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Building a Basic Ship Tutorial
A tutorial on how to build a ship with basic pieces.
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I know what you're thinking, this is a long tutorial. I personally don't like reading a lot of information either. But I tried to shorten this up as much as possible. Hopefully this helps all you amateure ship builders learn the basics to building a ship.

Here is a view of some pieces that you may not have. These pieces you probably won't have if you own a small Lego collection. The hull pieces and rigging are necessary for this tutorial. I suggest using bricklink if you don't own them. If you are a kid like me ask you parents to use their credit card and pay them back. Bricklink is the direction to go to find these pieces at the best prices.

1.The Hull
I suggest you don't buy the middle hull section because they are expensive, hard to find and you can make your own. Here are the pieces and views of how I make my own mid-section. The length of the mid section can vary to whatever size you prefer.

The bottom view of the completely assembled mid-section.

Once you have the mid-section built connect it to the hull pieces.

You will need to build this to connect to the front hull piece.

2. Sails and Masts
Since I am building a smaller ship I am using only three sails. There shapes are based off the classic pirate set The Imperial Flagship. Refer to my how to make custom sails page for help making sails.

Since I am building a ship using basic pieces I will be making the masts square instead of round because squares are more readily available. I am making the ship single masted because of its small size. Be sure to make the sail supports(the flat bricks) as large as your prefered sails.

Here is a general design of the mast that is tilted at the very front of the ship. I made the first three squares white to go with the sides of the ship and it is a good technique to use if you're trying to strech a few pieces.

When using square masts this an easy way to transition from the 2x2 squares to a thin pole. You simple put the round tile pieces in the middle of the four studs then stack your desired amount of 1s on top.

3. Sides and Decks.
When making the first layer of the side it is best to match the colors with the stripes on the hulls. After that the next two layers are up to your desired choice of color. I am using a classic side style on this ship. Note:Leave holes in the side so your cannons have some where to shoot out of.

This is a good little structure that holds the rigging and adds detail to a ship. I suggest incorperating it into your ships sides if you have the required pieces.

When adding a deck it is best to make the deck all the same color. Also if you own wing pieces try and use them, they fit the front and back hull pieces best. if you don't own any than simply use the technique I used at the front of the ships deck.

The reason for the hole in the deck is to allow soldiers to fit inside. It also allows easy access to the cannons as well as making the ship more playable.

The sides of the ship (that are on the deck) are 100% up to the way you want them to look. You can get creative and add rails or if you have basic pieces you can make them the way I displayed. Always make sure that the sides of the ship are ALL the same color. Adding a plank, ladders and some trim to the sides will help add detail.

The cabin is the crown jewel of the ship so make it as detailed as possible. I am just showing a basic way to build a cabin. I am using common windows because they are available and match the ships colors. It is good to make some part of the cabin open so you can access the interior. My opening is at the back. Also if you add two arches to the back of the cabin you can have a good support for a life boat.

Here is the complete ship.

Thanks for reading my tutorial. I hope it helps. Just remember to keep the ship the same colors and that more detail is better.
Soon I will be making a tutorial on how to build a more complex, detailed ship.


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  August 26, 2010
great tutorial this will help me build my sailing ship hms bounty (same as mutiny on the bounty) thanks
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  August 25, 2010
Nice tutorial and ship! 5/5
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  May 2, 2009
Quoting abby k 2 questions. What is the mast piece called? and What do you use to attatch the riggin?
I used these for the mast And I used these to attach the sails You can use many different pieces for the masts but I tried to use the most common pieces for those who have a smaller collection. You can look at my other ships to see the different types of masts and rigging I use.
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  May 2, 2009
2 questions. What is the mast piece called? and What do you use to attatch the riggin?
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  May 2, 2009
2 questions. What is the mast piece called? and What do you use to attatch the riggin?
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  January 29, 2009
I love this. Tried to use it, but not enough parts.
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  January 11, 2009
nice Work. I like the bit about the middle section (hull?). You could make the boat as long as you want with using that technique. Personally I always enjoy it a step further when no pre-fab pieces are used in the frame.
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  January 11, 2009
Thanks for making this paul very good tutorial will help me a lot. You are very good at making tutorials. 100,000,000,000/5
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  January 11, 2009
Thanks! I've been thinking of making an imperial schooner and a ship like this too. are the big ship peices from the old ship the same as in brickbeard's bounty? ( The Original Pirates sets are waaaay older than me)
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  January 11, 2009
Thank you so much for making this! Very helpful!!
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  January 11, 2009
nice, I like the midsection, I made midsections as well, I only used inverted slopebricks on the sides. Anyway, great job, a great moc for builders who want to build pirateships but don't know how to start
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  January 10, 2009
Cool. Might make some people think building a ship is less daunting. Good pictures. Nice ship. see ya. garth
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