I completed this Roman warship with a different color scheme; somewhat fanciful but it was a fun build and good practice.
The box says it’s 1:250 scale but this cannot be true. Most estimates run between 1:72 and 1:100; the shields on the side can’t be much smaller than 1:72. I think it’s a poorly scaled kit with plenty of problems, but it is a fun build open to one’s interpretation. I decided the oar box must be there for a second bank of oars, so I installed all of them on one side. Easier to display that way.
Dont look too hard or you’ll notice some problems like major seam lines; I assure you these are only an artifact of the photography and not on the real ship
There appear to be steering-boards on both sides. Are these to help control the drift? And what about the spiked bow? This is a beautiful model of a very interesting vessel.
These are Portuguese fishing boats. My understanding is that they used bottom trawls, dragged to windward as the boat drifted to leeward. The strange suit of sails could be adjusted to control the direction of drift relative to the wind.
My thoughts too. What sort of vessel is this and from what part of the world?
Well executed model of a very unusual vessel. Was this a fishing boat or very early warship with that wicked looking bow?
Thanks. I really wanted this model to tell a story, and a contemplative Shackleton figure seemed to be a good addition.