SANTA MARIA - Historic Scale Wood Model Ship Kit by Mantua Model

SANTA MARIA  Historic Ship Model Ship Kit  MA775  $239.99 
Historic Scale Wooden Model Ship, Boat Kit by Mantua Model
Length 30-1/2"     Scale 1:50   Intermediate Level
Plank on Bulkhead Wood Construction

Santa Maria - One Of Columbus's Ships

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria was a Nao, the flagship of the Columbus fleet. It was a merchant ship, between 200-600 tons. The boat's length was 75 feet with a wide beam, 25 feet. This allowed it to carry more people and cargo. She had a deep draft, 6 feet. The vessel had three masts, a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast. Five sails altogether were attached to these masts. Each mast carried one large sail. The foresail and mainsail were square; the sail on the mizzen was a triangular sail known as a lateen mizzen. The ship had a smaller topsail on the mainmast above the mainsail and on the foremast above the foresail. In addition, the ship carried a small square sail, a spritsail, on the bowsprit.

Each sail was attached to a long wooden pole, a yard, which spread the sail out across the top and held it open. The Santa Maria also had a crow's nest on the mainmast. It had a raised stern. There was a forecastle in the bow of the ship. Most of the force used to drive this ship came from the largest mainsail. The other sails were used for "trimming."

Though many sailors believed that the Santa Maria was a fine ship for her day, Columbus was not so impressed. He did not think it was a ship fit for discovery. Because of the deep draft, the vessel was not suited for sailing near reefs and shallow island waters. In fact, the craft ran aground off Hispaniola and had to be abandoned.

Mantua does an admirable job of recreating the ships of Christopher Columbus. All wooden parts are laser cut for easy assembly. Plank-on-bulkhead construction features plywood, beech, walnut and other fine hardwoods. Fittings are plentiful in pre-finished wood, cast metal and brass. Sailcloth, silk flags and cotton rigging are all included. Detailed plans and clear instructions.

The paint sets for these kits are historically accurate colors that have been specially formulated for model ships. They are high quality acrylic based paints that can be thinned with water, thinner or alcohol. They clean up easily with water, making them ideal for airbrush use. Brushed or sprayed, paints dry flat with good grain structure and a smooth finish. The colors contained in each paint set are based on the colors shown in the picture of the model. 1 oz. bottles

  Santa Maria Paint Set (3 bottles) MA775PS   




CAUTION!!  Although these are high quality ship model kits, they may not be suitable for some one not familiar with building foreign model ship kits.  (click here to learn more)


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