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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chinese Junk Red Dragon


Here are some more images of Artesania Latinas 1/60 scale Chinese Junk Red Dragon. These ships plied the rivers and oceans of the far east from Singapore up the northern China.Ships like this had such a sturdy and tough workhorse like design that even to this day there are still similar examples in use. The woods used for this model were Sapelly, African Walnut, Boxwood, Applewood and of coarse Plywood.

From Wikipedia"
A junk is an ancient Chinese sailing vessel design still in use today. Junks were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and were used as sea-going vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. They were found, and in lesser numbers are still found, throughout South-East Asia and India, but primarily in China, perhaps most famously in Hong Kong. Found more broadly today is a growing number of modern recreational junk-rigged sailboats.
Junks were efficient and sturdy ships that sailed long distances as early as the 2nd century AD. They incorporated numerous technical advances in sail plan and hull designs that were later adopted in Western shipbuilding.
The historian H. Warington Smyth considered the junk one of the most efficient ship designs, stating that "As an engine for carrying man and his commerce upon the high and stormy seas as well as on the vast inland waterways, it is doubtful if any class of vessel… is more suited or better adapted to its purpose than the Chinese or Indian junk, and it is certain that for flatness of sail and handiness, the Chinese rig is unsurpassed."

2 comments:

Hanny said...

Ooo! I love this one! Can't help but think of "Enter the Dragon" though.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Hanny - I've always loved those fold away sails.