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USS JALAPI
The USS JALAPI (I know that is misspelled but I already put the name plate stickers on it) is a Battle Carrier (Aircraft Carrier with retractable battle ship guns) built for the upcoming YouTube series Pilots of the Caribbean that some friends and I are making (It’s going to be another year or two, we haven’t even started the stop motion yet, still got lots of stuff to build). She is to be the ship that’s home to all the main characters in the series, and their planes.
About this creation
!Notice!
For some reason none of the links I have made seem to work so you will just have to find the stuff manuly via my home page. Sorry for the inconveniance.

The USS JALAPI was a single day build (3:00pm - 3:00am) and is about as big as my 6-8-4 steam locomotive. It wasn't exactly a single day build, the ship was built by me and my friend Callan in 12 hours but later I modified it, but that wasn't until months later.

The build process:

(man, I really need to start taking pictures of this part!)
The ship was built by my friend Callan and I in two halves that were later attached together with the help of a rubber mallet. Don't remember why we built it like that but I know there was a good reason. We designed it a little less for authenticity and more for the features we crammed into it, like the opening front pop out guns and plane lift.

Features:
The ship is designed to hold 10 planes, 9 fighters and a modified, water landing B25 Mitchell that comes out the front of the ship. The ship also has an opening compartment on the flight deck to allow the Completely Over the Top, Triple Barreled, 60inch cannon to pop out. There is also a double barreled 60inch truck mounted canon that can be raised via the plane lift is a rear gun, though the truck skids halfway down the flight deck when fired. It is also equipt with 14 Flack AA Guns for Anti Air defense. Pilots of the Caribbean is going to be a comedy so the ship has a tree growing on it and a hood ordanment just to be weird. The ships number is 42, I love this number, any one who has seen or read The Hichhikers Guide to the Galixy should know why.









Callans plane Motorscourge coming up the vehicle lift (wings folded)



All planes on deck (some have since been rebuilt these are old pics, sorry)



B25 Coming out the open front with The Silver Bulet (our rockit recon plane) already in the water.



60inch canons



Pics of the half rebuild
This rebuild took several hours to do. The reason I call it a half rebuild is because I only rebuild half the ship. Actuly all a changed was made the front opening part one brick taller (now the B25 can fit in without having to take the tails off) and also compleatly rebuilt the front cannon design, as well as moved it back a few studs, but I had to take the intire front half of the ship to do all that.









The water landing B25 Mitchil coming out the front. As you can see it has been modified to be more athentic too.









The Hornet Fire BT III coming up the plane lift (Wings folded).



The new front cannon design, now the deck opens, the cannon comes up (you have to pretend that part, the ship is to small to fit a mechinism that actuly rases the cannon), and the deck slides back in place! I wanted the whole thing to work by turning a crank on the side of the ship, but that wasn't pasable so you have to do each step individjuly with your hands.



The suports that hold the deck in place:



The suports are removed so the deck can drop down and...



...slide back



Than you place the cannon on one of the suports that are used to hold deck up when the cannons are retracted, now you...



Slide the deck back in place.



This is the truck with the rear gun on it, it is stored in the hanger and brought up Via the plane lift, it slides half way down the flight deck when fired.





The Bridge tower section, this has now been rebuilt to match the minifig scale model better. The pics of the new bridge are at the bottom of the page. I also have pics of the tower and all the interior rooms I have built so far here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244119





All planes on deck! This photo is up to date with all the planes. You can veiw all the planes individuly here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244029



The new bridge
This is the new bridge I made for the ship, It took over an hour and a half to build.
I have also built it Minifig scale.













The new, new bridge
I have rebuilt the bridge to better match the Minifig model. I also took photos of it on the ship.











Update: Possible redesign in the works! Maybe…
OK, so I have a labor intensive community service activity tomorrow so of coarse I am up at 1:00am worrying about the imperfection in a LEGO thing! Anyway…
The current USS JALAPI is a good ship, especially now that I have modified it a bunch, but the fact remains that is was still 12 hour build. It has some cool functions, but the ship is still really undetailed. I have also noticed that the ships scale is off, not compared to the planes but compared to an actual escort carrier, which besides the after market cannons, is what the JALAPI is. Currently the USS JALAPI is 2.5 feet long; I have calculated that to be accurate in scale to a real escort carrier it needs to be 3.1 feet long. I mainly realized this when I was thinking in my head of how the planes would be stored inside the hanger and realized that it wouldn’t have room for only the 10 planes I want to go in it.
This redesign won’t just be a mod of the carrier like my other stuff. The ship will be completely rebuilt. The planes and bridge tower section will likely be the only things left untouched. Of coarse it will still have all the stuff it had before (cannons and such), but the whole thing will be bigger and more detailed after the rebuild.

I am now nearly positive the rebuild will happen; it is just a question of when. Actually it was always a question of when, ever since I popped the "Fanta" (I’m not old enough to drink and whine tastes awful any way) can open to commission it I was 50% sure I would rebuild it some day, now the chances are just up to 95%



Comments

 I like it 
  September 18, 2013
a real funny build. Maybe the second function of the incredible big radar sih could be to use it as an emergency sail. :) Great planes but your B-25 reminds me more to a german Messerschmitt BF-110.
 I made it 
  September 18, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Not bad. How many tiles did you use on deck? Also, I feel that the ship's radar is a bit large for its size; a smaller one would be suitable.
I have no idea how many tiles are in the deck, a whole lot. The Radar is a little big, I'll admit, but this ship was built for a stop motion comedy (which still hasn't been made) so it has lots of goofy stuff like that. Some day I hope to rebuild the ship and make it more authentic but at the same time still keeping the humor.
 I like it 
  September 17, 2013
Not bad. How many tiles did you use on deck? Also, I feel that the ship's radar is a bit large for its size; a smaller one would be suitable.
 I made it 
  April 18, 2012
Quoting George & Molly TURNer how does the lift actually work, sorry for any spelling mistakes. rearly nice and i now understand the tree and dish are for comedy purposes. ps. can u check out the new hms turner ill upload on the 25th.
The up and down functions just work by pulling the little hooks on the sides. It doesn't work very well as the often break off. Within the next year I plan on doing a complete rebuild of the ship to add more detail and make the lifts run by gears.
 I made it 
  April 18, 2012
Quoting George & Molly TURNer when are u going to add this to youtube?, if you do-can u add a link.
I have no idea. The truth is I really don't have the patience for this, I tried doing a police chase and got lost focus before I even finished that, and it is less then 2 minutes long. When I was writing the script and building a bunch of sets, it all seamed really easy, but once I got to the filming part, I hit a brick wall. I've worked so hard on it I'm not about to give up, but for now the series is on hold for the foreseeable future, which could be years from now! Of coarse I will add a link! Each episode will get its own page when ever I make them!
 I like it 
  March 18, 2012
when are u going to add this to youtube?, if you do-can u add a link. how does the lift actually work, sorry for any spelling mistakes. rearly nice and i now understand the tree and dish are for comedy purposes. ps. can u check out the new hms turner ill upload on the 25th.
 I made it 
  January 7, 2012
Quoting George & Molly TURNer nice, dont like the huge radar dish.
It is a bit over the top isn't it? The thing is actually supposed to be a joke, it was the first radar dish ever built and even with its massive size only goes one mile! I'm glade you like the rest of it though, hopefully it will get a rebuild in a year or two.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2012
nice, dont like the huge radar dish.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2012
nice, dont like the huge radar dish.
 I made it 
  November 21, 2011
Quoting liam barnes On the 26th of december come check out my final final update of the bismarck :3)
OK, I will try and remember, though maybe around the 28th if I haven't, send me a reminder, I would like to see it. :)
  November 20, 2011
On the 26th of december come check out my final final update of the bismarck :3)
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting liam barnes neither do I.....
What ever it was, it was pretty funny though. :P
  June 26, 2011
neither do I.....
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting liam barnes hey listen to this.....100 years ago the rms olympic sailed on its maiden voyage,and.....ducks.....
Um, what? I do not understand what you are trying to say.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2011
hey listen to this.....100 years ago the rms olympic sailed on its maiden voyage,and.....ducks.....
 I like it 
  June 6, 2011
Awesome!I have updated my bismarcks(the big black and white ship) superstructure and I would like you to comment on it :)
 I made it 
  May 26, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert Awsome I love it.I made a mini carrier once but it was alot smaller than this
Cool, size doesn't always matter, I have seen some ships 14 studs long that looked just as good as my JALAPI (They didn't have pop out guns though). The whole thing is about 1/4 scale to a minifig. In real life scale I have no idea though, I stoped trying to convert Minifig to real life years ago, they are like 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide!
Scott Bertaut
 I like it 
Josh Guilbert
  May 25, 2011
Awsome I love it.I made a mini carrier once but it was alot smaller than this
 I made it 
  February 27, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 your project is sound to me! it s a great concept, and there are a lot of great ideas onto the aircraft carrier, but, you have to cut on the amount of colors on it, it s not clean enough for a stop motion the way it is now, you ll have to buy more, or remanage your colors on it! sorry! only want to save you the efforts! good luck!
Actually a lot of the multi colored stuff is on purpose. Not so much on the sides, there I was just running out of grey parts, but the flight deck is multi colored to represent ware and tare. The USS JALAPI is supposed to be a old ship that’s rather beat up. - Sort of like the Millennium Falcon of aircraft carriers. At this point I would love to swap out some of the red/white parts on the sides for more matching colors but I'm not sure if I can pry the ship apart without dropping it out a window or something. I had to use a rubber mallet to get the top and bottom together. But thanks for the suggestion, if it doesn't look good in the animation then I will have to take it apart, but I want to at least test it first before I go through all that trouble.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2011
your project is sound to me! it s a great concept, and there are a lot of great ideas onto the aircraft carrier, but, you have to cut on the amount of colors on it, it s not clean enough for a stop motion the way it is now, you ll have to buy more, or remanage your colors on it! sorry! only want to save you the efforts! good luck!
 
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