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French cutter Le Cerf in 1/48 scale

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During about two years I have been building a model of French cutter Le Cerf, and finally a few days ago it could be regarded as finished. When searching a new project to build, from the beginning I somehow liked the one mast cutter Le Cerf, issued by French Ancre. So I purchased the documentation package, which included much information about French Navy in general, and especially about the vessel itself. Included were also 12 sheets of plans, which were drawn in the scale of 1/48, which suited me very well, because my previous build was also made at this scale.


After having studied the documents and plans for a couple of days, I started the project by making the bulkheads out of plywood. Hull & deck planking were made using strips sawn of abachi wood, which was a positive surprise for me, because it was very easy to work with and to bend the strips and attach them in place. The hulls of French cutters were made in clinker method, and after first difficulties it seemed to me easier to make than "normal" smooth hulls.

Gun carriages and othe small details were made of cherry wood, and decorations at the stern were carved of boxwood.

Gun barrels are made of brass, together with the blocks and rigging threads they were the only purchased parts. Sails were made of thin Egyptian cotton. It was colored with acrylic paints together with a small amount of white glue diluted in water.


I am quite happy with the result. Now again I am in the situation of trying to decide what to build next.

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Absolutely Beautiful!  I just started a kit version of this as my first build.  I hope it bears some resemblance to your stunning work at some point...lol

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On 8/25/2020 at 2:21 PM, Adrenalin19991 said:

Great job, hope I can get close to the standard you have set for my Le Cerf (which im building from he Dusek kit)!

How is your build going? I am new to this and just started on the same build.  VERY Challenging for a beginner!

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