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La Belle 1684 by Nenseth - 1:36 scale

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This will be my first scratch build  :D

So after getting some books from ANCRE my choice fell on La Belle and the configuration it had under Cavellier de la Salle’s 1684 expedition.

It is mentioned in Frölich's book as one of the easier ships for a beginner to scrach building. (We'll see about that...)


Just order some pearwood from Arkowood, this will be the main building blocks for this model.

I have some boxwood I'll use for carvings and decorations, later I'll order some ebony for wales, railings and blocks.

In a couple of weeks (when my salary comes in) some Proxxon powertools are coming my way from germany.


One of the big reasons for this picking this build is it's relativly nice size.


Size of the model  

                         Length  Width  Height

Hull                     54        15        18

Model rigged      62         24        52



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Just got confirmation that my pearwood has been sent from Germany. 

Internatioal money transfers are so painfully sloooowww.... :(

Next week I´ll be ordering my Proxxon DS 230/e Scroll Saw.

So in two weeks time the first cuts will be made  :cheers:

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 La Belle is a lovely ship I hope to try building one day so I will be following your progress with great interest!  Best of luck with your build.

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That is a very fine wood you have there! 

Trying to find pear on Arkowood website, but can't seem to find it.. Or it is not on a website? 

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You will sand it anyway, which will also remove the glue stains. Also, try applyin less glue, and remove excess with some stick as fast as possible.

What glue are you using? Realy recommend to try an orange Cascol for indoor use, it should be available in all Nordics.

Bonds pretty fast, very strong. Do not leave colored stains, could be easily dissolved with water if needed. It is just perfect ;)

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The glue I´m using is Titebond III

It´s realy good, but as you say Mike, I should use less of it...

I´ll try some light sanding and see if that helps with the stains

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Hi Nenseth!


Good choice for the scale!

I applaud that because it's the same scale that I have chosen :-)


So far I've been doing research.

Tonight I will be laser cutting the keel parts, to 1:36, according to the actual archeological remains, which are different from Boudriot's


BTW, I"m curious, why 1:36? Boudriot offers 1:24 and 1:48, I guess you made your own conversion.


you might find this useful


over 300 pictures of the real thing.


some forums do not permit posting links to other forums, just in case, simply search for La Belle 1684 ATXinventor for more

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My monograph is at 1:36, I think an older version was at a different scale.

You should start a build log so we can get some inspiration of each other

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