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Background of the Project and Build Log: This project started in 2014, but has been set aside many times for other priorities or projects. When I started this build, it was technically my first wooden ship build. Since then, I have built several other ship models and this one has languished on the shelf. I originally had a build log here on MSW for the Prince de Nuefchatel (PdN), but I pulled it down – because I was unsure if I really wanted to finish it. When I started building wooden ship models, I took on too many concurrent projects (and commissions for other people) and coupled with work pressures and lack of free time availability, it led to burn-out and fatigue related to shipbuilding. I still love the hobby. As a cautionary tale, I would encourage newer builders to stay focused on one (maybe two at the maximum) projects and keep moving and it will help you finish projects and get better. With the urging of my Admiral and some friends, I have decided to step back into ship building after about a year hiatus and finish my PdN. As I mentioned above, it is the first ship model project that I started. Due to this, I made several mistakes due to inexperience and lack of information. The continuation of this build log, will address some of those in a candid fashion, but the true purpose of the build log is to pick up the model where I left it and finish it. Despite the mistakes and shortcomings of my early execution in building it. Interpretive Stance: The focus of my interpretation of the PdN focuses on October 11, 1814 when the HMS Endymion sent boarding parties in five boats comprised of 111 men, to assault the becalmed Prince de Neufchatel off the coast Nantucket. The crew of the Prince de Neufchatel repulsed the British boarding parties, inflicting significant casualties (28 killed, 37 wounded and 28 captured). The crew of the Prince de Neufchatel only experienced minimal casualties of 7 dead, 24 wounded. One of the British officers involved in the engagement made detailed notes of the Prince de Neufchatel, specifically her armament at the time. In his log, he references that the Prince de Neufchatel was carrying six long cannons (six-pounders – two in the bow, two in the waist and two on the stern) with along with twelve carronades. Most models of the Prince de Neufchatel focus on her armament and disposition at the point of capture by the British and the subsequent documentation done by the British Admiralty. Since ship models (regardless if we want them so) allow for a dalliance with creative license, I have elected to depict my Prince de Neufchatel as the former (condition while engaging the HMS ). Source Material: Due to the time that has elapsed from the War of 1812, and the scarcity (or obscurity if a source exists) building an “accurate model” of the vessel is an elusive endeavor. Instead, I have elected to work with some commonly published sources available on the ship, most notably the work by Philip Reed (a very accomplished miniature ship modeler) and the naval historian Howard Chapelle. Both men provide unique insight into the ship and purported condition based on the Admiralty draughts (taken at the time of British capture) and compiled from notes by dock personnel related to her armament and rigging condition at capture. The book (directions) and plans in the kit although useful in some ways, are disturbingly cryptic at times, leaving the modeler to fill in the blanks. That is where the sources mentioned above are helpful. However, I will note to anyone else considering using these sources, they often contradict one another and like the plans, leave you the modeler to fill in the blanks. Moving Forward: Keeping these points above in mind, over the next few days I will add my pictures from the beginning of the project to present condition in chronological order, with detail on what I did in that step (if it is useful or not) with candid critiques of what I could have done better. I hope this log will aid anyone who decides to pursue this model and I look forward to sharing this journey with you and to your feedback on my model. Thank you, Tim I.
I picked up this kit second hand and thought it would provide lots of fun and challenge. Although it is no longer available from Model Expo there are 4 or 5 build logs here on MSW. The PdN is also the subject of a book by Philip Reed - Period Ship Modelmaking - An Illustrated Masterclass. I'll dispense with the kit contents photos as you can find them on other build logs. Wish me luck - I think I can use it!
Well then... haven't been on in a couple of months and have found that, well, everything is toast. Sad. But not to beat the already dead horse i'm going to ask you all before reuploading pictures. Should I go back and repost what I have done, or just pick up where i left off? My gut is telling me everything up till now, as to restore some posterity. it's just a coupl of years worth of stuff, and I hope I remeber it all enough to do it justice. With that said, welcome back everybody!
This space is reserved for me to repost/rewrite my build log from when I picked the hobby back up in 2011 and started to fix errors on my Prince de Neufchatel (PdN) that I had stopped working on in 2006. This log will pick up with a completed hull that had gunports in the wrong positions and poorly planked bulwarks.