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HMS Surprise . This ship is my second big project. It has taken quite some time to design and involves a great deal of new techniques for me, some from all of you on the pages and some of my own. It is built in minifig scale or 1:38 and is based on the plans, pictures and data that can be found literally everywhere on the web. Please take the time to compare this model with the wooden models of HMS Surprise. . HMS Surprise was originally launched as the corvette Unité in 1794 but was captured by the British navy in 1796. (the commander didn´t clear her for action d´oh!) In 1798 she went through an extensive overhaul that included a coppering, hence the orange hull. In the same process she was rearmed to carry 24 32 pdr carronades, 10 18 pdr carronades and 2 4 pdr long guns. That is probably why there is more gun ports than there are guns ?!? I actually thought about blinding them off but all the pictures I saw has them so- . Often referred to as a frigate she was clearly on the small side and therefore classified as a 6th rater As mentioned above, this design involves a great deal of new techniques that differ from my previous ship design. In the following I will give a tour covering some of these new features and techniques, sorry about the amount of text. The main new challenge was to make a coppered hull. I found orange to be the LEGO color coming closest to the color of wooden models. This presented a new problem! I couldn´t use my previous hull technique as there is a very limited range of bricks in orange. After designing a couple of ships I have come to the conclusion that this was actually a good thing as it forced me to make much more precise hulls. As one thing often leads to another this made me rethink the entire process of designing the hull. Most obvious is the bow and stern. One central thing that has remained is the section design in this case 6 of them. As I could get very accurate information about the both the exterior as well as the interior of this ship I took a great leap forward in the look of the decks. This means that it´s SNOT and things like pumps, stove, boats, guns, masts, etc. are designed / redesigned to be more accurate. Thanks for visiting, rating and commenting Anders T

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