Pirate MOCs

“The Gilded Crow” by Ummester

Eurobricks member Ummester has brought us this lovely MOC, the “Gilded Crow“! This lovely lady comes complete with all the fixings, including custom rigging and sails, a fully-armed gun deck, and a clever use of Chima parts for the figurehead. Well done, Ummester!


Looking down at the stern and sails

Looking down upon those beautifully crafted sails – some work has gone into making those!

Stern of the "Gilded Crow"

It’s got quite a hefty stern jam-packed with extra details


Ummester writes:

Ahoy! She is finally complete and here are a whole bunch of photos. She appears in most photos as I have her on display – turning to port under full sail, flying her red flag of attack, with guns ready for a full broadside.


Figurehead of the Gilded Crow

The figurehead – where the Gilded Crow gets her name

The Gilded Crow's Sail Insignia

A magnificent sail design

Sunlit sails of the Gilded Crow

Sun shining through the sails

Starboard side of the Stern

Imagine watching that stern as it sailed past

Navigator and Helmsman of the Gilded Crow

The navigator advises the helmsman – the Gilded Crow is on course! HURRAH!

Looking down to the deck from the Crowsnest

It’s a long way down! Imagine climbing up there in a squall.

Quarter Deck of the Gilded Crow

Looking down on the Quarter Deck

Mid Deck of the Gilded Crow

The deck is loaded with features… and cannons

Cook in the galley

Meanwhile in the galley fish and Vienna stew is being prepared

Sleeping quarters of the Gilded Crow

What do you do with a drunken sailor?

The organ on board the Gilded Crow

In the tradition of Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series

Cannons on board the Gilded Crow

She’s well armed! Both the Imperial Guards and the Imperial Armada need to take caution

Inside the Captain's Cabin

Just the usual skullduggery taking place inside the Captain’s Cabin


LEGO Ideas Description

Specifications diagram of the Gilded Crow

An even larger ship than the 10210 Imperial Flagship released in 2009

The Gilded Crow is a 22 gun galleon, based on historical ship design, though ultimately of my own invention. She is true 1:40 (or approximate minifg) scale, giving her real life dimensions of:

Length – 128 ft
Beam – 55 ft
Height from waterline – 115 ft

Other than the sails and rigging, the model is entirely LEGO and comprises of some 4500 bricks and 14 mini figures. The inspiration for the build came from a desire to have a LEGO galleon that looked as good on display as a model galleon, whilst rivalling the largest official sets in size and piece count.

The display base is comprised of a further 1000 parts, which are mostly tiles, small clear plates and studs for the water effects. Without the water effects, the display base is less than 150 parts.

Though designed as a collector’s model, the Crow is also a ‘playable’ build and features 22 shooting guns! She also has a modular design that allows separation of the decks and access to the minifig play areas.

The Captain’s cabin has an organ, treasure chest and bed.

The dining cabin has table and chairs.

The crew quarters has crew bunks.

The main gun deck has space for 14 wheeled cannons.

The galley has a fireplace, bench, utensils and foodstuffs.

And the brig has a rat!

There is also a large amidships (with cannons and an opening below decks hatch), as well as a removable quarter deck for access to the cannons underneath.

I hope you enjoy the photos of this build and would like an official LEGO set of an accurate galleon model, so that the Crow may have fair winds and following seas in the ocean of LEGO ideas.

Crew of the Guilded Crow

Here be the crew of the Gilded Crow

The submission expired with a measly 728 supporters but you can still view the Gilded Crow on LEGO Ideas if you’re interested to see the comments and updates.


About the Builder…

Ummester (Shane Robinson) shared a couple of ship MOCs in the LEGO Pirates Forum between 2014 and 2017. Beyond that we cannot tell you what happened to him, although, he does own a Flickr account which hasn’t been updated since that period.

He also has a LEGO Ideas Profile (obviously) which includes a couple of non-pirate submissions, but if you like Classic Space or Mechs, they’re worth a look.

Once you’ve done that, sail by the Pirate MOC Subfourm and lament with the Classic Pirates about how the magnificent Gilded Crow failed to garner less one thousand supporters.


Gilded Crow sailing over a calm blue sea

Set sail to further adventures!