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Prince de Neufchatel by GrandpaPhil - FINISHED - 1/72 - from Chapelle Plans - Card

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Port sills are green.  Touch ups are done.   Now, the Prince de Neufchatel needs a deck.  If you will notice, I waited until after I painted the bulwarks before I made the deck.  This is so I didn’t have to mask anything to paint the bulwarks, 


Since this is all card stock (read poster board and contact paper), I’m going to dry fit the deck, pull it back off, plank it and paint it before permanently installing it. Then I will make the rudder and install that.

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I didn’t work on the model too much tonight.


I just remade the rudder due to a scaling error.  The original was too small.


 I also made some eyebolts.  I am making them out of green floral wire that I got out of the craft section at Walmart.  


I am using a method that I learned here on Model Ship World (I’ve learned a lot here).  I am using a drill bit to size the hole and twisting around it.


It’s working okay so far.  I’m trying to make 100 of them.




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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Wallace said:

That should keep you occupied for a while Phil :)

I guess you are making that many to have a surplus for other builds?

I wasn’t sure how many I needed, because I have to rig all of the guns and gunports in addition to the rigging.


I’m using Zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models as my main reference for the gun tackle.  I’m still going to have to simplify due to scale, but I’m going try and get it as close as I can.

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Thanks for all the comments and the likes!


I’ve been busy today.  I painted the head and touched up the rest of the model.


I remade the rudder, and painted and coppered it.  I also made hinge straps.  I had a little accident involving superglue, so some of the hull got another layer of copper.  I made a tiller and attached it.


 I made some trim, following the Smithsonian’s model.  I also made the bottom part of the deckhouse, it’s not glued down yet.


All in all, I’m making decent progress and am happy with the results.







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I am working on the aft deckhouse which is now glued down.  


I made the skylight out of card and the plastic from my X-Acto blister.


Tip for those making lanterns and windows: blister packs are a great source of clear plastic.  I use them frequently.


 I accidentally used too much glue when I attached the skylight to the deckhouse which means I get to do some paint work tomorrow.



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The gratings are made, but not glued down.  The galley funnel is also made, but not glued down.  I will glue them down after I paint them.


 I have 2 winches, 1 mast base, 2 pumps, 2 bitts and a deckhouse remaining for deck furniture.  I still need to make the catheads, the bitts on the cap rail, the channels, the anchors and some fife rails, so that I have belaying points.  I also need to make a platform, above where the bowsprit will be mounted, and a figurehead. 


After that I need to make some decisions about the guns.


 I think that I am going to use continental guns (French) and gun tackle because the Prince de Neufchatel was fitted out for privateer service in Cherbourg.  I am going to have most of the gunports open.


 I also need to make the ship’s boats.  The Smithsonian’s model has 3.  I think that I will do likewise.  They will be the last things that I make before making the masts.





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