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French Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Carnot


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I love these oddball looking pre dreadnoughts. They would make an interesting subject to build.



You are probably right Charlie the problem is finding the plans and photos if they exist.  Those dreadnoughts did have a weird look.

David B 



David, there's actually a fair amount of extant material on these ships, both plans and photos.  I don't think they get modeled very often, because they are, admittedly, kind of homely.


I had this one and a couple of her sister ships on my wish list to build.


David, as I mentioned above these are available in 1:200 scale card models along with several Russian and Japanese ones of the same era.  They certainly have a certain appeal to them.




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Until I saw the Carnot, I never thought any 19th century warship was ugly. What are all those square openings in the hull side, if not broadside ports? But they can't be broadside ports on a ship built that late. Windows for the crew? Why even put them in the side turret blisters, so close to the waterline? :)

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For those of you interested in bigger scales, check out Flagship Models, a purveyor of 1/192 scale ships and some bigger scales. All resin and photo-etch brass, primarily American Civil War era, but he does has an 1890s US torpedo boat aka destroyer. His address: http://www.flagshipmodels.com

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I love these things. So beautifully ugly. Not so much a swan as a pelican  . . or perhaps a dugong.


For an absolute feast of these ungainly beauties, see https://www.google.com.au/search?q=french+battleship+carnot&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=685&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwigu7mnpLrJAhXk26YKHc8_CZUQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=_


Which confirms me in my original impression - one of Carnot's funnels was square!

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So, I apologize about resurrecting this thread from 3 years ago - the Massena and Carnot are two ships that got me hooked on everything that is pre-dreadnaught!  


Anyways, I’m currently designing the USS Maine in fusion 3D for 3D printing at 1/72 and would like to do the same for the Carnot and Messena, I’ve collected quite a bit of photos and some drawings but haven’t located design details for the hulls.  I’d rather not eye-ball things so if anyone knows where I could get that information that would be wonderful!


many thanks - 


Haze Gray

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Hello all,  I’ve finally tracked down most of the plans I’ve been looking for- I even found some good (enough) drawings for the Charles Martel though im still having more challenges finding hull lines for the Carnot ( even Russian sources dont seem to have them).  I’m getting ready to start printing the USS Main hull which will take about a week or so and in the meanwhile I can start on the Charles Martel hull in fusion 360.  


When I saw this pic of the Charles Martel I was instantly hook on the boat!


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On 4/25/2018 at 3:17 PM, Talos said:

Not sure if it will have hull lines, but you'll want to get this book. I have the other books in the series and they're spectacular. https://www.amazon.com/French-Battleships-World-War-One/dp/1591146399

Talos - thank you!  -  I may (as in probably will) get that book - I did find a russian book that included hull lines for the Martel and had copies of most of the french ministry of defense drawings for carnot, messena, and Bouvet (which I already had) - I started lofting up the hull (see attached pic) I think photographs will be most of what I can use for reference since there's so few drawings of the Martel


I've already started on the Charles Martel as I'm about 80% done with the USS Maine (basically print out, fix tolerences, add some details, and then reprint a final model).  Basically I couldn't hold off starting the Martel, it is sooo cool!   The Messina will come next or maybe the USS Katahdin  


So many boats I want to do, so little time!




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Hi Folks, 


One last picture - more of the hull done.  I'll be switching over to the Scratch-build section from here on out,  but after the Charles Martel I'll be doing the USS Kathadin (a ram boat!) and then will return here and let you all know if I'm doing the Carnot.... or not.. (I'm too funny). 


 I'm so glad I found a group that can appreciate the pre-dreadnaughts!


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On 5/2/2018 at 10:21 AM, Roger Pellett said:

If I understand your drawings, the ship as depicted with its round bottom and extreme tumblrhome would have had stability problems.  While the tumblehome Is shown on the photos are you sure of the round bottom?



Hi Roger,


Pretty sure - I've attached some pictures of the launching of the Charles Martel + a hull slice from the aft section of the boat from the French Marine Society.  The actual ship may not have been that stable in real life!



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