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Has anyone purchased the French language book and plans set, L'Amarante - Corvette 1747 from Gerard Delacroix? http://gerard.delacroix.pagesperso-orange.fr/Ama/plaquette.htm   If so, are the plans for a fully rigged ship?  Are they comprehensive enough to scratch build the L'Amarante?  Is the book mostly text, or does it have art work, diagrams, etc? 

 

Any feedback is appreciated.  
 
These two photos below are from this website: http://modelisme-naval-bois.lebonforum.com

 

Thanks,

Erik

 

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G'day Eric

 

I don't have this particular publication but I do have others that Gerard has produced. The book is certainly intended for the scratch builder and there will be a comprehensive set of plans as well as a comprehensive background/history on the particular vessel/class of vessel.

 

One wouldn't embark on this enterprise with just Gerard's book. Possibly doable if you have several builds under your belt but a v tough gig with just the book alone. I would encourage you to visit the ANCRE Editions web site where additional publications are also available. Several of these give you insights into French construction techniques of the period and are also of use/value. There are lots of differences in the construction build of  french vs english vessels of the period.

 

Having spotted his book you will have seen that Gerard also runs his own forum (in french). There are several construction builds of the vessel underway as I write this. Eleven at last count. Again these are worth studying/translating.

 

Good luck on your journey. Will watch your build with interest. 

 

Alan

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Alan,

 

Thanks for the input.  You answered my question as far as how comprehensive the plans are.  Yes, I found Gerard's forum and perused the L'Amarante builds there.  I'm thankful for Google Translate!  Also, thanks for the heads up on the ANCRE Editions website.  I hadn't found that one yet.  I have the book The Sloop of War 1650 - 1763 by Ian McLaughlan.  There is a chapter on French Corvettes, with the outboard, bow, and stern profiles of L'Amarante drawn by Gerard.  I like the French designs with the extreme tumblehome (and French inspired British designs).  Sadly as I try to narrow down a list of future build ideas . . . it's actually getting longer!

 

Thanks again Alan,

Erik

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No problems Erik. I understand completely the problem of future build ideas!

 

As a primer into building french vessels of the era you are looking at, you may want to invest in Bernard Frolich's The Art of Ship Modelling. It is available from ANCRE and is in english. Not cheap but the US$ is getting you plenty of bang for your buck these days. If nothing else it will motivate you to tackle L'Amarante and add to your wish list considerably.

 

Good luck.

 

Alan

 

PS Gerard is a member of this site and will no doubt have plenty to contribute to this discussion.

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Hello,

And thank you for your interest in my work.
 
Monograph Amarante have 32 plates of drawings in 1/36 scale including 5 plates relating rigging. Others apply to framing and equipment.
In the booklet, the rigging is featured on about fifteen pages.
 
L'Amarante is a nice little ship that size to 1/36 scale remains reasonable for its construction.
 
On a more pragmatic level, the dollar/euro exchange is very interesting right now for American people, it is time to explore the French monographs, (Jean Boudriot's and mine), who cover a large part of the french navy from 1650 to 1850.
My monographs are here
 
Have a nice day
Gérard Delacroix
 
Sorry for my bad English...
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Merci beaucoup Gérard!

 

Your monographs look very comprehensive. I agree with you, it is a good time to explore more French subjects!  Thanks for the link to your other monographs.  I had not heard of Jean Boudriot's work.  I'll have to look at his monographs as well.

 

Thanks again,

Erik

Aussi, votre anglais est bien meilleur que mon français!

 

 

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Erik: you need to explore M. Boudriot's as well as M. Delacroix' work. Both gentlemen have done amazing work on French shipbuilding, popularizing this for model makers.

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Eric

 

For L'Amarante, there's two builds going on here at MSW:

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/4023-lamarante-by-gianpiero-1749-french-corvette-scale-130/?hl=amarante

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/7704-lamarante-140-by-jose/?hl=amarante

 

I've seen M. Delacroix' works (though I don't any) and M. Boudriot's - via ANCRE -  of which I do own 3.  If you're at all interested in French ships, I highly recommend them both. Lots of details and history.  Even if you never build one, just reading the monographs and studying the plans is worth the price.

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Druxey, Mark,

 

Thanks for the input.  I may wind up buying a monograph just because I like plans and books.  I've got three book cases full of research material for various hobbies. There's no such thing as too much! :)

 

Erik

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