Aa-schipper Posted September 6, 2015 Share #1 Posted September 6, 2015 (edited) Caldercraft is supposed to be one of the best quality brands around. So I have on my table one of the best kits! My ambition is to make out of this 3 kg bundle of different kinds of wood, the bag full of fittings, the brass details and other small elements the Dutch brig Mars. The “H.M.S. Mars” kit was made after plans of the H.M.S. Orestes, a British Royal Navy brig that began its life as a Dutch privateer called Mars. In fact, as others have noted, there never was an “H.M.S. Mars”. Being a Dutchman myself, I’d like to rewrite history a little, or recreate history: what did the ship look like that was lost in the encounter with the frigate H.M.S. Artois on 3 December 1781? In the process, I hope to find out a lot more about the Mars, its sister ship Hercules, and about Dutch privateering in the fourth Anglo-Dutch war. The focus will be, of course, on the model itself: what did the Mars look like just before 3 December 1781? What were her colours, how was the rigging, with what cannons was she fitted out, etc.? Count on this becoming a ten-year plan… I’m not in a hurry, and I am quite busy with my job (an office job, not related with wood-working at all), with other hobbies (photography among them—build pictures will be better than the one included in this post) and sports (on land, I'm not a sailor), so I’ll work on this project on and off, not in a continuous fashion. As for my model building experience: after having built a number of plastic kits when I was in my teens (Airfix models of Victory, Wasa, and Cutty Sark), I picked up ship models a couple of decades later when I visited the reconstructed VOC return ship Batavia in Lelystad and found there was a (plastic again) model available. After completing that one, I turned to wooden models and first tried my skills on the Sperwer by Billing Boats. There is a picture of my Sperwer in the completed builds gallery. And now there is the kit that has to become the Mars… On opening the box, others have commented about the quality of the wooden parts, etc. I am not so skilled that I could comment on their quality — it all looks pretty solid to me! I expect to use what is available in the kit, though I’ll be willing to try making adjustments and do some building from scratch to get closer to the historical Mars. I did notice, though, that the booklet with building instructions is not very long or detailed, but I hope that the seven large sheets with drawings will make up for that. Besides, there is the literature. On my bookshelf there are, amongst others: · Julier, Keith. (2004). The New Period Ship Handbook. Poole, Dorset (UK): Special Interest Model Books. [With a chapter on building H.M.S. Mars] · Dressel, Donald. (1988). Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders. New York etc.: TAB Books. [Planking Sperwer I found the most difficult part; it took me a lot of time to admit having made errors there, but I finished the single-planked model nevertheless.] · Petersson, Lennarth. (2000). Rigging Period Ship Models. London: Chatham Publishing. [based on a 1785 British frigate: the correct period for Mars] · Petrejus, E.W. (1974). Nederlandse zeilschepen in de negentiende eeuw. [Dutch sailing ships in the nineteenth century]. Bussum: Unieboek. [Petrejus related that Dutch rigging in the early 1800's differed from the British way of doing it.] And finally, I hope I can benefit from the experiences of all you great folks at this forum. To translate a fitting Dutch proverb literally: We’ll see where this ship runs aground… Edited September 6, 2015 by Aa-schipper Piet, CharlieZardoz, GuntherMT and 5 others 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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