This model is not a normal kit, but in a way it is. When I was building the 19th century Menorcan Shipyard I liked the drawing on the wall of the ship they were building, so I decided to make a duplicate of the tiny image, and enlarged it to build this beautiful ‘xabeq’.
Mediterranean fishing boat used in the Balearic Islands.
Length: 380, Beam: 115, Height: 320
Model built from the diorama plans “19th century shipyard” and the only photo of the finished boat that decorates the wall.
The idea came after completing the shipyard. I thought it would be interesting to show, not only the place where these ships were built, but the finished work.
For the inner hull I used the lay out of the Jábega, since the only photograph I had access to only showed a side view. Later I have been able to verify that it is actually slightly different (maybe I will make another one in the future that will reproduce the boat more faithfully).
The main difficulty was that she only had the frames and a 4 x 3 cm photo, so I had to give her some imagination and do some research for the design of the cover.