The Reina Luisa was built in Ferrol in 1791. After they laid down the keel in 1790 it was found she was 3-1/2 feet longer than the plans called for. To avoid additional costs to correct the error it was left as is and ended up actually adding to the good performance of the ship. In 1793 she was the flagship of Adm. Langara who joined Adm. Howe to occupy Toulon and later to evacuate the city.
Nominally 112 guns in 1791, by 1805 she carried 124 (threedecks.org). This model has 124 ports/guns, thus my decision to name her Reina Luisa.
|Lower Gun Deck||30||Spanish 36-Pounder|
|Middle Gun Deck||32||Spanish 24-Pounder|
|Upper Gun Deck||32||Spanish 12-Pounder|
|Quarterdeck/Forecastle||4||Spanish 24-Pound Obusier|
|Quarterdeck/Forecastle||10||Spanish 36-Pound Obusier|
Like all Navwar models this build required scratch built masts and spars. But unlike most, I was able to rework the stock sails for use with some modifications. I am running low on the ratline mesh I like and can't find, so I used a larger mesh that only works for larger ships. In addition, rather than painting her like the historical Spanish Navy standard yellow and blue, I painted her the red, black, and white so popular with gamers. She is so big I could use her as the Santissima Trinidad, but I intend to order the Langton or GHQ version at some future date. Here are the photos.
With Langton Santa Ana
My fleet so far
I always appreciate comments, suggestions, and ideas.