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  1. Bava

    Music to build ship models to ...

    Haha, don´t worry, guys, that´s the usual first reaction to 2Cellos. If you haven´t already, check out their Sydney Opera live show, simply amazing! By the way, that´s my favourite, their Californication cover (original by Red Hot Chili Pepers): Turn the volume up - preferably on a good sound system - and enjoy
  2. Bava

    Music to build ship models to ...

    Well, Floor (and Anette before her) certainly had big shoes to fill, Tarja is pretty much one of kind. More eclectic stuff ^^
  3. Bava

    Music to build ship models to ...

    @uss frolick Caravane Palace, very good choice! A few music vids from my playlists: Classic and some good old Heavy Metal
  4. I can only recommend this gem, one of the best books on naval history I've read so far! Willis' manages to pack a lot of information on a single page and makes it easy to read. 'The Admiral Benbow' and the 'The Fighting Temeraire' also are well worth buying.
  5. Bava

    Cut down / Razeed ships

    Blenheim, launched as a 90 in 1761, was cut down to a 74 in 1801. There's a profile plan showing the alterations (without the round bow, though) in the NMM collection.
  6. Bava

    terminology question - points off

    The compass is divided into 32 points, so 3 points would be a bit less than 34 degrees.
  7. Bava

    French frigate diana

    If she's French, her name would be spelt La Diane, n'est-ce pas? I always thought that this Diana was one of the spanish Mahonesa-class
  8. Bava

    What have you received today?

    Received this gem two weeks ago, but forgot to post it... The plan set is of an amazing quality, 32 sheets plus the book and jacket. If you want to built a beautiful ship in an rather big scale (1/36), then L' Amarante is definitely worth a look And it comes with top notch customer service, I got it within 6 days after ordering.
  9. Good to see another blender modeller here Got any special node setup for cycles? The pictures look pretty nice! And, of course, it´s a magnificent model!
  10. Bava

    20 Gun Sixth Rate Sloop of War

    If you want a british sloop, there´s the Shipyard cardboard kit for the HMS Wolf of 1753. Pretty unique and beautiful, in my opinion
  11. Bava

    What have you received today?

    Early christmas time...ordered the book two weeks ago, but 'had' to go a short holiday to Athens with the admiral, so no time to pick it up at the mail center. What an amazing book! And a true bargain on top of that as I payed 18 euros for it Hopefully the monograph about L'Amarante will arrive next week...good times, I tell ya.
  12. Bava

    1814: British vs French Frigates!

    It´s actually the Venus (that´s not the Bellona-class Venus) from the danish archives and Vial du Clairbois' L'Embuscade which have almost the same main frame as the Conny. I´d love to know where I put those comparison pictures, though The only 'hard' data - i.e. speed in knots - I know of is the ship log of the Diana during her cruise across the Atlantic when she repeatedly made 14 knots. Otherwise these ships were famed for their stability under sail and their sturdiness (and - initially - their armament, as they got their 24-pounders from 1783 onwards). If I remember correctly, Endymion´s speed with a battery of 24-pounders was 13.5 knots, with 18-pounders 14.2. For a first-hand comparison of both classes, one might have to dig through russian archives as they made 10+ copies of the Venus and also build a couple of Endymions By the way, is there any data on how the fir Endymions compared to the original? And to Leander and Newcastle? Edit: After looking through my files, I might have to add another ship to the 18-pounder frigate list in my post above: the danish Havfruen-class. 26*18-pounders on rather modest 148' 3'', capable of 10.6 knots close-hauled and 13 running free.
  13. Bava

    1814: British vs French Frigates!

    Great post, John! Well, I think France had two 'peaks' when their naval designs - especially their frigates - were superior to that of other nations; first one was the tenure of Blaise Pangalo as master shipwright at Brest at the turn of the 17th century, second one was when Blaise Ollivier held the same post for a rather brief period in the middle of the 18th century. After all, it was him who finalised the design of the 'true' sailing frigate - i.e. a cruiser with two continuous decks - and the famous 'apple-shaped' body that was so typical of french (and danish) frigates until the end of the Napoleonic Wars. It´s a pity Ollivier died before he could contribute to the next step in frigate design, building larger ships that could carry a battery of 12-pounders. So it was up to Sir Thomas Slade to develop the 'stars' of this class, the Nigers and the Lowestoft. These ships set the standard for this type of frigate in the middle of the 1750s and still were at the end of the 18th century ( honourable mention goes to the american Hancock and Guignance´s Dédaigneuse-class, though). Which 18-pounder class was the 'best' is up for debate. Maybe Rule´s Livelys, maybe Sané´s Pallas-class, maybe even Constellation/Congress. When it comes to 24-pounder frigates and when we take into account what BW posted above - cruising endurance, cost, manning requirement, firepower, speed, stability, strength, longevity - , then there´s only one pick for me, af Chapman´s Bellona-class. La Forte/L'Ègyptienne supposedly had their problems with strength/longevity and the United States-class falls a bit short in the cost departement
  14. No, 'my' La Cybèle (Pallas-class) is the one launched in 1810 at Le Havre and cut down to a sloop in 1833 The french archives have the plans for the conversion of La Cybèle and La Circé (Rolland's Armide-class). La Circé can also be seen in the AdMG.
  15. We´re good at nit-picking, aren´t we? And thank you very much for the email!! Sent my request today, maybe there will be two versions of La Cornélie, one according to your plans and one as La Cybéle as a frégate rasée.

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