I'd like to share my first megastructure built in SMP. Everything is legit. I actually started it pre-biomes and work on it off and on up until now. It is a 1:1 scale replica of the IJNS Yamato. I was inspired by or rather felt challenged by a youtube vid of someone making the Bismark. The tower, chimney portion of the ship is about 3m or so ahead of where it should be. I assume I made that mistake due to rounding errors when measuring everything. The inside is still no where near complete and I still have to build everything below the waterline but it still looks neat. Once I get around to it, I'll make a video tour on youtube.
I used MS Paint to cut out the scale, made it a 10 m scale and then copy pasted it all over the place to measure everything. Towards the end of the build I used photoshop, which has a measure tool, to measure everything.
That's incredible. Makes me want to download your map and walk around that ship. Also makes me want to rewatch my Star Blazers DVD's. You should make the Space Battleship Yamato (otherwise known as the Argo in USA) right next to it!
uumh... you might wanna make that bridge higher else your battleship is never gonna see any battle :tongue.gif:
on topic this is an amazing and very faithfull recreation and i would like to know in detail how you planned it all out
(especially since i might make a starcraft hyperion replication) :smile.gif:
Well, I scowered the internet for a scale pic of the Yamato, and it turns out Wikipedia had the best one. The scale was a bit odd, 1 length = 13m. Iinitially used MS paint and counted pixels to split it into 1m divisions but I recommend using any program that has a measure tool where you can change the units, ie. 13 pixels = 1 block. Towards the end I used photoshop with it's measure tool.
First thing I did was find a stretch of water deep enough based off simple measurements from the waterline. I don't imagine you'll have that issue with the Hyperion :tongue.gif:.
Next, I measured out the longitudinal axis of the ship and placed the blocks for it and placed torches as a marker for the middle which happened to be the front of the tower for this ship. Just mark off any central point that you can build off.
Then I measured ship's width to the nearest ODD meter. It is important that it is an odd number otherwise you won't have a block that is the true centre of the ship. You can do it with an even number but I don't recommend it when you are trying to make something symmetrical. I used the same rounding to the nearest odd meter for anything that is symetrical on the ship, about the centre, circles, etc. even though it might not quite be to scale.
Then on one side I measured the width, this is where having a ruler image you can drag around, ie. that scale you made into nice even 1 m spacing, comes in handy. As soon as the total width dropped by 2 m, or the half width by 1, I narrowed the ship by 1 m on either side. I just did the one side first as I could just mirror it later.
Now I had an outline of the ship and some scaffolding to run on. Luckily for me, as you go up from the water level the ship does not narrow more than 1m/block so I just made it go straight up. The bow took a while to get it looking right. Seen as I only had a 2 view diagram of the ship I used the side on view to get the shape of the very tip of the bow. The shading of the bow in the side on view shows more or less the curve of the bow which you can measure and mark off. You have to play with it a bit until it looks right. I did it on one side again and mirrored it. If you can get a full 3-view scale drawing, that is ideal and you can make out the measurements of 98% of the object. I had only two, so I had to play with it for a while. I had the same issue where I made the lifeboats. They hang where the ship narrows at the stern but the deck hides this in the top down view so that area is probably not that close to scale but good enough.
All that gives you the overall shape of the ship. Features are then added based on that central marker you made. You just have to pick the point you want it to be relative too. I built the main guns at first because they all had to be the same and specific distances from my reference point. Also they are relatively simple shapes compared to the tower and smoke stack. So they are more easily referenced from.
Something I noticed was that the ship only has like 2 or 3 blocks below the waterline, that isn't right.... but it's real nice though, good job. Is there any chance I can receive a schematic for this please?