HMS SPEEDY – Autumn Release

Work has started on our next release  – the 14-gun brig Speedy. This small brig was the one of the first generations of new naval brigs, and her lines were more of a hybrid between a sleek cutter and brig. She was a small vessel for her class, but what she lacked in size and raw gunpower, she more than made up for in character.

The kit of Speedy will be in 1:64th scale. I have added more bulkheads than usual for a model of this size to help capture the fine hull lines perfectly. First planking will be limewood, and second planking pear wood, with boxwood for the deck planking. The 4-Pounder and half-Pounder cannon barrels will be cast resin parts and other fittings in wood, photo etched metal and cast metal, with full step by step instructions for the build sequences. For the modellers who like to add detail over and above what kits offer, the Speedy kit does include the lower deck, which is stepped aft and at the correct height to the main deck.

Speedy will include a scale figure of Lord Cochrane himself with the kit.

Speedy had a very active history, being captured in 1794 by French frigates and then recaptured in March the following year. After Cochrane lost her (in an unwinnable battle), Speedy was renamed Saint Pierre and presented to the pope by Napoleon himself.

It is while commanding Speedy that Cochrane made his name. This was his first command, and the combination of this aggressive commander and Speedy ensured that they would be a thorn in the side of the French and Spanish navies, culminating in the remarkable exploit of taking the Spanish 32-gun frigate Gamo (with xebec hull and rig form). Cochrane led 48 of his crew (almost all of them) up the sides of the frigate, which had over 300 men and eventually took the ship.