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The Surprise, was made famous by the writings of Patrick OBrian, in his books on the adventures of Captain Aubrey and the surgeon Maturin, described by the world famous writer as his favourite ship. The model arrived safely this afternoon and meets with expectations - well worth the long wait. This shop uses cookies and other technologies so that we can improve your experience on our sites. Youa€™ll see an estimated delivery date - opens in a new window or tab based on the sellera€™s dispatch time and delivery service.
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This is a private listing and your identity will not be disclosed to anyone except the seller. Does anybody (aftermarket) make better blocks than those huge plastic donuts that come with the kit?
I have been amazed for years that no one has come out with a kit of Surprise in plastic, resin, or wood. The Lindberg "Jolly Roger" is a reissue of a sixties-vintage kit that was intended to represent an eighteenth-century French frigate named La Flore. I corresponded early last year with another generous gentleman from California named Bill Luther, who had helped started an HMS Surprise SIG (Special Interest Group) with the San Diego Ship Modelers' Guild. 4) Notes on Geoff Hunts sketch of the Surprise, calls for 24, 18 pound carronades on the gun deck +8, 18 pound carronades on the Quarter deck +4, 6 pound L guns on the focs'l. None of these armaments include the pair of 9 pound L gun, stern chasers mentioned in the great cabin on occasion. Real life being what it is, after I received the drawings and realized the extent of the project I kind of set it aside and the kit has been sitting in my workroom ever since. But having just corresponded with Don Ferguson over the last week or two regarding Greg Ewald's excellent paper sails, I'm starting to get excited about the Surprise again.
I hope my original post did not give an incorrect impression that I was startig a "build thread" of the Surprise. 6.) rework the quarter galleries and stern galleries for square windows, reshape the stern transom shape. 7.) relocate mast locations per Steel's tables (or plans if available, I haven't seen the Surprise plans referenced in this thread).

I'm still waiting for the book with Surprise diagrams, and the barky will probably get sent to the back burner for a while. The ship was surrendered to the Spanish, and was taken to the harbour at Puerto Cabello in modern day Venezuela. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods and will depend on when your payment clears - opens in a new window or tab. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. But as a recent O'Brian convert and a scale modeler, I feel like I kinda have to do a model of the ol' barky. I was also thinking about doing this same conversion some day and would love to see others go through it first! O' Brian's research is held to be very very good, and you'll get a lot of details of her rig, deck set up etc just by reading the novels, which in of themselves are a total treat. They'd have made a tidy penny, and no royalties would be owed to WW Norton or O'Brian's estate because she was a historical ship with published lines.
He sent me a detailed e-mail with some good information, which I have attached below (I don't think he would mind). In addition to the carronade and gunport problem, if you want to build a Geoff Hunt-style Surprise, the stern gallery needs to be re-done. Far from it, I am trying to decide whether to commit to staring a conversion of the Lindberg "Jolly Roger" to the Surprise. So I guess converting the Lindberg JR into a reasonably accurate Surprise isn't exactly a one-weekend project.
Frankly I'm a bit intimidated by the prospect of all that plastic surgery and THEN I still have to rig it!
In trying to rescue the ship, the boats of the HMS Surprise was spotted and fired on by patrolling gunboats.
Unfortunately I am up in Derbyshire at the moment so while being excited, I can't yet open the box!
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I'm now mostly an aircraft and steel navy guy, but I still love the age of sail, and built many a tall sailer in my younger days. He also sent me a couple really excellent line drawings of the Surprise, including the one he references below that was scaled to fit the Jolly Roger kit hull. Nonetheless, I have ordered the Cunningham book as a reference; the drawings you describe sound exactly like what I am looking for.

Actually, I knew full well it wouldn't be, but didn't realize all the changes necessary, especially sectioning the hull and reshaping the bow. De luxe 100 pages full colour booklet with dozens and dozens of images step by step of the assembly stages.
I thank you for the reference (FYI for all, it is out-of-print, but I got one cheap at Amazon). All fittings are presented in useful clear hard plastic boxes with separate departments with a detachable self-gripping top .
The British captured her in April 1796 in the Mediterranean, and her name changed to the HMS Surprise.
Their losses were 12 wounded, whilst the Spanish suffered a loss of 216 wounded (including many dead). The main wale on the starboard side matches up almost perfectly, the wale on the port side takes a little putty and contouring. Like most plastic models it is virtually devoid of gun deck furniture (such as riding bitts).
It also sounds like getting a second kit would be desirable for the extra ship's boats, cannons and carriages, spare spars, etc.
Captain Hamilton who led the rescue was knighted for his conduct, and the Hermoine restored to the British Navy. She actually carried 24 32 lb carronades on her main deck, 8 32 lb carronades on her quarter deck, and 4 6 lb long guns on her foredeck. I read somewhere that sometimes this stuff was placed on deck as a form of "sandbagging" (sorry, I'm still a grunt) before an engagement.
French frigates were much sought after by the British, because of their manoeuvrability and speed.
The streamlined design of the hull below the waterline meant that these frigates could out run most other ships.
Her big moment came in October 1799 under the command of Captain Edward Hamilton for the daring rescue of the frigate Hermoine. It has many great photos and a virtual tour of the ship that looks like it would be a great help.

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