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.
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?
Thanks for the MOTD and the comments, guys! Much appreciated! It´s funnmy to see this old thing again. Mighty proud of that I was, but today it stands as a testimony to what can actually be accomplished with a VERY LIMITED collection of pieces and a lot of dedication and will-power. Literally most "special bricks" were used until I had absolutly NONE left in the boxes. A LOT of compromises and "creative solutions" was needed in order to finish the MOC. (As a Budget for aquiring pieces was practically non-existing!) Today all this is totally different; Needed pieces are simply BOUGHT with almost no regard to cost. (Hm, that didnt come out right, but I hope you understand...) In some ways the hobby was easier and more satisfying back then. Today limited collection or Budget strains are no longer valid excuses, as the level keeps getting pushed higher and higher up. In short; I should have a second go at building this ship; I am sure it would be MUCH MORE impressive and accurate. ;-) Alas... TIME is now the main constraint, and I have to select my projects more carefully... CHeers to the whole comunity!
Really great to see this as MocOfTheDay! Like a few others, I enjoyed Jacques Cousteau and his crews adventures under the sea, every Sunday on TV. Your Calypso is really marvelous and brings back great memories. Happy MOTD!
Forget MOTD -- this could easily be MOC of the Year, Henrik! I share Kurt's sentiments. Superb job on the hull and especially on the countless deck details. I know that the latter can be very difficult to render at scale. Great write-up, too.
Beautiful model! I remember watching Cousteau's episodes every week on TV when I was young. I loved the Calypso and the PBY, which should be the logical follow-up model! Great work and thanks for the memories!
Nothing short of excellent. The bow design is very well made, really like the bending curves and SNOT hull. The detail is very well made, thanks for making this boat that no one has quite ever done before in lego.
Thanks for your wonderful work and showing us how you built such a great lego creation. I've been wanting to build a lego ship for a long time, but the hull has always been the hardest part and never looks that great. I've begun to try and tackle building this myself based on your great work and pictures. I've been using lego digital designer and have completed the top half of the hull so far. It has been much easier for me to replicate this based on your pictures, and explaining your lego building techniques, but some of the detail and design that went into this is incomparable as I have been trying to build this boat.
Thanks again and I'll be updating my page with the progress of the ship.
This is epic, I love it. This must have taken ages to design and build. The detailing is amazing and flawless. Great building techniques throughout. I can spend ages just looking at the different features.
Great Work and Detail and It really L@@KS like the CALYPSO. Ships are not easy to do with Legos especially when you have to do the HULL from Start to Finish. I thinl your execution is Terrific and one of the nicest Ship builds i have seen. Your Tanks and Military items are impressive also THX Keep up the great work Tom Thompson
Wonderful! I can see you spending your time in every detail for as long as the detail needs - and not for as long as you can spend your time :-)
Lovely. Perhaps you should take care of the details on my ship too ....
Very nice ship.My dad and me want´s to build a large ship,too.But i think it will never looks so good like yours.
I like it
August 2, 2009
Wow! During my "dark ages" I actually built several large, static, model boat kits. Having seen this I am wondering why I didn't just stick with Lego in the first place!! I really like the way you made the lower hull and deck, and the level of detail is fantastic.
I like this very much. The red slopes and bricks you've used to emulate the curve of the brick built hull fit in unbelievably fluidly. The details on deck are nothing short of meticulous as well; I'm sure that the BYMS schematics assisted greatly.
This is totally stunning! How did you make the round shape of the hull? Just make a wall of 1x2 bricks and bent it a little? And you can join "Movie and Television", this is a famous vehicle from TV, right? ;)
Thanks a lot everybody. I am very happy with the positive reception. Also I am especially happy that many of you think this model is worthy to celebrate the memory of the great Cousteau, and the fond memories it has brought back to us "older" people here... ;-)
Since you made so many efforts to build the hull in such an extraordinary, cool-looking way, what you need now I think is is a shipyard layout - just to show off the detailed hull, you know: just because you can... So much work deserves to be displayed in a great layout, too. I love this boat. Steffen
Hey Henrik: Back when you had to plan your time to make sure that you wouldn't miss a particular television show, I remember I would try to organize my time on Sunday afternoon so I could watch the "Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau." Seeing your beautiful rendition the Calypso brings back good memories of those times. As the others here have mentioned, your attention to the little details, and the impressive scale of the project really make this model. Great job.
I like it
July 17, 2009
Outstanding. One of the finest minifig scale ships I've seen. Your attention to detail is to be commended. Hope to see more from you!
Interior, schminterior! This is awesome -- the mini-sub and crane, the deck detailing, the small watercraft and shark cage were all favorites. I also loved the depressurization area -- I have fond memories of watching Costeau's TV specials in the 70s, and this MOC brings them to mind.
"As I slowlee put my ageeen bodeee into zee watare . . . " (Old joke)
Amazing. The hull, especially the bow, looks fantastic - awesome curves with the 1*2 bricks and SNOT work in the lower parts. Then the railing around the decks is a huge eye-catcher, the size of the ship is astounding - a brilliant job all over. Best regards, Steffen
Ha ha! Se magnifique! All of it is fantastic, but what I like in particular are: the hull! The shape is great, and I like how you closed up the bottom. I also like how you did the deck; so much attention to detail!