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This will be my first scratch build So after getting some books from ANCRE my choice fell on La Belle and the configuration it had under Cavellier de la Salle’s 1684 expedition. It is mentioned in Frölich's book as one of the easier ships for a beginner to scrach building. (We'll see about that...) Just order some pearwood from Arkowood, this will be the main building blocks for this model. I have some boxwood I'll use for carvings and decorations, later I'll order some ebony for wales, railings and blocks. In a couple of weeks (when my salary comes in) some Proxxon powertools are coming my way from germany. One of the big reasons for this picking this build is it's relativly nice size. Size of the model Length Width Height Hull 54 15 18 Model rigged 62 24 52 Links of interest: http://olivier.gatine.free.fr/modeles.html http://nautarch.tamu.edu/model/report1/ http://ancre.fr/en/monographies-en/30-monographie-de-la-belle-barque-1680.html
Monograph - The Saint-Philippe -1693 Jean-Claude LEMINEUR Ancre Catalogue # PHILA (for the English, 1:48 complete edition) Available from Ancre from €225,00 (scale drawing size dependent) The Saint Philippe was a First Rank ship of the line of the French Royal Navy, the second vessel in the two-ship Tonnant Class (her sister being the Tonnant). This ship was ordered in late 1692 to be built at Toulon Dockyard, and on 20 January 1693 she was allotted the name Saint Philippe, taking the name of a ship lost in the Action at La Hogue in June 1692. The designer and builder of both ships was François Coulomb, and they represented an enlargement of his design of 1691 for the Sceptre, with an extra pair of guns (and gun ports) added on each level. They were three-decker ships without forecastles. The Saint Philippe was launched on October 1693 and completed in December of the same year. She was initially armed with 90 guns, comprising twenty-eight 36-pounders on the lower deck, thirty 18-pounders on the middle deck, twenty-six 12-pounders on the upper deck, and six 6-pounders on the quarterdeck. The Saint Philippe was rebuilt at Toulon from February 1699 to 1700; she took part in the Battle of Vélez-Málaga on 24 August 1703. In July 1707 - during the siege of Toulon - she and her sister were undergoing a refit in the basin of Le Mourillon and avoided the scuttling order which affected most other French ships at Toulon; they were sailed to counter the British attack, and subsequently were used as floating batteries. The Saint Philippe was condemned at Toulon on 18 August 1714 and was subsequently taken to pieces. The Monograph The Saint-Philippe – 1693 is the very latest monograph from Ancre, having only been released a few months ago. I’ve seen numerous Monographs over the years, being lucky enough to thumb through them and be astounded at the levels of detail within. For me, this is the very first time that I’ve actually owned one, with this being sent by Ancre for review here on Model Ship World. It’s been a few weeks since I received this, along with a couple of other titles that I’ll be publishing articles for here in the upcoming weeks. Be in no doubt, this Monograph is heavy. The website itself tells you that it weighs around 4.5kg (almost 10lbs, for our imperial users), and it arrived by courier in a superbly packed and padded box, along with the other titles. Saint-Philippe itself is also has a clear film wrap that needs to be removed before we can explore further. Written by Jean-Claude Lemineur and translated by François Fougerat, this set is presented in a large presentation semi-slip case that opens out totally to reveal the contents within. The slip itself is jacketed like a conventional book, with a beautiful photograph of José Tuset’s completed model on the cover. General statistics for this Monograph are: BOOK MAKEUP 220-page brochure containing the source, the history and reduced-scale plates with commentaries 16 page full-color booklet showing details of admiralty-style rigged models 45 large format plates showing the full description of the vessel. (The sails and The Saint-Philippe under sail 1/96) Chapter 1 - Presentation of sources 1.1 Data defining the general architecture and construction elements 1.2 Elements of decoration 1.3 Colors used in the days of the Saint-Philippe 1.4 Discussion about the theme of the decoration 1.5 Origins of vessels of the class of the Saint-Philippe 1.6 State of the Navy after 1692. Chapter II - Flag-carrying vessels 2.1 Saint-Philippe, 1662 – 1692 2.2 Royal Louis 1668 – 1697 2.3 Soleil Royal 1669 – 1692. Chapter III- The Coulombs, father and son and the Toulon naval constructions. Chapter IV- Evolution of bronze guns casting. Chapter V- Summary of the Saint-Philippe’s operational career. Chapter VI- Description of the timber structure. Construction of the vessel accompanied by 31 reduced scale plates. Chapter VII- Drawings and commentaries of the plates. Chapter VIII- Commentaries on photographs of models. 1/72 dimensions Hull L: 86cm, W: 24cm, H: 32cm Fully Rigged L: 105cm, W: 42cm, H: 90cm 1/48 dimensions Hull L: 129cm, W: 36cm, H: 48cm Fully Rigged L: 158cm, W: 63cm, W: 135cm 1/36 dimensions Hull L: 171cm, W: 48cm, H: 63cm Fully Rigged L: 210cm, W: 84cm, H: 180cm 45 plates Pl.1 Schematic elevation of the vessel Pl.2 Schematic plan Pl.3 Body plan Pl.4 Construction of the head Pl.5 Construction of the stern-frame Pl.6 to Pl.14 Profile of the frames. Pl.15 Elevation of the timber framing Pl.16 Longitudinal section without furniture Pl.17 Longitudinal section including furniture Pl.18 Cross-section of the stern at station frame VI aft Pl.19 Cross-sections at station frames V aft to III aft Pl.20 Cross-sections at frames II aft to the main middle mould Pl.21 Cross-sections from the main middle mould to frame II forward Pl.22 Cross-sections from frame III to V forward Pl.23 Plan of the hold Pl.24 Arrangements in the hold and orlop deck Pl.25 Plan of the first deck timber structure Pl.26 Plan of the first deck including furniture Pl.27 Plan of the second deck timber structure Pl.28 Plan of the second deck including furniture Pl.29 Plan of the third deck timber structure Pl.30 Plan of the third deck including furniture Pl.31 Plan of the quarterdeck timber structure Pl.32 Plan of the quarterdeck accommodations and poop deck timber structure Pl.33 Elevation view of the planked hull Pl.34 Elevation view of the decorated hull Pl.35 Structure of the stern and quarter-galleries Pl.36 Decoration of the stern and head Pl.37 Furniture I - Anchors - artillery - galley Pl.38 Furniture II - Rudder - capstan - bitts Pl.39 Furniture III - hatches - longboat - boats Pl.40 Decoration and furnishings of the accommodations Pl.41 Mainmast spars Pl.42 Foremast spars Pl.43 Mizzenmast and bowsprit spars Pl.44 Sails (1/96 scale) Pl.45 The St-Philippe under sail (1/96 scale) Translated by François Fougerat Model under sail by José Tuset Michel Magerotte's single shell model Book Images Plate Images (very small sample) Images from colour brochure, of completed model Conclusion I’m still getting to grips with actually owning something as beautifully presented and comprehensive as this publication for the Saint-Philippe. It really is a masterpiece in its own right, and you’ll need some considerable shelf space to store it. The book is a beautifully printed perfect-boundpublication with high quality finish paper. As Ancre themselves say, “The rare nature of studies dedicated to Louis XIV’s navy, the prestige surrounding the vessel under study, the abundance of pictorial information and the rich nature of the numerous commentaries makes this monograph a matchless trove”,and that really can’t be doubted whatsoever. This is an epic release, and if you like the large, triple gun deck ships, then this should have a place on your shelf, even if it’s only to pour over the sheer wealth of detail that has been put together by its author. Working with the plans will be a delight as the drawings are all fine line, ensuring the correct size of parts when you measure up against them. They are also all very neatly folded, with no unnecessary creases. Having the colour booklet with a completed model will also not just give inspiration but gives you a rough idea of what you need to be aiming for, as well as such gorgeous details such as the interior curved staircases and their unusual format/layout. The book not only grounds you in the history surrounding the vessel and its origins and protagonists, but also into the construction of what must’ve been a most impressive ship, even for those days of ornamentation. Amazing to think that you can actually build a complete, miniature ship from this set, down to every smallest detail. Now….I just need a house big enough to build this model! The Saint-Philippe – 1693 is available in English, French and Italian languages, and plans are available in 1:72, 1:48, and 1:36 scales. The plans may also be purchased separately without the book, in 1:72 and 1:36 scales. Check out the options on the Ancre website. My thanks to Didier Berti of Ancre, for sending this Monograph out for review here on Model Ship World. To purchase directly, click the link at the top of the article.
Par l'Ingénieur De La Morandière 1823 HISTORIQUE DES GOËLETTES & MONOGRAPHIE METHODE DE CONSTRUCTION DU MODELE this is the original title on the books cover but I'm working with my "working edition" copied from the english libary edition - because I can't spreak french and only guess some vocabulary by my rest of latin from school. Some months ago I borrowed the english edition from the libary and figured out there are more than five schooners awaiting the reader inside. I decided to buy the book because it is a very economical way to built a hand full of ships by one book - due to the fact that I'm not wealthy. And so I buyed the french edition pre-owned on the antique market with all the five plan sheets inside for all that I cannot speak french at all! So I payed again for the interlibary loan to get english-languaged copy again - copying it to be able to read it at all. I searched out three possible model ships for myself to get more difficult projects "to keep the challange alive" - going foreward step by step. So I followed the Monfeld's way of growng complexity in the chose of the paragon. I wrote to the Ancre publishers to get some more details about the sweaps for the boats and the oars for the aviso - because I decided to build her in a clam towed by boats. This type of model will give the possibility to me to show her full rigging of all sails and studdingsails set in an spiral order (after MacGregor "The square rigged sailing ships"). The spiral is the trial to catch any wind from any direction. And to use this moment also to give an idea of the size of the schooner to the viewer by using 1/48 figures at the oars in boat and on the deck. (I made mility modelbuilding for many years and so I'm used to alter figures to get them to fit to the situation they are placed in.) "La Jacinthe" is an aviso schooner built for the use in the colonies. The small armarment of two 12 pounder carronades shows clearly the were not built wor the battle line. The were built and used as dispatch vessels for collecting information and having an eye on the trade traffic. The schooner belonged to the Anemone-Class and the ships were in duty till the 1860th - some of them were altered and got an encloses bulkwalk and a one part gun lid from the hulls side up to the middle of the port. A problem I'm dealing with in my article about the "La Munite" in her appearence of 1833 ( http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/4810-la-jacinthe-building-a-variation-further-sources/ ). A picture added below. The shistership "La Topaze" doesn't had a topgallant sail and yard. She may have used the two triangeled sails instead. The dimensions are given in the original enlisting from the drawing below. A very good model was to see on the woldchampionship in Rijeka 2012 winning a C1 silver medal by the skilled builder Slavian Narlev from Bulgaria. So I'm going to tell something about her and my thoughts about my first scratch project - I'm going to catch as much information before my start as possible. Here are the plans sheets - all are scaled to 1/48! The very best point for the very beginning greenhorn like me is the planking is shown plank for plank in the sections drawing. Where to glue to the formers and how thick the pear has to be. Best for me may be to put a first planking of solftwood (lime/linden) on bulkheads and than to sand till the blood is coming out under the nails... to be able to add the second pearplanking on a smooth surface. So I start now to collect some information, ideas and perhaps warnuings from all of you - long time before starting the building. So I'll have a look towards my copies and asks some of the typical greenhorn questions.