After watching the whole Hornblower series of movies, I was led to the Honor Harrington series of books. Personally, I think that the series is a great science fiction rendition of the Royal Navy during the age of sail/steam. My first model from the series is a Reliant-Class Battlecruiser (H.M.S. Nike) of the Manticoran navy. Below is a (crappy) screenshot of what I have so far.