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

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Thank you for your interest and your nice words.
Thanks also for the LIKES.

Here I show my further attempts to the ratlines.
According to the monograph on La Creole by J. Boudriot, the thickness of the ratlines is 21 mm 1:1 or 0.45 mm in 1:48 scale.


At the request of a model colleague we received the follogwing Information from Gerard Delacroix.


In the years 1760/80, the ratelines were actually 1.2 cm according to the specifications, but later, after 1800 and at the time of the La Creole, we find larger dimensions.
Thus, the ratlines of the lower shrouds were 21mm. The topmast shrouds had therefore 19 mm and the topgallant mast shrouds 17 mm.

But purely from the subjective feeling, I feel that as a bit too thick for the lower shrouds of La Creole. Therefore, I have made another attempt with 0.40 mm, which corresponds to 19 mm in the original.



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Excellent work! I just discovered this thread this morning, and I have sat here for about 10 hours reading it from start to finish!


I have learned a great deal from your work - it is like watching the construction of the real ship. I really appreciate the research you have put into your work!


One thing I have been puzzling over is what to do with the loose ends of the gun tackle. I have seen other methods but they didn't seem practical for me, except perhaps when the ship was open for visiting in port and to put on a show. Your method of looping the rope and securing it with small stuff makes sense. This keeps it out of the way but readily available. Another similar method was to loop it over a belaying pin or cleat on the bulwark.


I will continue reading your build log with great interest.

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Hello Phil,

thank you for your interest and the nice comment.

Thanks to all the others for the many LIKES.


For a change, I make in between blocks with fittings

for the fore topsail sheets. These blocks are 32.5 cm long; in 1:48 scale, this is 6.8 mm.



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thank you for the nice notes and the many LIKES.

Before I continue with the ratlines I have to do the following:
Along the bulwark of the French corvette, a series of blocks, serving for diverting, for example, halliards and other ropes, were hung in eyebolts.
These blocks had iron fittings and hooks. I made them in a proven way.



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2 hours ago, wefalck said:

Is there an abonnement button for the 'like it'-button ?

Maybe you should go for an auto "like it" button

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thank you for the positive comments and the many LIKES.

After a short break I continue with the double blocks 4.5 mm long. These were fastened along the bulwark at the height of the waterway.


Source: B. Spinnen, Pariser Model


So far I have glued the block strops.


But that does not correspond to the original.



So I tried to make the block strops with a splice.
Here's the first try:


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On 11/16/2019 at 7:12 PM, archjofo said:






first of all, I would like to thank you for your interest.

How I'm doing the hook, I explained elsewhere in the report.
Here I show again the corresponding picture:


 Your hooks are beautifully done. One thing I've noticed, though, is that it doesn't appear that you've "moused" any of them. "Mousing" is taking a few turns around the body of the hook between the bottom of the eye and under the outward turn of the point of the hook and then seizing the turns with a series of half hitches. This is done when hooks are used. It served to keep the hook from unhooking from the ring if and when the line goes slack. Perhaps you are planning to mouse your hooks when all the rigging is done, so as to avoid having to undo any of them along the way.


It's a small detail, and certainly not meant as a criticism at all. I hope it won't be the "last straw" that sends you over the edge! :D




moused hook.jpg

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