Greetings MSW. I am back after completing Chuck's Confederacy scratch after a 7 year build finished in 2016. (he did give me some cheats on the figurehead and some sculptures....) She is an incredibly designed kit - I learned a ton - and ironically it was built in several apartments while single with nothing but a crappy Delta scroll saw and an old Preac table saw, along with Xacto knifes. Jeff Hayes perfectly milled wood helped a ton ! And then I got married and my twins were born which slowed down everything in 2013.
I have always wanted to build a fully framed French ship and collected a full library of Ancre subjects (the 74 Gun Series, Monographs of the 74 timbers, Commerce de Marseille, and La Renommee). So after buying a house in the suburbs - I built out a workshop. I gathered the necessary tools over the past few years - Byrnes Table Saw, Thickness Sander, Disc Sander, Proxxon Mill, Proxxon Planer, Wood River spindle sander and a Dewalt full size table saw to reduce my flitch of pear wood to usable size. I have also collected Lie Nielsen chisels and its Lee Valley Sharpening system.
So it seems I can't fail right ?
Call it being a Dad of young twins or just sheer intimidation. I could not complete the stem for La Renommee to my standard so I quit. I then decided - maybe a simpler subject would work - so I began construction on La Jacinthe in 1/32 scale. Not only did I have issues with consistency of enlarging the plans (thanks FedEx/UPS store) - I grew bored with its construction - I have already successfully completed several plank on bulkhead models.
So I returned to the enlarged plans that Delacroix sent me for Le Gros Ventre in 1/36 scale - a noble subject - with nice lines, simpler sculptures and yet a serious challenge. I have heard from several members on this forum that building fully framed in larger scale is easier...
So here is the start of my build log - it will be messy showing all of the mistakes in order to build a fully framed model. Here are my results after 2 months of work - the last photo showing my useable parts.