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Hi folks, the new project. I am not the sole builder of this model which is a club project for the Ship Modelling Society of Victoria. I am coordinating the build, doing the research, drawing the plans and assisting in the build process. I am providing this log as she is an interesting ship and I thought members may be interested. While designed as a warship along the lines of the contemporary Arrow and Vigilant Classes of Gun Dispatch vessels, she was operated in various roles, with only a very short period of active duty as a commissioned ship during the Maori Wars in New Zealand. Her Majesty’s Colonial Screw Sloop (HMCSS) Victoria was built for the defence of the Colony of Victoria during the gold rush era. The above image is a copy of a purchased image from The Illustrated London News which shows her during her Builders Trials. Additionally, as much of the hull construction has already been completed, I will providea summary of this part of the build only. Some questions related to researching this ship have been asked previously in other forums (see following links): http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/5574-cat-head-dimensions/?hl=%2Bhmcss+%2Bvictoria http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/3754-rigmaiden-patented-lanyard-plates/?hl=%2Bhmcss+%2Bvictoria http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/3780-emergency-tiller-for-hmcss-victoria-question/?hl=%2Bhmcss+%2Bvictoria