Model Shipways USS
Essex 1799 FRIGATE 1:76 Scale Admiralty model
The USS Essex was a thirty-two-gun frigate built in Salem,
Massachusetts in 1799. She was known around the world for her speed and
graceful lines, achieving many dramatic firsts for the young American Navy.
Essex was the first US warship to round the Cape of Good
Hope into the Indian Ocean. Thirteen years later, she became the first American
man-of-war to round the Horn into the Pacific.
Sailing the Pacific during the War of 1812, she captured 18
British whaling and merchant ships, causing the British to lose almost a
million dollars of lost revenue and devastating their whaling industry.
The British sent two ships, the Phoebe and Cherub to hunt
down the Essex. They cornered her off Valparaiso and engaged her in battle. Her
32 carronades were no match for the enemy's long guns. She was captured and
taken into the Royal Navy.
ADMIRALTY MODELS, A BRITISH TRADITION
During 17th and 18th centuries, the Admiralty Board of the
Royal Navy required builders to submit a model of a ship proposed for
construction. Only then, upon consideration, would the Board approve funding
for it. Called admiralty models, these were some of the finest ever made. They
were unrigged with exposed hull and deck framing to allow inspection of the
vessel's architecture, deck furnishings and decorative work in a
THE MODEL SHIPWAYS KIT
We've designed our kit as an admiralty model to show off the
incredibly rich detail of its decks, furnishings, and fittings.
The Model Shipways kit is relatively easy to build with
plank-on-bulkhead construction, thanks to its 20 sheets of CAD-assisted
laser-cut basswood parts, which come in a variety of thicknesses from 1/32” to
3/16”. Fine basswood is also used for hull and deck planking. An unusual
feature of this model is that the fully detailed gun deck is left visible for
dramatic exhibition through the partially planked main deck.
A host of fittings ensures that the model you'll build is
authentic to the last detail, and a separate mini-kit ship’s boat embellishes
the appearance. Masterfully cast Britannia metal guns are miniature versions of
the original armament. Brass nails, eyebolts, Belaying Pins, and split rings
are correctly scaled, and a photo-etched sheet of detailed parts adds the
Although this Admiralty model does not have full-size spars
or sails, some rigging elements are included. Five diameters of rigging line
are used, and deadeyes, blocks, and bullseyes are ready-to-use hardwood.
Six sheets of plans with parts identifier, a clearly written
instruction manual of over 100 pages guarantee a great modeling experience.
- Model Expo No. MS2041
- Length 27”
- Hull Width: 5.25” (on beam)
- Height 8”
- Scale 5/32” = 1’ (1:76.8)
- Previous modeling experience helpful.
Kit design, plans, instructions & prototype model by Bob