Draque Posted December 19, 2022 Share #1 Posted December 19, 2022 Some years back, while I was admiring the models in the National Maritime Museums online collection, I found this: https://www.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/rmgc-object-67011 This is HMS Renard. As a modelling subject, it ticks a bunch of boxes for me: It’s really pretty: a gaff schooner with raked masts and a plumb bow is exactly my sort of boat; It was built in Sydney, where I grew up; It was intended to serve a noble purpose – suppressing the Pacific Islands slave trade (although, if you read the label attached to the model, the well-being of the islanders doesn’t seem to have been a terribly high priority for the crew); This model was made by one of the sailors who served on her while on board, so the details should be accurate; The NMM have the original lines plans. I’ve wanted to build this model for years and I’ve decided now is the time to start. I’m starting a build log now to provide a little extra motivation to get on with it. I ordered a copy of the plans straight away after discovering it and they’ve been safely rolled up in their cardboard tube ever since. There’s a little bit of information available on the Internet about this vessel. No photos or other models, though. Wikipedia claims to have a photo of her sister ship Alacrity, but it’s definitely no relation (it’s five times the size and a steamer). Aside from Alacrity (which was named Ethel(??) at launch), her other sisters were Beagle, Conflict and Sandfly, all launched in 1872 or 1873. According to Wikipedia, all were sold off in the 1880s. Conflict was wrecked on a reef in 1882. Alacrity, Beagle, Renard and Sandfly seem to have survived longer, but I haven’t found anything more about them after they were paid off. I wish I had some more photos of the deck. There’s not a lot visible inside the bow and stern and working out accurate dimensions from what I’ve got might be tricky. Still, I think there’s enough here. I’d really love to be able to make it as a plank-on-frame model, but I don’t have a framing plan and I don’t want to guess at the internal structure. The plans I have only show the hull lines, so drawing up some building plans will be the first step. Michael VTHokiEE, ccoyle, No Idea and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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