This build started as a proof of concept build to make a ship without pre-made ship parts so that I could use the same build method to make ships of any size. I'm quite pleased with the end result, allowing construction of everything from a small freighter to a 28 gun frigate, the HMS Nereid.
About this creation
Acknowledgments: Sebus I and Anders T inspired me to try new techniques through the quality of their builds.
I actually discovered this third ship builder after I built the HMS Nereid, but the techniques used are admirable and similar to what I was trying to achieve with this build.
This is the first ship I built, The Scarlet Lady.
I had tried a build where the direction of the bricks switches part way through, but this turned out to be too awkward and difficult to manage.
This second ship was a test to see how the design would work with more than one level and to try out methods for scaling.
This ship, the Nereid, is much larger and better built, the culmination of the other efforts and then some.
You can see that this method lends itself well to replicating the paneled look of a wooden ship, and the gradual bulge that ships of that type had, but it doesn't do well to replicate the sloping toward the center, with the aft and bow higher.
Here is the captain's cabin.
Here is the galley, complete with wash basin, knifes, pots, pans, oven, and stove.
This is the brig, complete with scruffy looking brigand.
Here is the powder magazine.
This is where the food stores are kept, including a goat for milk, tools, and a rat.
Here are some shots of the gun deck, ready for action.
This is a shot of all three concept ships together.
My father-in-law retired from the Navy, and he reignited my love for the old and classic man-of-wars. I gotta say that I love the detail and scale with this. My largest disappointment with the LEGO brand ships is the scale and level of detail. Which this brings out beautifully.
Interesting, making your own hull is the only way for historical accuracy, I like how you shaped the hull near the stern in particular, you should work some more on the tumblehome shape of the ship I think, that's usually the more complicated side though. Cabin and the rest of the interior looks pretty good keep it up
(btw, the explode picture is a nice add :p )
I think the feeling you describe is more or less the same for any (serious) builder. There are always the groups specializing in ship mocs: Look at any one of my ships and there are 5-7 of these groups that I refer to down the side. The problem of finding mocs that are inspiring in terms of techniques is a huge one. I often find myself looking at a moc for quite some time before discovering what is really going on. The reason for the basic instructions/tutorials that I am posting is to save my fellow moccers from wasting some of that time and get to designing/building faster.
Thanks for you commentary. I am not surprised that you found elements of your work in mine; after all you are one of the builders who inspired me to try my new build style. Joining MOCpages feels a lot like starting graduate school. As an undergrad I was always in the top 3 of the class; in grad school I felt like I was always just below average. Before finding MOCpages, I was one of the most advanced builders I knew, now I just feel like an underachiever. I think that this uncertainty is what you saw as disappointment with the build. I'm actually quite proud of this build, it is one of my personal best, but it is little more than an entry level attempt compared to some of the great builders out there. I look forward to reading your shipbuilder's guide. In the near future I would like to apply this method to a larger ship of the line, and the methods in that guide may prove useful. Are there any groups that you would recommend joining in order to get more inspiration?
Thanks for expressing admiration of my creations.
With that in mind I will try to make a comment that can be useful while trying to restrain the schoolmaster vibe. Now this is a balancing act, so please forgive me in advance.
There is much to gain in making a concept that you can use over and over again: You will inevitably become more and more precise and creative in your attempts at making the concept work and when you eventually get to using the concept for real you will buy bricks that can be used in a massive amount of different mocs.
So to conclude the concept idea it-self is an excellent pattern to choose.
In your concept itself I see a lot of my own ideas. This is mainly in terms of the use of roof tiles, curved bricks and the sideways mounting of those. I sense that there is still some doubt in the concept by you. Especially the sentence “had tried a build where the direction of the bricks switches part way through, but this turned out to be too awkward and difficult to manage” Sounds like something I could have said some time ago (as an excuse, sorry). Btw a detailed walkthrough of design ideas collected from some of the most talented ship builders including Sebeus I will be available for you in the group “Shipbuilders guide” in a couple of days when we open for public wieving.
With all of that out of the way, all the things on the inside is working very well. You have a lot of action in your mocs this way (something my postings really misses) There is a lot of clarity in your presentation I see a well defined direction of your work and there is significant difference between your first moc and the last one. (in a good way)
So conclude the entire comment/novel: Great idea making a concept, Imho it seems like you are not quite pleased by your concept as it is turning out right now.(I regard all of my posted mocs as WIPs in terms of making the shape just right)Great work on the interior and on the presentation.
Hope my comment is somewhat useful.