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A Greek airship based on the trireme and other Greek design elements.
About this creation
Inspiration struck for this particular MOC, but I could never tell you where exactly that inspiration came from. Somehow, I got the idea to build an airship, except based somewhat on the design of a trireme.

As always, I urge viewers to rate my MOCs for the quality and merits of the model, NOT based on whether it exists in real life or not.

The craft is set up best as a ground attack vessel, with 4 light artillary cannons (shaped vaguely like oars) on each side. These cannons rotate and pivot downward. The barrage from these 8 cannons can prove devestating to unsuspecting targets. Unfortunately, the craft is not designed to ward off air attacks. Its defenses are merely four mounted machineguns: 3 on the deck, and one in the lower aft. It requires thirteen people to man every station at once.
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Roy, thank you for your review. Aside from perhaps using parts in colors those parts might not be available in, I do not cheat in CAD. In fact, I can't stand those who do. Like you said, it's cheating. Thank you very much for reviewing the model regardless of its incorporeality, I assure you if I had the bricks I'd make most models on my site. This one in particular was a blast to design; definately one of the most fun models I've done in a while. Sadly, I do not have many bricks at all nor the funds to acquire more. I'll update soon with the full gallery of images, once public.

You're not in the minority when you say you prefer actual models to CADded ones. I myself do as well, so don't feel bad or anything, your point is taken but it just won't change anything here. Just keep in mind most of the challenge is in design, so I'd venture to say that it's still an accomplishment to CAD a decent MOC.
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Clone Commander LaLa: Thank you! I don't have instructions but I can always give you the .dat file. Just email me at Carbohydrates(AT)Comcast.net and I'll get it to you!
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Jake: Thanks, I do love me some good Steampunk.
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BBCCD: As I said, I'd love to build it as well. I simply do not have many parts at all, only a small box for small MOCs to be exact, and I hardly have the funds to purchase the bricks to make these things. I don't think whether it exists or not affects the quality of the design, though. Unfortunately, due to these currently unavoidable circumstances, I won't be able to earn your 5/5. Thanks anyway!
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Eric: Thank you! The trireme was utilized by a number of cultures. The Romans used it as well, but only after the Greeks, and the Greeks were preceeded by the Phonecians, who are thought to have invented the design in the first place. Feel free to check the Wikipedia link in the MOC description for more details.
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   The craft from my favorite point of view



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   Here you see one of the trapdoors and the SNOT stairs leading to the wheel.



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   Note the Greek flag.



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   Here you can see the main deck, the six vertical props, and the Captain's controls.



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   The forward deck gun. These deck guns are simply my Bipodal MG (In the Misc. section) without the bipod.



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   The cannons are shaped somewhat like oars to keep the Trireme theme. The gunner is well protectted with armor plating. The symbol on the right is the Greek letter Gamma.



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   These supports hold the vertical fans in place. You can also see a dark gray pillar on the side of the airship.



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   The inside. Patterned floor, lanterns hanging from the ceiling, tools in the back, 8 gunner ports, the rear machinegun (not visible), and ladders on the walls that can be attached easily to bars, allowing crew to get above or below deck.



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   I like this shot a lot, too. Shows off the angles on the back of the ship. Also shows the thrust props.



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   You can see the rear-mounted MG in the bottom of this shot.



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   Got some great renders by Nash here!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 19, 2013
Send instructions here(nikosmalakasis9@gmail.com)because I'm greek
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  November 29, 2012
This is and amazing idea. My only concern is that it looks like the ship needs wings in order to stay in the air. Alpha,Beta,Episilon!
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  April 30, 2012
Awesome. Triremes are most certainly Greek.
Tom Gion
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Falco .(CSM)
  November 29, 2011
Wow! an amazing ship it is. by the way, didn't Egyptians use Triemes aswell?
Tom Gion
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Falco .(CSM)
  November 29, 2011
Wow! an amazing ship it is. by the way, didn't Egyptians use Triemes aswell?
  September 24, 2011
Hey, this is very cool. i would like to apologize for my previous comment asking for instructions.
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  October 14, 2010
This is amazing.
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  July 26, 2009
First MOTD that's not in the physical world... Truly, this is a great day. The barriers are beginning to fall.
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  July 26, 2009
This is just great Steampunk. The idea, and its implementation, are terrific. I love the column along the side of the ship, and the detailed flooring inside.
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  July 26, 2009
COOL! could you look at some of my stuff?
  July 26, 2009
Legos that arn't real are not truely legos/lego creations -.- nice idea...
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  July 26, 2009
I am going to try to build something like this from real legos soon. Great work.
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  July 26, 2009
sweet you put my countries flag on it
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  July 26, 2009
An extremely cool idea. I have a similar idea to build a ship mixing ancient and anachronistic elements. Considering the scale I want to build it on, maybe going 3D software is the cheaper bet :-)
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  July 26, 2009
To me, I see little difference between a virtual model or a real one. Both take time and skill to design, just one requires a lot more money and bricks to make! This is an amazing model, I can see you put a lot of effort into it! Very cool!
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  July 26, 2009
Its realy cool and I like your idea could you some day build it though it would be awsome
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  July 26, 2009
This reminds me very much of the airships in the anime films of Hayao Miyazaki, director of Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and many other films.
  July 26, 2009
Congratz on MOTD! Very interesting construction. Good imagination. You need to buy more bricks! ;-) As you didnt actually BUILD this MOC, I find it hard to rate it, so I wont. -But it certainly looks interesting.
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  July 26, 2009
I really like it! It has a great colour scheme, a decent interior and very well fitting guns. Youīve hit the shape perfectly and by the way, I donīt care if it is created in 3D or with "real" bricks. It is your creation, a very good one and thatīs the only thing that counts! Iīd like to see itīs roman counterpart ;-) Keep on the good work.
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  July 26, 2009
Grats on MoTD. That thing is amazing. It looks like Alexander the Great's and/or da Vinci's wet dream. As far as "cheating" in CAD, unavailable colors can be achieved with vinyl dye, so any reasonable color and finish are available, even if not from the assembly line. I don't think you cheated at all.
  July 26, 2009
WOW!!
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  July 26, 2009
I am just going to quit commenting on this Evony lady always appearing in these banner advertisements when I try to talk about an MOC from now on, okay? Now with that being said, why is it that no military force had ever actually built such a machine in real life? We have the capabilities to build such large air fortresses now, do we not? By the way, this also reminds me of things that you would see in many role playing games such as the Final Fantasy series or the classic Sega Genesis/MegaDrive (and, later, Game Boy Advance) game called Steel Empire. This is a nice MOC, Tom. I wish that I could build something this good in my life, though...U_U
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  October 6, 2008
THIS is really COOL. But i was wondering, How do you Zoom so far in in MLCAD when you are saving pics. Could you email me about it please? ~martin
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  July 21, 2008
woah, cool! i like how it looks like a trireme, my only suggestion is: it would look cool with smokestacks on the deck
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  March 25, 2008
It's good, but half the point of posting a lego creation is actually building it.
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  June 17, 2007
NIIICE! ps to adam, he said it's trieme themed......
Tom Gion
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Kyle Taylor
  March 27, 2006
very good! um...what's that program you made it on i NEED to know!
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  December 21, 2005
I think it's awesome Tom, but as the two other people stated, it would look and be much better in actual blocks. Also, was the trireme Roman, not Greek... I myself am Greek, but anyways, those are my two "complaints"
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  December 21, 2005
i'm with roy down there. i'd be a lot more impressed if this were an actual creation. sure, these programs may be cool, but you don't get the same feel as you would a real MOC. try building this, and it will be a 5/5.
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  December 21, 2005
This is incredibly cool. My only complaint is that you have not built it in actual physical bricks. I always feel like computer models of MOCs is somehow cheating (I don't know why I feel this, and I suspect that I am in the minority, but I always want to see it built for real - it somehow feels like more of an accomplishment that way.) Anyway, great design, if you don't buld it for real, then maybe at some point I will (giving credit where credit is due, of course!)
 
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