaw, which is a 240-foot icebreaker/seagoing buoy tender that operates on the Great Lakes.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti The mast is awesome! I'm loving the radar it's perfect! I also love the way you made the emblem on the stack. It's coming along brilliantly !
Thanks. The radar set, if anything is a bit small, if you can believe that, and it turned out to be fairly easy to do compared to some of the other components. The emblem, on the other hand, gave me quite a few headaches, but I knew that I absolutely had to include it.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Excellent work. Cant wait to see your fine 1:65-stuff finished. I wonder that you build the ship from the deck to the hull. I use to build my ship from the hull to the deck to the structures. But it seems to work. :) Keep up the work!
Thanks. Regarding the order of my building: I find that starting with the main deck allows me to do a good job shaping the outline of the ship, since it is usually possible to get good measurements for the main deck. Once the deck is build, it provides me with an "anchor point" for shaping the hull.
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
This looks pretty amazing! So far, my favorite part is that SeaHawk (;p), but the rest of the ship is looking great! Do you think after you complete this, you could try to build a carrier of some sort like the Enterprise?
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Wow, absolutely perfect work. Can't wait to see it completely finished! :)
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, the shaping is unreal (in a good way)! It's looking very, very good. Nice and clean. Keep it up!
Quoting Tom Simon Yup. That's the stuff.
Quoting El Barto ! Slick!
Quoting Luke V Still looks pretty accurate!!! Keep up the good work!
Thanks, everyone. I expect to have another update in 2-3 weeks. I have some more difficult problems building down to the main deck, but I don't expect them to be as bad as the ones I encountered working on the mast.
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
That is realistic! Really nice shaping:)
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Wow, absolutely perfect work. Can't wait to see it completely finished! :)
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Wow, the shaping is unreal (in a good way)! It's looking very, very good. Nice and clean. Keep it up!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
This is shaping up to be fantastic on an epic scale! The details you've included are truly stunning and inspiring. Michael is absolutely correct about your "nothing but the best" attitude for this beauty. Keep it up, PLEASE!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Awesome creation! two of the Hamilton class cutters are currently in service with the Philippine navy and of them is the PN's flagship! Really great work, cant wait to see it finished!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Ah... mo bettah mo bettah! This is going to be one heck of a vessel when shes done. You seem to be maintaining a "Nothing but the best" mentality as you proceed. Solving each challenge slowly and as well as possible. That mosaic flag on the side is a nice touch. Attack!
  February 6, 2014
Yup. That's the stuff.
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Can the hangar really slide telescopically?
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Slick!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
I would love to see you build the USCGC Eagle ! It would be amazing!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
The mast is awesome! I'm loving the radar it's perfect! I also love the way you made the emblem on the stack. It's coming along brilliantly !
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Excellent work. Cant wait to see your fine 1:65-stuff finished. I wonder that you build the ship from the deck to the hull. I use to build my ship from the hull to the deck to the structures. But it seems to work. :) Keep up the work!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Still looks pretty accurate!!! Keep up the good work!
 
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