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 and a cargo hold.
On the upper deck there are 2 bow chaser cannons and 4 more aft cannons 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 cargo 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 cannons to help sink any lurking pirates, the wheel to help steer the ship (with a moving rudder) and a sky light to air the Captain’s cabin.
The gun deck houses 10 cannons for an unprecedented broadside against enemy ships, towards the bow of the ship is the powder and ammunition store with extra cutlasses and muskets for boarding foreign ships alongside. Slightly aft is the main cargo hold which stores all of the ships vitals such as their food and water along with the stern chasers. Then further 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!).
The captains 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, a bookcase containing his secret orders and vials of medicine for his crew, finally there is his prised model of his beloved ship HMS Surprise. But when his vessel is called to action this delicate model can be stored in the hold and 2 stern chasers can be heaved into the cabin to fire at any ship that would dare to try and rake the Surprise from astern.
The model contains 2977 bricks, with the addition of 4 minifigures (Post Captain, 1st Lieutenant, and 2 Marines) thus bringing the total brick count to 3000 bricks.
Length: 110 bricks - 88.0cm
Width of Hull: 24 bricks - 19.2cm
Width of Hull and Sails: 35 bricks - 28.0cm
Height: 71 bricks - 68.2cm
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!!