HMS Sherbourne

HMS Sherbourne

Ref: CC180

Kit Features:

The Sherbourne kit has been designed with the novice/intermediate builder in mind, and is ideal as a first or second model for the introduction to plank on frame building. Estimated building time is about one month of evening work.

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.

Scale 3pdr gun carriages, (these include taper, different wheel sizes and quoins) The 3 pound guns are scale replicas in cast white metal.

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

The deck fittings feature pre-cut wood gratings, Walnut anchor windlass kit, pre-cut pin rails and wooden belaying pins.

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 mast caps and a wealth of unique detail parts.

Fully detailed plans, a step by step illustrated hull construction guide, and English language 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: 500mm


Cutters evolved during the second quarter of the Eighteenth Century in Southeast England as swift channel vessels. They soon gained a deserved reputation for their speed, which was not unnoticed by smugglers who soon adopted the Cutter as their preferred smuggling craft. In turn, Cutters were employed by the British Customs Service to counter the smugglers. Cutters carried a large disproportional area of sail for their size and also served as advice yachts, packet boats and, during wartime, privateers.

The Sherbourne was built as a revenue vessel for the Customs Service. She was designed by Sir Thomas Slade, the designer of the famous Victory and was built and launched in 1763. After over 20 years of service, Sherbourne was sold in 1784 ~ a remarkably long career for such a small vessel. Sherbourne was 54' 6" long, 19' wide and had a draught of 8' 11". She carried a compliment of 30 men and was 85 tonnes. Armament consisted of 8 x3 pounder carriage guns and 10 swivel guns.