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  1. My first build was the Bon Retour. Everything on it is currently done except the rigging, but I'm waiting on replacement deadeyes, since I shattered one that had been poorly drilled. In the meantime, I read through the instruction book for La Provençale, which I had planned to be my second build. Discovering that the kit is much easier than the Bon Retour and that the instructions for La Provençale are much, much better, I decided (perhaps foolishly) to dive into the new kit that had been on deck. In particular, the rigging instructions are very detailed with clear diagrams. So, I've decided to set the Bon Retour off to the side for a few weeks while I work on La Provençale and learn more about rigging. Being a francophile and a novice model ship builder, I'm particular drawn right now to these French fishing boats as I improve my skills. (I also have Artesania Latina's Saint-Malo kit waiting for me after I finish these two.) This one is tied to some particularly fond memories for me. A few years ago, I was doing research on the Côte d'Azur and was staying in a little fishing village called Beaulieu-sur-mer, right at the top end of the Saint-Jacques-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. By chance, I saw posters up for a Fête de Saint-Pierre and decided to attend. The celebration is organized annually by the local Catholic church to celebrate the feast day of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors. After mass was celebrated (outdoors, on a plaza overlooking the harbor), the priest blessed the fishing boat that had been built for this Fête. Then several men from the congregation—those who had been chosen to build the boat that year—hoisted it onto their shoulders and we marched en masse to the harbor. While the men rigged the little fishing boat, the rest of us boarded a ferry and sailed out to the bay. The priest gave a prayer the local fire chief tossed a wreath into the sea, commemorating all of the local fishermen and sailors who had died in the previous year. When we returned to shore, everybody cheered on the group of men with the small fishing boat as they launched the craft for a three-day vigil. The boat, they told me, was designed on the model of the boats in Galilee...but upon seeing La Provençale, I immediately recognized in it that little craft from Beaulieu! Unfortunately, I apparently thought it was rude to take a photo during the mass, since I have no photos of that boat, otherwise I'd share. And so, diving in. On Day 1, I opened up the box and inventoried the parts (sorry for the glare in the photo!), then read through the instructions a few times.
  2. hello this is my very 1st build log - in fact the model is already finished - for the 2nd I will make a 2nd build log and trying to update as the model is progressing anyway, my very 1st model in this hobby is the La Provençale from Artesania Latina (1/20 scale) I'm from the south of France (Provence) so La Provençale sounds particularly familiar for me 🙂 start : a big study of the manual planking of the hull - I choose this model because planking is different from the others - I found it was a good approach for an initiation moreover there is no paint of the hull (only varnish) : so no additional work that I don't manage for this time next time : I will take something more rigid than Q-tip the hull is finished - I should have removed the inner part of the frame (burned by the laser) at the very 1st step because I didn't do and it was not so easy at this step with varnish (I found a very good varnish) : 1st time with the small fixations for the rudder - I'm really not happy with the result because I badly started - after it was too difficult to adjust - next time I will try to start better from there pictures are smaller on my iPhone - I didn't realize - sorry - I will do better for the next time alignment is OK : the mast has been sanded in order to get the right form (conic) - the top has been sanded also to respect the final shape (sorry for the quality of the pictures) 1st time for me with these so small parts (and holes !!!) but I found a technic for the wire : cyano at the extremity to make the wire straigth, cutting the wire - after it's much easier et voilà (the support is a wooden door handle) : I had a lot of pleasure with this model despite I can see now mistakes and bad methods - for few things I will try differently for the next time I can't wait for the 2nd model...
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