A painted model of the Vasa in scale 1:10 gives the visitor an idea of how the ship might have looked as she sailed out in 1628.
The model was built by four model builders at the Maritime Museum in Stockholm. The work took 12,000 hours and the model was in place in the ship's hall when the museum opened in 1990. The model is adorned with over 500 sculptures.
To begin with, the only parts painted were the gun port openings with their lion masks and the Vasa coat of arms. But after considerable research we now know the principle of the original colour scheme, which has allowed a more precise interpretation of how Vasa may have looked as she left port.
On the basis of this intensive research, visitors to the Vasa Museum, in the spring of 2008, were able to view the gradual clothing in colour of the model, as it was painted in accordance with the original plan.
The Vasa model, in full colourful glory, is on display in the ship's hall.