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Pen Duick from old Le Baron kit

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Beautiful model, Jean-Pierre! I'm starting to build the Pen Duick by Artesania Latina. I tried to find some information about the Le Baron kit that you build but couldn't find anything. It looks like a very nice kit. What the dimensions of the model you built? Thanks.

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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.



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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,


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I find it a little difficult to give you precise answers.  I gave the model away to my oldest son who lives in Switzerland while I am confined in Belgium, and this model was built in the 1990's.  The rear end was thin indeed, I think on the real model no more than 10 to 15 cm judging by the photos.  I remember I paid extra attention to the curved piece of mahogany wood (piece from the kit?).  The "lip" you mention was not a problem for me, as I intended to paint the hull anyway.  By the way the Baron kit had provided mahogany strips for the second planking, which remained in the box and which I still use on occasions, because this was very difficult to smooth down.  The deck I painted black, and the planking was made of 2mm wide strips of ...balsa wood.  I let a space between the planks to simulate the caulking.


I made a few mistakes as well:  I induced a very little mast rake which shouldn't be there.  As a result, my main sail bulges a little.  Then there was the screw, of course.  I suppose it was a 2-blade one, but Tabarly may well have been tempted to use a foldable screw.

And last, the fore construction (can't find the name: luke?) which I think Artesania represents as a fairly square box, while referring to the pictures I have the fore end should be smaller than the rear one.  I'm still not sure.

The stanchion could have come with the kit, but then , apart from most blocks, it was all hand made stuff.


Oh, I forgot: Pen Duick was only my second wood ship model, and I thought as an idiot that the nails in the kit were meant to nail the planks to the hull.  I quickly saw that it is impossible to get a smooth hull with those bloody nails in it.  I removed all of them, and I dare say that Pen Duick is my best hull ever.  In the meantime I have a grrrrreat collection of small nails!


I will certainly love to follow your build log.  Happy building!

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Thanks very much, Jean-Pierre. Your Pen Duick will be a treasure for your son. My son will inherit my models some day and I think they will mean a lot to him as a valued heirloom from his father.


Do you have any other build logs on this forum? Are you building anything now?


Best regards,


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I find it a little difficult to give you precise answers.  I gave the model away to my oldest son who lives in Switzerland while I am confined in Belgium, and this model was built in the 1990's

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I realize that you built the model a long time ago and your son now has it. That's a very special gift for your son and your information has been helpful. I was just wondering if you have posted any other models on the forum and if you are currently building a model?



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