|US Sloop of War Wasp v HM Brig-Sloop Frolic - Richard Willis|
In the first post in this series I attached a video tutorial on how exactly to go about creating a flush-deck ship-sloop from the hulls and masts of two Black Seas model brigs, see link below if you missed it previously.
In this second post I have showcased the first three of my six conversions to illustrate how you might model them and some colour schemes recreating typical vessels here from the Royal Navy, US Navy and the French navy pre 1795.
|My first three sloop conversions, British, Revolutionary French and American versions|
For my British Royal Navy sloop I used the flush deck sixth rate Cyrus class sloop HMS Levant built in 1813 and captured by USS Constitution on the 20th February 1815, only to be retaken by a British squadron on the 11th of March after chasing the Constitution off Porto Praya.
|Hull Plan for the 20-gun Cyrus class sloop, HMS Levant 1813 - Royal Museums Greenwich|
For the look of HMS Levant I decided to go with a typical yellow-ochre chequerboard scheme with similarly coloured gun carriages and bulwarks.
|HMS Levant as depicted by Florian Richter in Helion's Revenge in the Name of Honour by Nick Kaiser, as she might have looked on 20th February 1815 during her unfortunate encounter with USS Constitution.|
With these six builds my intention is to end up with two sloops for each of my major nations, Britain, France and Spain, and one for the Americans, Dutch and Revolutionary War French, so the next up was a suitably attired US sloop of war, loosely modelled on the 22-gun USS Wasp.
The main inspiration for this scheme came from Florian Richter’s illustration below, and I decided to give my sloop-of-war typical apple-green bulwarks and red carriages with the white work seen on the bowsprit, bow and stern quarters, but with a useful disguise of a yellow-ochre gun strake to allow her to come across as a British man-o-war when operating under false colours.
|The USS Sloop of War Wasp as depicted by Florian Richter in Helion's Revenge in the Name of Honour by Nick Kaiser, as she might have looked on 28th June 1814 during her encounter with HM Brig-Sloop Reindeer|
In addition my Wasp look-alike can also serve equally well as a Great Lakes vessel when my collection will allow.
|USS Wasp in action with HM Brig Reindeer June 1814 - John F. Clymer|
Finally my French Revolutionary squadron gets a useful reinforcement of a 20-gun corvette loosely based on the Bonne Citoyenne as seen below depicted in British service soon after her capture in the Bay of Biscay in 1796.
|My Revolutionary War French frigate and brig to be joined by my new corvette.|
|A beautiful rendition of a French corvette of a slightly later period than my model by the great marine-artist Antoine Roux|
I decided to use the darker sail set typical of my merchantmen to allow this model to give the suggestion of being a typical French privateer of the period as well as a regular man-o-war.
You can have a bit of fun messing around with these conversions and so, to add some more variety, I gave my Bonne Citoyenne a small figurehead left over from another model and mounted a boat amidships instead of on stern davits.
In the next post in this series I will show you my late war Spanish and French versions together with my Batavian-Dutch sloop.
Next up: Mr Steve and I have been out on our battlefield walking adventures, following up on our visit to the Battle of Landsdown, last year, fought in July 1643 between Generals and friends, Hopton and Waller, with their rematch a week later at the Battle of Roundway Down, or should that be 'Runaway Down'?