After more than two years of extensive research and development, using information and sources previously unavailable, this is the most historically accurate, highly detailed kit of Victory in her Trafalgar condition available.
Caldercraft's model is very different to other manufacturers offerings, and is actually based on their own as well as information supplied by Peter Goodwin, the Keeper and Curator of H.M.S. Victory in Portsmouth.
Keel and bulkheads are CNC cut in high quality Birch ply as are all the major constructional parts. Extensive use of CNC cut Walnut has been employed for the majority of visible structures and fittings.
Pre-cut gunport strips ~ no more need to tediously mark on and cut out the gunports.
The wood strip pack contains Lime wood for the first planking, Walnut for the second planking and Tanganyka for the decks.
Ramin dowel is supplied for the masts and yards.
Walnut and etched brass stern gallery windows, with the remaining tafrail decoration in finely cast white metal.
Scale brass cannon barrels with walnut carriages.
Rigging thread is supplied in natural and black to rig the model as depicted in the photographs.
Beechwood deck gratings and Walnut Blocks and deadeyes. Shroud cleats, trucks, stunsail yard brackets as well as CNC cut Walnut tops, crosstrees, trestle trees, mast caps and a wealth of unique detail parts.
Eight sheets of etched brass detail.
Copper plates are provided to sheath the hull bottom.
18 fully detailed full size plans.
The instruction manual is illustrated with copious line drawings and colour photographs, with a step by step guide through the construction process.
Overall Length 1385mm
Overall Breadth 525mm
Forever associated with Nelson's last battle, H.M.S. Victory is one of the most famous ships of all time, and is now preserved as a major part of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth. The ships survival is particularly appropriate since Victory is not only an example of the ultimate sailing warship ~ The three decker First Rate ~ but she was also the most popular and successful 100-Gun ship of the period.
Forty years old by the time of Trafalgar (1805), she had been the flagship of half a dozen Admirals, and was to continue in active service until 1812.
This was not the first ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Victory, there were in fact four predecessors:
The first Victory was built in 1559. In 1586, she was rebuilt to 800 tons and carried 34 guns with a crew of 750. At the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, she was the flagship of Sir John Hawkins.
Phineas Pett designed the second Victory. She was built at Deptford and launched in 1620. Rebuilt in 1666 to 1029 tons and carried 42 guns and a crew of 500.
The Royal James of 1675 was renamed the third Victory in 1691. She was rebuilt in 1695 to 1486 tons and carried 100 guns and a crew of 754.
The fourth Victory suffered a tragic fate. Launched in 1737, she was of 1920 tons, carried 100 guns and had a crew of 900. She was lost during a gale while off the Casquets in October 1744. Her whole crew perished with her ~ this tragedy caused the name Victory to be deleted, temporarily, from the Admiralty's list of ship names.
This, the fifth Victory, was one of twelve ships ordered by the Navy Board on June 6th 1759 ~ more than 40 years before the battle of Trafalgar for which she is famed. Designed by Sir Thomas Slade, construction began at Chatham Dockyard on July 23rd 1759, the 'marvellous year' (Annus Mirabilis). This, the year of victories, marked the turning point of the 'seven years war' for Britain. These facts may well have played a significant part in the naming of the vessel and the name Victory being restored to the Admiralty list of ships.