Monday, April 21, 2014

6 Gun Schooner with Pivot Gun - Langton 1:1200

This is a very small model of a vessel type that was frequently employed on the Great Lakes during the war of 1812 - the schooner. This one carries six little carronades and a larger gun in the middle on a pivot. She's not the most formidable thing afloat, but she'll sweep up some gunboats quick enough.

This is a Langton Miniatures model in 1:1200 with photo etched brass sails and ratlines. I've replaced the masts and bowsprit with brass rod to add strength and be more in scale, and I've rigged it with nylon bristles from a paint brush.

 A size comparison shot: behind the Langton schooner is GHQ's 8 gun schooner, and behind that is el Gamo, a 32 gun frigate.


  1. Very nice James. You are amassing quite the small ship fleet.

  2. James,
    I took another close look at El Gammo. Are you not tying your rigging anymore? It almost looks like you used the brush bristle method on the Gammo as well?

    1. Thanks Vol - I'm enjoying the littler ships, and hoping to put together a privateering/ commerce raiding campaign system, in addition to filling out the Great Lakes.

      I did indeed start using the brush bristle method a lot. El Gamo has a few lines that are tied monofilament thread, to give it some strength (just in the standing rigging) but I used brush bristles as much as I could. It's much easier to not have to keep all the tensions in balance, less chance of the masts being pulled out of line. I'm glad to have encountered that recommendation over on the Chippy Shop!