Billing Boats Wasa

$568.90

BB490
expert level
Wooden hull
1:75 scale 31.1″H 38.58″L 7.48″W

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Description

Billing Boats Wasa

The Vasa or Wasa, was a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. She was ordered to be built by King Gustavus Adolphus as a part of the military expansion for the war with Poland Lithuania (1621-1629). The ship was built in Stockholm under a contract with private entrepreneurs and armed primarily with bronze cannons cast in Stockholm specifically for the ship.

The king richly decorated the Wasa and while powerfully built was overbuilt. She was dangerously unstable and top heavy with far too much weight in the upper structure and not enough below to stabilize. Despite warnings to the king that she wasn’t fit for sailing, stability she was ordered to sea and foundered only a few minutes after encountering a wind stronger than a breeze.She only managed to sail about 1300 m (1400yrds) on her maiden and only voyage before falling into obscurity.

As luck would have it, she was located again in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside the Stockholm harbor and salvaged in 1961 with a largely intact hull. A temporary museum was housed around the Wasa called The Wasa Shipyard before being moved in 1988 to its now permanent home in Stockholm. The Wasa Museum is now on of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions with over 29 million visitors since 1961. The Vasa has become a widely recognized symbol of the Swedish “great power period”.

Billing Boats Wasa kit includes a laser cut wooden hull and wood planking, full fittings set, sailcloth, rigging thread, plans and a multi-language manual. This kit is intended for the expert builder.

BB490
Expert level
Wooden hull
1:75 scale 31.1″H 38.58″L 7.48″W

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 24 × 5 in

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