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there are probably some builders here who don't have much experience with pirate ships,
This contest is the perfect way to get some, try building one, if it's not good, try again, the main reason why I started this contest is because I want to see pirate ships of ALL kinds with different building techniques
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| January 2, 2009, 4:52 pm
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Great idea! I like creative ships not really the trying to be historically accurate ones. So this is a great place to help those trying to learn.
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| January 2, 2009, 7:01 pm
thanks sebeus you put on exactly what i wanted a place to get ideas and tips (cause i need a lot of em)
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| January 3, 2009, 11:48 am
Quoting ElMateo the Awesomeness
thanks sebeus you put on exactly what i wanted a place to get ideas and tips (cause i need a lot of em)

Same. The only ships I've ever built were my elven warship and my entry to the lego castle ship building challenge.
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| January 4, 2009, 8:18 pm
so..... I have a on something. Do you guys usually build with these type of bricks: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=BrickMiner&itemID=12204329 or just regular bricks?
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| January 4, 2009, 8:21 pm
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Quoting abby k
so..... I have a on something. Do you guys usually build with these type of bricks: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=BrickMiner&itemID=12204329 or just regular bricks?


is that the hull from the new pirate ship ? I use old hull pieces
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| January 5, 2009, 12:01 pm
I don't know. I just looked for one of those types of pieces

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| January 5, 2009, 4:03 pm
all i know now about ship building is that for a good one you need the actual large ship parts or A LOT ot inverted slope bricks. The actual ship parts are good for an easy start and saves you those slope bricks for later. But if you dare to be different you use inverted slopes. A lot of them and some other secret ideas of mine... But all in all its my favorate catagory, and now im begining to get what i need for it.
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| January 7, 2009, 5:48 pm
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I used normal building bricks for the hull a long time ago, and it looked pretty good actually...from a distance...
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| January 8, 2009, 1:25 pm
How do you get ideas for ships?
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| January 10, 2009, 6:24 pm
Search with google some ships pics. Even on wikipedia you have some intesresting atricles, with plan. It is important to see how much sails or their shapes in order to your ship become realist.
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| January 11, 2009, 3:47 am
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Quoting ElMateo the Awesomeness
How do you get ideas for ships?


I just made a ship tutorial on my page it will help. Also check out some pirate books from the library, watch pirate movies and look at other lego pirate ships.
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| January 11, 2009, 10:39 am
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yes, paul has very good tutorials, if you don't know how to start building a ship you should definitely check out his tutorials. those pages would have been a great help for me if they excisted 2 years ago (when I started building pirateships)
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| January 12, 2009, 11:33 am
My ship is Done! It took me forever! about 5 hours! (I have a short attention span so that is like two centuries for me)please check it out. Pce out
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| January 21, 2009, 5:49 pm
I'm adding furniture to the interior of the Sirius. Does anyone know of a builder who builds Lego furniture? Hopefully my shipment of parts should arrive sometime this week , so I can continue construction.
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| March 15, 2009, 2:24 am
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Quoting Admiral Rodgers
I'm adding furniture to the interior of the Sirius. Does anyone know of a builder who builds Lego furniture? Hopefully my shipment of parts should arrive sometime this week , so I can continue construction.

aha, furniture, I usually build some furniture in my ships, like a sofa and a piano, my imperial battleship has a nice sofa http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/78835

and the Shadow and Flying Dutchman have a piano


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| March 15, 2009, 7:03 am
I'm getting REALLY impatient with the construction of the Sirius. I thought I could attempt a custom stern and bow, because other than those pieces I have every thing I need. Do you think it is worth risking building custom pieces as vital as that? btw I found on ClassicPirates.com a tutorial for rigging! {I'm using this on the Sirius}
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| March 28, 2009, 3:48 am
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I'm not very experienced in building costum hulls,
but I've seen mocs whith nice costum hulls, it's possible
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| March 30, 2009, 5:05 pm
I finally uploaded The Blood Dragon. A sloop, so feel free to comment!
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| April 2, 2009, 11:33 pm
can the ships be modern pirate or old school pirate?
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| April 24, 2010, 5:00 pm
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Quoting Hans Von Huffel
can the ships be modern pirate or old school pirate?

well, they have to be sailing ships,
but if you mean the new pirate theme or old, both are ok (or a combination ? )
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| April 26, 2010, 5:45 pm
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Does anyone know of some good places to buy old hull pieces, I only have hull pieces from a Viking ship and I tried making a ship out of them. It didn't work too well.....
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| July 25, 2011, 11:00 am
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Quoting Ben King
Does anyone know of some good places to buy old hull pieces, I only have hull pieces from a Viking ship and I tried making a ship out of them. It didn't work too well.....

Bricklink would be a place, but those old hull pieces are usually expensive, especially the small ones.
I got all of my old hulls by buying of second hand ships.
Some people say e-bay is a good place as well but personally I don't like the bidding system. I rather just contact the seller and agree on a price.
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| July 25, 2011, 4:33 pm
Quoting Sebeus I
Bricklink would be a place, but those old hull pieces are usually expensive, especially the small ones.
I got all of my old hulls by buying of second hand ships.
Some people say e-bay is a good place as well but personally I don't like the bidding system. I rather just contact the seller and agree on a price.


Ebay is really bad. Use Bricklink, best and biggest Lego marketplace.

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| July 25, 2011, 5:02 pm
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Quoting Sebeus I
Bricklink would be a place, but those old hull pieces are usually expensive, especially the small ones.
I got all of my old hulls by buying of second hand ships.
Some people say e-bay is a good place as well but personally I don't like the bidding system. I rather just contact the seller and agree on a price.


I am not a fan of the bidding system either. I just looked at bricklink site and I couldn't find hull pieces. Do you know the Piece numbers of any of the Hull Pieces( old or new ) ? If not I'll try to find them on bricklink or another site. Thanks for the suggestion!
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| July 25, 2011, 6:11 pm
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Never mind, I found the hull pieces on bricklink.
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| July 25, 2011, 6:21 pm
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ah, ok.
Btw, have you noticed that midsection hulls are more expensive than bows and sterns ?
but since you have a viking ship you must have some midsections already I guess.
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| July 26, 2011, 3:53 am
Sebeus I, being you a very skilled ship builder and also active here on MOC pages, I would like to have your opinion in one matter, because I trust it.

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=58075

I guess you already knew this kind of hull building. Do you think it worth the effort and the money to make custom hulls or use Lego R own parts?
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| July 26, 2011, 5:03 am
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Quoting Sebeus I
ah, ok.
Btw, have you noticed that midsection hulls are more expensive than bows and sterns ?
but since you have a viking ship you must have some midsections already I guess.


Yes, I have noticed that and I thought that was strange considering that it seems like the bow and stern would be more important. Also I was wondering what the difference between old and new hull pieces is, because it seems like most people prefer the old ones.
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| July 26, 2011, 9:12 am
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The old hull consist out of a bow, midsections and a stern.
the new ones use the same part for bow and stern.
A lot of people (including me) prefer the old ones because the stern looks much more realistic and authentic to a real sailing ship.

The old bow part also has two holes in it, some like that others don't.

Despite lacking accuracy the new hull pieces do have some advantages as well,
bow and "bow" (stern) both come in two pieces which enables different designs
I got a good example here
http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?s=feab8ec99599048e2081554d9d22762e&showtopic=57764
(notice how the builder only used the bottom part on the stern)
Further more the new hulls are less massive which allows you to build closer to bow and stern, to increase the broadside for example.
When you use the old hull pieces you'll notice you can practically only place cannons on the midsections (for a regular ship)

As you see Both old and new have their advantages.
I'd like to combine a new bow piece with an old stern piece but there doesn't excist an perfect color match, new hulls don't come in old brown unfortunatly.
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| July 26, 2011, 9:33 am
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I may get old pieces depending on how much they cost, on bricklink how do I tell the old bow from the new? I can already tell the sterns apart because of the holes.
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| July 26, 2011, 9:56 am
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Quoting Ben King
I may get old pieces depending on how much they cost, on bricklink how do I tell the old bow from the new? I can already tell the sterns apart because of the holes.

the old bow piece also has holes, square holes, on in each side
here's a link to verify
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=8&itemID=52723
Also an old bow piece is one part and comes in brown or red,

new hulls only come in REDDISH brown or DARK brown
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| July 26, 2011, 10:32 am
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Quoting Frank Brick Wright
Sebeus I, being you a very skilled ship builder and also active here on MOC pages, I would like to have your opinion in one matter, because I trust it.

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=58075

I guess you already knew this kind of hull building. Do you think it worth the effort and the money to make custom hulls or use Lego R own parts?


I see this builder makes a seperate "skeleton" and "Shell"
I advise you not to use that kind of skeleton, it's not very steady and takes a lot of space in the interior, the "shell" alone would be fine (and steady enough I think).

Now this kind of ship building is very demanding, not only you need lots of parts but it takes a lot of planning as well. Before you order any parts you must have some kind of plan, a lot of builders use a reference such as a certain type of ship they intend to make and look up some pictures, drawings and other info.
Usually there's a lot of preperation as well, such as early designs in LDD but also real bricks constructions.
Mostly there's need of more parts during the build, it's difficult to predict how much and which parts exactly you will need.

But, if it does work out the result is great, this kind of shipbuilding offers more accuracy, detail flexibilty than any prefab hull ship could possibly achieve.

Keep in mind that preparation is a most important factor to succeed in this kind of ship building.

now ofcourse it depends on how big you're going to build as well.
If you mean to build a ship about the size of your previously built ships I think it's worth the effort if you try out some constructions for stern and bow first (the difficult parts of a costum hull) first.
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| July 26, 2011, 10:52 am
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Quoting Sebeus I
the old bow piece also has holes, square holes, on in each side
here's a link to verify
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=8&itemID=52723
Also an old bow piece is one part and comes in brown or red,

new hulls only come in REDDISH brown or DARK brown


So this is a old stern, right?
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=52720&colorID=8
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| July 26, 2011, 11:14 am
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Quoting Ben King

Before I buy it, I was wondering if this is the old stern piece.
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=52720&colorID=8


Yep that's the one, the prices seem all right, they used to be a lot higher.
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| July 26, 2011, 12:29 pm
Quoting Sebeus I

I see this builder makes a seperate "skeleton" and "Shell"
I advise you not to use that kind of skeleton, it's not very steady and takes a lot of space in the interior, the "shell" alone would be fine (and steady enough I think).

Now this kind of ship building is very demanding, not only you need lots of parts but it takes a lot of planning as well. Before you order any parts you must have some kind of plan, a lot of builders use a reference such as a certain type of ship they intend to make and look up some pictures, drawings and other info.
Usually there's a lot of preperation as well, such as early designs in LDD but also real bricks constructions.
Mostly there's need of more parts during the build, it's difficult to predict how much and which parts exactly you will need.

But, if it does work out the result is great, this kind of shipbuilding offers more accuracy, detail flexibilty than any prefab hull ship could possibly achieve.

Keep in mind that preparation is a most important factor to succeed in this kind of ship building.

now ofcourse it depends on how big you're going to build as well.
If you mean to build a ship about the size of your previously built ships I think it's worth the effort if you try out some constructions for stern and bow first (the difficult parts of a costum hull) first.


Thanks for your reply! I understood your point: prepare myself and carefully plan the construction because it will require a lot of parts. :D Thanks again

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| July 26, 2011, 5:20 pm
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well my big problem in building ships, is, i never have the right bricks....i have alot of the old-coler bricks, but ships does look a lot better in the new colers.....well but besides that, i have an idea for a ship, the name shall be the landlubber, imagine a lego ship, BUT!! with 2 mill wheels (from the new POTC mill) on each side, (a total of 4 wheels)
ive done some scale experiments and so on and it could work, my only problem is i dont have the bricks for it..... so if any of you can use my idea for something then use it, (but please give me the credit for the idea )
so now we will see who is the first to make it real, me or one of you,
goodluck to you all
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| December 23, 2011, 9:31 am
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Well, I'm not really into mill powered ships right now :P
but the Idea is cool.
in some cases old colors are better,
Personally I'm a big fan of the old brown, compared to the new it feels so much more valuable and authentic but I suppose that's just a matter of opinion.
On my flying dutchman I'm working with old gray, mainly because I have a lot bricks in that color but also because they are old bricks that don't reflect light very much, compared to the smooth surface of a bright new brick :P
Besides, I don't think the blueish gray combines well with the dark tan.

Maybe I'm just nostalgic about the old colors :P

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| December 25, 2011, 6:38 am
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i know what you mean, and some case's then i agree with the light reflection, and yes its a matter of opnion, and somewhere im alittle mad at lego becuase of the new colers, then the new colers dosent fit with your old bricks that most people haves alot more of, hehe
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| December 25, 2011, 9:01 am
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Quoting Sebeus I
Well, I'm not really into mill powered ships right now :P
but the Idea is cool.
in some cases old colors are better,
Personally I'm a big fan of the old brown, compared to the new it feels so much more valuable and authentic but I suppose that's just a matter of opinion.
On my flying dutchman I'm working with old gray, mainly because I have a lot bricks in that color but also because they are old bricks that don't reflect light very much, compared to the smooth surface of a bright new brick :P
Besides, I don't think the blueish gray combines well with the dark tan.

Maybe I'm just nostalgic about the old colors :P

I like the old brown too, but I think mixing the new and old can create a nice look in some cases. An example would be making wooden floor, combining the two makes it look very real. BTW, I got the black pearl set. I'm building it now, Finally got some hull pieces, I still need to get some more for my upcoming ship. Do celebrate christmas? if so, did you get any legos?
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| December 25, 2011, 10:31 am
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Quoting Ben King
I like the old brown too, but I think mixing the new and old can create a nice look in some cases. An example would be making wooden floor, combining the two makes it look very real. BTW, I got the black pearl set. I'm building it now, Finally got some hull pieces, I still need to get some more for my upcoming ship. Do celebrate christmas? if so, did you get any legos?


Ah you got the pearl, very nice,
I do celebrate christmas but there aren't really much presents, family visits, talking at the fireplace, nice diner :)
But this time of the year is also a stressful one for me, I have exams in januari and I must do a lot of study, no lego for the moment :c
But when I (succesfully) finish my exams I'll buy myself something nice.
I'm looking forward to see what ships you'll post.
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| December 25, 2011, 10:55 am
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well i didnt got any lego's for christmas either, but, i got some money to buy the lego that i want hehe, so that couts aswell. i have to get a black pearl soon, but i wait to febuery or something like that or january becasue many people dont like there presents and then they sell it cheap online, and then i strike. merry christmas to you all
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| December 25, 2011, 11:00 am
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aha, clever strategy, I might consider waiting for the official Flying Dutchman with spending my money but it's very possible I won't like the set.

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| December 25, 2011, 11:35 am
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well we dont even know if they actualy makes one, but i properly wont like it either, i just hate lego for screwing the most waited POTC set ever the black pearl, they could make a collectors edition, a accurate one, we can only hope =)
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| December 25, 2011, 11:49 am
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Yeah, they could have done a better job, it's so commercial, they want to sell. Especially the licensed themes. I miss the great old themes, adventurers, western, orient expedition and ofcourse teh classic pirate line.
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| December 25, 2011, 2:01 pm
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Quoting Sebeus I
Yeah, they could have done a better job, it's so commercial, they want to sell. Especially the licensed themes. I miss the great old themes, adventurers, western, orient expedition and ofcourse teh classic pirate line.

I miss them too. I wasn't really around for the majority of them, but all the pictures I've seen look awesome.
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| December 25, 2011, 4:07 pm
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I've been given an offer to buy a Skull's Eye Schooner
(http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6286)
But I can't make up my mind yet if I should or shouldn't buy it.
After all, I already have one :O
but it's such a nice ship :P
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| December 27, 2011, 1:52 pm
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well the price is okay for that ship 126 $ is still alot of money.....but yea its a nice ship....if i where you i would buy a pearl insted
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| December 27, 2011, 2:31 pm
The price is very good. If you want the ship then get it. In my opinion, get the Black Pearl set only if you can modify it.
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| December 27, 2011, 2:55 pm
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Oh but that's not the price I would buy it for, the link was just to show what set ship I mean.
I haven't discussed the price yet, I need to see a picture of the actual ship , its condition, old sets like that can be very discolored when being exposed to sunlight for a long time
Either way, 100 euro is my standard for a fully complete good as new Skull's Eye Schooner.
Usually the condition of offered pirate ships is not so good so price goes down.
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| December 27, 2011, 5:31 pm
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