Ahoy there matey! Tyler is back once again with another brick creation, and this time paying tribute one of the most famous ships ever to roam the seas of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Unlike the Black Pearl, Queen Anne’s Revenge and the recent Silent Mary which received the official LEGO treatment by having their own LEGO sets dedicated to them, The Flying Dutchman is one of the well-known ships in the POTC series that didn’t make the cut of having its own LEGO set.
Thanks to another awesome MOC by Brick Show Master Builder, Tyler, we can now have the chance of building our very own Mini LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Flying Dutchman MOC. Following his previous Mini LEGO POTC Black Pearl MOC, Tyler now gives us Davy Jones’ famous ship in mini brick-built form.
This version of the Flying Dutchman comes with an old, sunken pirate ship look thanks to Tyler’s effective use of olive green and tan pieces. To give that old, sea-weary, barnacle infested look, Tyler added some 1×1 plates with a hole in the center at the sides of the ship. Since this is on a mini-scale, those pieces also act like cannons at the sides of the ship.
The original Flying Dutchman from the POTC movies seems to have an intimidating, gaping mouth on its bow. Using droid arms to recreate that spiky, gnarly effect, Tyler impressively recreates that effect just by using two droid arms and a hinged single 1×2 plate. For its stern, Tyler used some grilled slope pieces to create that window-like part of the ship.
However, the best part of this build is Tyler’s clever use of the curved slopes and car fender pieces to create the sails of the Flying Dutchman. If you recall, he also uses the same technique for his Mini Black Pearl MOC a few weeks back. The choice of olive green for the sails is really spot on, which mimics that ominous, sea-born feel of the original ship.
Of course, our Mini Flying Dutchman MOC will not be complete without our minifig version of the infamous captain, Davy Jones. This minifigure rendition of the tentacled captain only appears in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Black Pearl (4184) so obtaining him is a bit of a challenge. However, if you want to stay true to the film, we can also swap Will Turner’s minifig since we have thrice the number of chances to obtain him in LEGO form, not just in The Black Pearl (4184), but also in The Cannibal Escape (4182) and The Mill (4183). If you remember from Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End, Turner eventually became the new captain of The Flying Dutchman and went to become the sea’s next psychopomp (someone who offers safe passage to the souls of the dead, going to the afterlife).
If you like this latest build from Tyler as much as we do, the good news is that you can now have the chance of building one of your own. Simply head over to BuildBetterBricks and give it try. You can find the instructions to recreate the Flying Dutchman in its mini-form, with only 69 pieces of LEGO bricks that you may have lying around your house. Once purchased from the site, you will immediately have access to its full building instructions in digital PDF format. It also includes a parts list and a Stud.io file so you can effectively export the parts list to Bricklink in case you need to order some missing pieces. Here’s Tyler himself as he tells us more about his latest creation.
If you like the Mini LEGO POTC The Flying Dutchman MOC, be sure to check out the rest of Tyler’s Pirates of the Caribbean creations such as the mini POTC Black Pearl and the fun, custom POTC Bank Heist with removable vault. Happy building!