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1:1 Scale Model of Noah's Ark

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Hello everyone! This is my first submission on PMC. It's a 1:1 scale model of Noah's Ark.

All the information was taken straight from the Bible (New World Translation), right in Genesis chapter 6.

Genesis 6:14 - "Make for yourself an ark from resinous wood. You will make compartments in the ark..."
Genesis 6:15 - "This is how long you will make it: The ark should be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high."
Genesis 6:16 - "You will make windows for light for the ark, one cubit from the top. You should put the entrance of the ark in its side and make it with a lower deck, a second deck, and a third deck.
Genesis 6:18 - "...and you must go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you."
Genesis 6:19, 20 - "And bring into the ark two of every sort of living creature in order to preserve them alive with you, a male and a female, of the flying creatures according to their kinds, the domestic animals according to their kinds, and all creeping animals of the ground according to their kinds, two of each will go in there to you to preserve them alive.
Genesis 6:21 - "For your part, you are to collect and take with you every kind of food to eat, to serve as food for you and for the animals."

Resinous wood - I used Dark Oak. Black Oak in real life is slightly resinous, not quite as much as spruce wood, though. I personally thought the dark oak looked better than the spruce, and since I could use it and still be accurate, that's what I did.

Cubits - A cubit in bible times equated to the tip of a man's finger to the tip of his elbow. For an average sized man, that equated to about 17.5 inches or 44.5 centimeters. Blocks are 1 meter by 1 meter by 1 meter, so I used the centimeters. Using conversions, I measured the cubit to be roughly a half of a block. For the length (300 cubits), it equated to be 133.5 meters. I rounded down to 133 blocks (for measuring purposes). For the width (50 cubits), it equated to be 22.25 meters. I used 22 blocks for that. For the height (30 cubits), it ended up being 13.35 meters. I made it 14 blocks high minus the roof.

Entrance, windows, and levels - I made the entrance on the side. Since the bible doesn't specify exactly where, I just placed it in front of the stairs for convenience purposes. The windows are half a block (1 cubit) from the top of the ark (minus the roof). As for the levels, I made 3.

Noah's Family - Noah had 8 people in his family (Himself, his wife, Shem, Ham, Japheth, and their wives). I made 4 bedrooms for the family, each with 2 beds (because the husbands would share the rooms with their wives).

The Animals - Believe it or not, this was probably the hardest part. Since the ark is so massive, I had trouble filling the decks with animals. I used all the passive mobs, as well as some variants (e.g. I colored many of the sheep) and some duplicates.

Food - There is a food chest full of food for Noah and his family, as well as a chest full of food for the animals. Right outside the rooms on the third deck, there are animals that supply milk and stuff.

Other notes - Many people depict Noah's Ark as being a boat with boat parts like a bow, a keel, a hull, etc. However, the ark was used solely for surviving on. It wasn't made to move quickly through the water, which is what those parts are for. Therefore, we can conclude that it was just a simple design, made to float on the water. As for the roof, it needed a slight angle so that the rainwater could be diverted. If the roof was flat, it would be possible for rain to puddle up on it, therefore causing a leak.

This project was made by my friend Caleb and I. He was invaluable in the creation of this project, as he helped me with research and the tedious task of counting the blocks. Huge shout-out to him.

You can download this project for personal use. If you use it in a video or anything like that, please credit me and send me the link to the video. You CANNOT claim this project as your own or repost it on another site without my permission.

If you have any questions or complaints about this project or if you see any flaws in my research, please feel free to post it in the comments or PM me.

My resourcepack is Durzocraft. I am not affiliated with this pack or the pack maker in any way, nor do I claim any ownership whatsoever to the pack.
CreditThe Bible, my friend Caleb
Progress100% complete

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Update #1 : by pluggedmountain 09/18/2016 10:17:13 pmSep 18th, 2016

Changed a small error in the description.

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