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J Harreld

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  1. No worries! Actually I'll make it up to everyone when I do a real contemporary Lego build log. My latest inspiration is a large scale transverse cross-section of a large sailing ship. The source of the inspiration is from this group, specifically the HMS Victory Cross Section by Antony - FINISHED - Scale 1:36. I really think that or something similar needs treatment in Lego! That's the feeling that normally gets me going.
  2. Mark, Ha, I wish I was that fast! Not sure if you're joking, but I tried to explain in the intro that this, like the lighthouse, was a build that I did previously and fortunately had some pictures taken throughout. It was basically from February to July of 2015. So I'm not a fast builder but instead a very slow poster. For my next big build I plan on taking pictures with the intention to share as I go. These old pictures were all just meant for my own memory of how it went together. Cheers, John
  3. And now the conclusion... Finished the third deck and some of the lab space, getting closer to the bridge. Electrical is tucked away inside and activated by a hidden button in the middle of deck #3. Finished with the top deck and almost have the bride closed up. Just need to run the lights. And set approximately back on the "pontoons" of the lower hull... After completing the model and fixing the upper hull to the lower hull, mixed in with some reference photos. You'll notice perhaps that the dark green instrumentation tower above the bridge is not yet correct in these photos, but gets fixed in the last picture of this post... And now, the lights! First the bottom deck equipment bay... And the bridge... Finally, I wanted to display this at an exhibition where it would only be seen from maybe 120 degree angle from the front. Of course I didn't want folks to miss the details at the aft end, so I needed to build a 100% Lego turntable to automatically and slowly rotate the model while I was off looking at other exhibitor models (or digging through piles of Lego from vendors). Here is what I came up with, using giant gears exclusively from a Lego Star Wars hailfire droid kit and a bunch of "ball bearings" from another sort of Lego shooter ammunition...
  4. James, thanks for helping me spread the word about what can be done modeling in Lego! I'll be curious to see if more members give it a shot and post their creations here in Shore Leave. I think many would be interested to learn and appreciate a totally different nature of limitations and challenges. When I finish telling the lighthouse and RV stories, I may see if I have adequate photos to tell my Chichén Itzá build story. Cheers, John
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Steven, The company that built her, William Gray @ Co. in West Hartlepool, UK, finally shut down in 1963; but I contacted the museum there to see about records or plans for the Norlina. They said that no ship plans from that early have survived, but they generously sent me copies of the original shipyard book pages from when she was built and launched. That has some very interesting details that I otherwise never would have found. I also have some magazine accounts of her launch with some additional descriptions. As far as plans go, I'm going to have to rely primarily on general layouts for this sort of ~1909 tramp ship based on what I can see from the photos (stacks, masts, kingposts, cargo hatches, etc.). So plans may be out there somewhere, maybe from the second owner in the US or the USN when they commissioned her for WWI, but I haven't been able to find any yet. Cheers, John
  6. Oh, my lord, this is exquisite! Those tiny benches in the motor launches, etc., etc.. Amazing work!
  7. Sjors, So far I've kept all the large models I've done, but storage/display space is absolutely at capacity. So I'll need to start making some difficult decisions soon. I had 11 models of various things at my friend's secondary market Lego store for a few years, but he's pairing down to retire, so I had to take them all back this summer. It would be emotionally much easier to sell or donate than actually taking them apart, but I'l need to figure that out.
  8. Mark, I can't tell you how much the compliment means after regularly seeing the truly unbelievable work here on this site. It really inspires me to step up my Lego game! ~ John
  9. Next step was to get the 1st walkway around the base; starting with the supports, then the walkway and railing... Another important iconic feature is the Fresnel lens. This was also very tricky to treat well at this scale in Lego, so I ended up relying on the impression of a Fresnel lens rather than something that looked exactly correct. So I used transparent slopes on top and inverted transparent slopes at the bottom, then connected them in the middle with Lego technic pins. I also had to make it hollow and roomy enough for the Lego lights and leave a hole for the wires. Finally, it needed to be able to be mounted to something that I could use to rotate it with a motor. Mostly satisfied with that, I continued to make the lighthouse main body taller. First the second walkway, then the window housing to contain the Fresnel lens... Also, the ground level door and the upper level walkway to the adjacent cliff were put in here. Bundling up a sufficient number of lights and getting the wires out of the Fresnel lens... One challenge was that I needed to rotate the lens without twisting up the light wires on the drive axis. So finally I offset the rotation drive axis to the side long enough to let the wires escape before bringing it back to the center of rotation. Now ready to put the light tower into the 16 sided pyramidal tower... With a bit of planning, it dropped right in! Motor (and gearbox to further gear down minimum motor speed) to drive the Fresnel lens rotation is under the pentagonal base. Final chapter to be continued...
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Thanks much, Steven! Honestly, after joining this community, the thought had naturally crossed my mind. At this point my knowledge of her is still primarily as a tramp steamer with just a few structural details. But as I find out more about her specifically, it seems natural to model her in some medium. Since there will certainly be not kit for her, I may need to use Lego as that is the only scratch medium that I have experience with. ~ John
  11. Okay, so continuing, I fixed lower hull to the upper hull and started trying to figure out how to build all the decks... I struggles a long time how to make the diagonal green painted lines the way I wanted them, and have the fit neatly against the white background. I could have gotten the straight green lines to work in either of the diagonal directions, but couldn't figure a way to get both at the same time. The few solutions I came up with just ended up looking worse than the stepped diagonal that I finally accepted. The lifting A-frame and the beginning of the equipment bay on the back deck... There are very limited part selection in the dark green color, so I have to be a bit creative with how I made the form of the A-frame. Battery box in place to light up the inside of the equipment bay... Wires will also lead to lights in the bridge. Looking down into equipment bay... Finished the next deck and continuing with the walls... At this point I needed to finish the interior of my Lego studio that we'd just built as an out-building, so I have to move my entire Lego part collection and build space temporarily into the garage! It wasn't ideal, but I kept going. To be continued...
  12. Peter, you could be right about the yellowish tint to the propellers. It's not easy to tell but here is the reference picture I used. Trouble with using yellow would be that it's such a bright primary color that it might be too yellow. I'll see how it looks. I think I have all the parts needed.
  13. I guess it's probably just about overhead. The knock-off companies don't need to hire amazingly talented designers, don't need to pay their manufacturing/distribution employees as much, and don't pay for licensing fees for stolen movie themes (Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Jurassic, Harry Potter, etc.).
  14. Do it, Peter! Take 5 minutes to rake through the ol' parts and see how powerful the nostalgia is. 😉 I neglected Lego from 17 - 40 years old , so took a bit to get reacquainted, but worth it.
  15. I wish I could hit "Like" more than once! I'm also a Star Wars uberfan. And the fiber optics setup is amazing!

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