Flying Dutchman . Last update= 11/12/2013
De Vliegende Hollander
Hollandais Volant .
Davy Jones' ghost ship as seen in Pirates of the caribbean Dead Man's Chest and At Worlds End.
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Apart from the rigging this is 100% LEGOĻ
It took me around a year to design, plan and construct this ship,
The Flying Dutchman engaging into battle with the Spanish Galleon
( 21 april 2012 : BrickMania Wetteren )
The Flying Dutchman in the middle of a grand Pirate Layout
( 5 May 2013 : BrickMania Wetteren )
The Flying Dutchman is a galleon with two gun decks accommodating 38 cannons (20+18). The weather deck has various spots suitable for additional smaller guns. In the movie (Dead Man's Chest and At World's End) the Flying Dutchman has a total of 52 cannons and on top of that the famous triple barreled chaser guns in the bow. It is suspected that the Dutchman has stern chasers as well but there's no visual material to support.
If you are not familiar with the Flying Dutchman you're looking at a strange ship I assume. The main thing you should know about the Dutchman is that she's a ghostship, haunted by the curse of her captain.
(for more background info visit Wiki)
Now some pictures, with a total length of 129 studs (slightly more than a meter) it was not easy to get a clean background.
Important aspect: this is a waterline model which means only that part of the ship is built which is not submerged (under normal conditions). Because of that this ship doesn't feature a hold but the advantage is that it's a great set for display as it can be placed directly on a blue surface.
The max width is 26 studs and can be measured at the waterline near the forecastle.
I must say that she looks less bulky in the pictures than she does in real. She may look narrow to you while she isn't really.
Following is a picture of the real thing, the floating barge I based most of my design on, I heard it was dismantled a while ago, people could visit the ship at Castaway Cay as part of a Disney cruise. I would have loved to see it for real...
I also made a video but It's very dark (I filmed at bright daylight and yet...)
I warn you, I'm a MOCer, not a moviemaker :S
I'll try to make a new video when I get in possession of a better camera.
The port side of the ship is open to view the interior. Interesting fact; the real ship they used for the movies was also open at the port side.
The stern is probably the most detailed section, while the decorations don't match those in the movie they do add to the typical appearance of the legendary ship .
Yet it is not very faithful to the movie, I kind of gave it my own interpretation.
There used to be more on it though, I was short on dk green vine pieces for my cannon ports so I took some off the stern. As soon as I get more of them I'll recover the stern to its former glory.
Now time for some onboard pictures:
Poop deck (yes I said poop -_- ).
Waist (uncovered part of the upper deck with gangways).
Entrance to the cabin, on a historically accurate ship the steering mechanism should be located behind those doors and a gap/window between them. There would not be a steering wheel but a long pole connecting to the tiller (which is the extension of the rudder inside the ship), the so called whipstaff.
Captain at the wheel.
I made two longboats though they can't be seen in the movies (except for the one W. Turner escapes in). Even the crew doesn't use them, they rather swim to land. I haven't been able to spot their location when stored on the ship, I assumed the waist was the most logical place (allthough they aren't there in the movie).
Time for the interior, the port side of the ship is open, one can easely view the interior that way. The main reason was to save parts though. Interesting fact: the real flying dutchman barge has this side also open and when you think about it, there's not a single scene in the movies where the port side of the ship is clearly visible so on that matter it's actually even more accurate to leave it open :P.
The upper gun deck, you can see the tiller (connects to the rudder).
This deck also gives access to the lower galleries which lead to the lower balcony.
A ship with double galleries is very uncommon, it's not made up though, the Dutchman was inspired by the Vasa which was a Swedish warship from around the early 17th century, The only known ship to have this uncommon characteristic.
The captain's quarters, where Davy Jones plays the organ.
There's a total of 3 stairs on the upper gun deck.
Two of them go further into the lower gun deck.
a view from under the forecastle.
The lower gun deck, pretty wide, this is where the heavy cannons are placed
Good old Wyvern, he should actually be on the upper gun deck but there was more place here.
Since it's fundamentally impossible to build an accurate replica of the Flying Dutchman *(see below) I figured I could allow myself some more flexibility in the design.
There are so many things I could show pictures but I reduced this page to a max.
for interested: the crew
It's difficult to say how many pieces are in this ship, It weights 4,2 kg and is over 1 meter long.
It's difficult to say how long I worked on this, I played with the Idea of building a new Flying Dutchman since about 1 year ago.
This is my biggest ship so far, it is considerabely larger than my previous biggest ship (the Black Pearl) and it will probably remain the biggest as I don't intend to make any big ships soon. One day perhaps, a Ship-of-the-line, it's a dream.
This was it, I hope this time my permanent shelf will live up to its name.
I became a real geek considering POTC movies, I watched them, no I studied them several times to look for details I might have overseen. I'm pretty much the Flying Dutchman expert now :P
For the interested, here (brickshelf) are some WIP pictures.
*There are several scenes in the movie that contradicts certain locations and interiors in the Flying Dutchman, this made it impossible to make a fully faithfull replica. I decided to go for the more realistic way which resulted in the nicer decks but also reduced the captain's quarter in size, in the movie it has the height of two decks.
Medals and prizes:
Blogged on the Eurobricks Frontpage
Nominated and won an honorable MOCie Award in 2012
Supported by BrickQueen
Thank you BrickQueen :)
Appearently it also won some kind of award...
I just love my username :) . . . :O quiet Flare!
Support this at Lego Ideas, the ship as it is now might not be a sell-able set but it could bring us a step closer to an official Flying Dutchman after all
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I recorded the building proces at Eurobricks ( WIP tread )
This final version was also posted there ( Eurobricks ).
Furthermore, (almost) all images taken from the Flying Dutchman can be found in my brickshelf gallery.