The Revolutionary War Brig Fair American is based on Model No. 60 in the Henry Huddleston Rogers ship model collection at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. The model’s origin is uncertain. One claim asserts that the model was made by the British Admiralty after the vessel’s capture to study her fine hull form an enormous rig. All that is certain is that the model was in English hands prior to its acquisition by Colonel Rogers and one can only wonder how the model got there. Had it had been made in America during the turbulent post-Revolutionary period, and by whom?
Due to the number of vessels named Fair American which participated in the Revolution and the amount of conflicting data pertaining to these names, it is virtually impossible to identify the Fair American which the Rogers model represents.
A brig of that name which closely resembles the model participated in the General Monk – Hyder Ally engagement of April 1782. It should be added that at the time of that engagement, the brig was under English colors, having been captured from the revolutionaries a year or two previously. She was retaken by the Americans in the course of pursuing the Hyder Ally’s convoy up Delaware when she ran aground. The Rogers model, whichever Fair American she represents, is an interesting example of her period
Plank on frame construction
All structural hull parts and major fittings are made of laser-cut basswood, so they fit together with remarkable ease. The kit contains over 60 cut or shaped wooden parts, plus 120 extra wooden strips for the second layer of planking, should you wish to build your model with a double planked hull. More than 500 fittings of wood, brass and Britannia metal fittings include 14 brass guns on wooden carriages, cannon, chainplates, bell, anchors and wheel. Seven plan sheets a 48-page instruction book by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. and Ben Lankford, plus a 38-page guide to planking the hull make building easy. (Display base and brass pedestals are not included.)
Dimensions: Length: 26-1/2″ Height: 22″
Scale:1/24 1/4″ = 1ft.