HMS Vanguard - The HMS Vanguard, a 74 gun Ship Of The Line was Nelson’s Flagship at the famous Battle Of The Nile on 1st/2nd August 1798. Nelson's Vanguard was designed by Slade (of Victory fame) and was one of fourteen 3rd rate 74 gun ships which formed the Arrogant class. HMS Vanguard was ordered on 9th December 1779 and the keel laid down at Deptford on 16th October 1782. During this time, Britain was not at war so her build went ahead very slowly, being launched on 6th March 1787.
This superbly detailed kit HMS Vanguard from Victory Models has been designed and researched using the latest information and technologies available, making the kit very easy to build with no sacrifice to even the finest detail. As with all Chris Watton designs, the kit features many of his innovations, like the pre-cut gun port patterns (eliminating the need to laboriously mark out and hand cut each port, proper 3D paneling detail, ultra-realistic chain plates, a fully detailed upper gun deck, photo-etched window frames which can be glazed, easy to follow step by step instructions and drawings and even an optional sail set complete with very detailed drawings
The materials included in the kit are only the very best available - highest quality grade birch plywood, walnut plywood and walnut sheet. Photo etched brass sheets which include the minutest detail - this kit is truly the new benchmark for period model kits for price, quality, ease of construction and presentation. Accept no imitations! As a huge bonus there will be three options in the box. You can make HMS Vanguard or HMS Bellerophon or HMS Elephant! That's right!! Option 1 being HMS Vanguard, option 2 being HMS Bellerophon and option 3 being HMS Elephant, and for each option there will be included in the box: specific casting parts; figureheads; armament; etc.!!
The HMS Vanguard kit includes the following;
Laser cut wooden parts throughout. Many photo etched brass detail sheets that include window frames, deadeye strop/chainplate fittings, monograms and flintlock detail for the cannons, footrope stirrups and other fine mast and yard detail, gunport scuttles, hinges – the list is endless.
There are no less that twenty full size plans, which include very easy to follow rigging detail. Sail detail is also included, along with sail cloth if you wish to rig your model with main sails. (Not stunsails)
The copper plates for below the waterline are of a completely new design. They are so accurate that there is a left and right side to the plates, and there are no unseemly over protruding nail heads, everything is scaled at 1:72nd.
Accompanying the plans is a 31 page A3 size fully illustrated building manual, taking you through every stage of the critical hull construction. There is also a full English instruction booklet, describing every detail of each stage of the main construction, along with histories of the three vessels that are included.
Included with the kit are option packs to build HMS Elephant and HMS Bellerophon, as well as HMS Vanguard. There is a set of finely cast figureheads and stern decoration for each version. The plans also include suggested color schemes for each vessel.