I decided to build one of the plastic frigates first and wanted to do the USS Chesapeake. The metal stern is bulky, more the size of sterns in the Third Rates pack I also bought. Much larger than the three plastic sterns that are on the sprue. Even though it bothered me a bit, I still attached it to the hull. It wasn't until I painted it that it occurred to me to look at the scratch 1/1200 Chesapeake I did awhile back. That one was from the Humphrey plans and I did quite a bit of research on the ship back then. Definitely wrong!
|The Black Seas supplied stern|
|This is Cesapeake's stern from Plate D of Mark Lardas' book American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836|
|James E Butterworth's full painting done in 1815|
|Painting of the Leopard Affair, closeup of Chesapeake's stern to the left|
|Painting showing Chesapeake being towed into Halifax|
|Another painting of Shannon vs Chesapeake|
|This painting has a nice closeup of Chesapeake's stern|
One more thing....the figurehead for Chesapeake....they appear to have gotten that right. Winged angel with left arm over right exposed breast. I found it among the four figureheads supplied. I have no idea yet about the other three. There are only two more frigates, Congress and Constellation. Hopefully the right ones are there.