Mantua's wooden model ship kit is an exact reproduction of a 10 meter long armed launch, which was used by many different navies during the 19th century.
These launches were armed with naval guns of different calibre and type. A cannon or carronade was installed in the bow, while two smaller cannons were placed in the stern. Most often, these boats were employed in coastal patrols or in escort services, but they also demonstrated their wartime capacity in surprise actions attacking craft in difficulty or anchored. Due to their remarkable manoeuvrability, they were also used during landing actions, preceeding the main fleet, which moved slower and was more vulnerable.
Construction is plank-on-bulkhead, but because it's an open boat, it is finished with three layers of planking instead of the usual two. The bulkheads arebspecially designed to be removed after the outer planking is completed. Lots of quality woods are included in addition to wooden blocks and wood and brass cannon, metal fittings, flag and sail material.
Length 25"/Height 18"/Scale 1:16