RTS Zavala 24-gun Steamship-of-War . WITH VIDEOS!!
A sailing steamship with working
Lego pneumatic side-paddle-wheel walking-beam steam engines. .
This vessel is a side-paddle-wheel sailing steamship.
The model is almost 4 1/2 feet long (1.36 meters)
and it uses 13 hull center sections.
RTS Zavala was
Nominated for Best Sea Craft
at Brickworld 2009!
What are they saying about the Zavala?
"Wonderful job Kurt! ... That you did the technic work for the engines and rudder even with the investment of time and brick for the model itself only further impresses." says John P. Henderson on Lugnet
"Man that is awesome, i don't think I have ever seen anything like it before. I like all the work you put into it by researching ect." says CPT. Jr on Eurobricks
"HOLY CRAP!!! Someone put this on the frontpage pronto! ... expect to see this on the frontpage as this is AWESOME!!! The shape from bricks is brilliant as are the lines. Best ship I've seen!" says Captain Zuloo on Eurobricks
"Oh I'm enjoying!! That's fantastic!! The detail is amazing!" says David Koudys
"Awesome work, Kurt." says Richie Dulin on Lugnet
"That MOC is an amazingly cool! So many details to see, I think the construction
is very interesting. From the stem to stern. From the way you rigged the lines
above the prow, to the very nice looking sails, to the way you expanded the
hull, to the way you managed that steering, seeing those paddle wheel mechanics!
Great work!" says Eric Sophie on Lugnet
"Amazing work, looks very accurate!" says Captain green hair on Eurobricks
"Kurt, this is one of the best ships I've seen in some time. This morning I looked for about 10 minutes at all the beautiful pictures in your BS gallery. It's got a perfect line!" says Bonaparte on Eurobricks
Although called a schooner, the Zavala is more properly "hermaphrodite brigantine". Some drawings of the Zavala show 3 masts, but the best research (the INA article), however, confirms that she had only two masts. My model of the Zavala has working Lego pneumatic side-paddle-wheel walking-beam steam engines (with adjustable valve gear timing); it also has a working ship's wheel with steering gear reduction to the rudder. Things I like about this model: the curved inverted sloped stern, the full length gun deck mounting 24 cannons, the ship's bell, the boats, the way the schooner's gaff sail booms attach to the masts, the steer down the length of the hull, the curve around the bow and along the sides, and the paddle wheel shells.
As you can see, the RTS Zavala has her guns run out and is firing up her boilers (two pneumatic air-tanks)
- no doubt she has spotted her prey.
INA drawing and Texas Navy painting
More information below these photos,
including links to the videos!
view from the bow
views of the engines
picture of a model of a side-paddle-wheel walking-beam steam engine
views along the side
the ship's wheel and a ship's boat
the ship's bell
The TWO paged brickshelf gallery is here.
A video walk along, and use of the ships wheel.
I run the Lego pneumatic side-paddle-wheel walking-beam steam engines.
The RTS Zavala made the front page of Classic-Pirates.com
The RTS Zavala's eurobricks pirate forum thread.
The RTS Zavala's lugnet pirate thread.
The Home of Republic of Texas Navy in LEGOs is right here on MOCpages.
Some links about the real Texas Navy's Zavala:Wikipedia entry for the Texan Schooner ZavalaINA Article about the Zavala starts on page 10Texas Navy ship listNUMA article about the Zavala
Notes:RTS - Republic of Texas ShipRTN - Republic of Texas NavyLNA - Lego Naval Architect