Named for a Spanish princess, the Infanta Maria Teresa, was ordered in 1889 and her keel laid during the same year. By August 1890, the armored cruiser was launched while work continued. Completed in 1893, the Infanta Maria Teresa was placed into operational service as the flag ship of the Spanish Navy’s 1st Squadron. By 1898 at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, the Infanta Maria Teresa engaged in combat only to be severely damaged. In an attempt to save the ship, Vice Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete ordered her beached near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. After the war, the US Navy attempted to put the Infanta Maria Teresa into service and tried towing her back to the US. During the tow, the ship was caught in a storm and was lost as she sank between two reefs in the Bahamas.
This paper model builds the Infanta Maria Teresa as it would have appeared after completion in 1893 when put into operational service.
This model can be built as a full hull model or water-line model.
Paper Model contains 9 Pages including:
17 pages containing over 550 parts including internal former structure, decking/cabin details, join strips, parts for turrets, parts for life boats, choice of full or water-line hull, display stand, 6 pages of instructional diagrams and rigging diagrams.
Degree of Difficulty: 5/5