Product Sections

Main Pages

Free Mainland UK Delivery on orders over 150 Pounds
Secure Online Payment, we accept all major credit cards

New Products

Happy Hunter with Fitting Set

Happy Hunter with Fitting Set

569.99

The Happy Hunter is a scale reproduction of a Dutch ocean-going ...
find out more

Dolly Harbour Launch 1:20

Dolly Harbour Launch 1:20

135.95

This type of ship is used universally in many ports of ...
find out more

Lime Strip 1x1.5mm

Lime Strip 1x1.5mm

0.36

Lime Strip 1 x 1.5mm x approx 1000mm
find out more

Lead Acid Battery 12V 12AH - Non - Spillable Gell Cell

Lead Acid Battery 12V 12AH - Non - Spillable Gell Cell

25.99

12V 12Ah Powercell Gel Battery Size - 150 x 95 ...
find out more

Revell F-4J Phantom II 1:72 Scale

Revell F-4J Phantom II 1:72 Scale

12.98

Model reproduction of the F-4J Phantom that served with the US ...
find out more

Revell German Staff Car Kadett K38 Saloon 1:35 Scale

Revell German Staff Car Kadett K38 Saloon 1:35 Scale

17.99

A model construction kit of one of the German Wehrmacht's Second ...
find out more

Revell PzKpfw VI Ausf. H Tiger Tank 1:72 Scale

Revell PzKpfw VI Ausf. H Tiger Tank 1:72 Scale

17.99

A model construction kit of that legendary German tank, the Tiger ...
find out more

Revell Challenger I Tank 1:72 Scale

Revell Challenger I Tank 1:72 Scale

14.99

A model construction kit of the British Army's main battle tank ...
find out more

Best Sellers

Universal Joint - Red

Universal Joint - Red

2.54

Modular type universal joint, requires inserts to complete. Old Part No. ...
find out more

Plain Coupling Insert 4mm

Plain Coupling Insert 4mm

2.29

4mm Plain Insert, Includes grub screw Old Part No. C8007
find out more

Admiralty Glues Thick Superglue 20g Professional

Admiralty Glues Thick Superglue 20g Professional

4.80

Caldercraft Admiralty Glues Professional Cyanoacrylate (superglue) is an industrial strength, industrial ...
find out more

Threaded Coupling Insert M4

Threaded Coupling Insert M4

2.29

M4 Threaded Insert Old Part No. C8011
find out more

1022 White Wood Filler

1022 White Wood Filler

4.90

White wood filler, very light, quick drying and sands easily, specially ...
find out more

Admiralty Glues Medium Superglue 20g Standard

Admiralty Glues Medium Superglue 20g Standard

2.60

Caldercraft Admiralty Glues Standard Cyanoacrylate (superglue) is a high quality modelling ...
find out more

Admiralty Glues Thick Superglue 20g Standard

Admiralty Glues Thick Superglue 20g Standard

2.60

Caldercraft Admiralty Glues Standard Cyanoacrylate (superglue) is a high quality modelling ...
find out more

Satin Matt Admiralty Varnish 18ml - AV9115W

Satin Matt Admiralty Varnish 18ml - AV9115W

2.18

This Satin Matt varnish seals wood and deepens the colour. It ...
find out more

Fair American, 14-Gun Privateer, 1778 1:48

Model Shipways Fair American, 14-Gun Privateer, 1778 1:48

Model Shipways' Fair American is a reproduction of a model built over 200 years ago, now on exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Annapolis, MD. She is said to represent the 14-gun privateer Fair American sailing out of Charleston in 1778.

Plank on Frame Construction
Length: 674mm
Height: 559mm
Scale 1:48

Model Shipways' Fair American is a reproduction of a model built over 200 years ago, now on exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Annapolis, MD. She is said to represent the 14-gun privateer Fair American sailing out of Charleston in 1778.

Plank-on-bulkhead construction uses high quality basswood, the preferred wood of professional modelers. All structural hull parts and major fittings are laser cut, so they fit together with remarkable ease. Model Shipways’ Fair American kit contains over 60 cut or shaped wooden parts, plus 120 extra wood strips for a second layer of planking, should you wish to build your model with a double planked hull. More than 500 fittings of wood, brass and Britannia metal fittings include 14 brass guns on wooden carriages, cannon, chainplates, bell, anchors and wheel. Six plan sheets a 48 page instruction book by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. and Ben Lankford, plus a 38-page guide to planking the hull make building easy. (Display base and brass pedestals are not included.)

Plank on Frame Construction
Length: 674mm
Height: 559mm
Scale 1:48
Intermediate Level

HISTORY
Model Shipways' kit of the Revolutionary War brig Fair American is based on Model No. 60 in the Henry Huddleston Rogers ship model collection at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. The model's origin is uncertain: one claim asserts that the model was made by the British Admiralty after the vessel's capture to study her fine hull form and enormous rig; another faction has argued that the model was made in America and subsequently used as a guide for a painting of a naval engagement involving the original brig. All that is certain is that the model was in English hands prior to its acquisition by Colonel Rogers and one can only wonder how the model got there if it had been made in America during the turbulent post-Revolutionary period, and by whom, assuming time, money, and talent were available for such an involved undertaking.

Due to the number of vessels named Fair American which participated in the Revolution and the amount of conflicting data pertaining to these names, it is virtually impossible at this time to identify the Fair American which the Rogers model represents. A brig of that name which closely resembles the model participated in the General Monk - Hyder Ally engagement of April, 1782. A painting by Vemey of this action is in the Naval Academy Museum and the resemblance between the brig depicted and the Rogers model is close, but not conclusively so, and any further association between the model and this painting can only be conjecture, pending further evidence. It should be added that at the time of that engagement, the brig was under English colors, having been captured from the revolutionaries a year or two previously. She was retaken by the Americans in the course of pursuing the Hyder Ally's convoy up the Delaware when she ran aground.

The Rogers model, whatever Fair American she represents, is an interesting example of a rigged block model from her period. If built for the Admiralty, it may have been a "rush job" intended to answer pressing questions about hull form and rigging without regard for the time-consuming frills commonly associated with "Admiralty models". The finish and carvings are a bit crude, and the ravages of time and wood shrinkage have not enhanced these features. Workmanship of the rigging and rigging fittings is more impressive and one wonders if rigging and sails were not the more important objects for Admiralty study, assuming this was the model's purpose.

The model's rigging betrays some apparent anachronisms, the dolphin striker and main boom topping lift being the most obvious. Have there been efforts to "improve" the model's rigging during subsequent repairs or, if all rigging is truly contemporary, do we need to revise some of our notions about 18th century rigging practice? Certainly the Vemey painting, done in 1802, cannot be wholly trusted and the fact that many of the Rogers models have been re-rigged, or newly rigged while in Rogers' possession, might mean that all details of this model's rigging may not be trustworthy. A book review of the Rogers Collection catalog by R. C. Andersen in the Mariner's Mirror, vol. 41, 1955, p. 85 gives a fuller discussion of this controversial situation.

Part No: MS2015


Price: 179.95 (Including VAT at 20%)
Euros: 201.55 (Inc VAT) / US Dollars: US$205.45 (Tax Free)




Customers who bought this item also bought:
1. Admiralty Glues Medium Superglue 20g Standard (Ref: AG9102)

Related products:
1. Rigging Tool Set (Ref: CMBRTS)