WIP 1, The USS Enterprise CVN-80 . Alright-y folks, I am starting a new project here. So many of you are (hopefully) following Locutus 666's 1/350 scale USS Enterprise. If you aren't, shame on you. Anyways, Locutus is building the CVN-65 version, the one that was decommissioned last year (2012). So while he is tackling that, I decided to try and build my own 1/350 scale carrier. I knew it would be the Enterprise, but I didn't want to copy Locutus. I instead opted for the Next Generation of aircraft carriers, the Ford Class, of which the USS Enterprise CVN-80 is a member of. .
So we start off with the workplace. I did some back-of-the-CD-cover-not-a-napkin-calculations, and found that the length would be 132 studs, and that maximum width is about 36 studs. The height from the waterline (which is where I am building from) to the deck is 5 bricks, and two plates (17/3 bricks). If you all have any extra data, such as the height of the ship's island, or the width of the bow, etc, I would be grateful.
I have actually started construction. My first task was that I had to decide what would actually function; I didn't just want a grey box. I don't know if Locutus has this or not (if you are reading, Locutus, feel free to use this design if you don't have anything similar) but I am making actual, movable aircraft elevators. A few carriers I have seen on the 'pages have elevators, but you have to disconnect it by hand. This system doesn't need that. Since the carrier is so tall, I can use this piece: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=2653 in conjunction with this plate: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=32028 I think that you can visualize this system; but if needed, just let me know and I will try to post better pictures.
Here its in the 'up' position. I am trying to find a way to lock this system; I have a few ideas that should work, but I am yet to try them.
Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more WIPs, and I hope this goes better than my motorized tank (which, don't worry, I haven't forgotten).