MV 27

104 gun first rate vessel
(Sc. 1:90 L. 1116 mm. H. 773 mm.)

The first rank vessel H.M.S. Victory, with 104 guns, was launched at Chatham in 1765. It was in service for a long time under the command of famous admirals. Its name was indissolubly tied to Nelson’s in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is the boast of the of the English Navy and is still preserved at Portsmouth.The choice of the scale 1:90 in the reconstruction of such an important model offers the twofold advantage to adopt planning solutions open even to the less experienced modeller and to construct without excessive difficulties a compact model. Large use has been made of precious wood moulded according to the form requested by the original. The molten metal port-holes allow a perfect execution of the openings for the guns and it is not necessary to bore the planking. No plastic or plastic wood parts are used. The structure of the quarter-deck is all wood and on it are applied various molten metal decorations.

The sheathing of the bottom of the hull with about 3.000 plates reflects the constructive schemes of the original and is of great realistic effect. The observance of the scale is so scrupulous that the quantity of the strips of the planking is the same as the quantity of the boards on the original.