Calypso . Jacques-Yves Cousteau's "Calypso" sea-exploring vessel. . Originally a World War Two BYMS class minesweeper, a wooden ship build in the US, and subsequently lend-leased to Britain, where she served in the mediterranean as "HMS J-826" during the war.
After the war she served as a ferry in Malta, until Cousteau got into the picture in 1950.
The ship had an accident and sank in Singapore port in 1996, but was raised and is being completly refurbished in 2009!
Cousteau himself died in 1997.
Calypso is still tied to the Cousteau Society today.
MOC is exact to minifig-scale (as exact as minifig comes...), using Siskinds "1 foot = 1 stud".
This MOC sets a new first for me; It's the first time I've tried to order loose bricks directly from LEGO. It might be routine for most people here, but for me it kind of took the hobby to "the next level". I hope the €7.00 worth of railings show on the screen ;-)
The model took around a month to build, but almost 3 weeks of that time where waiting for the pieces from PAB to arrive at my doorstep.
Hi-res photos now on Brickshelf !
Model has NO interior. -But a lot of exterior details. Enjoy them instead, please...
Fabuland propellers. Now that I was ordering the railigns anyway, I thought they might look good here...
The hull... Lots of room for improvement, but I didnt have the right type of bricks. Oh, if I would just have thought of that BEFORE finishing the PAB order...
The keel and the Technic-beam interior is actually re-used directly from the U-96 moc!
The forward observation-chamber is 3 meters below surface, and can hold one person lying down.
It *IS* big, and it weighs a ton! (It's as long as the U-96, but twice the width and height...) If put in water it would certainly sink like a... brick!
Hm. A bow-photo is missing here, and one of the others accidently repeated twice. Sorry guys. Stay tuned for the whole bunch i high resolution on Brickshelf.
Crane actually works, and can be folded down on the deck when not in use (as with the prototype).
Mini-sub and shark-cage. (Actually it is the diver/cameraman who goes INside the cage! ;-)
Lifesaving de-pressurisation chamber.
Okay, this is NOT a helicopter-MOC, so forgive me... ;-)
le Commandant Cousteau
Vive La France!
Classy presentation with GoGo Girls...
(Yes, they are my daughters)
(Drawing shown is not specifically of the Calypso, but the generic BYMS class design.)
BTW: I cant find a suitable group to join this MOC to. Suggestions?