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Acronim18 Dec 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

Some time ago, I purchase two Revell Spanish Gallion, 1:450 Scale.

Its striking to me see a galleon with oars. some investigation clarified why:

Spain built twelve of these ships in 1567 to serve in the route America-Europe; as a wish of the King, they have oars, so they constrain some changes in the hull, increase the capacity to make space for oars and rowers, and decrease the rocking of the ship to prevent the entry of water through the porthole of the oars. This need created ships with a lot of capacity and good navigation, which marked the later designs … and never used their oars, none of the 12; it was too complicated to place them in the use position (more info:

Well, What can I do with this? I'm playing a campaign based on the 7th venetian-ottoman war (nerds have not limits) ) with some friend of this forum. There is not much information about the Ottoman navy, but it could well be that this had participated:

Well, seems its drawn by K‚tip «elebi, so maybe is more correct for the 6 th Venetian-Ottoman war, Does the truth matter if it prevents us from painting beautiful figures? bah! I will tell everyone that it is a matter of dystopia and such.

The point is that I thought there were enough similarities to try a scratch.

After cut the hull in the waterline, the second step is remove the cross, and scratch the human figures to be similar to geometric and vegetable shapes. Also added a railing in the bow, and the stern, it is smaller so as not to hide the windows. Also added three lanterns.

Then, I cut this ugly guns and placed closed gunports instead. I ignored the instructions and introduced the oars piece from inside the hull; It fits perfectly and I think the result is much more elegant than adding it from the outside.

I did not dare to cut the turrets, so added Peter Pig crew, painted and rig… Done:

For the first time, I used black thread for the string … a nightmare until with the job halfway I realized that the problem is that I had bought it from polyester instead of cotton! More careful next time! It didn't look so bad, despite the added difficulty.

Comparison of scales; 1:450 Peter Pig Frigate and one of the beautiful galleons 1: 600 of Minairons Miniatures. I think is a bit too big, but can be useful to play!

Greetings to all!!

Prince Alberts Revenge18 Dec 2019 6:04 p.m. PST

Simply beautiful work. Very impressive.

Zephyr118 Dec 2019 10:09 p.m. PST

Oh, wow, those are fabulous! Museum quality!

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Dec 2019 2:49 a.m. PST

Very nice work. Thank you for showing it. Well done to PP for the 1/450th scale!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2019 4:57 a.m. PST

You did a great job. It's a beautiful model.

Yesthatphil19 Dec 2019 1:40 p.m. PST

They all look good to me. I have ine or two of these (unbuilt) tucked away somewhere – you just made their day get a little closer wink


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2019 2:48 p.m. PST

Beautiful work.

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Dec 2019 10:38 a.m. PST

GREAT! Anxious to see its performance face to the Venetian fleet wink

The Beast Rampant21 Dec 2019 7:40 p.m. PST

Nice! A good use for that odd model. I always intended to to use mine with the old box-scale Airfix galleons, but never really intended to go the galley route, more northern Europe. SO I lost it somewhere, and that was that. grin

Acronim07 Nov 2022 4:07 p.m. PST

I have made another version (also quite free) of the same ship, this time with a Skytrex 1:600 model, the San Salvador. And this time there is a video:

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