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  1. [pid][/pid] Hello! Today I bring you the Lego Pirates 6285 Black Sea's Barracuda Review! Name: Black Sea's Barracuda Set number: 6285 Pieces: 865 Year: 1989 (Then re-released in 2002 for the "Legends" set collection number 10040) Mini-figures: 7 (Including Red Beard and a Female Pirate) The box is surprisingly large, even though the set has only 865 pieces. The box uses the original pirates yellow "LegoLand" borders. (I miss those boxes!) The box is very sturdy, it is made from several thick cardboard layers. I have included a Bluecoat mini-figure to compare the size, and give you a good feel for the width and height. The inside of the box features plastic inner trays, to display the mini figures, parts, and the hull of the ship. The trays hold the mini figures tightly and prevent them from falling out when the box is sealed. The first thing that caught my eye when I first opened the box was a yellow printed standard size piece of paper, and a cardboard game board. The piece of paper has some nice visuals, and instructions for playing a game with some friends, and the lego pieces and mini figures in the set. The game board is made of cardboard, and can easily be destroyed or damaged, so I imagine that this is a very rare item indeed. It is very visually appealing, as it contains hand drawn images of every lego set in the first wave release. The point of the game is to reach the finish line first, using your mini figures. The game requires a dice, but does not come with one :/ Different numbers that appear on the dice give different weather effects, such as "Fair Wind" or "Gale" and other natural effects such as "Hit a Reef" and "Shark Attack" which will effect the way your mini figures progress. The set has a variety of colours, making the set easier to build when you separate them. However, there are very many black pieces. The instructions, I assume, would be difficult for a newer builder to follow because of the amount of steps on each page, and the instructions do not clearly identify them. At least the instructions are not black and white ;) It took me some time to build it, but the build was enjoyable, seeing all the crevices and storage areas in the lower hull. Once build, she is a very fine boat… err… I mean Ship! You also get a good mix of mini figures, including the rare female pirate mini figure. You also get Captain red beard, but he is found in almost every mid-large Pirates set. (and some small ones) You get seven (7) mini figures in total, it is a good amount, it makes the ship feel lively. (However, I think that 9 would have been better). You also get a standard brown rowboat. (There are never too many rowboats in any lego pirates collection!) The figurehead on the vessel is nice, a bit plain, but gives a "Classic Pirates" feel to the set. The yellow cup is also a nice addition, but a yellow headband may have also been cool to include. It would have made is seem more like a statue. The ship features many cool details, including opening lower deck doors, and a nice detailed captains cabin, accessible from the top, and rear of the ship. They open to give full access for the best play and display capabilities. There back of the ship has some nice details, and the yellow brings a very friendly feel to the pirates aboard the vessel. The deck has so many features that I am sure it will keep any builder happy for a long time. It also makes for some nice photos. Below you can see some of the crew in action! Overall I am very satisfied with the set. I believe that it is my favourite pirate ship, but I have yet to get my hands on the Skulls Eye Schooner. (It looks nice) I hope you like my review, and I hope it gives you some information, or at least some pretty photos to look at ;) Let me know how you feel about the set, and the fun game that comes with it! If you would like more photos, just ask! Could someone please add a poll for me? Maybe a poll from 1-5? I would love to know how people rate this set! Keep an eye out, I have more reviews coming!
  2. The Golden Age of Piracy: 1650-1720 Imperial Ship Name: The Camilla (1708, East India Trade Company), Broadside's Revenge (1711, Protection of Port Royal) The Seven Seas Barracuda (1714, Captain Redbeard at Pirates Cove) Commissioned by the Imperial Fleet in 1705 Dockyard Construction: Port Royal, 3 years. Launched: 1708 Owners: Captain George Tucker, The Royal Navy, East India Trading Company (1708-1711) (deceased) Captain William Tierney, The Royal Navy, Imperial Navy, The Governor's Fleet in the Caribbean 1711-1714) Captain Roger Redbeard 1714-?) Port of Registry: Port Royal Type: East Indiaman Galleon (Sixth Rate Ship of the Line) Weapons: 26 cannons Length: 110 feet total length (110 studs) History: After years of humility, Governor Broadside rebuilds his fleet and status after the years of piracy looting and plundering Port Royal. Though the anti-piracy laws were enacted in 1687, many past governors failed to contain the issue. By the early 1700s Governor Broadside was placed in charge of Port Royal and was cherished for his attack on the pirates. Captain Redbeard commanded several smaller ships before commandeering the Imperial Brig he stole in the Black Seas. His Mediterranean pirate days were done and ready to expand in larger waters. After several years ransacking ports in the Middle east and Asia he made his way towards the Caribbean where he met his match. He pillaged and plundered small trading posts and eventually attacked larger merchant vessels in open water. Governor Broadside sent a fleet after The Black Seas Barracuda and fought a courageous war on open water. One night a tropical hurricane swept through the entire sea. With little to no escape, the fleet decided to chase the Barracuda into the eye of the storm making their last stand against Captain Redbeard and his crew. The fleet lost several ships during the hurricane and The Black Seas Barracuda ran the ship into a rocky cove marooning the captain and his crew. The ships collided and the Imperial ship sank to the bottom of the sea. Captain Redbeard was defeated and lost at sea. The remaining fleet lost their way and didn't realize they were several hundreds of miles away from their original position and could not find any remains in the calm sea afterwards. Governor Broadside wrote to the Crown claiming victory in defeating the remaining pirates. Captain Redbeard and his remaining crew managed to make the shipwrecked island their home by scavenging the surrounding islands for food and shelter. During his time, Governor Broadside is awarded a fleet of ships for his victory and returning Port Royal to a successful trading post and naval command center in Jamaica. He begins building rebuilding his fleet. To mark the occasion, he commissions The Sea Hawk (Caribbean Clipper), a frigate, and an indiaman galleon. Captain Redbeard and his crew are captured by the Spanish Armada on a distant island gathering supplies and trading with local natives. The same fleet he once chartered under a different name decades ago had no clue who he was or his crew. They claimed to be a merchant ship shipwrecked years ago pursuing a whale. One stormy night the Captain awakes to voices yelling from the crows nest of Imperial forces. The large Man of War Spanish ship took on cannon fire and returned the favor. Redbeard could hear the Admiral tell his navigator to head to a rocky cove. There they would counter attack the other ship and block them in the bay by luring them onto the island. This fortified treasure ship narrowly avoided the shallow waters and navigated into position. There they met the Imperial forces. A cog, two clipper,s a galleon and a frigate carrying the imperial flags. The battle began and cannon fire hit the brig knocking the metal bars loose. They quickly exited the brig and holding area taking out every soldier they came in contact with. The ship took on water and sunk into the sandbars. Soldiers abandoned the ship and headed to the island. Redbeard could see that this was a Spanish trading port without a fortress for protection. The Imperial navy surrounded the galleon setting it on fire. Redbeard and his crew swam to shore hiding in the trees watching the armies fight. The imperials started to move to land. The frigate backed away from shore and positioned themselves in open water facing the bay. The remaining crew aboard the indiamann galleon focused their attention on the shoreline and not the dense foliage to their starboard side. The remains of the Spanish galleon light the evening sky and the imperial forces claim victory as they search out the remaining Spanish soldiers. Night falls, the Fridate deploys a jolly boat to shore. The Indiaman Galleon begins to set up camp on the shoreline at the mouth of the bay. Captain Redbeard and his crew swim to the lightly defended Galleon. They wait in the water and climb up the rudder. A jolly boat returns from shore and informs the navigator and skeleton crew to position the ship near the frigate blocking all access to the port. The skeleton crew hoist the sails and begin to raise the anchor. Redbeard and his crew enter the ship from the cannon chaser ports. They swiftly make their way through the gun deck silently taking down any remaining crew. The ship begins to move turn around in the bay and Redbeard's crew successfully take command of the armory and climb their way up into the forecastle crew chambers. The dozen crew members on the main deck are not armed with any pistols and the fight breaks out on the main deck. The ship is gaining speed and the wind push the ship through the bay. The ships bell is rung as redbeard makes his way up the quarter deck and takes control of the ship. With the wind at their side and the ship gaining momentum the Imperial forces and fleet doesn't have time to react. The frigate is anchored and the remaining ships were close to shore facing the beach. Redbeard moved swiftly passed the frigate as they attempted to begin cannon fire. Within minutes Redbeard blew past ship and out of the cannon's reach. The storm masked their cover and disappeared. That night Captain Redbeard rummaged through the Great Cabin reading letters from the Crown. He found the charters and commission detailing the ships history and travel logs. Broadside's Revenge. Captain Redbeard just stole his arch enemy's newly commissioned ship. Redbeard charted a course to Pirate Cove to retrofit the ship and add a beautiful black, white, and yellow coat of paint to this boring brown ship. The Barracuda Returns! MODULAR DESIGN The ship still separates into 3 parts, but not in the same location. I added a mid section on the bow and stern to make the ship separate into equal thirds. This also helps reinforce the structural integrity and make sure the sides do not collapse. Removable Floors: For multiple display purposes I thought of options and how it could be displayed as a cross section or give it a play factor and make sure people can access different parts of the ship. I placed hinges and locking hinges that you just need to remove a few tiles and multiple sections of the walls can come off quite easily, but not fall apart. When you see the interior you will see how this works because I grouped these sections to hide areas easily, but also show off the modular parts. THE EXTERIOR Race-built galleons ranged from 70 to 100 feet long from bow to rudder. I am proud to say my ship is 73 studs long and I usually try to design my stuff within a 1:40 to 1:45 ratio so that would be about 1 stud per foot. The Race-Built inspired Galleon maintains the theme designed by LEGO's Barracuda. I did struggle building a ship based on the design elements in the original Brig. The most difficult decision was to abandon the pre-fab hull pieces. The hull shape may have changed in the stern, but I did figure out how to maintain the brown color all the way up to the cabin like the set. The other challenge was keeping the same brown color flow up on the bow similar to the original set. These were more difficult than I expected because the water line was raised almost 2 bricks. I kept the original ship next to the new ship at the same water line height so I knew that my ship did not exceed the other ship in height based on that location. The LEGO set water line is located at the bottom of the prefab hulls. My water line is located at the bottom of the curved slopes. Quarter Deck: 1. Navigation Box: There are containers located behind the mizzen mast. I debated on making a navigation box somewhere on the deck to house the maps and such. Most ships have them located in front of the wheel or attached o the wheel. Since race-built ships do not have navigation rooms I decided to use the place between the stains as a great location for the navigation compartment to house all these items. 2. The Wheel: I made slots and have a tube area to run string down to the rudder tiller that I plan to do so its a functional wheel. 3. Skylight: Sorta impractical in case they get boarded. I really liked the skylight idea on the Black Pearl and most ships didn't have them because you could shoot at the enemies inside the cabin from above. My older design had a smaller one that would be more in line with skylights on ships in the 17th century, but frankly I loved the larger skylight design I came up with. Main Deck: 1. Bilge Pumps: These pumps are usually located on the gun deck or the main deck. I chose to place them on the main deck next to the main mast like many english galleons. These pumps help keep the ship from taking on too much water and run down to the bottom of the ship. They usually are wider at the bottom as well. I used the new candle pieces and then round 1x1 bricks at the bottom to simulate this. You can see them on the right and left side of the main mast. 2. Gallery: I love balconies on ships. The gallery design was always something I thought the Barracuda could have if the cabin was not as wide as the set. When I narrowed the cabin by 2 studs the graceful swooping effect from the rear sides of galleons really made it appear aerodynamic. The gallery was added using the same proportions as in the specs I have for reference. I love the underside details holding up the balcony. I reused this idea a few times around the ship to hold up the mast rigging platforms. 3. Stern Hull: I decided to custom build the stern hull since I looked at my mint old brown hull pieces I purchased and it looks too weird against the reddish brown especially when you see the interior. 4. Jolly Boats: Galleons usually had two types of row boats on their ship. The larger jolly boat and the scout boat. I wanted to make sure that the smaller boat fit inside the prefabricated boat like most storage. The great part is they do not exceed the forecastle which my earlier reference depicts. It looks best with only 1 boat and the cargo grates are large enough to house the boat inside the gun deck if I wanted to so this was not even an issue. 5. Side Walls: The higher side walls on the main deck were common on galleons. I know the official set used a railing, which is common with most merchant ships, but many were retrofitted with solid walls and added cannon ports. Ships built with this in mind were taller and both the railing and the solid side wall height are the same. I feel like it kept emphasizing the sloping effect moving up the ship. THE INTERIOR: This was the most difficult part of this ship. The prefabricated hull pieces only allow you to go 16 studs wide and I didn't want the top-down profile to look ridiculous so I kept it slim like many race-built galleons. I would actually make the front 1/3 bulge out another 2 studs wider if I could, but I didn't want to stray too far from the original set. Main Deck: 1. The Captain's Cabin/Great Cabin: Several of the reference I have show short storage rooms beneath the cabin. Many of these I found had hatches only in the captains chambers. I assume this would be hidden by a rug or something. Either way I added it to the ship using a speed champion frame. I made a set of matching bookshelves as well. I felt the statue bust needed a place to sit. The captains bed is now a large chest that can be removed and house his cutlass or other larger items. 2. The Quartermaster and First Mate/ Sleeping Quarters: 2 beds with chests. The hinges flip up the beds to house their outfits or weapons. 3. Guest or Officers Sleeping Quarters: 2 beds turned upright for cannon placement. This room is used for guests or Pilot or surgeon/carpenter. The main capstan is located here. The 4 bars to slide into the capstan are clipped to the wall. This room usually exits the ship. The doors are often taken of their hinges to easily access the capstan. Doors are usually put back on hinges during wartime, or when guests arrive. 4. Forecastle/ Boatswain and Master Quarters: 2 beds flip up for the chairs to sit and enjoy company. The table flips down to uncover a hatch hole for the stairs to the armory. Gun Deck: 1. Carpenter/Blacksmith Workshop: The rear facing cannons also reside here. The workshop has a hatch in the floor to access the treasure storage. 2. Gun and Access Floors: The floor is removable between support beams to access the cargo hold below. Plenty of place to store lots of loot, food, beer, rum, water, flour, etc. From Back to front: Treasure hold has metal bars in front to separate the hold from rest. Also can serve as a brig. 3. Cook's Station: Access to the brick oven under the stairs. Both sides of the ship serve as a preparation area for all the crew members. 2 tables and plenty of clips to hang pots, pans, utensils. 4. Armory/Crew Dining Area: The armory has the keg tap, plenty of space to add barrels for storing swords and such. This same area also has the crew dining table area and sitting. 5. Hammocks: All throughout the deck are modified bricks with handle located on the support beams. These are for hanging hammocks throughout the gun deck for crews to sleep. I plan on making 8 hammocks out of fabric based on the official set shape, but make it 7 to 8 studs long instead of 10 studs long. Orlop Deck: Brig/Treasure Hold: Made of black metal frame and walls to help define area. Takes up the entire area under the carpenters room to the back of the ship. Magazine Storage: First hatch/access area Beer Storage: Second hatch/access area Water Storage: Third hatch/access area Flour and food Storage: behind and around kettle oven General stores: front half of ship Masts and Rigging: String will be added to the physical model when I gather all the parts. I wish LEGO created a new set of rigging that fans out from a vertical line instead of making it fan out from the center. One of my goals was to make the rigging feel like it was fanning out from the vertical line. I did this with a complex attachment rigging concept where I used bars, bar clips, and round tile with a bar parts. I think this works effectively well. I also wish they would offer various heights and widths with the sets. My proposal makes use of the current parts with custom cut to either make them shorter or narrower. I have a bunch of rigging from a eBay haul of random pirate parts. These are the only parts I will modify. The rigging will be LEGO. I will be using black string and plastic rigging pieces. The one thing that is different is the custom plastic medium rigging in the front and the proposed small rigging in the rear. These are built with the actual plastic rigging pieces, but I am cutting them down to fit.
  3. Another MOC from the 21322 Barracuda Ship. Class 7 heavy frigate Venezia 05 by Philippe, auf Flickr My first Barracuda Frigate had too many flaws and things that I didn't like. That's why I rebuilt this one. Venezia 06 by Philippe, auf Flickr The bug was completely changed. Venezia 07 by Philippe, auf Flickr The gradations and Tetris curves for the cannons remain. Venezia 13 by Philippe, auf Flickr The deck only has 3 levels. Before it was 7 and I was annoyed when I wanted to place something on the deck. Venezia 09 by Philippe, auf Flickr Ship railing now has no Tetris levels. Venezia 12 by Philippe, auf Flickr The masts and rigging were built more realistically. Venezia 11 by Philippe, auf Flickr For the sails I will use fabric ones. I only built it from Lego bricks so that the photos are more interesting. Venezia 10 by Philippe, auf Flickr A ship only comes to life with minifigures. Therefore, a crew that is ready for boarding. Some pirates have bottles-grenades. Venezia 14 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 15 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 08 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 04 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 03 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 02 by Philippe, auf Flickr Venezia 01 by Philippe, auf Flickr
  4. Dear all Simply wanted to get some feedback on the model below. Anyone else got some sea-worthy vessels, or is everyone tabletop lego-builders? In general one can say that I've tried to stay true to the design and aesthetics of the Black Seas Barracuda (1988). Trimmed to hard on the aft when not making way, but none the less calibration of hull is straight forward. This was the first actual sail test. I've been considering building in an engine for remote control, but not as of now. Glad if anyone else has some floating models to present, or other ideas. Have a nice spring- Yannis
  5. P01 by Philippe, auf Flickr Cannons: 16 Swivel gun: 10 Crew: 40 P02 by Philippe, auf Flickr I have extended by 2 Ship Middles and 1 stud wider left and right. The decks can be removed. P03 by Philippe, auf Flickr I changed the slopes on the side walls to brown, which makes the ship look darker and more frightening. P04 by Philippe, auf Flickr So that the ship does not look stupid, I extended the quarterdeck and the forecastle. I made the quarterdeck a little lower compared to the original. Under the forecastle is storage space. P05 by Philippe, auf Flickr In addition, I wanted to raise the side walls on deck and have space for the boats. If the loading hatch is used, the boats have to be removed. P06 by Philippe, auf Flickr I also made a companion hatch on the lower deck. It only has a ladder, because a staircase would have taken up a lot of space for the canon to be used. P07 by Philippe, auf Flickr So that it fits to the ship I changed the position of the masts. The ship was roughly divided into 3 thirds. In between came the masts. The masts had to continue below deck between the cannons so as not to restrict operation. P08 by Philippe, auf Flickr On the deck I installed Swivel gun. P09 by Philippe, auf Flickr P09A by Philippe, auf Flickr The captain's cabin is now larger. There is space for a large, comfortable bed. It also has a table for meetings or eating. P10 by Philippe, auf Flickr P10A by Philippe, auf Flickr There is room for 16 cannons on the cannon deck. The masts are located between the cannons, this guarantees handling. P11 by Philippe, auf Flickr Because the crew is large, I also needed a good caboose with a big grill. P12 by Philippe, auf Flickr This is the sleeping place of the Navigator, Sailing Master, Quartermaster and Master Gunner. P13 by Philippe, auf Flickr Next to the steering wheel has a compass, hourglass and the ship's bell. P14 by Philippe, auf Flickr It took me a long time for the bow. I tried different variations. This looked the best. P15 by Philippe, auf Flickr P16 by Philippe, auf Flickr P17 by Philippe, auf Flickr P18 by Philippe, auf Flickr P19 by Philippe, auf Flickr P20 by Philippe, auf Flickr P21 by Philippe, auf Flickr Link to the pirate crew:
  6. Class 7 heavy frigate Esperanza 1 by Philippe, auf Flickr Another MOC from the 21322 Barracuda Ship. This time I built a frigate. Esperanza 2 by Philippe, auf Flickr The middle part was answered to 6 mid sections. There is also an additional mast. Esperanza 3 by Philippe, auf Flickr 12 swivel guns were positioned on the deck. Esperanza 4 by Philippe, auf Flickr There are 20 cannons below deck. Esperanza 8 by Philippe, auf Flickr Esperanza 7 by Philippe, auf Flickr Esperanza 6 by Philippe, auf Flickr Esperanza 5 by Philippe, auf Flickr
  7. Sir E Fullner

    [MOD] LEGO Barracuda Bay MOD

    Hello. It's been some time since I last posted in this forum, but I'm back with a new-ish creation. Last spring I was able to snag the LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set, mostly for the build of the updated Black Seas Barracuda. However, once the Dark Shark is separated from the build, it leaves behind a very sad-looking planks and timbers on a sandbar. So, I got the idea to put together some new structures onto the old shell. The result: The Barracuda Bay Trading Post. The new structures are almost entirely composed of timber facades, but the foliage provided from the original Barracuda Bay set allowed for some variety in the build. A look outside the rebuilt Jose's Inn, with the notorious highwayman Brick Turpin looking for some easy cash. On the other side is Rosie's Supply Shack. Dangling from the roof is a customer who wouldn't pay, and the guy who came before him hanging a little ways away. On top of Jose's is an old field cannon and the Pirate Sheriff (I thought a pirate lawman to be slightly humorous). In the background is the old jail cell and its occupant. A look inside Rosie's Supply shack. She has a small weapons shack and a shelf full of...bottles. Perhaps they're poisons, or medicines, or a jar of dirt (Insert Jack Sparrow meme) A bird's-eye view into Jose's. I had a whole assortment of junk to put inside, but I'm still wondering about what works and doesn't work. I like the bar and the spit-barrel, but I might do some more interior design later on. On top of Rosie's Supply Shack, Rosie's sister tries to catch some much-needed rays. Don't forget your sunscreen, kiddies! That's about it. Feel free to comment below. Sorry if my photos don't exactly scream quality, but I've been experimenting with my camera to get things right. Always entertaining, always inspiring, always:
  8. The Neighborhood Merchant

    One of A Kind Ship MOC: "Barracuda of the BLACK Seas!!!"

    After 113 years of development (that's right, before the release of lego), I present to you a MOC which could possibly revolutionize the lego industry as we know it. Prepare to be blinded by my all-powerful, Barracuda of the BLACK SEAS! 2050315ebbb0fc5011dce3acad2ab0db by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr As you can see, this is truly a breath-taking MOC. Now don't faint just yet, because I have to run you through the one of the kind play-features I included in this ingenious build. 8806820d6bb259bcf7f982af89de36f8 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Let's start with the rowboat. "Simplicity" must be the first word that strikes your mind when seeing, but alas, if you look closely you will notice a string. That's correct, but that isn't any string, it's A CORD and I used a truly spectacular method of creating a knot only the greatest minds of this generation would begin to comprehend. ee554e016dd55577db957e4f44cd6230 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Enough blabbering. Here's our next piece. Yes, it's a rudder, but perhaps the first-ever moving rudder presented to us by an intellectual (me of course). To create this ingenious design, I used a clip and attached it to some handles. It may seem simple to the weak-minded, but this practice took around 1,500 minutes to master. 2583388e83eb4c6ef2b71d9b6a80c82d by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Next, we have a fully functioning Captain's room. After 1.3 years of thought, (after achieving transcendence) I was able to imagine the perfect layout for this room, a treasure chest, a goblet, and a map. These are all necessities that we all have in our rooms so I figured a pirate captain would have them. Quite a long shot, but we all have to take a chance once in a while. 9ab5e0a6e5c4c38c78c25f4952f923cb by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Yes, the windows open as well. Take another second to bask in the glory of this MOC, take your time please as many before you have fallen trying to take this all in. Also, sorry, I've had a copyright on these play features for around 20 minutes now so if you use these play features ever, your MOC will be considered mine for all of eternity. c4bcefd74242df9d26c70c1da9223b9f by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Next, we have a custom flag I've created. Yes, I know, it's not official Lego, but I've spent around 15,000 hours and had to create an app called photoshop to make this intricate of a design. 13cb150028cfae413370599dccff8180 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Back to play-features. I've also included a board that can be used to recreate the Gollum scene from LotR. Quite ingenious to include it on a pirate moc if you ask me. 358c2a9e43df0ba6667d8a75c71e91ee by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Second to last, I have to introduce these sails I also custom designed. Took around 1.3 Trillion seconds, but that was the easy part. The difficulty was in getting lego to custom make a new rigging piece for me, because I couldn't keep tying those "truly spectacular method of creating a knot only the greatest minds of this generation would begin to comprehend" knots all day. 2a1b43b71130ee6545b384dbf1bfae2a by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr And lastly, the greatest piece: the figurehead. This may look like a normal minifigure to you, but I assure you it was created using the most prestigious tactics. I traveled in space to NASA's Jupiter Juno Probe to infiltrate and "borrow" it's minifigures (I suggest you look it up if you haven't already), then proceeded to melt them down to craft this figurehead mold. Shhhh don't tell NASA! So what'd you think? I hope it wasn't too much for you to enter another dark age, but please, contact me anytime if you'd like to become an apprentice. Stay tuned for the following other MOCs I have planned within the next few millennia: -Red Beard's Rummer -Skull Eye's Stalker -Caribbean Clifford -King Anne's Avenge -The Plastic Pearl -Armada Ship of Flags -Loud Mary and most importantly -The Imperial Bankbreaker Happy Aprils Fools Day everyone! Honestly, I had a blast making this, and I think I went just a little bit overboard. Hope you enjoyed and stay safe, my friends! Take care and here's to another year of goofy times!
  9. Norton74

    Pirates: LEGO vs Playmobil

    Hello pirate fans, I enjoyed photographing the well known first LEGO pirate ship (set #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, realesd in 1987) close to the first Playmobil pirate ship (set #3550 released in 1978). When LEGO launched the "pirate ship" I was already a teenager inside my dark age, so I bought it a few years ago at a flea market for a few euro. It was a bargain: it was almost complete and the bricks were like new and not played. The Playmobil ship instead is mine: Christmas 1980, my parents gave me the set 3550 that I have kept to this day. I've spent hours and hours playing with this pirateship when I was a child and I'm so happy to still own it! What do you think about these two toy masterpieces? Here few shots: More pictures and info: Norton74 @ flickr