Fam Posted November 10, 2014 Share #1 Posted November 10, 2014 Hi all this is the opening of my shipyard for building this little ship. Well... maybe little in the real world, because due to the scale the complete model will be longer than 1 meter, so quite huge for normal standards (I mean the standard size of Italian houses). An explanation about the title of this topic: ‘Brick de 24’ is the name of a class of ships, brigs type, whose main weapons were 24pdr carronades, in the number of 14. Other weapons were two 6pdr long guns. They were designed (most of them) by the master designer Pestel and built between 1806 and 1813. Many more information can be read here: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/7795-brick-de-24-by-jackaubrey-148-scale/#entry231121 in the topic of my good friend, and co-builder, Jack Aubrey. The ship plans are available in the excellent monography “Le Cygne” issued by Ancre, including 19 sheets of 1:48 scale detailed drawings and plans. This will be a joint construction: JA started before, and completed the most difficult job of transferring the Ancre plans to AutoCAD. I assisted at the starting of his project and was really impressed by the beauty of this ship: I already had lot of pictures of Le Cygne and Le Cyclope (another ship of the same class) in my database, and have always looked at them as a possibility for the future. So when JA started the possible future become the present, and I contacted him to ask if I could joint his project. So, before anything else, I have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to my friend Sergio for allowing me to join him in the project and for providing me, for free, the CAD plans to start with my model. My copy of the monography has been shipped and is on the way, but unfortunately I’ll have to wait for it until the end of this month. As JA explained, we decided to build a different shipmodel with respect to those already existing, namely Le Cygne, Le Cyclope, Le Cureiux and L’Esperance. More, JA decided (or initially thought about) to show her after it was seized by the Royal Navy and re-commissioned for active service with the British, so with some modification to the original Ancre plans. I’ve not decided yet what to do, but I will probably stick to the French configuration making good use of the excellent Ancre plans. Which ship? We had a long discussion about this item, and I told Sergio that I will leave to him the priority of choice among the names that he elected as preferred. Therefore I will decide after him, but the rose of candidates is restricted among: - Le Nisus (1805), seized in 1809 (--> HMS Guadeloupe) - Le Milan (1806), seized in 1809 (--> HMS Achates) - Le Phaéton (1806), seized in 1806 (--> HMS Mignonne) - Le Colibri (1809), seized in 1809 (--> HMS Colibrì) The figurehead will be fictious, as no information exists for these ships, but obviously based on the name of the ship. I will find in internet some beautiful picture of that birds and do my best to get a decently carved figurehead. The model The size is quite large, according to Ancre website it will be 74cm long (the hull, 116cm fully rigged), 17cm wide (52cm rigged) and 17cm high (86cm tall fully rigged). The wood will be... ehm ... well, whatever I manage to find. I mean, it’s quite difficult here in Italy to find sources of good wood for modelling at acceptable prices. I have some pearwood available, some other is seasoning, will use poplar plywood for the hull structure, probably limewood for the deck, a reddish variant of pinewood for the bulwarks, yet don’t know what for the hull planking (well, the hull is coppered so probably it is not important). The model will be POB type. After this long presentation... October 19th, 2014 Grand opening of the shipyard, the first sawdust is produced... My best regards Fam SaturnV, Leo-zd, ChrisLBren and 8 others 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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