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Hello everyone ! My name is Patrick, 64, retired for 4 years soon and living in Poissy, a small town located 30 km west of Paris. I have been watching your works on this forum for several years now and as some of my compatriots are doing, I would like to show you a project I started four years ago : a French frigate named "La Renommée". I work from a monograph by Jean BOUDRIOT, the scale is 1/48. At this stage, I just finished the hull and I will show you some pictures without too many comments, the pictures speaking for themselves ... and moreover, my "English" is a bit "rusty". I will go in stages, to condense 4 years of work in a few days of publication. So let's go ... [/url Patrick
La Renommee - 30 guns - 26 x 8 lb on the main deck - 4 x 4 lb on the quarter deck. 125.75' x 33.75' x 17' Imperial The plans are those of the ANCRE monograph by Jean Boudriot 1993. The monograph includes the lofted shape of each of the 58 bends. This part of the monograph is not needed for my purposes. I will not be using these individual frame plans. I am using a new method. All of the frames between each station are worked as a single unit. For this hull, I have chosen to build it as a solid wall of framing timbers. I usually frame true POF, with spaces. The spaces are temporarily filled for the shaping and fairing of the frames. The space filling wood is bonded using an easily reversible agent. The unit handles as thought it was a single piece of wood and is not at all fragile. The edges of the frames are protected from being rounded. For La Renommee I will PVA bond all of the frame timbers. The lofting required has some similarities with POB level of lofting, but more work is required. In all, the time required to develop a set of frame timber patterns for La Renommee was about 5 days. This is a much shorter time than it takes to loft each frame by plotting it using a drawing board or CAD. My shortest lofting time was 4 days - for the early clipper Rainbow. In general it takes about 10 days. A multi deck warship takes longer. My reading and experience points to this method as being analogous to the way actual ships were framed prior to 1860. The product of the mold loft was likely just molds for the midline shape of the bends at the station positions. Ribbands and experience of the ship wrights would have been used to shape the timbers between. Chocks would be used where I place filling wood. These would not have been removed later. Because the wood for the model is 60 times lighter and 60 times smaller, I can shape all of these frames as a unit. It also allows the wood to be taken to the cutting edge and easily manipulated, as the opposite was necessary for the ship. A Glossary for the terms that I will use: This whole group is a Bend. It is two Frames. Each of the parts is a Timber.
Hey Group, I am excited to announce my next project - a fully framed build of the French Frigate La Renommee in classic 1/48 scale. After a couple of false starts (Le Gros Ventre in 1/36th and a 74 in 1/48 - I have deleted those logs) I have fallen in love with this ship. This will be a 6500 hour plus build as I intend to mast and fully rig her. I have spent several years amassing the amount of tools necessary not to mention building out a workshop to handle a project of this degree. The reason I chose her over Le Gros Ventre and the 74 (I love both of these ships) is she embodies the best elements of French Naval architecture (extreme tumblehome, elegant sculptures, inner oblique planking and racy lines) and is scalable for a first fully framed build. Boudriot's Monograph of La Renommee landed last week (it took less than a week from when I placed the order from France to arrive at my door) and its spectacular. The figurehead and stern is intimidating and right now I am by no means a "carver". But this is a skill I want to master - and done right, in my opinion La Renommee's sculptures are some of the most beautiful in all of naval architecture. For reference I have volumes 1-3 of Boudriots 74 Gun Ship Series and David A's The Fully Framed Ship Series for "how to" techniques. My goal is to build the construction board/site and begin work on the keel by year end. Stay tuned....