Sorry to bump this topic, but I see too much hate towards the BB here and it doesn't seem fair to me. I have recently built both ships. Also, I am biased towards ships which were released after 1993 (SES, RR), so I think I am able to make a fair comparison.
I think many of the people criticising the colour scheme of the BB, do not actually have the set. I used to criticise new Lego colours before owning this set. BB has a superb colour scheme, elegant and realistic. I don't think that dark tan, dark red, brown and black, are more childish than bright yellow, red and white. They are also nicely matched and the overall visual experience is better than the BSB. Not to mention the new cannons, minifigs and the superb blue boat. +BB
The construction of the BSB is better indeed and the overall shape looks slightly more realistic. Space is actually used on the hull (+there is an extra piece). However, it doesn't seem to be used wisely to me. It would have been very easy to place 4 cannons on each side and still have storage space and other nice elements. BBs hull is quite empty though, so not much to say here. +BSB
The cabin of the BB looks much better and more realistic to me, there is more space inside (easy to place some furniture), there are more windows (more light coming through) and the cross swords on the back are a nice detail. I also prefer the new doors because they have windows, but the old ones look good too.+BB
The rigging/masts are better on the BSB, can't argue. +BSB
The sails are ugly on both ships in my opinion. Yes, the skulls on the BB are awful, but I don't think that replacing those sails with regular ones (or rolling them) makes the ship a MOC (so the comparison would still be fair). ==
Finally, I believe that both would be quite weak in a battle because they only have 2 cannons on a side. ==
So we have equal score, but with a very small investment and some patience, I think that BB can be improved to beat the BSB on every aspect. These changes would not be significant enough to make it a different ship and I intend to a add topic on this at some point. Anyway, my vote goes for the BB.
Edited by Cristian I., 02 April 2012 - 03:03 AM.