I took a look at different western and chinese websites and found the ship in different outfits: for example the gun barbettes are shown in white, black, Grey or yellow. The masts are also shown in different type of construction, sometimes with longer upper masts and more yardarms.
The height of the masts seems to have been indeed more higher than at the model itself. Here is a drawing of the ship from a contemporary libraryīs encyclopedia:
These pictures from chinese websites are also looking promising and will be helpful also with the rigging as bronco donīt give you any adequate rigging plan as Hasegawa is doing:
I will keep my efforts closely with these chinese illustrations as they seem to be most spot on with the real ship. There is also a book "the Chinese steam Navy" which I will buy eventually for my project. We will see.
I was also happy to catch some pictures of the sailorīs uniforms for this time, this took me some time. Here are some officers:
and the Hotchkiss 37 mm cannon revolver:
these are my building guidelines so far. If some of you could contribute some facts for this ships you are welcome.