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Generic Early XIX Century Brig, based on the USS Syren - 1/50 - RADIO - First try with Radio

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Hello, right now I'm halfway through a Revell Mayflower 1/83 build, and I was wondering what to do next. 

I had heard about RC Sailing before, but only competition grade stuff, models desingned to be fast and

maneuverable, and a few weeks ago I learned about historical RC sailing, and then found amazing builds

here in the forum by yancovitchGeraldTodd and others. So the bug bit me. I decided to try it out by

building a simple model(without worrying about detail or historical precision).


As I had some time playing with RC Planes I already had a Radio Controller, some small servos and a battery

charger, so I bought online new batteries, and most importantly the Sail Servo, the winch tipe. Upon considering

what ship to build I was looking for a 2 mast Schooner or Brig. A few months ago I was studying 3d Modelling and

went around the web downloading low resolution plans and hull lines for many ships so I could exercise. Because of

that I had around 40 of those hull plans that show up on google images on a folder. This one got my atention:



I tryed to find what ship she is online without much sucess, I would guess a British brig from the napoleonic period. Anyway, that didn't stop me, I've decided 

to model it in rufly 1/50 scale. I'll probably make it civillian by removing the cannons and portholes so I have less detailing to make she look ok!


First step was drawing the actual parts as all I have are the general lines!





I did it on Sketchup because this way I was able to draw the structure inside for battery, receiver and servos,

and all the pieces and bulkheads needed for the hull.





The next image shows how I plan to distribute the electronics. Of course, with the real hull I'll need to test whats the optimal positions of all parts for

best ballancing.




I'm still not shure but I'll probably build the ship with depron, a kind of light stirdy foam we use for planes, because its cheap, and easy to work with,

as i'm living in a small apartment I cant actually cut wood here.  My plan is to build the structure with reinforced depron, "plank" it with depron, folowed 

by a layer of wood strips and them some kind of resin or waterproof veneer. Masts and rigging I plan on standard material, I only wonder about whats the

best kind of tissue for the sails that I can find here in Brazil!


Thank you very much! Let's see if anyone can identify my mistery ship! hahaha

Edited by felelo

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That plan is Howard I. Chapelle's redrawing of the US brig Syren. She was built in the early 1800s and was in service during the War of 1812, when she was captured by the British. This plan is one of the plans he drew for the book. The History of the American Sailing Navy. The original plan from 1803, found in the National Archives, was used by Chapelle as the basis for his redrawn plan. 



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Thank you for that! No more mysteries! Haha. I'll edit the title.


Did a little research on the Syren, beautifull ship. I believe I will still "convert it" to civillian, as a small merchant brig to avoid the cannon question(hard to finde scale carronades/cannons here in Brazil, and when they show up they are very expensive). But it is greate to know exactly what I'm modelling so I can have reference for everything else!

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