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Old 12-14-2017, 05:00 PM
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Le Belle Poule 1765 Frigate

Started a new ship, a French frigate Le Belle Poule from SHIPWAYS. I'm going to build this as a waterline model for several reasons. First it has to fit in a space that will not accommodate the full masts. Second, most folks only see ships in the water unless they work in a shipyard so I will put it in a sea made from paper mache'.
Ship Details are:
Name: Belle Poule
Namesake:Paule de Viguier, baronne de Fonterville
Builder: Bordeaux shipyard
Laid down:March 1765
Launched: 18 November 1766
Commissioned: Early 1767
Captured: 16 July 1780 by the Royal Navy
Class and type: Dédaigneuse-class frigate
Displacement:
650 tons (French; empty)
1150 tons (French; full load)
Length: 43 m (141 ft)
Beam: 11.2 m (37 ft)
Draught: 4.9 m (16 ft)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 8 officers + 260 men
Armament:
26 × 12-pounder
4 × 6-pounder guns

She was the first French ship to have a copper bottom. After capture by the British she was put into service in the Royal Navy. William Bligh served aboard as ship's master prior to his assignment to HMAV Bounty.

Frame parts were glued onto 1mm thick paper with spray adhesive. The frames and spine must be cut down to just below the waterline (to allow for paper mache' sea thickness). Also bulkheads must be cut up to install on both sides of floors and spine. Careful marking is required to prevent mixups.
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Old 12-14-2017, 05:05 PM
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Le Belle Poule 1765 Frigate

Progress on framing out the hull.

Finished the upper frames. Next the hull will be turned over and the spine cut down to waterline level. After that the lower parts fo the frames will be glued on.
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:45 PM
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Nice project. I look forward to following this build.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:10 AM
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I will second that!
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:27 PM
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I follow you, I love the frigates.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:06 PM
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I've been eyeing that Shipyard kit for a while now. Nice to see one being built.
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Will follow this, love ships.
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Old 12-23-2017, 12:35 PM
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Yes sir, nice and will follow.
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:32 PM
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Le Belle Poule 1765 Frigate

Build progressing to deck level. Some areas painted black as these will be behind open gunports. At this point build is slowing down because I have to make the guns that go on the gundeck which will be impossible to install guns after hull sides are installed. Also there is a lack of support for the upperdeck overhang as well as a blank white wall at the back of the overhangs. I am making a drawing of the details in this are using some other French frigates as a guide. These will be installed as well as support columns at the front of the overhangs along with some deck frames.

Have to make a bunch of these gun assemblies. I'm not crazy about the colors used by Shipyard. I'm deciding on whether to paint the carriages brown. On the other hand the French did like their bright colors. Anyone have any input?
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:11 AM
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If you want to paint, use the colors of L'Hermione, the French replica of an 18th century frigate. Just un opinion.

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