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  1. DonRamon1981

    Printing and laser cutting replacement cloth sails

    Made a new pic of the BSB where you can see the sails closer. I bought them online and they pretty look like the one he is doing here. They are very nice quality
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    My first Pirate Moc

    Hello all... I like to share my first adult built pirate moc, I call it my first as it is my first Pirate Moc for more than 25 years. As I made the Bountys to red coat ships, they have now 4 with the two Flagships, the Black Seas Barracuda as a Blue Coat Ship, and the cargo moc, I had to build a big Pirate ship for my son. This is the final version as I changed it over the past. Never been satisfied until now so I will share it to know how you like it. Maybe you got some ideas of improvement. I build it just of my castle and Lego city and pirate parts of the 80s, he carrebean clippers I had and just the fence and windows as new bought parts for cents, and the Sails for just 15 Euro. I took some ideas off the Big Flagship and the Black Pearl to design it my own way, and added a bed inside the cabin cause never saw one inside the official lego ships. Here it is:
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    My first Pirate Moc

    My son wanted the red sails badly so we changed it again. Not the ship itself just the front and masts / sails. That's the end product of my son's improvements to the ship: The inside area wasn't changed at all: Compared to the other sails... I made a good ship but my son made it look excellent. 😁
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    Printing and laser cutting replacement cloth sails

    They look great and I think all my new aquired sails like the Carribean clipper 2x for my BSB (Blue Coat) and my Pirate Moc are exactly that kind of sails. The burn marks on the sides are really barely to see when you play or display them on the ships. The colours are even better brighter deeper than in the original ones, see my blue coat BSB here:
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    Imperial Guards: Bluecoat and redcoat uniforms

    The British Red Coats look really like Lego Figures as real humans.
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    My first Pirate Moc

    Thanks a lot. I am receiving a lot of compliments on that stern I build. I used my old hull ends from the carribean clipper for that ship and hat the idea of the windows because of all that ships I watched at the battle of Trafalgar. I have another idea to modify it, will try that out in my blue coat ship project for January. They all have to be playable, because my son love the ships and sometimes we play 8 hours nonstop at the weekend when we are at my flat in North Berlin. When we are in the other flat, were we are 90% of the time, there he have his second love: lego train. He got his first couple of days ago at his 5th birthday, he loves that more than ships. But I haven't the same passion as I never owned trains in Lego. But I play the same time with him doesn't matter what and how. But my love stays with the Pirates theme. His too as we wanted to have something like a pirate gold rush at his birthday. A treasure with golf coins (chocolate inside) was made for him. So we will definitely be back there making ships. Will try to take some design elements from admirals eagle and add my own ones and the idea to variate that stern I made for the pirates. It won't be big like the 2010 Flagship as he have trouble to play it because of his age and the size of the ship. His favourite size are the bounties that's why the pirates received the same size. And I also think the next blue coat will get this handable size for him. Long term I really want to make another big Flagship for the Blue Coats, as the BSB is their Flagship since 1989 already - receiving new sails and crew recently. Another long term project would be a base for the red coats. But that comes way after the ships.
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    My first Pirate Moc

    That's exactly what I will do next thanks. Use my parts that I still have left buy new parts that I can build a second blue coat ship beside my BSB. It will take a while because I don't have really enough time before new years, but I like the idea of mixing design elements from one of the most beautiful ships I have ever seen, the Admirals Eagle. Thanks!
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    Hello from Berlin

    Hello, I am 37 years old now, born in Poland, raised in Germany with my family in Canada... I was 8 years old when the first ever pirate theme came out in 1989, and I was immediately in love. But because I was a fan of history I didn't like the fact that the pirates had unrealistic big ships and the soldiers, who in real life had the big ships, had smaller ones. So I wished for birthday and Christmas for lego pirates. And I get me two Caribbean clippersjust to make the black seas barracuda a blue coat ship. Until today it is my blue coat flag ship (we play it because of the fleur de lis on the flag as french) and one of my all time favourites. I just bought some new sails and minifigs to update it. I also updated my red coat (british) soldiers by adding to the small flagship the big one from 2010 and changed the two bounties to red coat ships. My son loves to play the British fleet. We added a custom made cargo ship and a pirate one. Instead if rebuilding my Rennegade Runner (historically the most realistic pirate ship and the last pirate ship in my childhood after I did not like the Skulls Eye Schooner because of the terrible colour scheme and that doors to the cabin that looked like taken from a farm from lego duplo...) I made a bigger pirate ship for my son. Makes it my fleet to 7 ships and Eldorado Fortress (with some black parts as I did not find the white ones anymore after almost 30 years...) my son is 5 and loves to play it and then I am a child again and play with him. I liked a lot of moc ships, as I like it realistic I like the soldier mocs most, as I still don't like that wrong romantic idea of big Pirate ships like in Lego mostly released or in POTC. So as a AFOL Pirates (just that... my son got a lego train as well and a lot of tracks and I play with him that too, but as I never owned a lego train my heart belongs to the pirate theme).
  9. It depends what you like. I would not givea cent to one of the most unrealistic and ugliest ships ever made what are the Skulls Eye Schooner and Red Beards Runner; along with the Crossbone Clipper topping the ugly scale of him realistic colour schemes and very ugly design elements I would never take a second and always would go for one of the most beautiful ships ever, the Black Seas Barracuda. That's my point and my opinion. If you can grab more money the Big Imperial Flagship is the best one you can buy but also the most expensive one. I know a lo of lego fans like that SES so it depends on what you like. But don't worry you will always find both at eBay
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    Spanish Colonial Outpost

    Looks pretty realistic and playable aswell. Like that one really much. It's a shame that the Spanish Armada end up as only faction without any kind of a real base, as they just had a single soldier on a one man mini building. The red coats had the Imperial Trading Post and the Blue Coats had Eldorado Fortress. The Islanders had a big base as had the pirates twice as the only faction to achieve that feat in Lego Pirates todate. And the Armada? As the only set a sad little man on a 1yard island. What a shame! Would like to see more of that builds like yours. Great job ;-)
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    Caribbean Flagship, or maybe Imperial Clipper?

    Wow I love it just the way it is. I think of updating my Imperial Flagship too, the original one like yours. And this is a real cool work that inspires myself. Thank you for sharing this here. Appreciate your work. I like the white details paired with black and red instead of blue, I did that already on my one replacing all blue with red and the two blue lights with black ones (swiped them with the BSB which is my blue coat flagship. Love the way you designed the back in white and the entrance. Angled like the back of other ships. You came up with a real new idea and build it great. Only thing I don't like is the door, I would use a different one as I don't like that "farm" looking doors on ships, like the SES have that too. But that's just my opinion and should not take any point off from the perfectly nice designed project ;-)
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    Lego Ottoman Army

    Impressive! Just what a big Imperial power deserves. Love that kind of love for the detail and history paired together, and you did it brilliantly here. Can't wait to see more pictures of what this project took you to
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    Hull Section

    Love this one. Looks pretty realistic with nice details. Great display of a ship part
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    Imperial Guards: Bluecoat and redcoat uniforms

    You named it Napoleaonic Era 1798 to 1815. Here are British uniforms by late 1690 and through the whole time 1720 while the golden era of pirates where lego put the theme timed in. long before the Danish copied it and other nations too by the way. They even look more similar to the lego ones than the Danish. The Danish from that era look way different...
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    Imperial Guards: Bluecoat and redcoat uniforms

    So it's official the the red coats represent the British by Lego itself with that sets like London Escape, but here is the fact that also the blue coats are British by Lego itself: The comic, released with the first wave 1989 with two mini figures. It's not only the name of the gouvernour, Broadside, but it's the place. He is the gouvernour of Port Royal, Jamaica, a then world wide known harbour for pirates tolerated by the British/English and ruled by England (from 1707 as Great Britain) as Jamaica was a British Colony until 1962. So Lego just made British and later Spanish (Armada/Conquistadores) factions. But as I like to play them as different nations I like them as French, it's funny that many use the tricolore for the French ships. The era lego refers itself for the pirates is 1690 to 1720, the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean. The French lost all their Norhern American colonies to Britian in the 7 year war later, the French still had the white flag with the golden fleur de lis on it. The tricolore was not the French flag until the revolution. And for those who think fleur de lis is just French: The English royal insignia are with fleur de lis too as it was a royal symbol not just a French one. ;-)
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    Blue Coat and Red Coat ship MODS

    Hello. I also turned my BSB into the blue coat flagship. Here is the picture, the Sails are new from eBay and contains royal blue instead of the lighter original one. And I think in my opinion the different sails of the Bounty I and II doesn't affect the great look of the Brick Bounty as a red coat ship. I turned both Bountys to red coat ships and they both look awesome in my opinion, for the Brickbeards Bounty I used the BSB Sails and combined the original flags of both ships for the Brick Bounty : But along with my original flagship and the big Flagship the red coats have a real cool fleet. And I know you don't like the price but the 10210 Big Imperial Flagship is worth it. I love the details and the look of that ship. Like most of the newer sets it really looks better in real life than On pictures. But I try to get them beautiful on camera. The older sets look great on every picture:-) don't know why is that but you can't even make a bad picture of the old ships... So decide what you like best and do it your way. I was thinking of Brickbeards Bounty as a Blue Coat Ship too, but as I had a big blue coat ship the BSB, I was kinda hard to get my own classic from my childhood that I made blue already in 1989, to a red coat one. So I did it with the BBB. Later, after the Big Imperial Ship and the Brick Bounty it was easy to give them all to the red coats as it fitsin a similar style and cabin design, so it looks nice together. I would love to see how you turned the BBB to a blue coat ship.
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    Imperial Guards: Bluecoat and redcoat uniforms

    ...Ah and Lego itself made the red coat British when Releasing London Escape, and other sets for Pirate of the Caribbean. LEGO took their red coats to represent London's/ British Army. I guess I can't read and it's Koppenhagen Escape and Gouvernour Jensen and Admiral Hansen. And the history I also read wrong as The Danish had the b8g empire with colonies ;-) ...ah and before I forgot. Even the Admirals Uniform look exactly like the real one from the famous Royal Navy Admirals along with their Hero Horatio Nelson.
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    Imperial Guards: Bluecoat and redcoat uniforms

    Danish makes no sense as 1. LEGO itself gave the gouvernour and admiral typical British names (Broadside and Woodhouse) and Imperial... the Danish never had an Colony Empire especially not in the Caribbean Area. And the red coats is British since 1648, they been called red coats for more than 3 centuries. But the strongest point about it was made by Lego itself giving them British Names. But you can play them how you want as I play my blue coats as french, or even American when my son's want it that way.
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    My first Pirate Moc

    Thanks. As you have way more experience in that, I saw a lot of great ships that made mine looking like a kid have build it ;-) so do you have some advices of improvement? I had almost every Castle Set from 86 to 89, along with that Pirates Stuff and Lego City and Space (it was all called just LEGOLAND in that time) I still have a lot of black and grey parts. My next project is to make a second blue coat ship. I would love the style somebody made called the Admirals Eagle. I love that ship I would by it in a heartbeat, sad that lego did never a blue coat one after the Caribbean Clipper. So my next Moc I will buy some parts and start the Blue Coat Ship that can pair with my Blue Coats Black Seas Barracuda. And as I also have the Eldorado Fortress it makes nice looking forces for the Blue Coats. I am thinking of white and blue Palisade Parts just like the Brown ones used in the Bounty 1 and 2 and the Flagship. Further I will need new Window Parts and some blue white sails or just white. I will start that one after my son's birthday and Christmas. Also the poor build Cargo Ship would need an update. I still have cannons, hull parts, but I am lack of window parts and good looking doors. Appreciate ideas for the from of the ship as I want to build that higher for the Blue Coat Ship, but failed already to fullfill my ideas for the pirate ship as you can see the front is the same level like the rest of the ship. I am not 100% happy with that. Due to lack of ideal parts you maybe can help me with ideas what kind of parts I can use to get it done. Not the way the Flagship is build at is fragile by playing it sometimes, and I want some stable ship that my son can play without needing to fix something everytime. My son wants a second blue coat ship so he will get that early 2019.
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    Battle of The Bountys

    Made some new pictures of it. I like it more and more by playing with my son. My favourite is still the big Imperial Flagship, but this one is a cute, nice vessel to play and display. In the beginning I was very sceptical of missing a rear hull part, same like the Black Pearl is build. But when I build it and look at it, it when looks more realistic than the others from the back.
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    Battle of The Bountys

    My winner from the side
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    Battle of The Bountys

    If you had ask me before I got my Brick Bounty I would always go for Brickbeards Bounty. What changed my mind is that the Brick Bounty looks way better in real life than On pictures. Both Ships was Red Coat Ships for my fleet from the first build up. The BBB was my second red coat ship after 20 years, teaming up with my 1992 Imperial Flagship that was the lonely red coat ship in that time. It looks really great with the Sails of the BSB and the same flag like the newer red coats. The cabin designs of all latest three lego ships a quite similar. So it made sense for me after getting the big Imperial Flagship to get the Brick Bounty and made it my fourth red coat ship. And boom! It looks that great as a red coat ship that I changed my mind. It becomes one of my all time favourites. The big Flagship is still the best as I didn't make any changes than adding soldiers. So my vote goes for BB as I really enjoy how the details and colours add up, the Sails looks really good.
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    Ranks and positions in the pirates theme.

    Some was still left out as the pirates hat already democratic organisation on the ship and just the captain and quartermaster earned more of the gold /money they robbed than the rest of the crew. All others got the same part. The captain, other than in Lego World, Hollywood and stuff, was elected and could be released of his duty any time the crew didn't want him no more. The pirate captains did not even had the command of the ships / and did NOT own them, the pirate captains had just command of the ship during battle. Most pirates did not been captains for more than 3 to 5 years after that they being released by their crew or, what was usually the pirates destiny: killed and sunk by soldiers smaller ships. Big war ships did not catch pirates. In real world 99,9 of the pirate ships were sloops without any cannons or just small caliber ones. They had zero competition against a war ship doesn't matter which size as war ships outgunned every pirate ship. I know this breaks most pirate fans fantasy but that just the way it was. To be historical more correct they did not even had too much battles. 90% of the cargo ships surrendered immediately without fighting. A lot of cargo sailors switched sides to the pirates cause the life of a usual sailor was almost the same hard like a pirate. But on pirate ship everybody is on the SAME level. You had NO other or let's say HIGHER ranks, and especially you had no Gun / Cannon Masters Men because pirates mostly didn't had that kind of weapons at all. (They could not afford cannons in most cases and they did not even want because they did not want to sink the cargo ships they just wanted to damage rudder, sails to make it unable to move. That is like 100% opposite what Hollywood and Lego Pirate themes have, I can understand it is boring when you play or watch about pirates just harming cargo ships. And by the way... most lost hands and stuff not in battles but during the ruff life on the ships: a tow easily could cut of a hand or leg and storms made also problems. I know that is not what most of you like but that's the real pirates, while I always smile seeing people building big Pirate ships with a lot of cannons. Fantasy but zero reality. Now you see you had not really RANKS on a pirate ship, they were all equal except the ELECTED Captain and the quartermaster, which ha only slight advantages. But even I play stronger pirates with cannons as my son likes it that way too.
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    Pirates theme getting better

    I am into Lego Pirates from day one when I was a kid and all the first years until my dark ages started like in 1995 or so, until then there never has been sticker flags! Always printed directly on the bricks. As I still own most of these flags there haven't been one single flag in the first two waves with a sticker.
  25. I also started with the 6271 as my first red coat ship. It took Lmost 20 years later to make what I always dreamed of as a kid. A Fleet for the red coats. My newest one was the 70413 Brick Bounty which I made a red coat ship to count my red coat ships to 4. Here is a picture