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HMS Victory
A minifig scale model of Nelson's flagship.
About this creation

Built for Bright Bricks , and part of the Bricks In Motion exhibition now showing at the Milestones Museum , Basingstoke, UK until April 26th 2015.

It's in a group of three minifig scale ships that include the SS Great Britain by Joe Perez and Rhian Morgan, and a Mississippi Paddle Steamer by Rhys Knight.



This beast is over two metres long (with masts) and nearly two metres tall. It's built in two halves with detachable masts and rigging. Each half is so heavy I can't safely manage it alone. Must eat more Shredded Wheat...



That piece count is a guess. I wasn't counting exactly...



The part I'm most pleased with is invisible to visitors! Behold - windows and angles, angles and windows!



At least I got a pic in the workshop...



So many windows, and gunports. There are 100 cannons in this, and each gunport opens. I omitted the Technic trickery necessary to link all the cannons on one side to fire broadsides at unsuspecting visitors. Would have been fun, though.





A few details.





Flex tube, we love you. Oh look, another window!





Lifeboats - although the French never did manage to sink it (sorry Marc!)





Upper deck and skylight to the rear.



400 Watt Xenons. Wait, what ?





The cat's cradle of rigging isn't too much of a nightmare to reassemble after transport. Honest.



This pic in the workshop gives the best indication of scale.



I absolutely LOVED making this, it's my largest project ever, so thank you Bright Bricks for giving me the opportunity.

Build time : 148 hours.





Comments

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  May 23, 2017
i love this. this is one of the coolest lego ships ever.
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  May 23, 2017
This thing is insane!!! I love the attention to detail, and I agree: broadsiding the visitors would've been fun! Anyway, congrats on MOTD! Well done!
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  May 23, 2017
Congrats on MOTD! Great to see this beauty again!
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  May 23, 2017
Another MOTD for you! Big surprise. Picking a favorite Nick Barrett MOC is impossible, but this one's certainly the most impressive. The rendering is remarkable at every level of detail.
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  May 23, 2017
This masterpiece is again and again and again... MOTD, and it's so much worth of it, Nick! I believe, everybody who likes (as me) old sailing ships would prise this MOC as the perfect one... ;)
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  May 23, 2017
Congrats on the MOTD! It is well deserved!
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  May 23, 2017
Happy MocOfTheDay! Great to see this masterpiece again!
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  May 23, 2017
Congrats on MOTD!
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  May 23, 2017
Quoting Joost Cumps and yet another MOTD! congratulations! when do we see something new again? a car, if possible? :-)
It happened again! Thanks Joost, and everyone else - this is one my favourites. New stuff on the way soon :-)
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  May 23, 2017
Congrats on MOTD! This is a ginormous masterpiece! The shaping, details, windows and sheer size of this MOC are unbelievable! Did I mention the windows? Brilliant work!
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  May 23, 2017
Very Nice representation of the real thing(especially the windows) Good Job
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  May 23, 2017
Wow, that looks really good (except the windows :P). Seriously, you ought to provide a few of the images of the HMS Victory, which your model is modeled after. Otherwise, it is difficult for us to be impressed by your ability to recreate the thing. None-the-less, your model is huge and fascinating and your hard work is easy to appreciate.
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  May 23, 2017
Nick, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to see this beauty gracing the homepage as MOTD! It's a real masterpiece!
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  May 23, 2017
Congrats on MOTD! Such a beauty!
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  May 23, 2017
Yeah this is insane!! One of my favorite historical ships built to perfection in such wonderful detail! Congrats on MOTD!!
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  May 23, 2017
and yet another MOTD! congratulations! when do we see something new again? a car, if possible? :-)
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  March 27, 2016
Well Nick its only when you decide to build one of these you realise what work,thought techniques has gone into something like this,getting the hull shaping and most of all keeping it together while building,dont know how many times mine has broke up,keep coming back to this but your techniques used you have kept well hidden LOL,again a great build very very accurate,any tips would be well appreciatted. i have looked at 100s os sailing ships and yours is one of the best out there
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  September 10, 2015
Why, oh why haven’t I commented on this yet? I have looked in on this model so many times. It has been an inspiration on so many levels. Thank you Nick.
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  July 15, 2015
Too cool not to comment on. It's been fun looking at your older builds, and this is perfectly amazing. Stunning work, Nick!
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  July 14, 2015
Absolutely stunning!
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  June 30, 2015
Oh, it's brilliant,I love it! And it's historically avpccurate! Also, with builds like that,would you like to join a gunpowder era role playing group on the pages? I'll invite you: (or you can just join) http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/25212 Oh, and I assume your a afol. :P so,keep up the good work! :)- JD the Lego owl (your one of my favourite builders)
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  June 22, 2015
This is wonderful at all Nick! So much lovingly details and great solutions with the bricks! I've a project of a dutch galleon, VOC "Batavia", that's my favorite old ship. It's only LDD, but I like it... Now seen this beauty I like to go on with it ( 3/4 finished)! Greets from Germany near Bremerhaven!
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  June 9, 2015
BAck again, man that hull is gigantic! LOL, so many bricks here dude. And the rigging! This must look crazy inside.
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  May 31, 2015
ravishingly beautiful!
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  May 24, 2015
Great work of Lego "Massive" creationism! Congratulations on such a fantastic build and all the great comments! 120 Likes and counting!
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  May 24, 2015
I have limited funds and so try to stay to small projects focusing on detail in a medium-small scale and here is the polar opposite - unlimited bricks and time. Just thinking about having to put 22k bricks together makes me dizzy. Quite an achivement. I wonder if you studied any books about shipbuilding before taking on this project? I am quite fond of Wolfram zu Mondfelds "Historic ship models" and Deanes Doctrine.
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  May 19, 2015
Sir, this is brilliant! The details are very good, though the only feedback I would have is that the foremast and mainmast lower booms are a tad too short. A ship-of-the-line such as the HMS Victory would have great booms that stuck out over the water. Although they would most likely extend. I'm not sure if that was what was intended... but that's a trifle. This is a GEM!
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  March 20, 2015
Sir, you are crazy! I'm just probably not used to see people like yourself, (the car builder mostly) to build something like that. Beautiful in every way and I look at this with great awe!
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  March 17, 2015
Looks better than wood model compliments
  March 14, 2015
*JAWDROP* OMG! LOVE it, is it minifig scale? wait, 148 HOURS to build? *JAWDROP*
  March 12, 2015
What a beast. I'm not so sure about the yellow (though there isn't really a viable alternative), but still, it looks freaking awesome. I love the custom cannon carriages.
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  March 12, 2015
Wow, very detailed :)
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  March 11, 2015
Simply the scale on this Vessel blows the other ships out of the water. Oh look, more windows!!! Nice design on those too btw.
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  March 8, 2015
Quoting matt rowntRee Is this your new Sea Offensive Power for DA2.0? We shall all be doomed off land! XD Truly an epic achievement there Nick, I am in utter awe at this beast of the sea. And the time it took to build, I hate you. XD I can't get over all the detail and techniques in this thing. I would buy a ticket to Heathrow just to get a gander at this and the motions exhibit. I am so overwhelmed by this and what I thought was an impossible task of improving an already outstanding builder, and yet there it is and here you are. I applaud you and this beauty. Congratulations, sir, on something that can truly be called a masterpiece. So, what's next? ;) Superb!
Thanks matt. I love you too :-) Now to make representations to Keith and Michael about entering existing mocs....
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  March 7, 2015
Is this your new Sea Offensive Power for DA2.0? We shall all be doomed off land! XD Truly an epic achievement there Nick, I am in utter awe at this beast of the sea. And the time it took to build, I hate you. XD I can't get over all the detail and techniques in this thing. I would buy a ticket to Heathrow just to get a gander at this and the motions exhibit. I am so overwhelmed by this and what I thought was an impossible task of improving an already outstanding builder, and yet there it is and here you are. I applaud you and this beauty. Congratulations, sir, on something that can truly be called a masterpiece. So, what's next? ;) Superb!
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  March 5, 2015
Wow, a real stunner. Incredible work with all the angles and good job keeping all the proportions looking right.
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  March 5, 2015
Oh, my - now that is grand. Fantastic work!
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  March 5, 2015
I saw this on the front page and my jaw dropped...I read a book on the HMS Victory a few years ago and that is what got me interested in the colonial/Napoleonic era. If I ever go to England the HMS Victory will be one of the first things I visit. Beautiful ship and beautiful build. Also, I feel bad for your family with all the time you must have sacrificed with them to build this.
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  March 4, 2015
Very impressive ship with a lot of nice ideas and interesting detailes, but I think, it's too big for me. :)
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  March 2, 2015
Quoting Marc dZ We have an old expression called "Un coup de Trafalgar" (a Trafalgar's hit) meaning in a situation you thought you were able to win... you lose everything!! See? No hard feelings! We have to admit, Admiral Nelson was the strongest that day. => The reason why we sent General De Gaulle 135 years later to bother Winston Churchill. Aaaah, ces maudits Français!! Ha ha! Anyway, my wife and I spent long long minutes staring at your pics, saying "is it possible?" " How did he do that?" "It is impressive". It is not only superb because a mightly vessel always gives emotions. But the challenge, the amount of work... And the result that left us speechless. Master Yoda-Nick, I bow to you.
Thank you Marc :-) It's a good thing the French are so gracious, what with the British ability to never forget a triumph, or remember a defeat!
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  March 2, 2015
Amazing creation! The size is mind blowing and the level of details impressive! Just wow! Well done! And keep building!
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  March 2, 2015
The MOC of the year. Nothing to add.
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  March 1, 2015
We have an old expression called "Un coup de Trafalgar" (a Trafalgar's hit) meaning in a situation you thought you were able to win... you lose everything!! See? No hard feelings! We have to admit, Admiral Nelson was the strongest that day. => The reason why we sent General De Gaulle 135 years later to bother Winston Churchill. Aaaah, ces maudits Français!! Ha ha! Anyway, my wife and I spent long long minutes staring at your pics, saying "is it possible?" " How did he do that?" "It is impressive". It is not only superb because a mightly vessel always gives emotions. But the challenge, the amount of work... And the result that left us speechless. Master Yoda-Nick, I bow to you.
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  March 1, 2015
One of the most beautiful MOC !!!! I'm speechless !!!
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  March 1, 2015
Huge project like this are both joy and pain. But when done bad is forgotten while good is to see and remember. Your ship is fantastic achivement. I realy like rigging since many do not do that and ships looks crippled.
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  March 1, 2015
wonderfull... the details are amazing Nick - i mean the deck's floor the canons, the windows - great. love all of them.
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  March 1, 2015
Wow, Nick, this is absolutely amazing. The attention to every last detail is astounding. I take my hat off to you yet again.
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  February 28, 2015
Mind-numbingly excellent!
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  February 28, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Absolutely astounding, Nick. Does the 168 hours include all the planning and parts procurement? 25/5
Yes it does, but parts procurement is very easy in an industrial unit with millions of bricks :-)
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  February 27, 2015
Amazing work, well done!
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  February 27, 2015
Absolutely astounding, Nick. Does the 168 hours include all the planning and parts procurement? 25/5
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  February 27, 2015
So majestic! Impressive feat here :D I just wish I could see it in person to truly appreciate this masterpiece!
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  February 27, 2015
Wow, that's awesome! At the first look it doesn't look like Lego at all, because it#s so detailed and smoothly designed! Great job, Nick! :-))
Nick Barrett
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Black Smith
  February 26, 2015
Oh My God, this is Spectacular, love the lanterns and cannons and everything, well done !.....wish you could have covered it in mini figs all busy as busy, mind you, with the redcoats on board it was 800+ for a full compliment !
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  February 26, 2015
Large and in charge. Very well done Sir.
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  February 26, 2015
Massive. Epic. Awesome... but where are the wheels and carburetor?
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  February 26, 2015
Oh wow! That's huge! You nailed all, overall shape, details, and I love those little boats on the top of it. Congrats. A+
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  February 26, 2015
Werrrrrt. That is HUGE! This thing is so amazing, I'm not too sure what to say! Amazing details, it really is beautiful!
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  February 26, 2015
Just WOW! What an amazing creation and beautiful ship. ~Marc
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  February 26, 2015
Awesome build here, Nick! Love those shots from the stern in particular. Like you said, really shows off the detail and different angles you created. Congrats!
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  February 26, 2015
Nick, I delayed commenting as I could not find the words appropriate! I still can't! But, I find the aft hull most intriguing... then it's its size, that rigging, and those mavelously swabbed decks! Are you the same builder who built that igloo? Yes, in person, but not in your building talents which have reached the heavens! May you sail on to worlds of wonder! :)
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  February 26, 2015
Speechless! A true masterpiece!
  February 26, 2015
JAW DROP!!!!!
  February 26, 2015
Very nice! Bigger is always better!
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  February 26, 2015
2 meters you said? This is crazy! Incredible work. Next step is a 1:1 model ;)
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  February 26, 2015
what a beautiful ship,colours spot on,i love the way you have made this just like looking at a mini replica of the real ship,by far your best to date(maybe i,m biast cause its a ship),some pics of the building process would be great even as a 2nd MOC,i doubt anyone building a ship similar to this could top that,only thing i can think off os black plates inbetween the tan deck bricks to show the pitch lines,maybe that would be OTT,but what an impressive model to show off your skill as a builder,angles and curves are the hardest thing to do with LEGO but you have mastered this with perfection on this build,and at 2mtrs that is massive for a sailing ship,great job,
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  February 26, 2015
This is a small nutshell. The deck planks look fantastic. The adornments of the cabins are really very impressive. But best I like the rigging, which for me is a masterpiece. I salute you.
Nick Barrett
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Matt Bace
  February 25, 2015
What an incredible tribute to a vessel with a very impressive history! Given the almost unbelievable attention to detail that is evident in this model, I'm surprised that it took only 148 hours. The rigging alone must have taken several days. There is so much to enjoy here, but the windows just blow me away -- they are so good that they almost don't look like they are built from LEGO bricks. The overall shaping of the hull, especially near the bow is amazing as well. This is without a doubt the best LEGO sailing ship I've ever seen.
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  February 25, 2015
Jimmy said it well! Truly a marvelous sight!
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  February 25, 2015
this is very well built! it is incredible. does it float (just kidding)
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  February 25, 2015
200 Hectares of forest used to make a nation a flagship, now just paper:( Love this model, and ship. Amazing it is still in dock in ole Blighty. *** (If you happen to be Spanish, not to worry, you guys actually won the cultural competition in Europe. 19 countries speaking Spansih, not bad!) Fantastic build Nick!
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  February 25, 2015
awesome!:D
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  February 25, 2015
Sweet! Nice detailing. 500/500
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  February 25, 2015
Massive work! Wow!
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  February 25, 2015
Holy cow! Another super-impressive build. My mind is pretty bent up thinking about all that rigging, not to mention those angles...and 100 cannons?! Mmm...cannons!
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  February 25, 2015
Excellent pirate ship man. I love the size and weaponry.
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  February 25, 2015
This is awesome! So many gunports! So many windows! So few crew... The figurehead is brilliant! And so, sooooo many cheese wedges!
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  February 25, 2015
Greebling is awesome!
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  February 25, 2015
more epicness?(if thats a word lol)NICK just get better with every build
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  February 25, 2015
Awesome. This should be a museum piece.
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  February 25, 2015
Amazing build! Very impressive. Looks just like a real. Great work!
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Rhys Knight I will echo Joe's (MortalSwordsman) sentiments Nick, this a truly beautiful model, and seeing it come together was a genuine pleasure :)
Thanks Rhys :-) I'm just glad I built both halves the same size!
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  February 25, 2015
I will echo Joe's (MortalSwordsman) sentiments Nick, this a truly beautiful model, and seeing it come together was a genuine pleasure :)
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  February 25, 2015
Wow, this is really amazing! The windows are really well built. -Nathanael
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Hi Nick, nice boat ;). Joking aside this is a true masterpiece and a testament to your talent. I can vouch for the accuracy and the insane attention to detail you have put into this ship. The detail on the stern is truly outstanding. Without doubt one of the world's best builders at work here and as such it was a pleasure watching you produce this.
Bless you Joe, you're too kind. I quite like this old tub :-)
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Indy Beetle Holy cow, how much does this behemoth weigh?
Enough to make me fall over! We haven't weighed it yet but we probably will. Thanks Indy.
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  February 25, 2015
Hi Nick, nice boat ;). Joking aside this is a true masterpiece and a testament to your talent. I can vouch for the accuracy and the insane attention to detail you have put into this ship. The detail on the stern is truly outstanding. Without doubt one of the world's best builders at work here and as such it was a pleasure watching you produce this.
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  February 25, 2015
thats just, WOW! Crazy good!
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Gabor Pauler Masterpiece job, Nick, I am speechless. It is hard to believe that it is only 22500 bricks, it looks like much more. Is it hollow inside, or does it have gun decks?
Hi Gabor. It's got three internal decks complete with cannons, and I'm thinking it's probably more bricks myself now...
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  February 25, 2015
Wow, A truly amazing ship! Impressive in size and fantastic well-detailed. Like the original the stern is completely blinding with the beautiful windows. But it is the whole of masts, rigging, gun ports and galion which makes the model unique. Excellent Work!
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  February 25, 2015
Holy cow, how much does this behemoth weigh?
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  February 25, 2015
Masterpiece job, Nick, I am speechless. It is hard to believe that it is only 22500 bricks, it looks like much more. Is it hollow inside, or does it have gun decks?
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Wow, a most impressive build! I would love to see some detail shots of the hull, especially the lower parts. Overall detailing looks very well done too. Is that a Cutty Sark in the build there too? -And the paddle-steamer; what prototype would that be after¿?
Hi Henrik. No Cutty Sark, alas; the SS Great Britain and Paddle Steamer will probably be posted by Joe and Rhys soon.
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  February 25, 2015
Wow, a most impressive build! I would love to see some detail shots of the hull, especially the lower parts. Overall detailing looks very well done too. Is that a Cutty Sark in the build there too? -And the paddle-steamer; what prototype would that be after¿?
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  February 25, 2015
Very very impressed. Wish I had the talent to do that
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  February 25, 2015
Wow! What a thing!! This looks Legoland standard! 5 stars
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  February 25, 2015
Smelled like... Victory. Someday this war's gonna end... Sorry, wrong film/war. What a fantastic project, especially to complete it as a solo effort. The stern windows are very impressive indeed. Bravo!
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  February 25, 2015
148 hours for that behemoth? And I considered myself a fast builder. Absolutely stunning as usual. I can't help trying to imagine the pile of bricks in front of you when building something like this.
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  February 25, 2015
Wow! What a gigantic project. She is beautiful, great work on the shape.
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  February 25, 2015
I love it, especially that stern, I've seen the real thing last year, it looks just like it, only better (with its full masts ;) ).
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  February 25, 2015
Really beautiful work, Nick. Such a cool opportunity to be able to build this!
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  February 25, 2015
HOLY.....! Nick she's beautiful! I wholeheartedly agree those windows on the stern are magnificent! The bow detail is unbelievablely perfect! The hull shaping is fantastic! Absolutely amazing Nick!
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  February 25, 2015
My goodness. This is... Too big for words!
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  February 25, 2015
A tour de force of jaw dropping LEGO perfection. The greatest sailing ship I have ever seen. Bravo and well done on this masterpiece.
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  February 25, 2015
Awesome job! The "sculpting" on the sides is very well done. The rigging is also awesome!
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  February 25, 2015
Fantastic! The scale is totally impressive and the detail you extracted from fairly simple bricks is wonderful!
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  February 25, 2015
Great!!!
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  February 25, 2015
Absolutely incredible! That thing is massive! Splendidly done.
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  February 25, 2015
Absolutely fantastic creation. The scale is very impressive. Well done on all the hard work!
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Tom Simon Wow. Deeply impressive. How many visitors were there? Were you present, nearby, the whole showing?
Hi Tom. It'll be there for two months, then the exhibition does a tour of other UK museums. I was only there to set it up but Milestones averages a few hundred visitors daily I think.
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  February 25, 2015
Wow. Deeply impressive. How many visitors were there? Were you present, nearby, the whole showing?
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting LimitlessBricks.com LEGO Models Ohhhh! Nick...this is beyond brick built ships! This is marvelous. And awesome. Both. One of your finest! And just 148 hours? For all those bricks and curves and angles! Very well done!
Thankyou LimitlessBricks :-) This kind of thing is easier when you have access to, err.. limitless bricks!
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  February 25, 2015
Quoting Andreas Ndhrt Oh my good! It is incredible! I have never seen such a great lego building! so detailed. I´m almost speechless because I have a comparsion to set 10021 which I built up yesterday.
Thanks Andreas. I love that USS Constellation set, and it provided a lot of inspiration.
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  February 25, 2015
Ohhhh! Nick...this is beyond brick built ships! This is marvelous. And awesome. Both. One of your finest! And just 148 hours? For all those bricks and curves and angles! Very well done!
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  February 25, 2015
Oh my good! It is incredible! I have never seen such a great lego building! so detailed. I´m almost speechless because I have a comparsion to set 10021 which I built up yesterday.
 
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