Euromodel Ajax

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Euromodel Ajax

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Euro Model wood ship kit Ajax

Launched in Plymouth in 1765, Ajax was completed, armed and supplied five years later, when it sailed for its first trip to North Americ
In 1786, during a winter mission in Atlantic, it ran into a severe storm that seriously damaged it, demolishing the mizzen, mainsail and the foremast. The storm lasted three days but with some temporary repairs, it managed to reach Scotland after a journey lasting forty-five days. Within a month, some major repairs were carried out and it set sail to Plymouth.
Ajax sailed for the next twelve years but was disarmed and abandoned in the Plymouth navy yards. However, in 1801, the Admiralty was keen to expand its fleet and decided to utilize again some disarmed ships like the Ajax. In order to make the ship lighter to increase the size of the guns on the deck, they replaced the quarterdeck bulwarks with hammock netting. The four pounder guns on the deck were replaced by eight pounders.
A further reduction in weight was achieved by eliminating all the sculptures from the poop deck area and the side windows. The sculptures were replaced by decorations painted in ochre yellow. Below the waterline, copper sheeting was used to prolong the life of the timber.
Regarding the rigging, the main modification was to replace the spanker with a larger four-sided sail, supported between a larger gaff along the upper edge and a boom along its lower edge. The sail area was considerably enlarged by increasing the number of stay sails. All this improved the speed of the ship that before the modifications was considered remarkable at 10 miles per hour.
The hull was painted again in black with a yellow ochre band to correspond with the gun battery, with a white border on the railing. Also the cabin roof (coach boxes) and figure-head were in white.
At the end of 1802 the ship sailed with the Mediterranean fleet and participated in the Toulon siege with other English ships.
Further detail of its history and final disarming are unknown.

Comes With Detailed English instructions.

This is a Brand new kit.

Great kit for the Advanced builder,

HULL WIDTH 150 mm.
SCALE 1:72
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