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Pirate Docks
Home of the Ships Wheel Tavern, some silky smooth surfaces, shapely curves, and big cannons.
About this creation
Pirate Docks, otherwise known as Pirate Seawall to all you NWBC'05 attendees.



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   Originally destined to be a castle battlement set on a hill, the MOC evolved as do all my MOCs.

In fact, I think I even use that same comment as the opening for all my MOCs.



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   You can never have enough brown 1x1 bricks. I learned that the hard way.



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   This tree is the one main difference between the online-edition and NWBC-edition of the model. After hearing Bruce Lowell's rants about plain brick trees, I decided I'd save you the pain of them, and making something more his style. Green jumper plates are too rare in my collection...



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   LEGO almost failed me by not making brown 2x2 inverted convex slopes. Fortunately, they make non-inverted ones, which I could manually invert.



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   My favourite picture out of them all, even if it does make the tavern look unusually tall...

...perhaps because the tavern is unusually tall?



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   The tan path is a good example of LEGO inaccuracy. While 2=5 works when it's in small numbers, if you bend it around the curves as I did, or have it over a long distance as with this straight section, it shows that not all LEGO bricks are created equal. The path is actually longer than it's mathematical equivalent in upright studs, even if just by a fraction.



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   Here you see a pirate holding up two distinguished merchants. Fortunately, a pitchfork-wielding worker comes to the rescue.



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   The dock was actually a fair pain to make, because it's all odd-number widths, and the supports are offset half a stud in throughout. The pillars line up to allow the 5-wide fingers to fit in, while offsetting the fingers half a stud out to make them fit smoothly yet still be held on.



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   I find the thumbnail looks eerily like a rendering. That scares me, but life goes on. A lot of things on MOCpages scare me though - From the bionicle-kids, to the insane reviewers, to the people who don't understand the word "photography".

Life goes on.



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   The slight slope of the path was a spur-of-the-moment idea which turned out okay, in my opinion. I think it's something I'll have to make more use of in the future, once I get more tan jumper plates.



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   5-wide stairs are superior.

Full brick rises on stairs are inferior, thus making 2-plate rises in stairs superior. Your minifigs will thank you.



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   The couple in this picture were added for a friend of mine...you know who you are...and yes, I know, the chick isn't blonde. ENOUGH!



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   Pictures like these are cool. They make the fortress look more impressive than it does otherwise.



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   Lesson to be learned: Be ready for anything.

Mr Standard Imperial Guard fails...skip the next pic to see the manner of his demise.



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   My photography of brown always looks very reddish and crap-like, sort of like new brown. That said, there are no new brown parts in the model.



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   Crappy lighting...or contextual lighting?



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   You prefer the rear, eh?

To each his own...



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   Unlit, then lit with official LEGO lighting, then with camera flash. Functionality even...what more could you possibly ask for?



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   For you disbelievers, and you know who you are, here's the battery box as proof.



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   Ry says this guy looks too well-dressed to be in a pirates model.

I say he does well for himself by ripping off his customers. The pirate within you should be proud.



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   All complaints about the tent will be forwarded to the Iron Reich complaint department. In fact, The Man himself urged me to add the sides to it, and not ditch it.



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   The ladder design is leftover from a failed castle keep. In fact, along with the SNOT flooring...it was about the only worthwhile part of the whole castle.



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   While at the Con I got a lesson on how not to pack a MOC for shipping from Ry, who's models arrived in bits and pieces. Fortunately, this made it 99% intact. Take that!



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   Personally, I love the light streaming through the window. It was a complete accident, I didn't even realize it happened until I was going through the pictures weeding out the bad ones.



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   As you can see at the far end of the sewer, the grate is a construction that uses some SNOT placed within the SNOT water to un-SNOT it, and screwdrivers pushed into the tops of a 4L technic brick, since lightsaber blade piecs were too long. The technic brick allowed the water to be continuous while still holding the screwdrivers solidly.



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   I don't think it's really visible in this picture, but using 1x2's (The whole grey portion of the model is 1x2,) I created a curved wall. The sewer width goes from 8-wide to 4-wide.



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   After professing having absolutely no interest in tudor-style building, then contradicting that by making one I had to do something unique. To keep with the snotty theme I decided to do SNOT floors, something I'd never seen done in this type of building before.



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   My general rule of thumb is to use SNOT in every possible instance.



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   The fireplaces are simple, but complex. To get the flames equally separated I had to put two headlight bricks bottom-to-bottom with a plate in-between. Not spectacular, but it was a pain.



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   Thanks to a certain Lee Van Cleef for the big flag, some building advice, and some extra figs for use at the Con.



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   Here's the storeroom and battery compartment. The whole storeroom concept was sort of a disappointment, since at NWBC you couldn't see inside the back. A lot of the attendees got to see the back, but the general public had no way to view it. Sorta disappointing. I think next time I'll have to steal one of those huge train roundabout turntable thingies, gear it down, and stick it underneath.

Out of all the ridiculous voting NWBC voting categories, "best train/pirate crossover MOC" was not an option. How disappointing.



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   I found the 7-wide dock with 5-wide fingers just looked better. The even numbers make figure placement easier, but somehow look less appealing to me. Maybe it's subconcious, since I'm so used to seeing even-studded models.



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   Did anyone else know that "SNOT" comes up in acronymfinder.com when you search it in Dictionary.com, in it's LEGO usage?

SNOT: Studs Not on Top (LEGO building method)



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   Perhaps the most stupid thing I did at NWBC was use "SNOT" on my MOC card. It meant I got to spend the public hours explaining what "SNOT" meant to the uninformed, and non-brick-savvy public.



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   A final acknowledgement to all those at NWBC who found this model worth voting for - It was amazing to win two awards at my first ever convention.



Comments

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  November 27, 2011
Excellent details! Very nice!
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  December 25, 2009
Hehe, silky smooth surfaces, shapely curves and big cannons. :P Great build!
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  September 10, 2008
Awesome moc!
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  August 19, 2007
Hey awesome creation i was just wondering where was the convention at? And is there a website that i could go to to find information about lego conventions? email me back please
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  May 18, 2007
I like it. Nice piece of work. Good Job!
John Langrish
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Jared Rankin
  March 4, 2007
Great SNOT! Awesome use of Lego lighting. I appreciate somebody making a good pirate port to put the thousands of pirate ships out there!
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  July 5, 2006
Very nice work. Very neatly done...keep it up...
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  March 19, 2006
This definately deserves a better rating than a 3.5. Its both simple and elegant in its design. It wasn't cluttered up with the unnecessary, but it had those fine little details that push it up in the ranking. - Wylde
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  November 3, 2005
You know I find this amazing. I adore the details, the croc, the tent, the fortress, the path (tan is ALWAYS a good thing), the new tree and all the ways you pose your figs. Amazing as always.
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  November 3, 2005
It doesn't take an expert to figure out that a lot of detailing trouble has gone into this MOC. Pirates are actually an old favourite of mine, and I like what you've done here. It's great to have an MOC where you keep needing to come back to fully realise all the detailing that has gone into making it. However I still think that you missed out on 2 things: The path is too, well... 'pixelated' (for want of a better term.) Maybe by adding some 1x1 headlights in and sticking 1x1 rounds on it to simluate pebbles would make it look more realistic. Ditto goes for the sea. It's too calm and artificial. I'd imagine it to be a little choppier, especially around the piers (I completely blame Keith's dios for this trend of unusually still water ;-P). Still, it is overall a really nice MOC. The warm lighting inside is just a bonus. Thanks for sharing.
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  November 2, 2005
Nice Jail.
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  November 1, 2005
John! Saw a few pics of this moc from NWBC05, and wanted to see more... and now you post this eyecandy... thanks for posting. Love the details on the rear of the moc to show more of the environment. The general shape of the wall looks good and the canon placement there was a good choice. Your Overall SNOT technique is well used, loved the tan walkway with the jumper plates used to lower the grade two steps... very coolio. Cheers! ~ Paul.
 
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