A bomb ship is a purpose-built siege ship, armed with mortars on its gun deck instead of cannons. Bomb ships did have cannons on the upper deck for defense, of course, but they mostly relied on frigate escorts for protection from enemy ships. Early bomb ships were built as ketches with unusually wide hulls, as they were so small that the foremast had to be removed in order to accomodate the mortar. By the 19th century, however, warships had gotten large enough that the only difference between a full-rigged frigate and a bomb ship was the distance between the masts. Bomb ships also lacked staysails on the courses, as the rigging got in the way. Furthermore, the stays were usually made of chain, rather than rope, to keep them from catching on fire. I have decided to call this model the “1812 bomb ship” because it uses the same hull as my 1812 frigate. On an interesting note, bomb ships were historically classified as “sloops of war” because most of them carried too few guns (<20) to be rated. This one, however, has 46 total gunports (!), and thus does not qualify. Then again, rating systems varied by navy, and this ship is not specific to any nation.
1812 Bomb Ship
A non-specific three-masted bomb vessel. The two siege mortars are mounted on rotating platforms, though fixed in place and pointing in opposite directions on this particular model.
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Kaja’s Models and Machinations specialises in models of experimental Soviet heavy tanks produced from 1939-1957, primarily in 1:220 (Z gauge) and 1:285 (6mm) scales. A high-detail model of the KV-1 suitable for 1:100 (15mm) is also available (and I will upload it at the first opportunity), and others may be available on request. Other models include ancient war galleys, tall ships from the Golden Age of Sail, and even steamships from World War I. I am currently experimenting with some of my original designs as well, and I hope to create an entire collection of original miniatures at least as impressive as my historical collection.
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