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MOC Feature: Littoral Mission Vessel – Singapore Navy

First I’ll start off by saying, Happy National day to all Singaporeans! Our country just turned 52 years old and this year also marks the Navy’s 50th anniversary.

I wanted to build something cool for this special occasion, so I asked my Navy friend and he said why not an LMV? Sure I said, not knowing what that was. And so the research began.

For those who aren’t aware, the Littoral Mission Vessel is the latest addition to the RSN(Republic of Singapore Navy) and what a ship it is. The first of it’s class, the RSS Independence was commissioned on 5th May 2017 and will eventually replace the older Patrol Vessel models.

Now for the fun facts. Measuring 80 metres in length, the LMV operates on a lean crew of only 23 personnel. It’s meant for patrolling but can be outfitted for disaster relief, surveillance and countermeasure operations among other things. It also has a top speed of 27 knots and a range of 3500 nautical miles, whatever that means.

The big phallic looking thing on top is a Thales NS100 3D Surveillance Radar and it also comes with a Stelop Compass and a Stelop 360 All-Round Surveillance System. Why does it need two surveillance things? Beats me man.

The vessel is equipped with an Oto Melara 76mm Gun, Rafael 25mm Typhoon Gun, Water Cannons, Oto Melara 12.7mm Hitrole Gun and MBDA MICA Anti-Air/Anti Missile Missile system. Man that was a mouth full.

It also has a flight deck capable of landing medium lift aircraft, so I build a small Apache to land there. Just look at that cute little thing.

At the back of the ship, two RHIB’s(Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) are ready for launch, to help with any security incidents or drowning surfers, or which there are none in Singapore.

Hope you enjoyed my build as much as I enjoyed building it. If you are interested in pre-ordering this, please send me an email =) Cheers

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MOC Feature: Singapore National Stadium

Recently I participated in the #buildamazingsg contest, in which participants had to build a place in Singapore which they found amazing and had a connection with. I saw a lot of Marina Bay sands builds, Merlion, playgrounds and overall plenty of creativity being on display. I love these kind of contests because it brings out something in all of us builders. I wanted to build something that doesn’t exist anymore, but was a part of our sporting history and that is none other than the old National Stadium that once stood at Kallang. Here’s a short write up about it by my friend:

The Fortress that inspires Legacy

My grandfather once told me the best memory you can savour of a place is when you recall instinctively the smell of the location.

An avid lover of nature and sports, the National Stadium at Kallang gave him some of life’s greatest joys. In 1973, it was there where he witnessed the opening ceremony of the 7th SEA Games. Built just two months before the event, it ushered a new dawn of promise and purpose to a nation that’s never had a place to house so many before. Ten years later, he was back at the stadium to witness opening ceremony of ’83 Games. Only this time, he brought his son along. I then became the latest addition to the family triumvirate to witness the gathering of Southeast Asia’s finest sporting talents. By then, the stadium grew to become the Lions’ cauldron. Thousands gather to trigger waves across the arena, inspiring our team while intimidating the opponents. Yet through all the battles, beyond the residues of anticipation, it was the scent of the grass that endeared my grandfather most to the place. Below is his tribute to the National Stadium.

Alone I walk into the stands
Waiting patiently for others to join as fans.
It is not mere grass that is on show
This is the field where we beat our foe.
Savour the smell
For only you can tell
how we all built endless waves
to strike fear even amongst the brave.
These are the stories
that we should always cherish
of how valiantly our team fought on the grass
And let us remember of their true class.

You can take a picture or a film and share it with others. But only your nose can capture the smell of a place. And that experience is uniquely yours. You own that moment and it stays with you forever. Three generations of my family have been humbled to have been able to enter the National Stadium. To my family, it will always be remembered as our Kallang fortress, always the pride of Singapore.

Build by Justin Chua
Words by Mohammed Abdullah

The front entrance to the stadium

Top view of the stadium, football field in the centre