This version of Speedy is a made to order item only. Once your order is placed, your kit will be made within 3-5 days
( Post and Packing not included)
THE HISTORY OF HMS SPEEDY
This small Brig Sloop 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.
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.
HMS Speedy – Master Shipwright Special Edition Version 2
Dimensions of completed model are:
Length – 700mm ( 27.5 “) , Width – 230mm ( 9.0″), Height – 492mm ( 19.4”)
The 1:64th scale kit has been extensively researched and has been developed to show her as she would have likely looked in 1800/01, when commanded by Thomas Cochrane.
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. There are a lot more bulkheads than standard kits of this size to help keep the very fine hull lines when planking.
We have a very limited stock of a very special Master Shipwright edition of Speedy.
This edition differs from the original in that all laser cut wood parts (1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm and 4mm) are in boxwood, and not pearwood. Some parts from the photo etched and 0.8mm ply sheets have been moved over to the 1mm boxwood sheet, including all mast and yard cleats and lower tops. The ladder sets are laser cut on the 1mm boxwood sheet.
- Gratings are laser cut in 1.5mm boxwood
- The 2 and 3mm MDF has been replaced with the highest quality birch ply
- There is a set of closed heart blocks in laser cut pear to replace the deadeyes for the lower stays if you wish to use them.
- Machined pearwood block set and Cochrane book included.
- All second planking is boxwood strip
- New style anchor with boxwood stock and laser cut shank
- Laser etched deck in maple veneer.