HMS Lively class 5th rater . This is my third ship LDD project. The design was finished at the end of August, thus making it my fastest project yet. (1-2 months). It hasn´t been uploaded until now because of the summer meltdown of Mocpages.
Just like my other models she is in the scale 1:38(Please take time to compare this model with the paintings/wooden-models of HMS Lively and HMS/USS Macedonian). Though she´s a LDD model my intent is a “buildable” design.
Sorry about the geeky nature of the presentation, but I can’t escape the fact that this is a very geeky project so…
The Lively class was one of the most successful British frigate designs of the Napoleonic Wars. The first one ordered in 1799 and the last one broken up in 1885.
As the model resembles an entire class of frigates (16 ships) I´ve used several ships as inspiration
To the Americans, the best known ship of this class must be the HMS/USS Macedonian which that was captured by USS United States in the 1812 war between USA and the British Empire.
The main source for the exterior color-design is HMS Victory, as the Royal Navy painted the entire fleet in Nelson mesh after the Battle of Trafalgar.
The hull consists of 7 cross-sections, each 21-30 studs long.
Here a closer look at the "main mast section" to show the gun implacements. This section also features the pumps, but I couldn´t find a good angle to show this on a picture. you just have to look at the LDD file, sorry.
This frigate was armed with some pretty specialized guns- from left to right:
-The 18 pdr gun served as the main armament of the ship, not the heaviest longgun but a fair blend of firepower, range and accuracy.
-The 32 pdr carronade, the use of these guns gave the ship a close range broadside almost as heavy as a ship of the line, ouch!
-The 9 pdr chase guns, small but accurate. This was used to make "potshots" at rigging and crew, nasty.
The boats, anchor and capstan is a further development of these features on the "HMS Surprise" design.
Now follows some pictures of the design process. (Steps 1-9) This is about same as with the HMS Surprise.
1: Initial measuring, this is based mainly on the 1812 drawings of “Macedonian”, these drawings give reference points with gaps of 5-10 feet.
2: Filling the gaps, and designing the bow. Some will notice the white helmet and face on the other pictures of the figurehead. These are the only pieces that are not directly buyable via “Bricklink” or “DesignByMe”. The rest is pretty standard.
3: Cleaning up the hull, this is the stage where I make the model structurally sound and finish the main design of the external hull including the stern. The hull is approx. 180 studs long and approx. 40 studs wide(beam).
4: Inside SNOT, As I don´t have a lot of data on the lower decks of the Lively class, stage 4 -7 is a combination of HMS Lively(5th rater), HMS Surprise(6th rater), HMS Leopard(4th rater) and HMS Victory (1st rater).
5: The Hold, this includes the base of the main mast, the foremast and the pumps. The upper part of this is often referred to as the Orlop.
6: The lower deck, this deck serves about the same purpose as the orlop on a Ship of the Line. It has a lot of cabins, and the base of the mizzenmast.
7: The upper deck, this is the main gun-deck carrying 28 18 pounder long-guns. This deck also features the galley/stove, the pumps, one of the capstans, the main cabin (with checkerboard floor) and the fake base of the bowsprit.
8: Top deck(s), Forecastle: with 4 32 pdr carronades, 2 9 pdr chasers, the stove chimney and the belfry. Spardeck: this will later be dominated by the ships boats. Quarterdeck: with 12 32 pdr carronades, 2 9 pdr chasers, the second capstan and the wheel.
9: Masts & other stuff, this is the final stage of a LDD design, on a real build this would be followed by a rigging stage and the construction of a display stand.
And finally a couple of shots of the HMS Lively class 5th rater together with the Danish brig of war HDMS Lougen