This laser-cut wooden model kit is a reproduction of the 12-gun Ketch rigged sloop HMS Speedwell. This faithful reproduction is for use with 28mm figures. The ship's deck is 18" long and 4.5" wide. Its overall length is 25" and 20" in height. The ship comes with all the materials to build the hull, masts, and yards. It comes with twelve of our 9lb cannon. This is a great addition to our range filling in the gap between many of our smaller ships and our larger ones. With all twelve guns on deck there is still plenty of room for about 25 figures on deck and another four in the fighting tops.
Posted by Ardan Blade on 22nd Oct 2015
Alright, so I'm gonna need to break this down a little, so bear with me:
Right out of the box, the model looks quite exciting to put together. All of the parts are numbered, spares are included for those easily lost bits, and there are only a few component sheets to worry about.
After going through the instructions, I'd say that they are better laid out than those for the USS Lee. Large, full color pictures assist in the assembly process, only occasionally are the instructions not clear or the pictures a page away from the step you're on.
Punching out the model, I did encounter a couple of pieces that weren't cut all the way through. Some careful work with a box knife made quick work of the mistakes, but they took time to resolve, so this was my biggest issue. Aside from that, most parts take only a minimal amount of finagling to remove, if any at all.
Lastly, I wasn't aware that the rigging didn't come with the model. This may have just been my oversight, but I want to note it for the sake of completion.
That said, this is a beautiful, manageable model that was well worth the price! If I were to purchase any of the ships again as of now, this would be my pick!