HMS Cruiser

HMS Cruiser

Ref: CC110

Kit Features:

Keel and bulkheads are CNC cut in high quality Birch ply as are all the major constructional parts. Extensive use of CNC cut Walnut has been employed for the majority of visible structures and fittings.

Exact scale 6pdr gun carriages, (these include taper, different wheel sizes and quoins) The 6 pound guns are scale replicas in brass.

The wood strip pack contains Lime wood for the first planking, Walnut for the second planking and Tangajika for the decks. Ramin dowel is supplied for the masts and yards.

The gundeck features an Elm tree pump, pre-cut wood grating kit, pre-cut companionway hatch, Capstan kit, pre-cut pin rails, wooden belaying pins, powder kegs

Rigging thread is supplied in natural and black to rig the model as depicted in the photographs. Blocks, deadeyes, etched brass chainplate assemblies with strops, shroud cleats, trucks, stunsail yard brackets as well as CNC cut Walnut tops, crosstrees, trestle trees, mast caps and a wealth of unique detail parts.

Fully detailed plans and instructions will take you step by step through the construction process with many hints and tips to assist you along the way.

Technical Details

Scale: 1:64
Overall Length: 850mm


History

The Cruiser class of 18-gun brigs of war was the most numerous class of warships built in the age of sail. One hundred and three built in all from the Cruiser in 1797 to the Zebra in 1815. The Cruiser class played a very active roll in the Napoleonic wars, from escort duty, reconnaissance and enemy convoy and inshore raiding.

During the early half of the century the brig sloops were built like miniature warships, having a forecastle deck, poop deck, stern gallery windows and decoration. Cruiser class were much more business like with a flush deck and nine cannons or carronades each side. They were very fast and seaworthy.

As originally built Cruiser had eighteen 6 Pounder carriage guns but the ordnance was soon change to sixteen 32-Pounder carronades and two 6 Pounder carriage guns. Like the larger Frigates carronades replaced the carriage guns because at close quarters the short-range carronades proved to be devastating to their opponents.

Class dimensions were: Length 100' Breadth 30' 6". Displacement 382 tons with a crew of 121.

Cruiser was the first in the class and was ordered in 1796. Her keel was laid down in February 1797. She was launched on the 20th of December 1797. After a colourful 22-year career she was sold in 1819.