Nihon Maru: Battle of Angolp'o . In 1592 the Japanese Shogun, having united his own country, turned his attention toward the lands beyond his borders, initiating a war with Korea. The Japanese fleet consisted mostly of oar powered fortresses called bune, which were not armed with cannons but relied upon grappling and boarding. The greatest of these bune was the Shogun's flagship, the Nihon Maru. The Nihon Maru was a massive ship, a literal floating castle. Despite its size and intimidating presence, the Koreans had a mighty weapon in their arsenal: the turtle ship. As turtle ships were nearly impossible to board, and were equipped with cannons, the mighty Nihon Maru was holed in the battle of Angolp'o and was forced to sit out the rest of the failed Japanese invasion of Korea. .
This project was meant to be the capstone of my first year on MOC pages. It is a few weeks late for my first MOCaversary, but I was busy last month moving to a new state and starting a new job.
As the culmination of the last year's worth of projects, this MOC incorporates a technique either developed or refined in all of my major creations of the last year.
The roof on the Nihon Maru is a refinement of the method employed in Ishii Castle. Also borrowed from that creation is a scaled down version of the cherry blossom tree, many of the internal set pieces and the samurai warriors/weapons.
The lower hull of the Maru is based on the technique used originally in the Blimp Bomber, refined and integrated with an horizontal hull in the USS Anchorage, and used again in Steam Punk Civil War. The rudder incorporates design features from the wings on Nyeba
A very important, but difficult to see, design feature is the use of horizontal hull elements. This is a technique that I started using in the HMS Nereid, but which has been present in all of my ships since including: USS Nightingale, USS Anchorage, and now all three of the ship in the present MOC.
The curved upper hull is based on the work I did in Circus Maximus using staggered overlapping plates to hide gaps on a curved surface. This arose partly because of my work on Fort Washburn, when I realized the difficulties associated with angled sections and the gaps that they would create. From Washburn I also developed some of the overlapping deck panel designs used on the upper deck of the Maru. With the Maru I added an additional layer to give texture to what would have otherwise been a pretty dull looking exterior. The change in slope in the rear was also a tricky feat of engineering that I am proud of.
And there you go, the interior of the mighty palace ship. The fore tower contains the Shogun's suite on the top two levels and the command room on the bottom floor. The aft tower is for entertaining and has servant quarters and a dining hall. The lowest deck is for storage and crew bunks, the second deck is for ship operations, and the third deck is the barracks.
The turtle ship uses a technique which is the culmination of my work on organic articulation: beginning with Smaug and continuing with Nyeba the dragon, and Tortuga. Also, the dragon head at the bow was also based on Zemlya.
I tried my best to get the Korean cannons to look like dragons. In the end I think it was ok, but I could probably be improved upon.
From Cozamalotl I took the thatched roof technique and used it for the reed bottom of the kobaya which is attempting to flank the turtle ship.
And there you go, every creation I've made since I started using MOC pages (basically all of my LDD ones) have all come together in one big MOC. In the end the total parts count makes this my third largest creation, but it exceeds all of the prior ones in terms of complexity and the sheer diversity parts that required integration. I hope that you like it! Feel free to rate, comment, and use any of the design elements here in (with proper citation and links of course).
Korean Turtle Ship
Battle of Angolp'o
Japanese Ship Design
Bricks Used: 19743