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The Götheborg MOC … Interview

Sunday, November 24th, 2019 The Götheborg MOC

Recently Maxim I shared his beautiful MOC of the Götheborg, an 18th century sailing ship, in the Pirate Forum.  Simply sharing her pictures would only partially do the build justice, so this editor reached out and landed the following interview.  Enjoy!

What was your original inspiration to build the Götheborg in Brick?

=> I have been fascinated by the Age of Sail since I was a little kid. I was amazed by model builders and their wooden shipmodels and I always wanted to do something like that as well. Growing older and discovering bricklink, well there was nothing anymore between the childhood dreams and the true realisation. Looking for inspiration for my ships, the Götheborg catched my eye and I knew that would be my first big replica. I even found a comment on Eurobricks made by me in 2015.

I love Scandinavia and I prefer it above French for example. So that will be one of the main reasons I wanted to build the Götheborg and not L'Hermione for example.

After experimenting with various shipbuilding techniques and maturing the plans in my head, I finally found myself able to start building in 2017. With pictures of the real (Replica) Götheborg in front of me, I choosed the bricks I would need and estimated how many I would need.

I have to admit once building, I have cursed a lot on the vessel. It was a proces of building, sitting on the shelf for a few weeks, tearing down, rebuilding, again a small break, tearing down a part, rebuilding, and so on. It took me a whole year before the result was satisfying enough.

Do you remember how many pieces are in her?

No clue. It could be 10k or maybe even a lot more, I don't know. Instead of using bricks, I plated the sides of the ship, so that adds up very quickly. But the result is very nice in my opinion.

Are those really prefab hulls we spy?

Haha yes, the white Friends prefab hulls :pir-sweet:

It is a discussion I often have with other shipbuilders like Captain Green Hair, Legostone and Sebeus what is best: prefab hulls or custom hulls. I think we all agree that 6 prefab mid sections are absolutely the maximum. But then you have to widen her 3 or even 4 studs. Generally the ratio is 1/4 (so every stud in the width equals 4 studs in the length).

I am a huge fan of prefab hulls because it gives a sturdy base to a MOC. You can easily pick a vessel up without the fear of losing bricks. But I have to admit the older prefab hulls were much nicer then the newer ones (especially for the stern).

Was the rigging really that bad?

I don't think I am exaggerating that much when I say to people that the time I spent rigging, most people can build a new vessel (without the rigging). If I had to put a number on it, I think I spent 20 hours on the rigging and sails. It is not the most fun part when building a ship, but it is in my opinion the most important part because it adds so much to a MOC.

Did you have a set Scale when you started building?

Thanks to plans of the Replica and drawings/plans of what looked like the original Götheborg, I could scale everything compared to the 6 prefab midsections I used as base. An important thing to remember is that the decks were not that high. The lower the deck, the lower the ceiling. So most of my decks are around 4 bricks high, which makes historical sense and is very helpfull to keep the heigth of you ship under control.

Another scaling tool is the square rule: the length of the mast from waterline till top is the same as the overall length of the ship (the length without the bowsprit)

Speaking of scale what are the ships measurements?

I think that would be around 70cm x 70 cm

(That's just over 27 1/2” long and tall for our US readers.)

What are some techniques that you learned that made this possible?

Of course I have to mention Captain Green Hair here hahaha :laugh:

Will you be displaying this anywhere?

I have displayed it already at a famous Cartoon Festival in Knokke and some local BeLUG events. I also displayed it at last edition of Skaerbaek Fan Weekend. The next event that the Götheborg will be displayed at, will be Brick Mania Antwerp the 30th November and 1st of December at the pirate lay-out I will have there with Legostone, Sebeus, Captain Green Hair, Captain Braunsfeld, Kabel, Faladrin and other awesome builders.

Any thing else you want to add about the build?

First of all a big thank you to those who gave feedback during the process. Most names have been mentionned already :pir-blush:

Secondly, come join Brethren of Brick Seas on Eurobricks! It is one of the best ways to improve as shipbuilder (or even general builder) and has an awesome community, giving a lot of feedback. You can develop your own story in a huge fictional world and if you like rpg, you can join the game mechanics in that world.

I think that would be everything. Thank you very much for this interview

A big thanks to Maxim I for agreeing to this interview and a special shout out to all who influenced this build so that it may inspire others!

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Brick built sails vs Cloth sails?

The question was posed over in the Pirate Forum and we would love to hear your thoughts too!  Whats better, what do you prefer, how do you like seeing one or the other?  Have some pictures to help your opinion ... Post them!

So dont delay ... Come Join the Conversation!


POLL: Which LEGO Pirate Captain is Your Favorite?

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

LEGO Pirate Captain

Which one is your favorite?

We all have a favorite LEGO Pirate Captain! Head over the forums to participate in a poll. Which one is your favorite? Are you more old school or new school? Why?

Tell us which is your favorite and discuss it in the forum.

LEGO and Animals

Friday, June 15th, 2012
LEGO and Animals

Wouldn't this make a great LEGO set?

Have you ever made a LEGO farm when you realized there were certain crucial animals missing? For example, there can't be found any LEGO sheep & deer, and pigs are also a very recent addition. Eurobricks member Wrinkledog has designed a few animals, and even if your favourite isn't amongst them, you can still vote for it on CUUSOO.

Check out Article: LEGO and Animals in the Special LEGO Themes Forum!

4184 Black Pearl vs 4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Vote which LEGO set is better - 4184 Black Pearl or 4195 Queen Anne's RevengeTell us which one of the two latest LEGO pirate ships is the one you prefer - Pirates of the Caribbean's 4184 Black Pearl or 4195 Queen Anne's Revenge? Which one would you rather buy? Or if you have them both, which one do you like more? Share your thoughts with us in the forum and cast your vote!

Proceed to 4184 Black Pearl vs 4195 Queen Anne's Revenge!

What do you prefer? Classic-Pirates or Pirates of the Caribbean?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

vote discussion poll opinion thoughts tlg group voting pirates caribbean classic soldiers imperialSo with the new Pirates of the Caribbean line in the stores it's time to decide whether you prefer this new theme, or the Classic-Pirates theme, or perhaps you don't care? The new theme has many new parts and very detailed torso's, but some people don't like fleshies, or have complaints about misprinted parts or pearl gold treasure. Please make a vote, discuss your choice, and we may inform The LEGO Group about your thoughts!

Visit What do you prefer? Classic-Pirates or Pirates of the Caribbean?

in the forum.

Which is better – Skull’s Eye Schooner or Imperial Flagship?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Which is better - Skull's Eye Schooner or Imperial Flagship? Vote!6286 Skull's Eye Schooner and 10210 Imperial Flagship are the two biggest ships ever released by The LEGO Group - the former being from 1993, the latter from 2009. They are both great sets with lots of cool features and details, and they just look amazing! However, we want to know - which one of the two do you prefer? Cast your vote in our poll and feel free to explain your decision!

Skull's Eye Schooner or Imperial Flagship? - vote now in our forum!

The best LEGO sailing ships?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
The best LEGO sailing ships

Vote now for your favorite vessel!

It's time to vote and decided which are the best "minifig illusion scale" sailing ships ever build with LEGO. As explained in the nomination thread, "minifig illusion scale" means a ship that's usually build on existing LEGO hull pieces (or with a brick build hull of similar size). These ships create the 'illusion' of being minifig scale, but are usually a bit smaller.

More than 30 ships are nominated and you can divide a total of 7 point over them. We do put a limitation of maximum 4 points per ship. For each ship that you give points you must clearly indicate the number + name of the ship and the number of points you want to give to it. This will make our lives easy when counting all the votes.

Go HERE and cast your vote now!

Poll: Will the switch to natural-flesh-toned Pirates be permanent?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Click here to discuss the issue in the forum.

Flesh or yellow, what will it be?

All the recent talking about the new Pirates of the Caribbean-line raised a new question. Since all the recent licensed LEGO themes contain flesh-coloured minifigs, and they will probably continue doing so in the future, it may seem odd to match them up with the yellow minifig's that most of us already have. So do you think this switch to natural-flesh-toned minifigs will be permanent for the Pirates line (or perhaps for all themes) after the POTC license ends? And there are more questions concerning this issue.

Let us know what you think in the Pirates LEGO forum!

Poll: Which LEGO Sharks would you like to see in future Pirate Sets?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Mister Phes wants to know!

For the 2009 Pirate Theme the LEGO Group used the newer, larger sharks which first appeared in the Agent sets.

  • Would you prefer to see a return to classic sharks if future LEGO Pirate sets are released?
  • Or maybe it should be the newer shark all the way.
  • Or perhaps it could be a mixture of both, depending on the set
  • Or maybe the LEGO Group should

But how do Pirate LEGO fans feel about this change?

Cast your vote in the Pirate forum and tell us what you think!!!

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