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Hello,

 

I started the year with a new project - since my Victory is "done". The project I choose is  small utility vessel used in French ports to keep them clean and accessible based on a monograph by Gerard Delacroix. The model will be built as plank on frames with a side open.The plans are at 1/36 which will give a model about 50 cm long - so not too big.

 

It has no rigging and the hull shape is quite simple with a perfectly flat bottom. The hull itself will be relatively easy to build - which I like as I don't feel like embarking in huge projects for a while now (Victory took me 9 years). But there are challenges to this project too: the two wheels and the metal scoops. 

 

Here are some pictures  with the progress so far.

 

Regards,

Alexandru

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Thank you for interest.

Here is another update with the weekend progress: I made the first and the last frames corresponding to the ship bow and stern then I started the assembly of the frames on the keelson and the other two strikes parallel to the keelson. I have so far 9 out of 30 frames done.

 

Reagards,

Alexandru

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Hello,

 

I started the year with a new project - since my Victory is "done". The project I choose is  small utility vessel used in French ports to keep them clean and accessible based on a monograph by Gerard Delacroix. The model will be built as plank on frames with a side open.The plans are at 1/36 which will give a model about 50 cm long - so not too big.

 

It has no rigging and the hull shape is quite simple with a perfectly flat bottom. The hull itself will be relatively easy to build - which I like as I don't feel like embarking in huge projects for a while now (Victory took me 9 years). But there are challenges to this project too: the two wheels and the metal scoops. 

 

Here are some pictures  with the progress so far.

 

Regards,

Alexandru

 

interesting project Alexandru,

 

looks like the French knew already 1750 what importance it had to clear the mud ans sand out of their harbour basins from time to time. Fightening to see that those drive wheels were operated by human power !!

Very nice choise of yours for the next "smaller" project, wish you much fun and pleasure with the build

 

Nils

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Nils,

 

I think it was more than important to keep the ports clean - it was mandatory. And it started a lot earlier. The author of the monograph - Gerard Delacroix - is mentioning the port of Marseille (oldest port in France) which had a decline of activity in 3rd century because of this issue. First recorded port cleaning activities in this case are dating from 13th century and first vessel to actually have this name "machine a curer les ports" and do this job in France dates from 1632. This type of ship lasted a very long time without significant changes - human power driven - until as recent as 1870. There are a couple of actual photographs in the book.

 

Alexandru 

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Hello,

 

Yes Druxey these things were human powered from the start well into the steam engine era.

 

Here are some more progress pictures. I started the bow and stern planking then I went to the side planking. On one side I will let an opening in the side planking. I had to add a couple of temporary longitudinal stiffeners until the side planking was fixed as the model was starting to hog. The stiffeners are now removed so I can fair the inside before installing the deck clamps and other permanent longitudinal pieces. I will also plank the bottom on the outside but again I will let some opening on one side.

 

On a different note - I just noticed the forum site face lift and it took me a bit to figure it out but works better than the old one. GREAT JOB web admins!

 

Alexandru

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29 minutes ago, michael mott said:

Your joinery is superb, I noticed in one of the pictures some small cam-lock clamps where did you get them?

 

Michael

Michael,

 

I've got them from somebody who worked in an airplane assembly plant here in Montreal. I think they were used to clamp in place the aluminium skin on plane wings structure for drilling holes and riveting. I have 6 and use them when I need a high pressure on something quite thin as they open about 5 mm. The nice part is that they have those rubber things and do not scratch or damage the wood. Unfortunately I don't have a source where you could buy them.

 

Alexandru

 

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