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La Créole 1827 by archjofo - Scale 1/48 - French corvette

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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...


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Thank you for your nice comment.
Sorry, but my English is not so perfect.
I'll try later.
But, I'll show you this in advance in the form of images.

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Absolutely awesome and beautiful. One of the best work I have seen ever. It's art.


I have that plans too and like the ship as well. Since a couple of years I am planning to start that build in 1:64 scale in consideration to my other builds that all are made in the same scale. But if I see your tiny brass work in 1:48 I doubt if it would be possible to make it with a similar quality in a smaller scale. That is finally my barrier to start.


Are you going to fully rig the ship?




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Hello Johann,

I am pleased to be able to follow your wonderful work and the fantastic documentation in this forum from the start.

I'll be looking forward to your next updates! 




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to build the capstan, was another challenge.
The first attempt was unsuccessful. So I started a second attempt.

The following figures show the manufacturing process.

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Be continued ...


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Dear Johann, i just found your build log here. I am so happy that you finally decided to show your Creole in MSW too. The outstanding work on wood and metal and the combination of how you present it is a pure pleasure to watch. Especially how you plan your parts and how you perform them is always an amazing process.

It would have been a great loss if you wouldn`t have opened a log here!

Thank you again and looking forward to accompany you and the Creole from now on!

Kind regards


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Hi Johann,


nice to see your La Creole here! What a wonderful piece of work! Very fine model making you have show here!



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today I'll show some pictures of the figurehead of the la creole.
I used wood as boxwood. This timber is ideal for this.
The images explains the attempt to carve the female figure.

Here is the result.

The figure is not yet finished. To be continued ...











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the La Créole had a total of 6 light swivel guns, which were probably intended for close combat.

4 of them were in the front and 2 mounted in the rear.


The swivel guns are made ​​of brass.
Here I show you the components before assembly.







Other pictures show the finished swivel guns.







And in the end a picture from the forecastle with swivel guns mounted.




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