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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

1/450 Scale Frigate Guerriere

Guerriere was a French 38 gun frigate launched in 1799 and commissioned in 1800. She was captured from the French, after a hard fought battle, by HMS Blanche on July 19, 1806. She had an eventful career up until the War of 1812. She is most famous for her fight during that war with the USS Constitution. Too badly damaged for a prize after the battle, Guerriere was set on fire the following day.

The Guerierre mounted 18pdrs on the gun deck, 32 pounder carronades and 12 pounders on the quarter deck and forecastle. At the time of the action with Constitution the Guerierre boasted 44 guns with a broadside of 526lbs. She mustered 244 men and 19 boys at quarters. There is a plethora of information, accounts and art available on line and in libraries about this final action so I will not add to it here. 

Some ships I printed in 1/450 scale to go with my Pyro plastic USS Constitution model. Tob to bottom is Simon Mann's Constellation, Intrepid Razee, Pallas (Guerierre), and Henry Turner's brig Niagra and hermaphrodite schooner Prince de Neufchatel.

the 3D print of Pallas modeled as HMS Guerierre

Mast and topmast going together

Adding the t'gallant mast

Making the bow sprit and boom

Cutting the trees

Mounting the trees

The sails are made from lined school notebook paper

Sails going on the mizzen

The furled sails are sculpted from Super Sculpy

All of my sails get tied on with just a touch of super glue at the knots

The first part of the standing rigging is done and the ratlines are drying

And the beauty shots

I know that in the last post I teased a few photos of a Sci-fi project I had started with printing Babylon 5 ships. Well I did a little more and then the urge to build sailing ships hit me again, sorry, what else can I say. I may get back to it again this winter. Here is where I left off

Until the next post, I hope everyone continues to enjoy this great hobby!

OOPS! I was so anxious to finish Guerriere that I mounted her French colors instead of the intended British ensign! Dang!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Small Basalt Atoll Island

 This was a very quick scratch island in 1/1200 scale. I made it from an old CD, a piece of landscape bark from the front garden and Celluclay. It is supposed to represent a more recent black basalt atoll with little vegetation. 

Neither of these is the exact piece I used but are two more similar that I picked up from the garden

So as you can see I am really bored. With all of this hot weather I have been stuck inside. I have:
  1. Watched a lot of TV 
  2. Printed a lot of Babylon 5 starships and even painted a few
  3. I steeled myself to finish the Bounty (last post)
  4. Made this island
  5. Half heartedly started several ships, all 3D prints. Three 1/1200 Russian SOLs and five 1/700 hulls including HMS Ontario snow, two Cherokee class brigs and two American Prince de Neufchatel modified schooners.
Left: 1/1200 Russian 66, St Pavel 92, Russian 100
Right: 1/700 Cherokee class 10 gun brig, Ontario 22 gun snow, Prince de Neufchatel 18 gun schooner

As an after thought from the comments here is one of the painted B5 ships, a Minbari Sharlin class heavy cruiser at 53mm

Friday, July 29, 2022

Pyro 1/190 Scale HMS Bounty

 Last March I started working on an old 1950s-1960s plastic Pyro HMS Bounty model kit I picked up on ebay. This kit is very basic having very little detail. Like non-existing channel/chains for the ratlines. almost no deck detail, and what there is was in the wrong place. I had to make a lot of modifications.

Inspiration Painting
One error I discovered in this painting is that the bounty was copper clad prior to her breadfruit voyage.

I didn't use anything from the white sprue

Verifying the scale

Strange details. If these are oars they are nowhere near the boat mounting area. If they are gun tools then they are not correct.

I added some steering detail

And some anchor winch detail

The weird mounds I assume are supposed to be rope coils for the guns but they are placed in the way for some of the guns, right in front of the ports.

Adding the non-existent channels

And the chains

Anchor details added

My quick ratline jig

Tracing out the sails on some cloth