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H.M.S. Victory - Nelson's Flag Ship (1765)


  • Kit Manufacturer: C.Mamoli, Italy
  • Major Material: Wood
  • Model Specifications: 1:90 Scale, Length 1116mm, Height: 773mm
  • Work Experience: This is the most sophisticated and difficult model I have built so far. Although the kit manufacturer claimed that "... it adopted planning solutions open even to the less experienced modeller and to construct without excessive difficulties...", the plans and instructions are only fair for experienced modellers. Moreover, several parts were missing in the kit that I bought (Lucky me!), and I have to reproduce them myself. Some of the parts do not agree with the shape of those in the plan (I wonder whether they have updated the parts or the plan?). The wood strips of certain key dimensions were shorten. It took me one and a half years to finish this model (on the basis of 2-4 working hours/day).


Historical Notes: The first rank vessel "H.M.S. Victory" with 104 guns was launched at Chatham in 1765. It was on service for a long time under the command of famous admirals. Substantially repaired and reconstructed as years went by, it has been modernized and made so efficient that it became the admiral ship of the English fleet. Its name was indissolubly tied to Nelson's in the battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805 when England, striking a heavy blow upon the Franco-Spanish fleet, rapidly solved the problem of the maritime supremacy. Victory survived various dismantling attempts and in 1825 was made the flag-ship of the commander-in-chief at Portsmouth where it is still preserved (by C. Mamoli).

Notes provided by Mr. Joe Dittrich: HMS Victory is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission; which means that though dry-docked, she is the doyenne of the globe's fully servicable vessels. Click here for more information.



More Pictures:   | View from Stem |   | Bow Closeup View |   | Stern |   | Main Deck Details |   | Fore Top Details |

Recommended References:

  1. The 100-Gun Ship Victory (Anatomy of the Ship Series)
  2. HMS Victory : Her Construction, Career, and Restoration
  3. Victory vs Redoutable: Ships of the line at Trafalgar 1805 (Duel)
  4. The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships
  5. The Construction and Fitting of the English Man of War : 1650-1850
  6. The Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War, 1625-1860
  7. Stephen Biesty's Cross~Sections : Man~Of~War
  8. Life in Nelson's Navy (Bluejacket Books)
  9. Nelson's Battles : The Art of Victory in the Age of Sail
  10. The British Battle-Fleet : Its Inception and Growth Throughout the Centuries (Conway Classics)
  11. The Campaign of Trafalgar 1803-1805 (Chatham Pictories Histories)

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