Caldercraft HM Brig Badger Wooden Model Kit
Model Number: 9017
The Caldercraft HM Brig Badger wooden ship model is an accurate reproduction of the real life ship.
Caldercraft 9017 HM Brig Badger Badger (Ex-Pitt) is believed to have been a prize captured during the War of American Independence (1775 - 1783). She is shown on Navy Lists from 1776 and remained in service until sold in 1783. Brigs were generally used for convoy duties, carrying dispatches, inshore reconnaissance and upholding trade agreements and Badger was no exception.
Brigs differed from standard ship rigged men-of-war in so much as they were square-rigged on two masts and the bowsprit only. Although relatively swift and manoeuvrable brigs were very cramped and uncomfortable as they tended to be considerably wet in heavy seas. In 1778, while serving on board the 50-Gun Ship Bristol, Nelson was promoted by Admiral Parker to the position of Commander and, on 8th December 1778, he was appointed to Badger. Nelson actually entered into Badger on 31st December 1778, superseding Captain Everitt. Nelsons time on Badger was generally uneventful, carrying out blockade and escort duties. However, two incidents worthy of mention are:
Kit includes Double plank on bulkhead construction in lime and walnut, all decking in high quality Tanganyika strip, 12 x 4pdr turned brass, fully rigged and complete with walnut carriage assemblies, 2 x 0.5pdr turned brass swivel guns, highly detailed brass etched components, ship's stove, authentic turned brass ship's wheel assembly,authentic ship's boats in high quality resin with walnut components and brass fittings including oars, grapnels and boat hooks, precision CNC cut and profiled walnut and ply components, all required blocks, black & natural hemp to rig the model as shown, high quality birch dowel for the masting, fully detailed actual scale plan sheets and two comprehensive step by step colour instruction manuals including technical drawings and constructional photos of the prototype.(This kit depicts Badger after re-fitting for Royal Navy service during Nelsons time in charge) When complete this wooden boat kit measures 600mm in length, beam 240mm and with a heigth of 530mm.
Model: 9017 HM Brig Badger
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