Jump to content

Le Gros Ventre by Woodrat - Scale 1: 48 POF, 1767 french exploration vessel


Recommended Posts

I have it in mind to build a 1:48 scale fully framed model of the french gabare Le Gros Ventre. This will be based on
the excellent plans by M. Gerard Delacroix published by ANCRE Press.

This is of particular relevance to me, as a western australian, since this vessel, under the command of
M. St. Allouarn, was part of the Kerguelen expedition of 1772. He in fact laid
claim, in the name of the french
King, to the western australian coast and left a message to this effect in a
bottle at Shark Bay 30th May 1772.
Unfortunately, M. St. Allouarn died at Ile de France 5 months later.
Le Gros Ventre ended its life as a
hulk in 1779. As a start, I present the building board.

Dick 
I plan to use only western australian woods for this project.post-848-0-65079400-1361355410_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-25142800-1361355414_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-15727900-1361355418_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-54060300-1361355422_thumb.jpg




 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is more on rebating the "counter-keel" to receive the floors for each
frame. I used the cross slide on my saw to make these. Ensure that the stem and stern frame rebates are lined up on the frame marks on the baseboard.The next job is to make the rabbets. 

 

Dick

 

post-848-0-22117800-1361357636_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-79998000-1361357640_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-77570800-1361357644_thumb.jpgpost-848-0-79623300-1361357648_thumb.jpg

post-848-0-31499600-1361357652_thumb.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dick

 

As a West Australian, I am hugely interested in this build-both because of the history of the vessel and the WA hardwoods.  I have found Jarrah to be a beautiful wood but a little splintery for fine, detailed work. No problems for you, though. A terrific start.

 

Grant

Link to comment
Share on other sites

:) Thanks, Grant. The Jarrah is difficult at times and the dust is irritating. So I always wear a mask when sawing and sanding. Some members may not like the very dark hue the wood takes on when oiled.

Cheers, Dick

Edited by woodrat
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just received this book in today's mail. It's detail follows all of the great books in the Ancre line. 

 

Woodrat

It looks like your off to a great start on this. I shall follow your build with interest as someday maybe I'll start this build also.

Good Luck and enjoy the build. You have great plans to follow. Hopefully you got an English copy. I bought a used English copy however it has two plate 32's and I'm missing plate #31. So if you have an extra plate #31 and need a #32 I'm willing to swap.

 

Later 42rocker

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
  • 3 months later...

Nice work on the tricky part of the framing. You commented that some modelers might not like the color of Jarrah: it only has to please you! I find it quite attractive in the photos. What is the finish you have on it? Looks very shiny.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks, Druxey. Some of the earlier photos are after application of orange oil, hence the shininess which is temporary. The latest photos are raw timber. The timbers around the transom show darkening from the orange oil.

Dick

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

 

Please note the is a large entry port on the

larboard side of the stern which was originally for loading of timber and

masting.

 

Hello!

 

Can you post a picture of the stern with that detail ( a plan) . I´m very interested with that port. Somehow is like you are making the stern weak. I mean not you but the shipwright at that time.

 

Regards.

 

Daniel.

Edited by harvey1847
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...
  • 4 weeks later...

I purchased the Warrior practuim for my next build but , have put it on hold as I was drawn to this model of Gros Venture and just recently purchased this book and plans set. I think this ship will be my next build and there is a historical link to Australia with her. 

Good choice. the plans are very good. Are you going to go POF or POB?

Dick

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dick,

plank on frame with exposed areas Admalty style.  I looked up the meaning of Gros Venture and to my amusement, it means big belly.

Quite an appropriate name for an exploration vessel which needs to carry large amounts of supplies and spare parts for an expedition to the other end of the earth.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...