|Ship name||HMS FLY|
|Scale||1 : 50|
|Material hull||Wood, Swiss pear|
|Photos 1||Total views|
|Photos 2||Views of details|
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In 1760 cutters must have had a well established form of hull and rigging. The Royal Navy bought at least 31 vessels like that in only 1763, the FLY among them. The FLY's hull lines are kept at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The rig had a deeply roached topsail to bring the jib stay to the mast. The large opening was filled by a short save-all topsail.
Cutters were fast, agile ships that could sail closer to the wind than square-riggers.
There is more information about the FLY (hull lines and rigging) and cutters in general in David R. MacGregor, Fast Sailing Ships: Their Design and Construction, 1775 - 1875, Naval Inst Pr., 1988, ISBN: 0870218956.
The model was made to the description in the book of MacGregor (see above) from Swiss pear. The metal parts are burnished brass. The ropes and rigging were executed to English regulations (as in: James Lees, The Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War 1625 - 1860, Conway Maritime Press, London, Revised Edition 1984, ISBN 0 85177 290 0.).
The model clearly shows the lines of hull and rigging that were typical of ships of that age. There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!
The finely worked ship model was built by Otto Fröhlich, Cologne,
Germany, with great care of details. It is 1 : 50 scale.
Length is 73 cm, width 35 cm, height 68 cm.
This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.