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  1. Before I start my build log some information about the real La Créole and the data from which my model will build. The La Créole was a 24-gun corvette of the French Navy. The corvette carried 4 x 18 pdr guns and 20 x 30 pdr carronades. Her plans were drawn by P. M. Leroux in 1827. She was launched in Cherbourg in May 1829. The ship took part in the French invasion of Mexico in 1838, and most notably in the Bombardment of San Juan de Ulloa before French troops disembarked and captured the city of Veracruz. There is a fine shipyard model on display at the Musée national de la Marine in Paris which is shown by many photos in the book of Jean Boudriot (in French). I use the following sources for building my model of the corvette: Jean Boudriot - Historique de la corvette 1650-1850: La Créole, 1827 Now the images of beginning: To be continued... Best regards Johann
  2. My new passion. The wood that i use are oak, moraine oak, ebony, padоk. 1: 36
  3. Why scratch? I always had a high requirements for a wood quality and fitting quality. Unfortunately, even expensive kits were never close to what I want. After getting a first pack of boxwood, I would never go back to any inferior wood (read - kit wood). And I am not ready to tolerate a bad quality in the kit. Hence, only scratch. Not that scary though, I do most of the parts from scratch anyway. It's a pity that kit producers do not offer a wood upgrade. For a serious build, cost is spreading over a number of years, so is it really so important? Speed of the build is not important, I enjoy the process. So I take Remco's motto - "Treat each part as if it is a model on its own, you will finish more models in a day than others do in a lifetime". Why Hahn? For a weird reason, don't like the realistic framing style, like David Antscherl suggests. First - you don't see anything between frames, and second - uneven spacing and shape of frames make me feel dizzy when I look on them. Physically. I know it sounds weird, but I just can't. So - frames would be spaced evenly, even if it's unrealistic. So what, I'm not adding a rocket engines to my model Also, Hahn's method for a frame construction looks easier. Yes, the wood usage is higher, but again - why that matters? I will build it for 5 years at least, so paying a bit extra for additional wood is not a problem. And I truly like the design of Hahn's jig! Why Oliver Cromwell? This ship has no honorable history. It was built in 1777 in Philadelphia, started a pretty good career - capturing 7 ships in 3 months after a start - but then was defeated by british HMS Beaver. Was downgraded from 24 cannons to 12, and served remaining time guarding british coast. Died in a hurricane after a number of years, slowly degrading and having a continuous problems with discipline onboard. But there is something in the lines of that ship that touches me. Look on the model - hull proportions are pretty nice. It's not too high, and not too low, and I was looking for that photos a lot, admiring its beauty:
  4. Some time ago, intrigued by the new monograph by Delacroix I ordered a copy of this Corvette I started to study a little the plans and I want to try to build it. I decided, before setting up his yard, to work to one of the most difficult to escape unscathed (at least for me) in carpentry construction: the oarlocks hawse. The basic idea is to build the hull in pear and the topsides above the waterline, ebony for the stem and stern. The first step was to build the first rib: To get the right angle for different oarlocks I helped with an iPhone app that acts as inclinometer with whom I adjusted the angle of the grip in which I placed a swivel base for processing the milling machine To avoid damaging the stem during the processing of the oarlocks, I built a wheel that will be provisionally removed when will I get the two "shells".
  5. Hello friends of the smaller ships out of the line of sight of the three-decker-enthusiastic public! An additive foreword: Due to my working situation I am parttime in the NL in a small hotel without any possibilities to model anything. And the problem is for me being so tired that I'm not able to concenreate to do anything more than monkey work or pure reading. But in the other hand there is nothing to do elsewhere in town - so I'm forced to stay in my hotelroom filling my time. (I do not use the TV due to semireligious matters.) By reading Ian McLaughlan's fantasic book „The Sloop of War 1650-1763“ - I came across the chapter about the French Corvette and Privateer Construction. In here I saw her the first time and fall in love to „La Amarante“ a little masterpice of Blaise Ollivier. Built at Brest in 1747 she shows all the decorational pomp of the late baroque/early rokkoko in a limited area on a ship able to fit a flat's livingroom even in 1:36. But for my travels dutys I halfed the size. The ship is drawn by the fanstastic Delacroix and publiced in a Ancre style monography for around £90. The drawings are amaizing and due to my future regular business travels to NL I can't work on a model in hotel. (Okay I could, but than I would need a new hotel to stay.) I am too tired not to harm even a card model. So I'll spend my free hours far away from family by recherche work on L'Amarante. This due to the factum that Delacroix's drawings and the contemporary drawings of the transom differ. Also I like to figure out more of the details. This work will be the fundament for the scratchbuilding and for several month hardly anything will happen on the shipyard. The fact is I can only work with the very „omni-glot“ part of the book - the drawings; as I never had had got more than a couple of French lessons at school at all. In the 80th Delacroix book was still unwritten and my person didn't know about him - but if, I would have been more enthusiastic about French lessons if I would know about L'Amarante! Inbetween I was able to scale the drawings down to 1/72 to start a mobile try-it-out project. You find the photos arround here. As I do not own a mill a PoF-model is impossible - so I do plan a vaneer covered plywood pile hull. My idea is to use the drawings of the frames to cut out as filled - so as bulkheads. The bulkheads pileon bukkheads with fillers between them to a hull - a PoB-model with the number of bulkheads as frames would be on a PoB&F-model. I have th number fo the 52 frames but I'm building 52 bulkhads plus filling pices. So the surface is very large to glue 1 to 1,5mm vaneer on it. But I never tryed! So I have got the one and only question: Is my way a silly thing to do to a 550mm hull? So I'm singing „Richmond is a hard road to travel“ and do start with some pictures from my collection for you. Best wishes to all of you.
  6. Good evening to everyone, as I promised I will begin a new ship used in the Second World War to escort the overseas convoy sin from the united kingdom of Murmansk in Russia, this ship is called Aggasiz a flower corvette. I'm inspired by the plans in the anatomy of ship the book, a book I bought from the Amazon and which is renowned for the accuracy of the plans presented. But the main challenge is to build this structural model, with everything inside and outside the ship, this type of construction is according to the Naviga rules in the C4D class.It will be a long construction with a lot of work with many hundreds of details, the most ambitious project that I start and I hope to take it to the end. About the beginning, let's get to work. All the best and a beautiful evening you still want Adrian,
  7. Hello. I'm building L'Amarante, a french corvette, at 1/40 scale, a bit smaller than the original on the monograph (1/36) by Gérard Delacroix. I'm using pear wood and ebony, by now. I've done the keel and the stern frame (except the fashion pieces and its upper parts). This model has got 52 frames. I've started from stern (52) to stern (1). Best regards.
  8. Good evening! I present to you the process of construction corvette L'Aurore, built in 1766. Model is built according to the drawings ANCRE, scale construction - 1/39, materials - pear tree, apple tree, brass, coating - wax mastic and bituminous varnish. Model given the effects of aging. All the best, Vadim

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