It's finally finished!!! Below are the LDD screen captures.
A few things I would have changed if doing this again. I like the design of the base but would have built it into the bottom hull itself (the ship is a little wobbly on the base) I wanted to experiment with a different design for the back of the ship but tried many different things on LDD and couldn't come up with anything (I wanted to give the back a more fluid edge).
A huge thanks to Henrik for providing the inspiration and helpful pictures! The ship will be on display at a local LEGO convention and then into someone else's collection in support of charity.
I think you have finished this now┐? -It looks pretty complete to me. It is astounding how you have reproduced it down to the smallest details; even where I had to improvise grosely becuase of a very limited Lego-collection. You should try to get more exposure; joining it to some groups here and/or publishing at Flickr, etc. Congratulations on the achievement!
I had the same problem with the building guide in LDD. I had to adjust multiple times while I tried to get the step right. I'm also curious about the paper instructions. I just sent off for the rest of the ship last night so now I just need to wait on all the parts to come in. Bricklink came in real handy for the hard-to-find parts.
I can imagine how it was, without bending the hull, in Digital Designer. I love this program(i've designed my sub with it), but some features can be improved. For exemple, i had to use my computer in order to mount my model(lego was unable to print me the mounting instructions). The problem is that the program does not focus on a particular part of your model and every 3 or 4 steps, it resets the camera angles. So you always get lost... I'm a bit wondered if you tell me you have paper instrucions for your model, because it seems to be at least as complex as mine(i would say more)...
Thanks guys! It's actually up to about 40 hours now for the designing. The bottom hull took the most time to create.
The funny thing is that I was so excited to start building with actual legos that I built the top hull in one evening.