Name of Model: Spanish Carrack
Period ship sailed: 1490s
Type of Model: Plastic kit
Modeler’s Name: Mark Persichetti
Scale of model: 3/32″ =1″
Build Time: NA
Description of build, including materials: All the smooth-plastic surfaces were sanded with coarse-grit paper, to give them a wood-grain appearance. I added extra details to the kit’s interior spaces, such as gun carriages, bunks, and tiller with dampening tackle – much of which can’t be seen now! I hand-made cloth sails with hand-sewn bolt ropes. The model’s Mediterranean-style rigging blocks were from Heller (France) plastic kits.
Ship’s Story: Carracks were large cargo-carrying vessels, with a broad beam (width) compared to its length, and rather deep draft (depth in the water). Carracks generally had a continuous main deck, unbroken by full-width bulwarks (walls). The large area under the main deck was used to carry as much cargo as possible. Carracks generally had a raised deck aft of the main mast, which provided some shelter over the main deck, and might also have a raised forecastle deck and a separate Captain’s/Master’s cabin aft.
This particular model is based on a reproduction of the Santa Maria, built to plans done by researcher Julio F Guillen in Spain in 1929. The ship, currently on display in Barcelona, was rebuilt in 1951.
Modeler’s Bio: I have been making models since the 1950s. My first sailing-ship model was a smaller-scale Old Ironsides kit by Revell. Ships have been my favorite modeling subject since