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

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As stated before, I am using Zu Monfeld’s method of building ship’s boats.  I have made the molds and the templates of the gunwales.  Next I need to make some frames and then the keels/rudders, before I plank the boats with 3mm (1/8”) wide strips of card.



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I have the ribs in place for the ship’s boats.  I glued them to the templates.  Their keels and rudders are drying (pressed under heavy books).  After they dry I will fit them to the bottoms of their respective boats and install the cant frames of the launch (the biggest of the three).  After everything dries, I will plank them.


 I have included pictures of the pin rails and boat davits (neither of which are completed).




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I have three ship’s boats planked.  


The two smaller boats are clinker planked, the launch is carvel planked.  I believe that that would have been typical of the time period.


I cut out the shape of the wales and installed the rudder on one.


 I am going to let them dry overnight.







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Davits are done and installed.


Ship’s boats are mostly done.  Still need to paint the two larger boats.


 I made four double blocks to hang the little cutter from the stern.


 I put some belaying pins in two of the pin rails.  They are made from sewing pins.


This is how I’m leaving the Prince de Neufchatel for the night.








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7 hours ago, GrandpaPhil said:

I snuck away from a work project to hang the cutter off the stern and finish my stern pin rails

Over here they call that playing hooky Phil 😃

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The ship’s boats are permanently installed now.  I also made the bowsprit and have it temp installed so I can make the bow platform and pin-rail.68DCE688-B2EE-422D-B47A-5E3D1054CF75.thumb.jpeg.ff83489ffc0a2f960194e13258a030bd.jpeg

I am working on the foremast pin-rails now, by which I mean that I’m waiting for the glue to dry so they can be painted.

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I finished and installed the foremast pin-rails.  The bow platform test fitted successfully.  I measured off and cut out the bowsprit pin-rail.  I also made the cap for the bowsprit.  I’m going to make the dolphin striker, jib boom and flying jib here shortly.


The original masting dimensions are on Plate 3 across from page 236 of The Search For Speed Under Sail.  I’m using those for my dimensions.




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I just installed the bow platform, the bow pin-rail and the chain-plates.  I also put a strip of card over the channels to hold them in place.  This means that the hull is done, except for some minor touch ups and a little bit of paint work.


I’m pretty excited because I’ve never scratch built a model ship before.  Making the hull is the difficult part for me.  I’ve never really had any difficulty once I got to  the point of fitting out the hull.  Although, it’s a different ballgame when you have to make your own fittings.


This has been a lot of fun.











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Hi Phil,

I never saw this thread until your question about mast tops came in yesterday.

Congratulations with your build. I'm proud to read that I have inspired you to give paper as the main material a try.


You did not make it easy for yourself, choosing a sharp ship with very stretched lines. As you can see on several places the hull looks a bit wobbly. Next time you build a ship like this I advise you to use some extra materials to avoid dents and bulbs. In this case you might consider to use some thin (2 x 2 mm) pieces of wood to support the outline of the deck over its length. Or you might consider to use plastic card to paste your deck-planks on. These materials might help to get sharper hull lines and flatter decks. Don't feel a prisoner of the material you chose. Not everything in a paper model needs to be made out of paper.


I want to compliment you on your detailing. A stunning result for a first try.

I'm sure your next paper model will benefit a lot from what you have learned in this build. You are an example of a model builder who is open for new challenges, prepared to take risks and keeps improving his skills.


Good luck with this build.



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Thank you, much appreciated!


Next time I do this, among my lessons learned is that I’m going to use 1/16th inch basswood for my underdecking to prevent the waves that are in the deck.  I’m also going to reinforce the bulkheads better to prevent the warping that occurred.  I discovered that the entire hull has a slight twist in it, after I had painted it.  I started putting large books on drying pieces after that.


I made a mistake in my tracing of the bulkheads related to the spacing of the midships frames, in part because of the spine of the book, that I did not discover until after I had covered the hull, which caused the bulges around midships.


I’m also going to try and not rescale images, from multiple sources, with multiple scales unless I am drawing up my own complete set of plans, which I did not do for this build.  That caused me some problems as well.


I’ve learned a lot on this build.  It’s been a learning curve, but it’s been a lot of fun.

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The hull is done.  The base is done.  I made the parts for the foremast.  I made the main mast, itself, I still have to make the main top mast.  I made the parts for the bowsprit, including jib boom, flying jib and spritsail yard.


 I am waiting on the mast tops and caps to dry so I can laminate them onto another piece of cardstock, then I will assemble the masts, paint them and install them.


 I measured it out, the model will be about 36” long by about 24” tall and 16” wide, with studding sails run out.




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