These were specialist vessels whose main armament was two mortars, usually 10″ and 13″, which were used to lob shells into enemy fortifications. This model is of the Hecla, a converted merchantman that used removable bulwarks to be able to fire its mortars horizontally as a broadside.
With complements of less than 20 guns, unrated vessels were commanded by lieutenants and comprised sloops, brigs, schooners, cutters, transports, bomb vessels and gunboats.
Sold as complete sets (hull, masts and sails). Sails are ‘set’ are in photo etched brass; rest of kit (including furled sails) in white metal alloy. See ‘Sail Settings’ for descriptions of each type of sail. Only the ES1A sail settings have a choice between white metal and brass, make sure to get the one you want.