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H.M.S. Resolution by Thunder - FINISHED - Corel - 1:50 Scale - 17th Century Cutter

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Corel kit described as an early 17th Century Cutter.  Using 'The Sailing Navy List' this gives us the following possibilities:


  1. Cutter 1779-1797, 200 tons, 14 guns, 10 swivels , 70 men, foundered in the North Sea. Possible Brig rig. Another source has this vessel as under command of Lieutenant William Huggett. He was lost with the ship, ship was recorded as missing with all hands.
  2. Cutter 1798 14 guns, 10 swivels, 70 men no further information. (seems too similar to above)
  3. Cutter  1995-1801, 12 guns, 41 men.
  4. Hired ship, cutter, 1807 - 1814, 8 guns.
  5. Naval customs cruiser, cutter, Built Cowes 1831


Many of Corel's kits are taken from the Chapman collection. As none of the above could be considered correct to the kit description I thought I might find the answer here. Unfortunately the cutter in Chapman looks nothing like the kit. In fact the kit doesn't even look like a cutter. I.e. quarter badges, stern Gallery, bowsprit rig, beakhead. For me the closest fit I have found is from the book 'Sloop of War' by Ian McLaughlan.


I think it is probably a made up vessel of a sloop similar in design and rig to ferret but not a cutter. This seems to be a theme with Corel's and some of the other Italian market kits.


overview of the kit was that the materials were of very good quality with a good set of eight large drawings. 


This will be another short topic with photographs found.

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Hi, I have just found these old photographs and this was actually only my second wooden plank on bulkhead build. However, even though the kit was a fabrication it was one probably my favourite build so far. I have just started the Caldercraft H.M.S. Cruiser which I thought would be an easy straight forward build but so far has been a bit of a pain.

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First planking in progress. Bulkhead trueing and fitting were easy with no alterations required or packing required.



The keel came without the separate false keel, bow and stern post. I cut the rebates for termination of the planks and decided to cover the plywood edges later.




Planking progressing on the Larboard side. Planking was alternatively laid to prevent warping of the hull.



Starboard planking.


close up of stern, I can see problems here!



Larboard quarter view. I think the planks marked show the future wale planks. This kit was different in the fact that the wales were laid as thicker planks before the second planking instead of thin planks on top of the second. More accurate but harder to bend. Luckily planking previded was well capable of taking the bend.


Bow view.

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Hi Lou, Couldn't remember doing that so you will probably see the photo again in a minute!


First planking completed. Wale added over the three marked planks of the first planking. Planking above this, up to the capping rail in Corel's pre coloured planking.


Stern also second planked before continuing with the second planking below the wale. Lower hull divided up with the stringers. These were removed as the planking continued.



 809751818_Picture1261.thumb.jpg.98b06540f32560f5dd837788d3478643.jpgStern view


Quarter view, first two sections show planking divisions, 'X' being planks terminated as scale length planks to be used.



This view shows that I had overlaid the plywood keel with planks first. This was not part of the kit instructions but both covered the ply and gave the suitable edge (name avoids me) to run the planking down to.



1116866156_Picture1257.thumb.jpg.2d413cef2be62fd05c785b04dcb95a8d.jpgView from below showing symmetry, or not, of the stringers.






More views of the same.


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Final photographs, I used the dimensions for masts and yards from the anatomy of the ship alert and a combination of kit rigging plans and from the book.



This shows the extreme height of the masts when built to the book which compares more with my more recent speedy. The top mast looks strange set behind rather than in front of the mast but this is how shown in Alert.








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