Hello, I'm Alan from France .Admin of Wooden Ship Modelling (Modélisme Naval Bois) and member of AAMM, The Friends of National Maritime Museum, Paris.
I'm currently building the frigate Surprise. Kit bashing based on AL model.
First of all, my documentation.
As L'Unité a 26-gun corvette by Pierre-Alexandre Forfait, one of the greatest french naval architects.
Jean Boudriot, The 74-gun Warship
The frigate in the French Navy
The frigate La Belle Poule
As HMS Surprise a 6th rate frigate after refit at Deptford Shipyard, 1798.
Brian Lavery / Geoff Hunt, The frigate Surprise
John McKay / Ron Perlman, The frigate Pandora
David White, The frigate Diana
Robert Gardiner, The sailing Frigate.
The original plans of L'Unité and her 5 sister-ships are lost. I'm working on the plan draught by John Marshall in february 1798 during her refit.
As rearmed after the Jamaican campaing.
Gun-deck, 24 long-guns 9 pdr
Quarterdeck, 4 long-guns 4 pdr + 4 carronades 12pdr
Forecastle, 4 long-guns 4 pdr (2 chasers + 2) + 4 carronades 12 pdr
Lime and sapelli supplied by AL, double-planking in pearwood, box and ebony.
And now, a few pics.
Curved planks of gun-deck.
Weaving shuttle shaped floor of Great Cabin (A french tradition). Shuttles in mahogany.
Cutting of frames and knees. Too thick!