Here some of the members of the group (hopefully more soon) has left a bit of information on themselves.
What makes them tick, what mocs they find inspiring and beautiful, both their own and others and also a little about what techniques you can expect to find in their mocs. Permalink
When I started thinking about building LEGO again I quickly had the ambition to make beautiful ships. My main reason to join mocpages was the wonderful source of ship construction that could be found here. However I found out that it was a matter of chance to find the good solutions and sometimes I found myself struggling with a problem for days only to find that this was a trivial problem to some. This made me think about founding a group where any new or even experienced ship builder could find the design-tricks that makes beautiful ships possible.
Well, the past couple years I've had the good fortune to have the time and money to spend on a few Legos so I can tackle some ships (and airplanes) I've always wanted to build. I really enjoy doing a little research about some ships people don't always see, and give them a little bit of exposure through Legos :) A lot of ships have fascinating stories tied to them, and it's really interesting to delve into it.
As far as which of my MOCs is my favorite? It's usually the one I'm working on at the time. HMS Repulse is a big accomplishment for me, USS Astoria has a special place in my heart, and I have always ALWAYS wanted to build an Fw-190 and I really feel good about how they both have turned out :)
As far as building styles, I think my technique is best described as "simple SNOT:" basically it is plates and tiles forming the side of the hull, and the sides of the bricks forming the top of the decks. Interior bracing is done with a a lot of technic beams etc. This technique is very much like what a lot of the minifig scale builders use (some tricks have come from some of the big ships as well). Building in 1/200th scale presents a nice challenge as far as amount of detail vs not overloading the workspace (and it lets me build a larger variety of ships). If it comes down to it I will sacrifice detail to maintain the correct lines, but it's always rewarding to get the best of both worlds. Permalink
I was born a few years too late so I missed the classic lego pirates but ever since I saw the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie I was desperate to find myself a big ship, I already had the armada flagship but I needed bigger hulls to try out my idea's, eventually I bought a second hands Skull's eye Schooner and from that point my ship building career began :P It started with the romantic stereotype pirateships and evolved to more realistic hystorically accurate vessels.
Not only my ships evolved but also my taste for ships, a few years ago I wouldn't have liked some of the ships I build now.
I have a page to keep track of the evolution of my ships http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/68594
but I should update it sometime.
A creation that inspired me very much was the Spanish galleon http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/165307
It simply amazed my how the shape got so perfect, it inspired me to try that technique for angling the sides.
I don't have a usual technique, I tend to chang every once in a while,
I build classic ships (following the simple official ship sets),
I sculpted hulls (brickbuild) and recently I developped my very own technique, It has never been used before, I hope to post a complete ship one day.
I try adding playable features to my ships such as a capstan that can be used to haul up the anchor or crane, rudder connected to steering wheel and light functions.
My mechanical ship is a one-of-a-kind ship, although it does not look as nice like most of my other ships the inner workings are far more complex. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/282403
Most impressive about this ship are the pneumatic chaser cannons, a feature that is unique for my ship.
What makes me tick? Well I'm 42 years old and started playing with Lego when I was about 7 or 8 and stayed with it until 12 or 13 until sports and girls took over. I focused on classic space and some castle and city thrown in. My dad would build with us and made a u-boat using the old 'stick' minifigs and a Scharnhorst (I have a poloroid of it somewhere). The hull of the u-boat was built was bricks and was very blocky for the time but still looked fantastic. Flash forward to 2002 and I'm with my infant daughter checking out Target's after Chrstimas clearance sales and I spy an AT TE for 75% off..run home and put it together and I was hooked. Cleaned all the targets out of clearance lego, called my mom & dad to make sure they still had my lego and rebuilt everything after printing off the instructions.
One of my favorite movies of all time was Das Boot. I was sitting in front of the tv watching it while building Lego and I thought I could build a pretty good conning tower with what I had. It looked incredible and I knew I had to make the rest of it and not just a waterline model but a full minifig scale boat. For the next three years; I built and tore apart until I got it right.
My usual technique is to build and tear apart until I get it right. I'm not very proficient at using MLCad or anything like that and I need to use my hands to build, as with the Schnellboot that I'm working on, MLCad won't allow Lego to 'bend' around the hull design which it does quite easily. Obviously my u-boat is my favorite.
My favorite moc's besides my own is anything from Henrik. Permalink
I have been interested in the Age of Sail for about 10 years now, and at a certain moment I wanted to do something with it. Then a friend of mine, Captain Blackmoor on Classic-Pirates.com introduced me to that forum (now I'm known there as Admiral Croissant). Then after a while I started with my own ship, the French frigate Vesta, which was mainly inspired by HMS Surprise (from the movie Master and Commander: The far side of the world). This ship was finished in about 1,5 year and recently I started on a Spanish minifig scale 112 gun ship. This is still in the very early stages though, and I'm borrowing techniques from Captain Green Hair (Classic-Pirates.com) and Anders T.
On the Vesta I used a technique which I hadn't seen before, using 4x4 hinge plates with tiles on it for the outside. This also made the gundeck accessible. The masts were made with a lot of technic LEGO parts. Permalink