This project might seems straightforward and direct, but it demanded a different kind of design paradigm from me.
If you're new in this blog and my LEGO creations... you might be screaming "Broadside.....!!!" . Hold on a second! I built a LEGO Broadside few years back (video below) , and this blog entry is an entirely new project by me.
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When I was building triple changer Broadside back in 2019, I wondered... "Things could be 10 times easier if there's only one alternate mode involved instead of two. " And between an aircraft carrier vs a jet fighter mode... I actually preferred the former. Maybe it's because an aircraft carrier mode is a rarity in the world of Transformers*
*the ratio is skewed disproportionately in favor of jet planes. There's probably 30 official jet fighter transformers for every one aircraft carrier equivalent.
Few months ago (around April 2022) , I took the opportunity to start the project: making a Transformer that turns into (just) an aircraft carrier mode.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
I have been honing my building skills with many complicated designs over the years. And they usually came with tradeoffs in the aesthetics department. Looking back, I was perplexed too, especially when I finally produce videos on them , requiring me to transform these complicated specimens (ouch..!) from one mode to another, and another!
This time.. I have decided to keep everything simple in terms of engineering. Hopefully this change in design paradigm can allow me to focus on the making the alternate/ ship mode to be as realistic as possible.
Just like my LEGO Broadside, I took
heavy inspiration from USS Nimitz Aircraft carrier.
To keep the ship upright on the surface from tilting, I have implemented a pair of (retractable) stilts in front of it, to align with the big rudders at the back.