I'm going to build Rod Lagnton's small 1:300 version of this, the hull resin casting is very nice, although I think I'm going to redo all the masting and yards as they appear to be a bit out of scale too heavy.
1) A feature I'd never seen, when I saw it on the casting I first thought it was some kind of error, but no there it is on both sides, and I found pics of a very nice as-launched model of the class ship Amazon, and there they are. Fully planked wing-like extensions of the hull from the main wale to the forward outer edge of the foremast channels.
I'm not nearly the expert most of you gentlemen are but I have looked at lots of pics of RN frigates and I don't recall seeing this before. After staring at it a while only thing I can come up with is it's extra reinforcement for the foremast channels as they had problems with them being damaged when her bow dove into waves? If so it's odd they weaken it by having the chainplates extend through it. I also wondered if it had something to do with lashing up the um bowyer anchor, but I don't see any sign of fittings or cleats or anything you'd assume to see.
2) The version I'm building is Juno during the Napoleonic wars, with 32 pounder carronade deck armament and fully built-up forecastle and quarterdeck bulkheads and she appears to be carrying 40 guns total. Anyone know of good reference sources for ships of this class at that point in their service histories? As nice as the base resin hull is, it has room for improvement in details and I'd like to get those details right
Thanks in advance.