Welcome to the world of model ship building! Dive into the rich history of maritime trade with the Thermopylae model ship kit. This exquisite replica of the 1800’s trade ship will transport you back in time to the era of tea trade and clipper races. With its intricate details and high-quality craftsmanship, the Thermopylae model ship is a must-have for any ship enthusiast or collector.
History of Thermopylae
Thermopylae was specifically designed for the China tea trade, where speed was of utmost importance. On her maiden voyage to Melbourne in 1872, she set a speed record of 63 days, which remains unbeaten to this day. In a legendary race against the clipper Cutty Sark, Thermopylae emerged victorious by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. Later, in 1895, she was sold to Portugal and served as a naval training ship until her unfortunate demise in 1906 when she was torpedoed at sea by the Portuguese Navy.
Features and Specifications
- Scale: 1:124
- Length: 571 mm
- Double plank on frame hull construction
- Made in Italy
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the Thermopylae model ship kit suitable for beginners?
Yes, the Thermopylae model ship kit is designed to be suitable for both beginners and experienced model builders. The kit includes detailed instructions and all the necessary components to ensure a smooth and enjoyable building process.
2. Can the Thermopylae model ship be displayed without assembling it?
While the true beauty of the Thermopylae model ship can be fully appreciated when assembled, it is also possible to display the unassembled parts as a unique decorative piece. However, we highly recommend assembling the ship to fully experience its charm.
3. Are additional tools required for building the Thermopylae model ship?
Yes, the Thermopylae model ship kit requires basic modeling tools such as a hobby knife, sandpaper, and glue. These tools are not included in the kit but can be easily obtained from any hobby or craft store.
4. Can the Thermopylae model ship kit be customized or painted?
Absolutely! The Thermopylae model ship kit provides a great opportunity for customization and personalization. You can paint the ship according to your preference or add additional details to make it truly unique.