Venetian Galleass

Mark Persichetti built this kit of a Venetian Galleass

Mark Persichetti built and modified this plastic kit of a Venetian Galleass

Modeler’s Name: Mark Persichetti
Period: 1530-1600
Scale: 1:150
Type of Model: plastic kit highly modified
Build Time: not estimated

Build Materials:
This model is built from a kit produced by the Imai Company of Japan about 40 years ago. That kit, while depicting a unique old sail- and oar-driven wooden warship, is made up of molded-plastic parts. All the smooth-plastic surfaces were sanded with coarse-grit paper, to give them a wood-grain appearance. Sails are vacuum-formed thin plastic, sanded in two directions to give them a woven-fabric appearance.

Ship’s Story:
The Galleass type was an expansion of the typical Mediterranean rowed galley, which were long and narrow, propelled by oars in poor wind conditions, and by triangular-shaped ‘lateen’ sails in good winds.
Galleys typically featured battering-ram extensions at their bow, just above the waterline. At the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571, the combined Christian fleets under command of Don Juan of Austria fought against the Turkish fleet commanded by Muezzenade Ali Pasha. The loss of men on both sides was almost equal, but Turkish ship losses were close to 17-to-1 compared to the Christian fleets.

Modeler’s Bio:
Mark has been making models since the 1950s. His first sailing-ship model was a smaller-scale Old Ironsides kit by Revell. Ships have been his favorite modeling subject since then. He has been a member of Rocky Mountain Shipwrights for over ten years.

Cutty Sark – Clipper Ship

Cutty Sark, a clipper ship model under construction by Mark Persichetti

Cutty Sark, a clipper ship model under construction by Mark Persichetti

Modeler’s Name: Mark Persichetti
Period: 19th Century
Scale: 1:72
Type of Model: plank on bulkhead from kit

Build Materials:
It’s a “plank-on-bulkhead” model. A series of vertical bulkheads (stations) were attached to a central keel. Then a layer of narrow hardwood planks were attached to the edges of the bulkheads, and sheets of veneer with a pre-printed pattern of deck planks were secured to the top edges of the bulkheads. You can see the bulkheads through the deck hatchways. Other components of the ship kit are displayed here too

Ship’s Story:
The Clipper Ship Cutty Sark was built in Scotland in 1869 for John ‘Jock’ Willis Shipping Line, London. Her figurehead depicts the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns’ poem, Tam O’Shanter, and she’s named after Nan’s short nightshirt – a ‘cutty sark’. She was designed for the tea trade between the UK and the Far East, but the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 limited her years of service in that trade. Within a few years, she was engaged in the wool trade between the UK and Australia, and for other cargoes for which speed of delivery wasn’t so critical. It came under the possession of the Cutty Sark Preservation Society in 1953 as a museum ship open to the public at Greenwich GB, as a last example of a tea clipper.

Modeler’s Bio:
Mark has been making models since the 1950s. His first sailing-ship model was a smaller-scale Old Ironsides kit by Revell. Ships have been his favorite modeling subject since then. He has been a member of Rocky Mountain Shipwrights for over ten years.

Spanish Carrack

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Mark Persichelli crafted this replica of a full-size replica of the Santa Maria

Mark Persichetti built this 40-year-old plastic, injection-moulded kit.

This carrack, is very similar to Columbus’s Nina, Pint and Santa Maria. In fact, this model is based upon the plans for a reconstruction of the Santa Maria replica now in Barcelona, Spain.

Period: 1470
Model length: 24”, height: 18”
Scale: not provided

Cutty Sark

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Mark Persichetti is in the process of building Cutty Sark, famous British clipper ship

Mark Persichetti is building this plank-on-bulkhead kit model of this famous British clipper ship. Planking is mahogany. He cut the frames from printed plywood supplied in the kit and assembled them into this skeletal framework.

February16th,1870, Cutty Sark left London bound for Shanghai, via the Cape of Good Hope, on her first voyage. She is a fabled clipper in service of the tea trade. She is the only tea clipper still in existence. At present, she is being restored and will then be at dockside in Greenwich, England for any and all to visit.

Period: 1870-1922                          Model length: 38”                                   Scale: 1:75