Our oldest recently was tasked with a family project to build a model of one of the three ships that sailed with Columbus when he discovered the New World.  As luck would have it, she chose to build the Nina over the Pinta or the Santa Maria.  Why lucky?  Because the Nina was not only the smallest of the three but it also has a modern full size replica that sails about and has a lot of pictures on the internet.  This provided us with some great reference pictures!

We were free to choose the medium in which we desired to work and she chose Popsicle sticks.  So far we were off to a great start!  Our ship had to include a main deck with a raised railing, sails with rigging, a flag, and the ship's name on it somewhere.  With task in hand we took to the internet to find some sort of guidance.  I certainly didn't expect to find a "Here's How to Build the Nina out of Popsicle Sticks" guide, but I assumed someone somewhere would have something we could use as a jumping off point to modify to suit our needs.  You know what?  There wasn't!  After an exhaustive search (which included shout outs to friends on Facebook) I settled on the one and only thing I could find which was a 12 step instruction set that was lifted directly out of a craft book and posted on eHow.  Unfortunately, whomever posted it grossly misunderstood the importance of pictures.  The instructions were very sketchy at best so after about the third or fourth step we felt we had enough to go on our own and just abandoned them completely.

So to help out anyone else choosing to undertake such an endeavor, I present to you my very first attempt at an Instructable!

Step 1: Implements of Construction!

Popsicle sticks - we just bought a box of 1,000 but probably only used about 200-300
Assorted wooden dowels for masts (5/16 and 1/4 in) and yards (3/16 in)
Paper for sails
Twine for rigging
Elmer's Glue All
Scissors - heavy duty for sticks and a lighter set for paper
Utility knife
Assorted rubber bands and "clamps" - bull dog style office binding clips and small chip clips are incredibly effective
Tube shape for forming the front sail (Lysol wipes container worked perfect for us)
Spray paint if you want to color your ship

Not shown:
Twist ties centers with plastic removed (or any other thin wire)
Colored pencils
One toothpick
One slightly damp paper towel
Paint and fine brush for the hull name

Be sure to allow several days to do this.  There is a lot of glue drying time involved.
<p>This looks great! I'm also building it for a school project. Which sized dowels are used for which mast? It gives 3 sized, 2 for the masts and 1 for the yards, but in the instructions, it doesn't specifically say which size for which mast. Can this be clarified, please?</p>
<p>Would this ship float well and would the sails catch wind? I have to build a model caravel ship for a class and need it to actually be waterproof and float</p>
<p>Nice work, keep it up!</p>
<p>this was an amazing project! It was a little hard to follow the directions.</p>
<p>Great for do with kids. Thank you!</p>
<p>how long did it take you to bulid this </p>
<p>We were given a week for the whole project so, subtracting the first couple of days for deciding what medium to use, how to approach it, and collecting mats, I guess we spent about five days on it. I work during the days so that reflects mostly an hour or two an evening and then the weekend was off and on as drying times allowed.</p>
<p>does this work on water like does it change direction and all. if not do u know how to make an easy working ship with sails and all that.</p>
<p>No, this was just made to be a model for a school project and is not <br>watertight at all. Also, the masts and sails are all fixed and don't <br>move.</p>

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