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WIP 1, The USS Enterprise CVN-80
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Alright-y folks, I am starting a new project here. So many of you are (hopefully) following Locutus 666's 1/350 scale USS Enterprise. If you aren't, shame on you. Anyways, Locutus is building the CVN-65 version, the one that was decommissioned last year (2012). So while he is tackling that, I decided to try and build my own 1/350 scale carrier. I knew it would be the Enterprise, but I didn't want to copy Locutus. I instead opted for the Next Generation of aircraft carriers, the Ford Class, of which the USS Enterprise CVN-80 is a member of.
About this creation

So we start off with the workplace. I did some back-of-the-CD-cover-not-a-napkin-calculations, and found that the length would be 132 studs, and that maximum width is about 36 studs. The height from the waterline (which is where I am building from) to the deck is 5 bricks, and two plates (17/3 bricks). If you all have any extra data, such as the height of the ship's island, or the width of the bow, etc, I would be grateful.


I have actually started construction. My first task was that I had to decide what would actually function; I didn't just want a grey box. I don't know if Locutus has this or not (if you are reading, Locutus, feel free to use this design if you don't have anything similar) but I am making actual, movable aircraft elevators. A few carriers I have seen on the 'pages have elevators, but you have to disconnect it by hand. This system doesn't need that. Since the carrier is so tall, I can use this piece: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=2653 in conjunction with this plate: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=32028 I think that you can visualize this system; but if needed, just let me know and I will try to post better pictures.


Here its in the 'up' position. I am trying to find a way to lock this system; I have a few ideas that should work, but I am yet to try them.

Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more WIPs, and I hope this goes better than my motorized tank (which, don't worry, I haven't forgotten).



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 I made it 
  January 9, 2014
Quoting Lego Brick123 this is going to be awesome when its completed!!!! :D
Thanks! But, I already finished the ship and have it posted ;-)
  January 9, 2014
this is going to be awesome when its completed!!!! :D
 I like it 
  June 17, 2013
Wow, that's gonna be a huge build when it's done! Lots of work ahead, can't wait to follow the progress and see it finished :-)
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  June 14, 2013
Quoting Scott Bertaut Nice design for the elevators, I might have to borrow that when I rebuild mine, although we will have to see how it works on a 1/150 scale WWII escort carrier. I really wish I had done all of those calculations before I started building stuff, my cars are 1/29th scale but my planes are 1/36th! I look forward to seeing how this comes out.
Sir, you are free to use this design, so long as a I get a quick mention. The WWII carrier you are building, which one is it? I don't know if this exact design would work for an deck-edge elevator, but on a central elevator, is would be excellent. It all really depends on what piece you use as the actual elevator, whether it be the 6x6 tile, or plate, or whatever. Calculations, of course, weren't difficult (I just took the length of the ship, converted it to inches, multiplied by 1/350, and then, I multiplied by 3.5 (the number of studs in an inch). I did that for all the measurements for the ship, from beam to height.
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  June 13, 2013
Nice design for the elevators, I might have to borrow that when I rebuild mine, although we will have to see how it works on a 1/150 scale WWII escort carrier. I really wish I had done all of those calculations before I started building stuff, my cars are 1/29th scale but my planes are 1/36th! I look forward to seeing how this comes out.
 I made it 
  June 12, 2013
Quoting Reaper the Ultimate . That looks impressive. This might help with future scale calculations: http://www.suave.net/~dave/cgi/scale.cgi?cval=&cunit=milli&precision=1&fscale=minifig&fheight=1.75&funit=meter
Wow! Thats exactly what I need!
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  June 12, 2013
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  June 11, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Hey Achintya, i found some more nice grafics of the carrier design. Maybe they help you: http://www.sinodefenceforum.com/general-pictures/fan-art-ps-cg-images-7-4494.html You have to scroll down a little bit.
Hmm. Those look a bit modified from the actual ship. That island doesn't quite match with my pictures. I had a look around and saw some nice graphics that I will be using: http://gandoza.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=408 But of course, work can not start until I receive my parts.
  June 11, 2013
Hey Achintya, i found some more nice grafics of the carrier design. Maybe they help you: http://www.sinodefenceforum.com/general-pictures/fan-art-ps-cg-images-7-4494.html You have to scroll down a little bit.
 I made it 
  June 9, 2013
Quoting Ed Bangor Keel to mast height is about 244 ft (on the Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class, though the Fords are more of an upgrade than a redesign). The island, from flight deck to the top mast, is about 150 feet, and 20 feet wide where it contacts the flight deck. Couldn't find much on the actual structure size, though. You may have to estimate the proportion. This link should be helpful http://science.howstuffworks.com/aircraft-carrier.htm lots of info about carrier design in general.
Those numbers are exactly what I needed! Thank you so much; you shall receive an honorable recognition! If there is anything I can do for you, let me know.
  June 8, 2013
Keel to mast height is about 244 ft (on the Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class, though the Fords are more of an upgrade than a redesign). The island, from flight deck to the top mast, is about 150 feet, and 20 feet wide where it contacts the flight deck. Couldn't find much on the actual structure size, though. You may have to estimate the proportion. This link should be helpful http://science.howstuffworks.com/aircraft-carrier.htm lots of info about carrier design in general.
 I made it 
  June 7, 2013
Quoting Ed Bangor An ambitious project, to say the least. If memory serves, the Nimitz-class (presumably, the Ford-class as well) has a 5 deck island, not counting the various radio and flag masts above it, containing the ship's bridge, control tower, and the flag bridge (where the embarked admiral controls the entire battlegroup from). The Ford-class has 2 Phalanx cannons, 2 RIM-162 and 2 RIM-116 launchers for defense (as opposed the the Nimitz-classes 3-4 Phalanx and 3-4 RIM-116s) As far as aircraft go, the E/A-6B Prowlers are still around, (through the Growler, a Hornet variant, is replacing them). Additionally, the carriers also have a contingent of Seahawks for SAR and anti-submarine operations. There's also a handful of C-2 Greyhounds for logistics. I didn't see those mentioned, so I thought it might be helpful.
Wow. Thank you! I simply mentioned the aircraft bellow at a 'spur of the moment' type thing; I actually was about to change it to include the Greyhound, and a few helis. Some nice information; but do you have any height measurements for the bridge? Thank you!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2013
An ambitious project, to say the least. If memory serves, the Nimitz-class (presumably, the Ford-class as well) has a 5 deck island, not counting the various radio and flag masts above it, containing the ship's bridge, control tower, and the flag bridge (where the embarked admiral controls the entire battlegroup from). The Ford-class has 2 Phalanx cannons, 2 RIM-162 and 2 RIM-116 launchers for defense (as opposed the the Nimitz-classes 3-4 Phalanx and 3-4 RIM-116s) As far as aircraft go, the E/A-6B Prowlers are still around, (through the Growler, a Hornet variant, is replacing them). Additionally, the carriers also have a contingent of Seahawks for SAR and anti-submarine operations. There's also a handful of C-2 Greyhounds for logistics. I didn't see those mentioned, so I thought it might be helpful.
 I made it 
  June 7, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 my problem was, that i couldnt mount the correct length of these kind of "rails". The result was that, if the elevator was up maybe it didnt matc hthe high or (and this was the hardest prob) at the position downside it didnt match the "deck" of the hangar and if so, i had to build all the stuff as low that you can swim on/in the elevator. :) I already have correct 350-scaled F-18 and F-35. But both plane types have a twin tail and rear wings a little behind the engines. The result is, that both planes look nearly the same. :/ The UAV is for the CVN a great idea!
Oh, your hanger bay is too high; I see what you are saying. This system gives you roughly one brick in between the top of the deck and the floor of the hanger bay; so this would work. I haven't tried tackling the aircraft just yet; I like how you did the tails on your F-14 but I simply don't have a lot of those parts, so.
  June 7, 2013
my problem was, that i couldnt mount the correct length of these kind of "rails". The result was that, if the elevator was up maybe it didnt matc hthe high or (and this was the hardest prob) at the position downside it didnt match the "deck" of the hangar and if so, i had to build all the stuff as low that you can swim on/in the elevator. :) I already have correct 350-scaled F-18 and F-35. But both plane types have a twin tail and rear wings a little behind the engines. The result is, that both planes look nearly the same. :/ The UAV is for the CVN a great idea!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2013
lookin good! I can't wait to see the finished product!
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  June 7, 2013
It looks great! I can't wait to see it!
 I made it 
  June 7, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Interresting elevator construction. A thing i spended hours of work and brain energy. I had the same idea of using this parts but ran into probs to reach the same high with the deck and the hangar. Lets see how your solution will look. I take transparent parts for locking. What airwing will u use?
Well, this design does reach the deck's height (those plates that surround that 6X6 tile represent the deck). Its possible its just an LDD glitch, more than anything. Those transparent parts actually aren't for locking; its just me being lazy and not looking for the right 1X1 grey plates :-). Since the Enterprise will come into service in 2025 or 2027, it obviously won't carry the F-14 (sadly those were retired in 2006-2007). Instead, I will have Super Hornets, F-35s, Hawkeyes, and I think I will also have some UAVs (X-47 type things) on deck as well. I will try and post better pictures of the mechanism on the next WIP. Thanks!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2013
Interresting elevator construction. A thing i spended hours of work and brain energy. I had the same idea of using this parts but ran into probs to reach the same high with the deck and the hangar. Lets see how your solution will look. I take transparent parts for locking. What airwing will u use?
 I like it 
  June 6, 2013
I can't wait to see it completed
 
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