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Model of Noah’s Ark
As Constructed By: Irby (CoCo) Toups
This rendering of Noah’s Ark was constructed in 1986 by a Houma, Louisiana gentleman, Irby Toups. He is better known as Coco. Coco had a desire to construct a replica of Noah’s Ark, after reading an article from a church newsletter which pictured the Ark as a ship. He wanted to present this vessel as a model to teach that the Ark was not a ship but rather as the name implies, a box, a chest or a coffin. In order to create a model according to God's plan, Coco spent six months researching its construction, size, and materials. He then spent the next three months building this model of Noah’s Ark in 1/45th scale.
Using printed information from the following books:
1st Floor: Cages to house animals. Large animals were placed in the center of the Ark to help control balance of the animals.
2nd Floor: Food storage containers for animals, Noah and his family. There were elevator shafts in order to haul food & water to the cages.
Bottom Floor: Held water containers also acted as a baffle in order for the water not to roll the Ark over. Water was for animals, Noah, and his family.
The ROPES indicate how air was circulated throughout the Ark
The Living QuartersBack to top
The LIVING AREA for Noah and his family was located at the far end of the Ark, as shown in this picture. It is assumed that this position was so that, Noah and his family could be stationed on one end of the Ark, while the louder animals were quartered on the opposite end.
The StallsBack to top
The STALLS were designed to accommodate the animals according to their size.
The Housed AnimalsBack to top
The Animals in their designated stalls.
The larger animals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, were housed in the middle section of the Ark for balance.
Floor AccessBack to top
The Ark’s design, having three floor levels were accessed by either stairs, as shown, or elevators.
Credits and AcknowledgmentsBack to top
After completing the model Mr. Toups on several occasions displayed this exhibit within his local area . A friend, Ellen Roberts informed Mr. Toups of a ministry which could expand the exposure of the ark. He decided to entrust his labor of love to Mishkan Ministries.
Mishkan Ministries acquired this detailed model of Noah's Ark in 1999.
David Hamilton, President and Curator of Mishkan Ministries Traveling Biblical Museum, is honored to add this educational piece to his collection.
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