Behold the Charlemagne! A Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy in service between 1807 and 1814 before being transferred to the Dutch Navy. Ordered by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte himself, this vessel was packed to the brim with firepower and now reimagined in LEGO Soldiers form by BrickDuvel.
Here’s my minfig scale MOC of the Charlemagne. (Charles The Great)
I’m posting my MOC on this great Pirate MOC forum so this can also inspire other builders in the future.
It’s a 3rd rate Téméraire class 74 gun ship of the line of the French Navy. It’s big brother was launched in 1807 in Antwerp under the Napoleonic rule in Belgium. It had a length of 54m (177ft) and a beam of 14,3m (47 ft).
This MOC at about minifig scale counts 150 studs long from stern to the bow at it’s longest point and 42 studs at its widest point at the lower gun deck near the main mast.
Don’t know the brick count (never made it in digital form) but it took about 2-3 years to finish of which several months were spent on the rigging.
I want to pay a small homage to the builders of these LEGO ships who inspired me to build this LEGO ship which gave me hours of fun:
- HMS Bulwark
- HMS Lively
- HMS Prince of Wales/Minerve
- MS Victory
- Le Fleuron/Prins Willim
- Le Fourageux
- VOC De Ruyter
- USS Poseidon
(And I’m sure I forget to mention quite a few superb ships on this forum, sorry guys)
And a special thanks to the builders of :
- HMS Agamemnon for it’s colour scheme and stern technique
- HMS Enterprize for it’s hull technique and steering mechanism
- HMS Persephone for it’s modular build technique and it’s perfect composure at a it’s own (smaller) scale.
You can view more pictures in the Flickr album.
About the Builder…
BrickDuvel occasionally contributes to the forums on Eurobricks and you can view more of his superb builds on Flickr.