I took a base piece of plywood and attached a raised foredeck and after deck. The sides were just some molding I purchased at the local Michael's outlet. Glue plus patience and I was ready to continue.
It was simple enough to fashion the stern post and other aspects of the ship. Craft plugs were glued to the corners for running lights and the extensions at the waterline were molded and sanded to match as much as possible.
The bow was sanded and then cardboard was shaped around the curve to create the lower section. A single port for a bow-chaser was cut and a metal gun inserted. I was pleased and surprised what a little paint will do towards making it look more professional.
I want my ships to be generic so all the names are Latin. In theory I can use them for almost any nationality.
A lateen sail provides some propulsion in a removable mast. I assume the horse grenadiers (destined for another army) look on in approval.
I haven't worked out how to effectively model oars that won't take up an inordinate amount of space or be too breakable. I may also add a bowsprit, but time will tell. A rudder and tiller was also added after this picture. It will hold fourteen castings on 1" bases or 21 on 3/4" which is my other system. En garde!