H.M.S. Pegasus was the sixth vessel built of the Swan Class of ship rigged sloop, of which twenty five of the class were built from 1766 to 1780. Pegasus, as with the entire Swan class, was designed by Williams and her construction was ordered by the Admiralty on 1st August 1775 to be built at Sheerness Dockyard. The keel was laid in May 1775 and launched on 27th December 1776. The Swan class of 6th Rate sloops were unusually attractive for the class of vessel, with not only very sleek hull lines but also the unusual amount of decoration for the size of vessel. They were built just before the Admiralty issued orders that all vessels (especially lesser rates) were to have the minimal amount of decoration and carvings to save any unnecessary costs, due to the seemingly ever continuing war with France and other nations. There is little remaining about H.M.S. Pegasus's operational career, but from what little evidence there is, Pegasus was commissioned mainly for convoy escort and dispatch duty. Pegasus had a very short operation career, foundering off Newfoundland on 31st October 1777, her sister, H.M.S. Fly also foundered off Newfoundland some years later in 1802. The Swan Class measured 97' 7" on the gun deck and displaced 300 tons. They carried 125 officers and men and initially carried 14 guns (later 16) and 16 swivel guns.
The kit includes laser cut frames for keel & bulkheads, exotic wood strip for hull planking, and all new photoetched parts (which include footrope stirrups, hammock cranes, oars and other boat fittings, complete stunsail boom fittings, decoration, etc.), . Also included is the wooden deck planking, masts and spars,?resin and wooden fittings. The instruction booklet is very detailed, taking you through every step of construction.
Scale 1/64 - Total length: 800mm
Skill Level 3