Hello Jean-Pierre, thank you for your reply. I think the Le Baron kit is larger than the AL kit that I have. The Al kit is 54.3 cm in length. The AL kit does not have a screw either. I suppose I could try and add one but I've never scratch built anything and I'm not confident about making major modifications to the kit. The fittings in the Le Baron kit look quite nice. Some of them look better than what is in the AL kit.
Can you tell me if the the hull should come all the way up to the deck at the stern and thereby forming a sharp edge where the hull and the deck meet at the stern? I have finished fairing the hull and have a small lip, about 3 mm, that drops straight down at the stern where it then intersects with the hull. I haven't been able to tell from photos of the boat which profile is correct.
It would be great if you would stop by my build log on occasion. You may be able to give me some advice if you see things that I could be doing better.
All the best,
Just read your comment. The Le Baron kit was a production from the 1980's I think. It was a fairly basic model, and if built straight from the box, it would not have pleased me...as a plastic modeller. So I collected a lot of documents, included a couple of ...calendar sheets, showing many details of the ship, and the model is almost entirely based on this. Almost as soon as my model was finished, Artesania produced their kit, which I assume is a leap forward from the Le Baron kit. There is one obvious thing missing on my model (and I think also from the Artesania kit), and that is the screw. I don't know if the original had a 2-blade screw or a foldable one.
Did you know that Tabarly had almost completely rebuilt the original ship, which he had herited from his father. And yes, the new hull is from polyester. DSo when Tabarly tried so sign up for a regatta of old timers, he was refused because of the hull not being the original one.
I think I remember the Artesania model is quite a bit larger than this model. I cannot tell exactly, but my model should be about 70 - 80 cm long including jib.
Have a good time building this model.