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This is my Lego design of HMS Surprise, (a
British frigate that was commissioned in 1794). I believe that this model
would make a perfect new UCS set to succeed the Imperial Flagship set and add
to the fleet of ships already produced by Lego.
The main areas of my Lego interpretation of HMS
Surprise are: an upper deck, quarter deck, gun deck, Captain’s cabin, galley,
brig / store area.
On the upper deck there are 2 bow chaser cannons
and 2 more cannons aft (which can be positioned on either side of the ship)
thus allowing the crew to chase down the Kings enemies or fight yard arm to
yard arm in a close quarter engagement. With the addition of a small
jolly boat over the main hold, the Captain can also set out on mini expeditions
to land on undiscovered shores, discover new species or even to abandon his
ship, should it be overwhelmed by a greater enemy force!
On the quarter deck you'll often find the Captain
pacing up and down giving orders to "make more sail" or "beat to
quarters" as he commands his ship through treacherous seas or enemy
territories. There are also an additional 2 placements for cannons, to
help sink any lurking pirates, and the wheel to help steer the ship (with a
The gun deck houses 4 cannons for an unprecedented
broadside against enemy ships, towards the bow of the ship is the brig and stores
(with extra cutlasses and muskets for boarding foreign ships alongside).
Slightly aft is the ships galley where the crew can reenergise after a hard
days work as the cook serves up salt pork or ships biscuit (usually infested
with weevils!). Further aft is the mess / gun placements (where the crew both
relax and fire the 4 cannons).
The Captain’s cabin is very spacious, and contains
an excellent 180 degree view of the sea right to the horizon. Within it
there is a desk and chair where the Captain can plot his course, (on top are
his secret orders and vials of medicine for his crew), a globe, stand for his
wig / hat, and a small diorama for fleet movements.
The model contains a total of 2806 bricks, including
HMS Surprise, 7 minifigures (Post Captain, 1st Lieutenant, 2 Marines and 3 able
hands), and a micro scale version of the ship.
Length: 104 bricks ~ 83.0cm
Width of Hull: 20 bricks ~ 16.0cm
Width of Hull and Sails: 34 bricks ~ 27.2cm
Height: 71 bricks ~ 62.4cm
I hope you enjoyed my design of HMS Surprise as
much as I enjoyed designing and building it and hopefully it might even be an
official Lego product!!