Build a Carrack, 15th century - by Vladislav Babkin
Build a 15th century Carrack
Before the beginning of work I have studied the information accessible to me on the ships XIV - XV centuries. Certainly the present drawings it was not kept and consequently for a basis I have taken the most detailed ancient engraving, modern reconstruction, and as a photo of models stored in various museums.
So the bottle is chosen, drawings have passed computer processing and are printed in scale which corresponds to the sizes of a bottle. As I in advance have thought over on how many parts it is necessary to divide the hull of the ship that it has passed through a neck of a bottle. Now it is possible to begin work. I have made preparations of separate parts of the case of multilayered plywood, have typed from rods a deck, have pasted from a cardboard a board.
Then I has pasted over a board with rods which simulate carvel-planked, has pasted bends, has made to a quarter and gallery, and superstructures on a deck.
Then time has come to borrow in guns. From metal I have turned a gun tube on the machine tool, then I have made a gun carriage of a tree and from a metal wire have soldered a rowlock for this gun. After assembly very lovely gun which I has turned out planned to place on mizzen top, however later I all the same have refused to place it on model as it has appeared little bit more than I am necessary also has made two more guns in less size. As I have made four more small guns for their accommodation on boards of a vessel.
I have decided to refuse accommodation on a deck of heavy guns.Further I have continued work above the hull and cut out figure head. The awful dog - a dragon has turned out.
I as have made forecastle and after superstructure, stem and keel. I has strengthened on forecastle a bowsprit and figure head.
On this image are visible as metal nails with which strengthened bends. For this model I have made them more than 300. I separately turned each nail on the machine tool. This photo shows process of manufacturing the tops. Each of them consists of 62 separately made details.
Then I have made boards which are strengthened on boards. To draw on boards authentic figures I has been compelled to look many historical films. However later the decision was accepted to replace these bright boards painted by paints on others which more would approach for this model as I wished to create stylish room model and it demanded absence of bright details. I have decided to make boards of a tree and leather. I cut off very thin layer of a brown leather a sharp edge then burnt out on it figure and after pasted on a wooden basis. So boards which in my opinion have turned out are in harmony with the hull of model.
When work above the case has been finished I has undertaken masts. I have turned them on the machine tool from a tree a pear of dark tone. On it a photo I have shown the ship with masts and tops without a rigging.
The turn Now has come to undertake sails. I have adhered the ready painted sail to yard and have strengthened on it all necessary blocks and strings.
Further I have made the small boat. It as consists of a plenty of separate details.
And here time of final assembly of model and a tension of all rigging has come. I wish to note that all strings on this model have been braided on the special adaptation as it is done for models of larger scales. In total it has been made more than 15 types of strings of various thickness and the invoice. During work the decision to replace already made mainsail on another longer and two-piece was accepted. That the model was beautifully looked inside of a bottle I has made of a tree a cherry a support with an inscription on the tablet from a copper alloy. Has come it is time to place a ready vessel in a bottle. All that occurred further I was simply awful also do not wish to recollect about it. :-)
As a result after more than six months of work the new ship in a bottle was born. It is necessary to make for a bottle a stylish support of an oak and a fuse with a chain. It will be very pleasant to me to read through responses about this model and I as it is ready answer questions which there can be at my colleagues on it a hobby.
Enjoy more pictures of the construction process.