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Calypso, The making of...
A view into the construction and design of my Calypso MOC.
About this creation
Okay, so nothing really new here, except a chance to have a closer look at certain details of how the Calypso was build.
Of course I am no Professor Eggplant, and really dont pretend to have anything revolutionary to tell, but anyway here are some closer looks inside the MOC...

The MOC separates in two major parts. The bottom, and the rest. There is no fixed connection between the two parts, the top "floats" on the bottom.

The top is actually a water-line model, perfectly flat underneath.

All major parts separates freely into smaller parts. All decks floats freely, and are just held into place by the the hull, the railings and the buildings.

The photo break-down focuses on 3 subjects;
1) Hull
2) Deck
3) Bottom

1) Hull

This kind of 1x2 stud "flexi-hull" has been used by many builders here. Here is my version.

The tiles on top of the yellow beams supports the 2 stud thick deck. The white bricks with no tiles supports the deck where the deck is only 1 stud thick.
As I dont have enough white 1x2 bricks, 2x2 (and others) are thrown in where apropiate.

More than 6 months ago I was testing out the flexi-hull design, and couldnt come up with a satisfying way to make the bow. This time I found a satisfactory solution!

The hull seen from the bottom. It's not too strong, but with the decks mounted, -pressing against the hull, the constructon becomes locked and stable.

Decks and buildings off. The end was made in a hurry, and it just clips on to the 4 SNOT studs shown above...

2) Deck

The stripped down Calypso ready to have its decks removed.

I think around 90% of all the tan bricks comes from a single 4954 set (The tan-coloured Creator house) -Which also supplied all the bricks used for the railings.

A mix of 1- and 2-stud thickness.

The main building pops right out.

And then the decks can be lifted out. It's a tight fit, but they are actually not locked in with any stud-connections.
Note the staggering of the deck, along the center line.

3) Bottom

This is the same construction as used with the U-96, except this one is bigger.
It was done by putting the Hull upside-down and then trace the outline with red 30º slopes all the way around (on one side, the constructon is then mirrored to the other side)
Unfortunatly I didnt have enough 30º slopes, so the clean style of the construction is broken, but fortunatly it doesnt show too much on the photos (nor in real life)

It's perfectly flat on top EXCEPT for some lateral guiding for the hull part.

Here I pretend to show how the "axles" for the propellers are held, and allowed to angle a little downwards.

The bottom is a 3-part sandwich construction; A 1-stud wide keel made up of technic-beams and two mirror-identical sides.

One side without the keel.

The other side, with the keel attached.

Example of the staggering of the 45º bricks (and some of my too-few 30º bricks.)
I think this makes much smoother hulls possible.

More red cosntruction-madness.
Studs in 5 different directions here. (not counting odd directions used for the propellors)

Here endeth the break-down of the construction of the Calypso. I hope you enjoyed it.


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  July 13, 2017
that looks absolutly awesome. I think I have my inspiration now thank you
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  February 13, 2012
Wonderful breakdown of your epic build. Btw I have added a comment on this moc in the general ship building topic, hope it's ok!.
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  November 26, 2011
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  March 3, 2011
brilliant..... Thanks.
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  September 15, 2009
Really classy model. There's something to be said about a model that can be taken apart that easily for storage/transport or in this case showing off how it was built! I love the fact that the top part becomes a waterline model.
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  July 20, 2009
Thanks Henrik for explaining the construction of this beautiful boat model. You really are a first class lego modeller. I like the innovative way you have used SNOT and other techniques to create the model.
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  July 20, 2009
What an achievement - awesome! Steffen
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  July 20, 2009
Awesome building skills, my friend! Admirable!
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  July 19, 2009
fantastic! I like the detachable top part, don't think I have seen anything like that before! thanks for the insight! ;)
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  July 19, 2009
Wow. Truly fantastic report this is. Thanks, man!!!
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