In the steampunk realm, vehicles are powered by the Victorian power of choice: industrial steam. Well, with a futuristic spin, of course. This LEGO steampunk galleon by Chris Wright fits the genre perfectly — a huge steam-powered mega-wheel with a central ship that seems to defy gravity. The detailed central minifigure-scale ship remains stationary within the huge outer wheel thanks to a collection of wheels at the points where the two meet. The ship itself is full of great details but the first thing to catch my attention is the size of this thing and colour scheme thanks to those Medium Azure highlights throughout.
A “SHIP” is a large scale LEGO spaceship, specifically one of at least 100 studs in length (or height!). They are a popular theme to build, especially for convention displays. This specific SHIP by Tim Clark appeared at Brickworld 2016, but apparently the photos had to travel for seven months to reach the internet. Worth the wait? It sure is!
The builder has created quite a few SHIPs over the years, which you can see in his MOC Pages album, but this one is his largest so far at amazing 164 studs of length. It is also his first one that is not mostly light gray, which is a colour all too often used on large builds. Tim used many of his already tested techniques that he used in his other capital ships, but the larger scale called for new implementations of these techniques for more stability. The overall shape is what is the most important in large spaceships, and the Vengeful Spirit hits the nail on the head here. The small details like trans light-blue elements and turrets are the cherry on the top.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then this picture paints a boatload. This wonderful creation by aardwolf_83 shows that many shapes are possible with our beloved plastic brick. The smoothly curving lines of the rounded hull give this ship a buxom appearance as it sits heavily on the water, displacing a painstakingly sculpted bow-wave. The subtle hints of dark green and yellow along the line of this curvaceous craft, the shield crests, and the custom paper sail all add to the character.
The vessel comes complete with a ballista, brick built anchor, spear-holding golden figurehead, and a working tiller and rudder system! The real treat is inside however, where it has a full interior and (as an added bonus) you can see the clips the builder has used to attach the exterior hull pieces to the frame.
Delayice has built a LEGO version of Kee Lung (DDG- 1801), a military destroyer ship in current service with the Republic of China Navy. Kee Lung was formerly the American Kidd-class destroyer USS Scott (DDG-995) which was decommissioned by the United States Navy in 1998 and sold to the Republic of China Navy in 2001. Delayice has managed to capture the sleek hull shape of Kee Ling despite not using any curved parts and has added extra details with the decorated tiles on deck. The communications and weapons array is particularly well built when compared with the actual ship, while the red and black hull provides some colour.
I particularly like the nice colour touches such as the little white cheese slope life-raft and the red modified plate at the rear of the ship representing the flag of the Republic of China.
I just returned from two weeks in Madrid, and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing around all-day meetings and three-hour dinners starting at 10 PM every night. One life-changing experience was seeing Pablo Picasso’s monumental anti-war painting “Guernica,” which commemorates the bombing of a Spanish town by the Nazi Luftwaffe on behalf of Franco’s fascist rebels. So, I’m not sure how I feel about an aggressive-looking LEGO space carrier bearing that name. Nevertheless, this ship by Leonardo Lopez has some seriously excellent angles. The prow in particular integrates orange parts from a LEGO City snowplow, and the dark gray stripes end with another sharp angle from flags.
The rear of the ship certainly isn’t lacking in sharp angles, with a pair of canted wings and a funky long tail. With judicious sticker usage throughout, about the only thing missing is a saying emblazoned along the ship’s hull. I think “This machine kills fascists” would do very nicely.
September is traditionally the month when LEGO fans all around the world design huge ships. Many of our readers are taking part in the annual SHIPtember event, building spacecrafts more than 100 studs long. We’ve already covered a couple of the more impressive projects.
DFDS Seaways, Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, throws its hat into the ring with an enormous futuristic concept of a ferry. The head of the project, world-famous LEGO builder Warren Elsmore, took help of 7000 assistants from DFDS to put together over a million bricks to complete the largest LEGO ship in the world.
Of course, this giant is no spacecraft, but her dimensions can be compared to those that are orbiting our planet out there. At more than 12 meters long (almost 40 feet!) no wonder it demands its own truck to be transported around.
My favorite part of the project is not the ferry herself, but the (relatively) small cars and trucks on her deck. Not only do they help reveal the scale of the ship, but also look adorably cute for such small and relatively undetailed components.
Bonus points for those readers who can guess which official LEGO set this little beauty resembles:
I admit to being a sucker for a ship with lovely curves, and the Parakeet (by Pico van Grootveld) certainly delivers. Like most of the LEGO ships coming out around this time, this green and white beauty is over 100 studs long.
The silhouette is interesting, with fins and a nice form, but that head-on view is just perfect with the engines and those amazing curved circles.
Check out the flickr gallery for some work-in-progress shots!
September is in full swing, and with it, another lovely large ship for us to share with you. Today’s beauty comes from Brick Martil, with the Shiva Class Quark Bomber. This beautiful ship has elegant lines along with some fantastic color highlighting, with the orange. It stands out nicely.
I do like the custom stickers, which give it a nice finished feel. I like the angles in the stern of the ship, which give the whole thing a nice feel.
Arrrrrr, ’tis time to set sail and plunder some lesser vessels with Jerome Kloou and his fantastic LEGO pirate ship, La Saignante. This galleon has three masts, some impressive rigging, and cloth sails. She is displaying the Jolly Roger and has 14 cannons, so not a ship to be taken on lightly. There is no-one in the crow’s nest at the moment so all the pirates must be ashore drinking rum and spending their booty.
Jerome has added some wonderful details, with those 14 cannons and a ‘below deck’ prison cell for naughty pirates who are caught eating extra rations or stealing some of the Captain’s treasure for their own pockets.
The crane is functional and can move up and down, or left and right, to transfer the stolen booty from the ship to the shore. It seems as though the lookout has ‘dropped his pretzel’ from the crows nest earlier …that’s not an official pirate knot.
I love a good sea battle. This LEGO scene built by E J featuring two excellent sailing ships — the British HMS Enterprise and the American privateer Oliver Cromwell — I can almost feel the whipping wind, smell the salt spray, and hear the creak and strain of wood, the bellowed orders, and the thunder of the broadside.
Both ships are fully rigged with custom sails and rigging, and worth a closer look.
Dwalin Forkbeard‘s latest is a brilliant little pocket-battleship called the Yamamoto. This is an unusual scale for this kind of chibi-style building and I love the level of detail it has allowed the builder to include — particularly good work around the bridge and the funnel. Top off a cute and cool model with excellent presentation like this and you’ve got a cracking LEGO creation.
I misread the name of this model at first and got all excited, thinking this was a rendition of Space Battleship Yamato. Although I love what Dwalin’s done here, I demand he now produce a version of that craft in the same style.
I’ve never seen a working gyroscope made out of LEGO, and I didn’t think I’d see one on an awesome SHIP to boot. Sheo has made one of the most unique SHIPs I’ve seen, with a working gyroscope as the centerpiece. Even though the creation in the photo below is a render, some parts of the model have been built already. Unfortunately we won’t get to see the actual model since the builder has scrapped plans to finish it. Nevertheless it is still a masterpiece.