This realistic model was made by hand with no precision instruments. Wood, a few small metal and plastic parts were used in the construction. Tage was a protected cruiser built for the French Navy in the 1880s, the second vessel of that type built
for the French fleet. The design was based on the previous cruiser,
Sfax, and like that vessel, Tage was intended to be used as a commerce raider to attack merchant shipping. As such, she carried a barque sailing rig to supplement her steam engines
for long voyages overseas.
Tage was armed with a main battery of eight 164 mm (6.5 in) guns and had a curved armor deck that was 51 to 56 mm (2 to 2.2 in) thick. Tage spent the 1890s operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

Andrea De Bonis