Introduction: Noahs U-Boat Killa

The project that we made was a boat based from the movie pirates of the Caribbean. We built the hull of the boat using plywood, and to put it all together we used finishing nails. the building was the easiest part of the project, we then had to incorporate electronics into the design. So we all agreed that we would put LED's into the side of the hull, behind porthole windows, and we would have a motor facing upwards turning the sail.

Step 1: Marking and Cutting the Sides

For our first step we were assembling the sides of boats base, the 2 largest components of the boat. We marked up the dimensions being 10" by 5", and also added slants 2.25 inches diagonals from the midpoint of the 5 inch sides to create a more aesthetically pleasing design. Before cutting, we used the scroll saw to cut our large single piece of wood into several smaller pieces, for more mobility when cutting. After this, we used the band saw to cut out our markings.


-3x3ft plank of hard wood


-White, Green, Red LED's

-9v Battery


-Black, Orange, Red, Blue, Purple paint

-Hot glue

-Label paper



-Scroll saw and Band saw Drill

-Soldering tool, helping hands and Brass Monkey

-Hot glue gun


Step 2: Cutting Out the Inner Platform

Description: For our next step, we marked the two 5" by 3" pieces that would connect the boat and allow for space for wiring. After marking the dimensions of the two platforms which we would place on the top of the boat as well as the middle of the boat, we used the band saw to cut them out.

Step 3: Attaching the Sides Together

Description: To attach the two sides of the boat, we needed to use the platforms. Therefore, we then used nails to hammer in each side to each platform. In total, 8 nails were needed. Two to be hammered in for the 1st side-platform, then on the other side. Simply repeat this with the other platofrm and we had our two sides attached through the two platforms.

Step 4: Adding the Floors

Description: In this step you need to nail the floors into the sides of the of the side boards.

Step 5: Building and Attaching the Cabin

For this step, you need to create a wooden rectangular prism that's width spans the width of the boat (3 inches), has a height of 4 inches, and a length of 4 inches. glue and (or) nail the appropriate pieces together to complete the cabin and attach it to the top back platform on the boat.

Step 6: Creating Noah

To create Noah, first cut as circular of a piece as possible on a scroll saw spanning no more than about an inch diameter. then create a small rectangular shaft for his body about double the size of the head, and hammer a nail into each side to simulate arms and legs. For Noah's lightning staff, first cut out a small section of a tooth pick and coil short wires of various colors around it. After this encase the staff in glue to the amount of your choosing. Finally, for his bow and arrow, use another small section of a tooth pick and two wires to create a hollow semi circular object with the tooth pick coming out of it simulating a bow and arrow. (Paint color is your choice.)

Step 7: The ACOG Scope

Creating the ACOG scope was pretty simple. We used two 1 inch sections of tooth picks and crossed them to create a plus in the center of the scope. We applied hot glue to the 4 points of that plus and slid it up through the toilet paper roll and added additional length of one of them to give the scope some height off the boat almost like that of a mast.

Step 8: Circut

Next we soderd the electronics together. For our circuit we had a parallel of 4 red LEDs then these had continued into series of white LEDs. Before all of the LEDs we had a Brown, Black, Red resistor. The circuit for the motor was on a separate series circuit splitting off before the resistor. I would advice using color coded wire to help with assembly.

Link to Motor overview:

Link to what the difference between Parallel and series circuits is:

Step 9: Overall Analysis

What we liked most about our boat design is the creativity aspect. We had a lot of decision making whether it be props, design, or dimensions that developed along the way to further advance the many aspects that made the boat what it is. Each group member played a helping hand in the decision making process an allowed for a large variety of ideas to be implemented. If we were to change something on the boat we would change a few things. First off, we would try to make the boat actually be able to float. We would accomplish this by better protecting the wiring and adding some sort of stable floating material. Also, another thing we would change is the length of our wiring, as we had not a lot of space but a lot of wires jammed into the boats base. Next time we would be a little more conservative with the glue as well as paint jobs. We also might have broken down the order in which we did each step and who would do it, so we could effectively multi task. Overall, it was a fun project to make and we are happy with the outcome.