The longboat was the largest boat aboard an 18th century ship. Longboats were kept fully provisioned at all times in case of an emergency. Longboats were carvel built with the planks meeting flush at the seams rather than overlapping. A full bow, high sides and fine aft lines made it fairly seaworthy in heavy winds and steep waves. The interior was fitted with thwarts to accommodate eight to ten oarsmen. A ships gun could also be mounted in the bow.
Our longboat is a true plank-on-frame model, built much like the real longboats of the 18th century. The kit uses the finest laser cut basswood for false keel, ribs, locker, floorboards and thwarts. Other materials include brass strips, belaying pins, eyebolts & nails, wooden blocks & deadeyes, black & tan rigging line and cast metal anchor. Pre-printed side friezes and stern decorations are also included.
True plank on frame ship kit. Designed for the advanced modeller, these kits follow true plank on frame construction just as the real boats were built.
The longboat is not an overnight build. In fact, expect to invest at least 30 hours to do it right. We have replicated every plank and beam as well as the metal parts and the rig. There is nothing amateurish or "beginner" about this kit. We leave nothing to be figured out but take you step by step through the building process.
Model Shipways Kits
Speciality kits designed and made in the USA. Model Shipways have been manufacturing wooden ship model kits since 1946 and are known for the use of high quality materials, precision cut parts and clearly written, highly detailed instructions and plans. There is something for everyone, the solid hull ships are designed for the first time modeller and the true plank on frame and plank on bulkhead are more suitable for the more advanced model ship builder.
- Length 11-3/4"
- Height 10"
- Scale 1/4 = 1 ft.