Jolly Roger Pirate Boat

The Jolly Roger is any of various flags flown to identify a ship's crew as pirates that were about to attack. The flag most commonly identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones (although swords are also common), a flag consisting of a human skull above two long bones (probably tibias) set in an x-mark arrangement, most usually depicted crossing each other directly under the skull, on a black field. This design was used by several pirates, including Captains "Black Sam" Bellamy, Edward England, and John Taylor. Some Jolly Roger flags also include an hourglass, another common symbol representing death in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. Despite the prominence of flags with art in popular culture, plain black flags with no art were often employed by most pirates in the 17th㥾th century. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement”and might, therefore, slaughter those they defeated (since captured pirates were usually hanged, they did not have much to gain by asking quarter if defeated). The same message was sometimes conveyed by a red flag, as discussed below.

Since the decline of piracy, various military units have used the Jolly Roger, usually in skull-and-crossbones design, as a unit identification insignia or a victory flag to ascribe to themselves the proverbial ferocity and toughness of pirates. In a non-naval context the skull and crossbones motif has additional meanings, for example, to signify a hazard such as poison.

Lindberg Jolly Roger Pirate Boat Plastic Model Sailing Ship 1/130 Scale #70874
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"Instructions need work"
Not a bad model to build but you need to interpret whete some of the pieces should be placed on the bow in particular. Photos are grainy and lack detail. Pieces that need to be painted arent all labeled. Rigging instructions are not instructions but a diagram lacking detail. Pieces dont fit together well.

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Skill Level: 2 (ages 10 and up)

Highly detailed plastic pieces

Molded in white, black, tan and brown

Easy-to-follow rigging instructions

Detailed scale figures

Intricate molded ratlines

Authentic colorful pirate markings

Rigging blocks and cannons

Waterslide decals


  • Lindberg Product Number: 70874


1/130 Jolly Roger Pirate Ship kit by Lindberg Models.

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"Jolly Roger"
Alan Boling (Ware Shoals)
I build the kit to the La Flore Americana....very similar to the ship that came. a great starter for sailships....i used real cloth instead of the plastic and it turned out great.

"Flying Dutchman But Lots of Lindberg Flash and Cleanup"
My first Lindberg and I think I am already cured of them. Don't get me wrong this IS a great model once completed and I really enjoyed the result but it was so much work to get there. Tons of leftover flash around parts; wrongly numbered parts on instructions, confused images; and often the images suggest a build sequence but you are constantly jumping back and forth to know what comes next or SHOULD come next. That being said this kit is very good value for the money. At a low price I had more fun and more experience from this kit than one of those at a much higher price. The painting instructions are very basic so go ahead and create your very own unique build instead. Lastly, if you are going to show it off, the flags always go in the wind direction (into the sails) not pointing backward like the ship is at speed.

"Fun to build"
Lots of parts. Fun to build. Some of the photos in the instruction manual are lacking in detail. They used actual photos, rather than diagrams. Still fun to build. Not for the beginner.

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