Race-Built Galleon

The race-built galleons introduced by the English were a variant of common galleon building practice, featuring a greater length-to-beam ratio, lower slung decks, far less superstructure both fore and aft, and improved sailplan.

Even though the race-builts were copied by other nations after the campaign, they were a temporary diversion in terms of naval construction. Other nations continued to build more traditional galleons, and 1610 the English themselves had moved back to constructing larger, less fine ships.

I'm not sure exactly how many were present during the armada campaign, but several English galleons in the 500 ton range is a good candidates. This ship will represent Dreadnought in my collection.


This is the hull, painted and enhanced with applique stripes.


Test fitting of the masts. Note that on this and other models I have removed the spritmast, and moved its associated sail up to the topgallant postion on the mainmast. It is my understanding that spritmasts did not appear until the 1620's.


Side view of finished ship.

This is the complete kit, built out-of-the-box. She measures 7" from the tip of the bowsrite to the taffrail, 4 3/4" on the waterline, stands 6 3/4" tall as built, and weighs 9.8 oz.


Off the starboard bow.


From the starboard quarter.