|Mast building becomes fairly straight forward once the first one is done and serves as a template. Furled sails as required can be added using some Milliput.|
|My concern was for the rigidity of the final build, but the liquid cement really welds the mast together and fully rigged will be fine|
|A very famous British 64-gun ship of the line, HMS Agamemnon in action with Ca Ira - Geoff Hunt|
|From top to bottom, 80-gun, 74-gun and 64-gun|
|Once I have one prototype completed, its time to see if it can be easily reproduced|
|That included the third rates and so four boxes produced four of each size. I'm really pleased with the 64's in particular as they will be very distinctively smaller when seen in the line of battle|
Likewise, with the 64, the 80-gun third rate was quite a significant option for all navies of the period, but particularly the French who often used these large two-deckers in preference to the small three-decker used by the Spanish and British as flag ships for their respective commanders.
|The slightly longer hulls of the 80-gun ship should make imposing models when finished and will add impact to my French line. |
|A good weekend's work, now all I have to do is paint and rig them!|
|The first hulls sent to the paint shop with three 64's front, one 64, centre left and two 74s and at the back two 80's|
|Already with just an initial prime and base coat, the cut down hull of the 64 is taking shape with the shorter spar deck and hammock nettings indicating the shorter hull.|
|A standard generic 74 for comparison and a key addition to the collection|
Again once these are painted and rigged as with the sloops, they should be very able to take their place in the line of battle, as smaller or larger third rates as required.
|The long hull of the 80-gun variant|