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Grigori19 Aug 2022 5:06 p.m. PST

Question ❓..I cannot find any definitive information on the dimensions of the fusta type galley.. attempting scratch building in 28mm..any information would be greatly y

Gallocelt20 Aug 2022 7:28 a.m. PST

Hi Grigori,

Sorry to say I don't have any information yet. I will try to find something. I'm sure your search found the Portuguese (?) postage stamp which may give some indication of size. Some years ago I tried to build something like this out of wood, in 15mm scale. If I were to make it now I think I might use foam with a coating of paper and plastic sealant. Then there's the problem of all those oarsmen . . .



Grigori20 Aug 2022 2:08 p.m. PST

I've already proceeded with the scale it is about 78ft Long and 11.5 feet wide.. it's a mix of foam and wood.. I'll send pics

Gallocelt21 Aug 2022 10:28 a.m. PST

Hello Grigori,

Well done, getting your plan underway! I will very much enjoy seeing pictures. I may want to do something similar in 15mm scale. I'm curious, how many oars per side of the ship?



Acronim05 Nov 2022 2:36 p.m. PST


The information provided by wikipedia seems correct, 25m and 15-18 single-rower oars per side :
I add also the link to wikipedia in Italian, which is a great source for galley type ships:

In other more specialized places I have only found mention that it was smaller than the galiot, being followed in size by the brigantine (spanish: bergantín) and the frigate (spanish: fragata) they are not the same types of ship that now have those designations, being at that time ships of the galley family. The frigate was about the size of the boat carried by a galley, so taking into account this decreasing order of size Galiot-Fusta-Brigantine-Frigate the data provided by Wikipedia seems to me to be reliable.

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