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avatar Captain_JEK
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
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Hello,

this is the Sakala-Class Deep Desert Command Carrier Kapisi from the video game "Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak".
It is an aircraft carrier, military base and mobile factory operating on land (more precisely on sand).
Being
565 meters (0.35 miles, 618 yards or 1854 feet) long,
281 meters (0.17 miles, 307 yards or 922 feet) wide and
145.5 meters (0.09 miles, 159 yards or 477 feet) high, it is much bigger than any land vehicle on earth.

On the internet, there are different sources stating different lengths for the Kapisi. They range from 563 meters over 565 meters to the top bidder of 568 meters. When building the Kapisi I aimed at a length of 568 meters but due to cumulated rounding errors I ended up with 565 meters which was exactly one of the stated lengths, so I saw no need to change it.

In the last two renders I put some other "big" vehicles (my Terex Mining Excavator and the NASA Crawler Transporter) next to the carrier to compare its size. The very last render is with parallel view so that the difference in sizes becomes more apparent.

In "Deserts of Kharak", the Sakala-class carriers were made by the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid in order to push through the great banded desert and enemy territory to eventually find an anomaly deep within the desert.
Although the carriers are fully capable of fighting for themselves, their main strength lies in their ability to produce various kinds of smaller vehicles and aircraft. This lets the player create a powerful fleet using the resources like meteorites or crashed spaceships on Kharak.

In case you are wondering what a land based vehicle like this has to do with "Project 2048" read the story below!

A story of humans and resources

You may also be wondering why I chose an aircraft carrier on land for "Project 2048" in the first place. I will explain it in the following section.

Why I chose an aircraft carrier for Project 2048

Since the gallery is already filled with renders and screenshots, I am going to put the reference images here. Besides many screenshots made by other people (I don't own the game) I used a video showing all of the campaign's cutscenes and featuring some close-up gameplay.

Reference images and video

Enjoy!
CreditSpecial thanks to all the people who made "Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak"!
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2
09/01/2019 12:51 pm
Level 26 : Expert Engineer
Giancarlovan
Amazing details, diagonals, and greebling!
2
09/01/2019 2:24 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thank you very much ^^
2
08/27/2019 1:07 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Architect
MASTER_RICKY
Pretty sweet and real.
2
08/27/2019 2:50 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
The most realistic I could get it ^^
3
08/27/2019 4:38 am
Level 44 : Master Pixel Puncher
TomConn
Can't deny that this will be in the top 10 with ease. Nice job JEK :D
1
08/27/2019 2:50 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thank you for your confidence ^^
I hope it will work out...
2
08/26/2019 6:58 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Ranger
Energy Master
My goodness, that is the most impressive vehicle build I have ever seen in Minecraft...
2
08/26/2019 7:16 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thanks a lot ^^
2
08/26/2019 6:59 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Ranger
Energy Master
So, what are you going to do next to top this? xD
2
08/26/2019 7:18 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
I don't think any following vehicle can top this xD
Every other vehicle I know, whether real or fictional, is smaller than this carrier...
2
08/26/2019 5:23 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
mrcre
That is... amazing, Minecraft should give you a award for best creator, lol. Now this, is the best build I’ve ever seen! Keep it up! :)
1
08/26/2019 6:49 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thank you so much! This is very kind :D
2
08/26/2019 12:35 pm
Level 28 : Expert Fish
TheOfficialDerp
That is huge! 😲
1
08/26/2019 12:37 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Yup ^^
4
08/26/2019 11:08 am
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
S u i t
Jesus christ our lord and saviour what the heck is this?! This is stupidly gigantic!
2
08/26/2019 11:15 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
I know right? xD
It's a "land carrier", an aircraft carrier operating on land ^^
3
08/26/2019 5:17 am
Level 38 : Artisan Engineer
JoaoDaFonseca
Holy. Mother. Of. God.
2
08/26/2019 10:22 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Haha xD
3
08/26/2019 5:09 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie
Captain_JEK is great at building small thi-

:o that's epic, mind = blown
2
08/26/2019 10:22 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Lul, thank you :D
2
08/26/2019 5:00 amhistory
Level 20 : Expert Archer
Kwanatla
Nice build! I just find it sorta sad how many people imagine the future to be one of war, not cooperation...

Oh and you speak German?! (Or was that other people's screenshots?)
1
08/26/2019 10:32 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Oh, and yes, I do speak German. The screenshots still are not mine, I found them on google images xD
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08/26/2019 10:31 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Yeah, you know, with this "story of war" I would like to raise awareness for which "dumb" reasons wars exist.
There basically only are wars if some party wants something but another party wants that exact same thing, too and they're unable to figure out a better solution than bombarding each other.
It's like two little kids fighting over sweets xD

Funny enough, physically fighting each other has been the most used way of "solving disagreements" in the history of mankind.
Now the question is: How likely is it that this will change in the future?
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08/26/2019 4:12 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Engineer
Bob0831
Holy fucking shit i cant put into words how amazing this is
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08/26/2019 10:33 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thank you very much xD
2
08/26/2019 3:41 am
Level 47 : Master Lumberjack
Feriach
Neat!
1
08/26/2019 10:37 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Yo, you know for how long I wanted those 5 letters under one of my builds? xD
Thank you so much!
2
08/26/2019 2:46 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Explorer
Grandmaster_dorak
Holy shit! This is the biggest building I've ever seen#s3gt_translate_tooltip_mini { display: none !important; }
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08/26/2019 10:38 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Love your reaction xD
Thanks a lot!
2
08/25/2019 8:23 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
Lil-puppy23
HOOLEEY Mackerel!
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08/25/2019 9:11 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Cool, huh? :P
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08/25/2019 7:52 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Engineer
An_Easy_Leaf
How do you make such great builds? Do you have any special technique as a builder that you use to design your builds or do you just find a picture and build what you can see and go from there? Do you also have any special tips you would suggest to someone else for making such large scale projects?
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08/25/2019 9:06 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Lol, I usually don't make such large scale projects, so I don't really have a lot of experience, but I'm gonna tell you what I know anyway:
For vehicles in general, I try to use mostly smooth blocks like concrete because most vehicles have a plain metallic surface without a lot of texture.
This carrier is so large, that block textures don't matter anymore, so I could choose blocks by color only.

For this and most other vehicles I made, I find images of every side of it and start replicating. There's no special "building technique". What you build only must look like on your reference image. Then everything is good. What you need in order to do this, is a good eye for details and color differences, of course.
It also helps if you have a good technical understanding of how things would work if they were real.

What I have found for such large scale builds in particular is that when the build gets bigger, your details and the space between them making it look interesting need to get bigger, too.
This might seem obvious, but when you don't pay attention to it and make your details as small as on a small build you will end up with something super prickly and strenuous to look at (a good example for this is my contest entry from a year ago).

That is why the carrier looks great from far away but kinda boring from a close distance. The details are big and the space in between them is big, too.

However, this does not mean that you don't have to pay attention to small details xD
Every block matters, even in such a large build. Most bigger details are comprised of several smaller details. But don't be afraid of relatively large "empty" areas. I guess that's the message (at least that's what I had to learn).

What also greatly matters in such large builds is the shape. The shape always matters, but in large builds it's easier to mess it up xD
There needs to be some kind of consistency, otherwise it will look too hazy. The shape needs to convey a message of what purpose the build might be.

And, as the last thing, what helps a lot with any build is to keep its function in mind. The design of most vehicles is influenced by their function. This carrier is meant to be something tank-like and what I really like about how the game developers designed it is its front. It's very similar to the one of a modern tank (somewhat pointy).
Other than that it clearly resembles a modern day aircraft carrier, so you immediately know what its purpose is.

That's it for now.
If something else comes to my mind I'll dm you (otherwise this gets too long). But yeah, these are some things that might help you with your vehicles/large scale builds or whatever you do ^^
2
08/25/2019 7:22 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Fox
Momu
I was so close
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08/25/2019 7:23 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Well... xD
2
08/25/2019 7:13 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
spaceship092v2
oh this is the big thing
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08/25/2019 7:20 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Yes ^^
2
08/25/2019 6:40 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Miner
Pahu02
Nice :D
2
08/25/2019 6:51 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thank you xD
2
08/25/2019 6:31 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Archer
C_Corp2002
I like..
1
08/25/2019 6:51 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thanks ^^
2
08/25/2019 6:30 pm
Level 41 : Master Crafter
jwterry_1965
Holy shit, Looks just like it. Love it, Like your little size chart with your mining excavator than up to the crawler launch pad. and even bigger the Expedition Carrier Kapisi. Great build job
2
08/25/2019 6:52 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Lol, this is funny xD
Thank you!
3
08/25/2019 5:54 pm
Level 43 : Master Professor
Acier
Yo this is dope
2
08/25/2019 5:58 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Hero
Captain_JEK
Thanks :D

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