The steam Picket Boat was developed from the 63ft craft that were carried by Capital ships from 1863, to be launched and carry out attacks on the enemy fleet.
They were never used in such a role but became maids of all work for ships.
They could be armed with a 3pd gun (as shown) or a Nordenfelt machine gun. The craft were constructed with the best quality and some even survive today in working order.
The 56ft was the most numerous and became a classic of its type.
After service with the Royal Navy many of the type became the 56ft seaplane tenders for the Royal Air Force. Some of the type even survive to this day as private craft.
Details of the kit
Scale 1/24 Length 711mm Beam 152mm Sailing weight 2kgs
The kit is based on a glass fibre hull, deck is Laser cut and laser planking engraved in to the surface of the marine grade 1/16th plywood. The main cabin and parts are laser cut from 1mm HIPS sheet so no cutting out of complex windows. The main cabin roof. funnel, and engine casing is vacformed plastic. motor mount included.
A complete set of fittings in metal and resine is supplied in the kit along with propshaft,prop etc.
A full size plan with colour embedded pictures along with a comprehensives instruction book.