The Nina and Pinta, two of the ships in Columbus' fleet were known as caravels. A caravel had a shallower draft than a nao (Santa Maria), so it could move around in the water more easily. Nina did not have much cargo space, but was able to sail over difficult waters easily. Nina was so easy to control that sailors could easily explore shallow bays and the mouths of rivers. A caravel could hold about twenty crew members. They usually slept on the deck and would go below only if the weather was bad. Nina was a caravel, a smaller, lighter, and faster ship than the Santa Maria. Nina had three masts.
Amati presents a superlative Nina ship model. Kit features plank-on-bulkhead construction with pre-cut frames and keel. Fittings are realistically reproduced in cast metal, brass and hardwoods. Sailcloth, rigging line, brightly colored flags and pennants are all supplied. Nina is armed with two machine turned brass cannon. Kit is complete with detailed plans and instructions.
Nina, Model ship Kit