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Introduction In this blog I want to tell about construction the to the first model with frames. I use remarkable drawings which are published in the book HMS Euryalus (1803) by Allan Yedlinsky and Wayne Kepmson http://www.seawatchbooks.com/111003. As I hope for the help of members of this forum. Any help, questions and remarks - are welcomed
As my first scratch build project, I chose to build the frigate HMS Blanche (1800), one of the 27 Apollo class frigates of 36 guns built to the design of William Rule (see wikipedia). The Blanche was built at Deptford by John Dudman and launched in 1800. In 1805, after some success in the West Indies, she was captured and burnt after a battle with 4 French vessels. One reason I chose to start this build was the book Frigates of the Royal Navy, HMS Euryalus by Allan Yedlinski and Wayne Kempson. Without this book and the accompanying plans, I would not have even contemplated a start. Along with the book, this site and the logs on it written by extremely skilled modellers is a fantastic resource. This will not be a fast build, and there will be some work done over a few times, but a after year into the project it remains a lot of fun. Thus far, I am using Totara for the keel and frames, Kauri for the inboard planking and intend to use Rimu for some internal work. All these are New Zealand native and are sourced from old floor boards, church pews and scrap fence posts. I have the plans from Greenwich (although Wayne's plans are superb and all that is required), and also got a print from them. So, here is my Blanche ..... Cheers Rob Current build status
I started this build in early March of 2012, and like most model shipwrights here, my build log was sacrificed to the computer gods. I do not have a copy of all the associated posts of the old log, but I do have photos. I am using the book and plans from Swan Books' Frigates of the Royal Navy series: HMS Euryalus (36) 1803 by Allan Yedlinsky with the plans by Wayne Kempson, and my wood is from Jeff Hayes at the Hobby Mill. Below is my first and last picture from my old log. More to follow. Regards, Clay