Model of one of the many light frigates built between 1730 and 1760 in relation to the rigors economic dictated by frequent wars of the time.
The paint sets for these kits are historically accurate colors that have been specially formulated for model ships.
Your use of this website constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of our Terms & Conditions. RATTLESNAKE 1780 AMERICAN PRIVATEER(base and pedestals are not included but may be purchased separately) RATTLESNAKE - The Revolutionary War privateer Rattlesnake was designed in 1779-80 by John Peck, a Boston naval architect. Albatros Kit by Constructo uses laser cut wooden parts for traditional plank-on-bulkhead construction.
She was purchased for the Royal Navy, renamed HMS Surprise, and armed with 24 x 32 pounder carronades on the upper deck.HMS Surprise Kit includes everything needed to build except for glue, paint and tools. Kit includes laser cut keel and frames, double planking, fittings include brass cannons and accessories like silk flags, plans and instructions.


They are high quality acrylic based paints that can be thinned with water, thinner or alcohol. The original Rattlesnake was built in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and in style resembled a miniature frigate, which had a separate quarter deck and forecastle. Deck and hull planking, applied one strip at a time, duplicates original building techniques.
This kit is suitable for the beginner who wants to try some harder rigging.Please add us to your list as we will have many items including tool kits and other period items for sale soon. Brass fittings include winch drums, running lights, antenna, pulleys, rings, rudder hinge and blade shaft.
Fittings include hardwood deadeyes and blocks, cast metal anchor, brass eyebolts and chain, several diameters of rigging line and sailcloth. Hawse, propeller, mooring rope leads, winch supports and wheels, galley funnel, lifebuoy, lantern, cleat and other small parts are cast metal.


The colors contained in each paint set are based on the colors shown in the picture of the model.
Late in 1781, she was captured by the British frigate Assurance (44 guns) and taken into the Royal Navy as the Commorant (14 guns). Sometime around 1784 she was renamed Rattlesnake after the British discovered they already had a ship named Commorant and soon afterwards was sold out of the British Navy. Little is known as to her disposition from here except that she may have ended up as the French ship Le Tonnant as her lines were exactly the same as Rattlesnakes'.



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