Le Superbe (Mantua, 1:75)

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Le Superbe (Mantua, 1:75)

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Mantua Le Superbe

Part #MA798

Scale: 1:75/ Length: 43.3 inches



Built in 1708, the third rate french ship Le Superbe was 143 feet long, with a beam of over 40 feet. At 1,029 tons, she carried adequate provisions to remain at sea with a crew of more than 600 men for up to six months. King Charles was so impressed by her majestic size and beautiful ornamentiation that he ordered Dean (England's foremost naval architect) to copy her lines and design. 1850 - On the urging of the New York Yacht Club to build a fast sailing boat, George Steers creates plans for the AmericA. The low black schooner is designed using the reversal of the "cod-head-and-mackerel-tail style." 1851 - Answering a challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron, the schooner America enters the Hundred Guinea Cup race, a 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight. It easily defeats the 14 British ships and is awarded the Hundred Guinea Cup. On August 25, Queen Victoria herself visits the ship. AmericA returns home and presents the New York Yacht Club with its prize, which is renamed America's Cup.

Scale: 1:75/ Length: 43.3 inches

Mantua’s wooden model ship kit is double plank on bulkhead. All wooden parts are laser cut for trouble free assembly. The complete fittings package includes wooden blocks and deadeyes, 74 machine turned brass cannon, cast metal ports and figure head and numerous photo engraved brass decorative pieces. Also, there are several diameters of cotton line for standing and running rigging and silk flags. Excellent plans and instructions are included also.


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