The frigate made famous by the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, brought to life by Artesania Latina. H
MS Surprise was originally built at Le Havre in 1794 as a 350-ton, 32-gun corvette, but in 1796 it was captured by the British Navy and renamed HMS Surprise. She was re-armed and classified as a sixth-rate frigate.
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HMS Surprise was originally built at Le Havre in 1794 as a 350-ton, 32-gun corvette, but in 1796 it was captured by the British Navy and renamed HMS Surprise. She was re-armed and classified as a sixth-rate frigate. She inspired the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian and featured in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Artesania Latina worked together with the National Maritime Museum of London to create this model and has the exclusive copyright worldwide.
The large scale of this model allows for highly detailed pieces, above and below deck. The hull is assembled by plank-on-frame construction. The kit includes a detailed lower deck with visible cannons and hatches.
With each pack you can download detailed step-by-step assembly guides showing you how to build your model directly from us. Along with the clearly photographed instructions, the assembly guides will explain all the modelling techniques you’ll need to achieve superb results, and include useful hints and tips to help you master the trickier skills involved.
Your Modelling Experience
- Each shipment includes high-quality parts to build the HMS Surprise
- Free delivery to UK and Ireland
- Choose our unique pay-as-you-build model and receive your HMS Surprise model kit in 14 or 28 monthly phases. Or order all build phases of the HMS Surprise to arrive in one shipment.
- Each month, your step-by-step instructions are available to download directly from us. All Full Kits are provided with CD instructions only.
- Plus, a FREE Tool Kit worth over £40 with your fourth shipment (or first if you buy complete kit)
- No obligation - You are free to cancel at any time
MARINE MODELER'S TOOLKIT IN ALUMINIUM CASE - Includes a plank cutter/bender, side cutters, pliers, tweezers, micro drill and more! All this with your 4th month’s pack.
Key Features of the HMS Surprise
Factory precut keel and all main frame parts.
High-quality planking mahogany, walnut and lime woods.
High-quality fittings in white metal burnished or in real die-cast brass.
Stitched sail set and rigging threads.
Pre-finished high-quality display base with name plate.
Made exclusively by Artesania Latina with the National Maritime Museum | Sails set full sewn | You just have to rig them at the masts.
Length: 1334 mm (52.75") | Height: 950 mm (37.5") | Beam: 480 mm (18.5") | Scale: 1:48
Clear step-by-step instructions show how to assemble and finish the parts - every step of the way. Even if you've never tried this type of project before, you'll be able to put your HMS Surprise together in easy stages, learning the skills as you go.
Through your building experience, you will have help from our experts with the easy-to-follow step-by-step assembly guide. You can take a look also at our exclusive Forum and discuss with fellow modelers.
Even as a model-making novice, you can build the HMS Surprise together in easy stages, learning the skills as you go.
Your Build consists of 14 Packs. CLICK HERE for more details.
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