This is beginning. And as all project start...research. So I started searching the internet for details about the original Queen Anne's Revenge. I also started looking at how model ships were built. I found two great websites which have details about the real ship. There are links in the project description.
As for how to build model ships there is a great community of people on the web. I found this pdf which gives a of details.
My first thought is to use the laser cutter to cut the keel of and planks of the ship. I need to decide on a scale for the ship and start to work on a 3d model of the skeleton of the ship.
There are 3 styles of construction for model ships.
1. Solid Body - Carved from block of wood. Least accurate but simplest method. Doesn't sounds like something I could brag about.
2. Plank on Bulkhead - This is similar to how the real ship was made, but abridged. This sounds more like something worth bragging about, but honestly, still not good enough.
3. Plank on Frame - This is replica of how the real ship was made, only on a smaller scale. This is what I am planning on building. This is the most complex method, but also the most brag worthy. Go big or go home right.
Sounds like 1:48 scale is fairly common for model ships. This makes 1 foot equal to 1/4". Seems reasonable to me.
"In most warships, the spacing between each frame was equal to the width of the frame itself. This is called room-and-space. Thus, a ¼” frame would have a ¼” space next to it, followed by another ¼” frame, and so forth. " - ScratchBuildingaModelShipgene.pdf
My research shows that Bass wood seems to be the way to go. So I am going to work on getting some sheets of 1/4" basswood.