How to build a trireme model ship

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How to build a trireme model ship
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The Trireme is an ancient Greek war ship with three tiers of rowers, and designed with a hidden battering ram fitted to the prow of the ship, and under water. These effective warships helped the Greeks to maintain their oceanic supremacy. Triremes have a particular style, one which model boat aficionados will recognise for their distinctive ram. If you want to make yourself a simple model of the ship, you may do so out of card stock and a few simple materials.

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Things you need

  • Trireme template (see Resources)
  • Glue
  • Card stock
  • Markers, paints or coloured pencils
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Tape or paper clips
  • Image editing program

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  1. 1

    Download and print out a trireme template. You can find a template located under Resources.

  2. 2

    Glue the template to a sheet of card stock.

  3. 3

    Decorate the trireme. Paint or draw in the sides of the vehicle with a light brown wood colour. The eye of the ship is typically made blue. The deck should be a darker shade of the wood, and the same shade as the oars. Paint the sailors to look like people.

  4. 4

    Cut out the pieces of the Trireme model. Do not cut the marines into individual pieces. Trim the oars into a comb shape, rather than cut them into individual pieces.

  5. 5

    Score the fold lines, which appear as dashed lines. To score an object, press the utility knife or a scissors blade against the line, but do not cut through the material.

  6. 6

    Fold the ship into a trireme shape, and glue the tabs into their places. Leave the model to dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use an image editing program such as Microsoft Paint to enlarge or colour the template.
  • Children should supervise children when assembling the model, particularly when using the utility knife or scissors.

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