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Ragusian Carrack, Jack.Aubrey, scale 1:60 Options
jack.aubrey
#1 Posted : 20 October 2017 11:05:03

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Thursday 19 October 2017

A warm welcome to all users of this forum.
 
A few days ago, I received from Zoran Pavlovic, the kit manufacturer, the material I ordered for my next model, a project I want to manage in the period of time I will spend in Tuscany.

The kit is produced by a Croatian company, MARISSTELLA of Split, founded in 2008. I found it on the Modelshipworld forum where Marisstella is present with a advertisement banner. The company has a remarkably interesting product catalog, with typical boats of the Adriatic Sea. He is the same producer of the kit of my latest model, finished a few months ago: Gajeta Falkusa.

The first impression is that the materials supplied with the kit are definitely valid, the timbers are of good quality and the two sheets containing the plans are very well done. Many pieces are laser pre-cut both on plywood and solid wood. Concerning the wood used, the walnut is used for each element: planking, masts and spars, detail of the decks. As I wrote the wood is of high quality but personally I would have preferred a mix of wood with different colors to make the model less monotonous. I do not exclude that during this project I do not invent something using different woods to obtain a more lively and chromatic results. We'll see.

Again the biggest flaw in this kit is the assembling instructions: they are written in Croatian and English language. No comment on the Croatian, I do not know it, but for English it could be better. But Zoran Pavlovic has available a new version of them : he has reviewed the part in English and has also added instructions in Italian language. Zoran sent me them via email a couple of days after I received the kit and I have to say that they are very, very well translated.

Unlike the instructions of the Gajeta Falkusa, my last model, in this case there are virtually no images showing the various stages of construction and this is a small problem because this model is also quite complex and the written instructions become critical. They must be read carefully and understood perfectly to avoid mistakes that could have heavy consequences. And here's a further thank to Zoran for the magnificent Italian instructions: I hope will make the job easier and more methodical.

At the moment I'm going to read, understand, interpret and comment them with some personal notes that should help me at the right time.

Here I would like to propose some images of the kit and the material contained inside.

First, a little bit of data:
Scale 1:59
Total Length 775 mm
Size of the packaging cm 65 x 21.5

Let's start by looking at our kit before opening it:


01 Ragusian Carrack/13.jpg


But let's describe what model is.

This model represents a Ragusian Carrack, a sailing ship of the maritime republics of the period from the 14th to the middle of the 17th century, designed for freight transport.

The Carrack appears in Venice at the beginning of the 14th century, but at the same time it begins to be built in the city of Dubrovnik (Ragusa), another maritime republic, less famous of the four Italian towns but not less important, as the largest type of Adriatic shipping vessel.

In the fifteenth century, the Carrack spread from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean Sea and in the late 15th century to the Atlantic Ocean. Here they were built by the Spaniards, Portuguese, French and Dutch.

It is therefore a vessel almost contemporary to the famous caravels and naos from the Iberian peninsula but still before the galleon, characterized by the high fore and aft castles. In the sixteenth century the Dubrovnik Carrack was one of the largest ships in the world and sailed to England.

The large and spacious Carrack was called Argosia, a name derived from ragusia, the adjective of Ragusa. The level of popularity of Dubrovnik's carracks is demonstrated by the fact that the English created the literal expression Argosy ship.

But let's post some pictures of this gorgeous finished model, pictures sent by Zoran, which worth more than a thousand words.

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See you next time with additional images of the Ragusian Carrack !!

Cheers, Jack.Aubrey.
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#2 Posted : 20 October 2017 13:00:37

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Jack

That looks a beautiful model and one i have not seen before.
Happy Modelling

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#3 Posted : 20 October 2017 17:16:33

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That's a very nice looking model, its going to be fun following you build her Cool
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#4 Posted : 20 October 2017 17:19:54

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Lovely looking ship, I look forward to seeing her progess.

Mark
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#5 Posted : 20 October 2017 17:21:34

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Friday 20 October 2017

More images of the finished model.
I would like to point out that these photos do not refer to my work but have been sent to me by the kit manufacturer, Zoran Pavlovic, to integrate the building instructions..

The following is a collection of pictures of the Ragusian Carrack. Later I will continue by showing the contents of the kit box. In the meantime I'm studying what to do, so do not expect soon details of my job.

01 Ragusian Carrack/Images/4CB_4554 DUBROVAČKA KARAKA 16. ST.jpg


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jack.aubrey
#6 Posted : 20 October 2017 17:31:02

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More pictures with details of the finished model.

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03 Ragusian Carrack/Images/4CB_4604 DUBROVAČKA KARAKA 16. ST.jpg


04 Ragusian Carrack/Images/4CB_4607 DUBROVAČKA KARAKA 16. ST.jpg


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jack.aubrey
#7 Posted : 20 October 2017 17:41:12

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Friday 20 October 2017

More pictures with details of the finished model.

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02 Ragusian Carrack/Images/4CB_4626 DUBROVAČKA KARAKA 16. ST.jpg


03 Ragusian Carrack/Images/4CB_4632 DUBROVAČKA KARAKA 16. ST.jpg


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#8 Posted : 20 October 2017 21:06:14

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It certainly looks like it should be an enjoyable build and make for a superb model.

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#9 Posted : 20 October 2017 22:40:25

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She's beautiful Jack and I really do love the natural look of the wood.... Will certainly look forward to seeing this one progress....Drool Drool

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#10 Posted : 20 October 2017 23:55:29

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Great model Jack, Lovely work nice and crisp and clean. Your pics give it all the justice it deserves well done mate.

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#11 Posted : 21 October 2017 10:25:56

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Friday 20 October 2017

Let's begin with a preview of the plans included in the kit.

As drawings, they are well done and after a quick check, the numeric references to the various elements are perfect. Tables containing all the pre-cut laser parts are not available, so these plans are not useful if you want to scrath build this model.

01 Ragusian Carrack/Images/HPSCANNER0938.jpg


I have some perplexity about the drawing P5 on the plan below. I do not understand if it's a mistake or something else. However, I do not think it can affect the work to build this model.

02 Ragusian Carrack/Images/HPSCANNER093.jpg


Cheers, Jack.
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#12 Posted : 21 October 2017 13:56:30

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From all of your other builds Jack i am sure you will turn out a wonderful result with this one.
Happy Modelling

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#13 Posted : 21 October 2017 14:41:55

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birdaj2 wrote:
From all of your other builds Jack i am sure you will turn out a wonderful result with this one.


That's what I hope !!
Thanks to you and all the other forum members for the comments. Jack.
jack.aubrey
#14 Posted : 21 October 2017 14:52:41

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Let's start commenting the contents of the box, as if it was opened for the first time.
We have already seen the two sheets of drawings in the previous message, so it is not the case to retrieve them again.
The photo below shows the kit in its original, sober but eye-catching box with gold prints.

01 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105325.jpg


Once opened the package we find in a clockwise direction starting from the right:
- the original instructions in English and Croatian, to which I mentioned in my first post;
- the catalog of the main kits manufactured by Marisstella;
- reproduction, in paper, of the carrack flags and a couple of A4-sized photographs of the finished model;
- the buiding instructions in italian language sent me by email by Zoran.

02 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105438.jpg


- Pre sewn sails;
- all strips and rods that will be used, walnut wood.

03 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105928.jpg


The components of the keel (and other minor details) on a 6mm solid walnut board.

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Other laser pre cut element on walnut boards.

05 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105835.jpg


See you next time, Jack.
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#15 Posted : 21 October 2017 16:09:41

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Let's continue to show the other materials contained in the kit:

- the first board of pre-cut laser bulkheads;

01 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105730.jpg


- the second board of pre-cut laser bulkheads;

02 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105744.jpg


- the third board of pre-cut laser bulkheads;

03 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105757.jpg



- some fittings (gun barrels, anchors, etc.) and ropes for rigging.

04 Ragusian Carrack\21102017\20171021_105617.jpg


That's all for today, regards, Jack.
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#16 Posted : 22 October 2017 11:21:28

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Looks like some very nice parts they have prepared and from what i can see the wood used for the hull frames looks to be of good quality.
Happy Modelling

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#17 Posted : 22 October 2017 11:32:53

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Looks like you have a great kit Jack Cool will be followingBigGrin regards PhilCool
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#18 Posted : 24 October 2017 09:12:26

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Monday, October 23, 2017

I spent the weekend reading and understanding the building instructions of the hull. Matter that may not be considered a very simple task and, in order to better understand and know the various elements of the skeleton, I started to detach the precut bulkheads from their 4mm plywood board.

In less than half an hour I did my nice little stack of bulkheads that must now be well cleaned from the laser burns.
Then when they will be ready, I will copy them on A4 size sheets and archive all these drawings . . . You can't know if the will become useful in the future . . .

I will do the same for the keel pieces that are 5 and are made from a 6mm solid walnut board.

Here below the stack of the bulkheads just detached . .

01 Ragusian Carrack/23102017/20171023_173020.jpg


02 Ragusian Carrack/23102017/20171023_173035.jpg


To assembly the keel I prepared a copy of its shape from the second drawing shipped in the kit. It will be used during the mounting of the 5 elements that make up the keel with the objective to ensure the correct alignment of the various pieces.

03 Ragusian Carrack/23102017/20171023_172928.jpg


See you soon, a warm greeting. Jack.
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#19 Posted : 24 October 2017 10:20:06

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Keel Assembly:

I placed the drawing I prepared in the previous message on the back of a glass plate I keep in my workshop and often use for these purposes. I fixed the design, face down, with some adhesive tape so that it could not move. I then overturned the glass by laying it on the worktop and then I started to prepare the pieces to assemble the keel.

Here I had to work very carefully to remove the wood burned by the laser cut and then I proceeded to glue the pieces with PVA glue.
When, after one hour, the glue took hold, I removed the keel from the glass, where it obviously could not stick, and I fastened it to a thick multilayer wood board with clamps to hold it firmly.

It is now in the lab to dry out definitively . . waiting for the next steps.

Here's a bit of pictures of the work done.

01 Ragusian Carrack/23102017/20171023_172853.jpg


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#20 Posted : 25 October 2017 13:20:27

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

I copied the bulkheads on a sheet of A4 paper and then I digitalized them. In this way, in case of need, I will be able to reproduce them . . . you can never say . .

Here below a sample . .

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