19th century Shipyard

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This diorama presents what the Menorcan shipyards were like during the 19th century. It is a kit by Constructo that I partially modified in its dimensions to adapt it to my preferences.

Mayflower

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Completely original scale model by the author, which reproduces the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers from England to North America, in 1620.

Leonardo’s swinging bridge

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This model is a recreation of the “ponte girevole” (swinging/revolving bridge) by Leonardo da Vinci. It is a design included in the Atlantic Codex. It is an arched bridge that is supported with a single pillar in one of the banks, after which a counterweight of stones (I used some lead pieces as well as small stones) compensates for the length needed to reach the other shore.

Hatshetsup

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Scale model of one of the ships in the fleet of Queen Hatshepsup on her journey to Punt. This model was made following reproductions of antique engravings.

Ship in a bottle

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A close friend (who had introduced me in this exciting world more than fifteen years before) gave me this kit as a present. He had bought it in the Netherlands, but never opened the box. Neither had I made a ship in a bottle, so I gave it a try. It worked.

Silhouete

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This model is a river boat used for transport in the inland waters of the Netherlands. It is a reproduction of the original ship, which has its port in Harlingen, in the north of the Netherlands.

Venetian Polacca

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This beautiful model is a Venetian Polacca (also called “Polacra”). It is a Kit from the Italian company Amati, very complete and well presented. It has many details that require a lot of skill in working with wood.

Venetian Gondola

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Simple and complete kit by Amati, with instructions in Italian (though the plans are good enough and with a bit of experience you won’t have any problems even if you don’t speak any Italian). Suitable for beginners. I added some details of my own.

Le Pourquois pas

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It is a reproduction of the French oceanographic ship of Jean-Baptiste Charcot that carried out scientific research missions in the Antarctic, the Hebrides and the Faroe Islands. It is one of the most interesting ships I have ever built. It has numerous details on the bridge, and the rigging has nothing to envy of any “classic” schooner or sailboat.