The British Admiralty commissioned this sixth rater in August of 1775. She was christened the H.M.S. Fly as she slid off the launching ways on September 14, 1776. She displaced 300 tons, measured 97′ and 7″ on deck and carried a crew of 125. Sixteen cannon and 16 swivel guns served as armament. Sleek hull lines and lavish ornamentation contributed to her beauty. Not much remains about her career history, except that she captured two French privateers. She was lost off the coast of New Foundland in 1802.
Kit: Plank on frame construction. Victory Models. The HMS Fly kit is based on the original Admiralty plans plus many contemporary sources. Double plank on frame construction uses high-quality birch for structural parts. Other wooden parts are walnut and basswood. A comprehensive fittings package includes 4, 6 and 8mm dowels for masts, boom and bowsprit; 7 sizes of various blocks; 3 diameters of black and 6 diameters of beige rigging line. The rich ornamentation of the original vessel is accurately reproduced. You’ll find cast metal figurehead, stern ornamentation, quarter badge decorations and photo-etched brass for hull and stern decoration, rudder gudgeons and pintles, window frames, pillar moldings and more. Clearly written instructions plus 12 sheets of detailed plans (3 of them dedicated to rigging) pave the way to a magnificent ship model.
Dimensions: Length: 31-3/4″(806mm) Height: 24-1/2″(622mm) Scale: 1/64