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  1. I’ve been fiddlin’ around with model ships off and on for several years. Up to now, I’ve never really settled in and completed a display quality model ship. I’ve started a couple of build logs here on MSW; (1) Model Shipways Willie Bennett; which was almost completed but got lost somewhere moving, and (2) Model Shipways Fair American, which I still work on occasionally. I'm still relatively inexperienced so I’m always open to critique, comments, advice, and suggestions. Please don’t hesitate to jump in... About the kit… The Belle Poule (1932) kit is produced by Dusek Ship Kits. Not going to do the “what’s in the box” thing here as Dusek Ship Kits has posted an excellent “what’s in the box” video and Dirk (Dubz) posted a fine review of the kit and contents. First impressions: 1. There are a lot more laser cut parts and the wood appears to be of much better quality than I have seen in other kits. Its obvious that a lot of research, planning, and engineering has been done to produce this kit. 2. The plans and instructions appear to be adequate. I like that the plan sheets have layouts of the laser-cut parts sheets so you don’t have to sort through all the parts sheets when you’re looking for specific items. 3. I'm anxious to see how the laser-cut pre-spiled planking works out. Scale 1:50 Length: 755 mm (2923⁄32in) Width: 255 mm (103⁄64in ) Height: 655 mm (2525⁄32in About La Belle Poule… La Belle Poule (1932) is the fourth ship of the French Navy to bear the name. The modern Belle Poule, the subject of this kit, was launched on February 8, 1932, at Chantiers de Normandie at Fecamp, France, and is a replica of an Icelandic cod fishing vessel. She has a sister ship, Étoile. In 1940 she was seized by the British and served the Free French Forces during the Second World War. Since 1978, the Belle Poule has been sponsored by the city of Pauillac, France and underwent an extensive renovation and restoration in 2017. La Belle Poule is 123’ long, a beam of 24’ and has displacement 225 tons. Powered by sail and a 285 hp diesel engine, the ship is able to sail up to 12.5 knots under sail and up to 9 knots powered by diesel engine. She still maintains a very active sailing schedule.

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