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  1. After a long creative vacuum, I started a new project. This is the so-called "gabare" Le Gros Ventre at 1:48 scale, the model will be realized using the POF method (plank on frame) according to a monograph by Gerard Delacroix. I will use cherry, pear, black hornbeam and maple wood for the building, without painting. Gabare is a cargo ship used by the French Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries. For this reason, there is no orlop deck. The first phase of the construction was the making of a building board necessary for the installation of frames on the keel. Great attention must be paid to the maximum accuracy of the position of the bottom and top base.
  2. I have it in mind to build a 1:48 scale fully framed model of the french gabare Le Gros Ventre. This will be based on the excellent plans by M. Gerard Delacroix published by ANCRE Press. This is of particular relevance to me, as a western australian, since this vessel, under the command of M. St. Allouarn, was part of the Kerguelen expedition of 1772. He in fact laid claim, in the name of the french King, to the western australian coast and left a message to this effect in a bottle at Shark Bay 30th May 1772. Unfortunately, M. St. Allouarn died at Ile de France 5 months later. Le Gros Ventre ended its life as a hulk in 1779. As a start, I present the building board. Dick I plan to use only western australian woods for this project.
  3. 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 ? I did... 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.
  4. Hi Folks, today I started my new Project and my first Scratch Build Log. The "Gros Ventre" the Kings Gabare according to plans from Gérard Delacroix. I want to build the ship with pear wood and I hope i can handle it Here are my first steps: threaded bars....I hope this is right washers nuts and the Woodparts Now I´m waiting for the plans, they are one the way to me. Stay tuned

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