This warship was one of the first French ships of what I would term the transitional or early Pre Dreadnought period where heavy guns were sited on the main deck only and propulsion was in the process of changing to steam only . These early pre-dreadnought models will be made in 1/1200 scale . Amiral Duperre originally carried masts for a full sailing rig but these were changed early in her career for military masts. Amiral Duperre mounted 4 x 13.4 inch cannons on her main deck in barbettes .
Formidable and Amiral Baudin were a development of the earlier Amiral Duperre , this class of warship carried 3 x centreline barbette mounted 14.6 inch cannon . By this time the sailing rig had completely disappeared and heavy two military were in their place .
One of a class of three warships with similar gun layout, Marceau mounted 4 x 13.4 inch cannon en-barbette in the famous French lozenge layout .
Similar to the Marceau in gun layout and armament the Magenta had higher superstructure than her sistership .
Neptune was very similar in her appearance to her sister ship Magenta had slight but noticeable differences in her port and starboard barbettes .
Hoche was the ultimate representation of the transitional pre-dreadnought warship in that she had features seen on the later vessels . She was similar to the preceding lozenge layout warships but she had her fore and aft guns sited in turrets and had a lower freeboard to compensate for the additional weight.