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avatar MaxTheRaven
Level 25 : Expert Architect
The HMS Terror started her life in 1813 as a specialized British warship and participated in several important battles up until she was converted into a polar expedition ship. She took part in the George Back and Ross expeditions but her most famous voyage was the doomed Franklin Arctic expedition where she was fitted with steam engines and an iron plated hull and together with the HMS Erebus to sail across the Northwest Passage. Inevitably they both became permanently stuck in ice and with the death of Franklin the two crews of 106 (129 at the begin of the Expedition)men abandoned both ships using the lifeboats as sleighs carrying all their remaining rations to reach the closest outpost that was 970km/600miles away. All 106 crew members have died of hypothermia or exposure and lead poisoning from their rations, many graves have been found along the way, together with documented encounters with local Inuit tribes that the crew also resorted on cannibalism to survive. Both the Erebus and Terror have been found respectively in 2014 and 2016 in Terror's bay about 8 miles from each other in pristine condition, especially the HMS Terror.

Decided to build this after watching some documentaries recently and just for the intriguing History of the ship.

Texture pack I used to build this: John Smith Legacy.

Feel free to comment any suggestions/thoughts.
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  • thebigbaron
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 21, 2019, 11:21 am
Nice little ship and an interesting history. I wouldn't try a 1:1 scale for ships, because you will struggle to fit in enough detail. I always used a 1:1.5 scale.
  • MaxTheRaven
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • January 22, 2019, 8:13 am
Thanks! And yeah pretty much true.
  • MaxTheRaven
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • January 18, 2019, 2:59 pm
Also a thing that I noticed especially with the last builds like the Vasa, the Venetian Galley and the HMS Terror now being the biggest example is that I tend to build things strictly in proportion and in scale as much as possible (1 block = 1m). For that reason I tend to lack details in some cases like with the Vasa and her the decorations of the stern I tried to add as much detail as possible but due to the scale quite many details are lacking that for example in other builds despite being a bit bigger or out of proportion look quite beautiful and sophisticated. And if you were to look at the HMS Terror you would notice that the masts look oversized compared to the hull, this is because I tried to make the hull 100% accurate in scale (28-32m long and 8-9m wide) and then when adding the rigging I faced the problem where everything was crammed and I couldn’t fit the sails and so I tried to expand a bit and this resulted in making it look a bit goofy.

I probably won’t change this ship but from now on I’ll draw my builds first and plan the proportions out instead of just going without a plan and simply looking at pictures and measurements.


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