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Sunday, November 27, 2022

1/700 American Privateer Prince de Neufchatel

 I hope everyone here on this side of the Pond enjoyed their Thanksgiving holidays. I know I did. First we had our dinner a week early with our two daughters who were able to get two days off at the same time. They had to work over Thanksgiving this year. Then my wife's nephew spent the week with us on break from Montana State. He is studying Computer Engineering but is an avid modeler and gamer so I had someone to play with. We also spent a lot of time in the Dungeon working on stuff. He built two pretty nice Warhammer type terrain pieces while I built another ship.

The ship is another of Henry Turner Miniatures 3D designs. An American 18-gun privateer, Prince de Neufchatel was built in New York some time during 1812. She sailed as a hermaphrodite schooner/brigantine and operated primarily in European waters efficiently damaging British shipping during the war. Noted for speed, at one time she outran thirteen British warships. In 1813, operating in the English channel, she took nine British prizes in quick succession. She also delivered a crushing defeat to the boats of a British frigate sent to capture her. On 11 October 1814, on the south side of Nantucket becalmed and vulnerable, the British frigate HMS Endymion sent 111 men in five boats to cut out the privateer defended by only 40 Americans. After 20-minutes of savage fighting, the British surrendered. British casualties were 28 killed, 37 wounded, and another 28 taken prisoner. The Americans had 7 killed and 24 wounded. Most of the wounded and all of the prisoners were put off at Nantucket and the Prince limped back to Boston. Eight days out of Boston on 28 December 1814, three British frigates, Acasta, Leander and Newcastle sighted her and gave chase. Under the strain of so much sail area her masts sprung. Unable now to outrun the frigates, Prince de Neufchatel surrendered. At the time of her capture she had 18 guns and a crew of 129 men.

  • Tons Burthen 328
  • Length Overall 110'8"
  • Beam 25'8"
  • Depth of Hold 11'6"
  • Armament: Privateer 18 guns (possibly 16 x 12-pounder carronades plus 2 x 6 pounder long gun bow chasers)
This was a really fun and quick build. I love the look of this kind of vessel and have always enjoyed building them. Everything but the hull is scratch built. I decided on cloth sails for this model and I think they do it justice.

The next few photos of the Prince de Neufchatel were my inspiration guides for building this model.

Two 1/700 prints of the ship

As you can see here the bulwarks stop at the top of the hatches, which just didn't look right to me and didn't match my reference images.

This photo shows the additional bulwarks I added above the hatch covers.

First cloth sail tied on.

This model went a bit differently than my normal sequence. On this one I found I needed to add some running rigging early on with the sails, then some standing rigging. Then more sails and more running rigging, then more standing rigging, and so on.


I hope you like it as much as I liked building it. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Happy Holidays! PS: It's legal now to listen to Christmas music!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

1/700 British 22-gun Snow HMS Ontario

Ontario was built on Carleton Island in the St Lawrence River during the American Revolutionary War. Launched 10 May 1780, she operated under the Provincial Marine as an armed transport. At the time, Ontario was the largest British warship on the Great Lakes. She was use to ferry troops, supplies and prisoners from one remote part of New York to another until she sank in a storm on 31 October 1780. Ontario never saw battle. Her fame is due to being found in remarkably good shape at a depth of 500 feet or 150 meters in June of 2008.

  • Class sixth rate two masted snow
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 25'
  • 226 tons burthen
  • Complement 130
  • Armament 22 cannon

This model is another one of Henry Turner Miniatures 3D sculpts printed on my Creality Ender 5 Pro. Everything but the hull and boat is scratch built.

Original Plan Drawing of Ontario

Inspiration Painting

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

1/700 French 40-gun Frigate Diane


As I promised here is the second ship I was asked to build from Henry Turner's new Age of Admirals: Blood on the Nile Kickstarter. I was a bit late getting it done before the Kickstarter ended but he was still happy with it. So this is the French frigate Diane.

Diane was started in Toulon shipyard in September 1794 and launched 2 October, 1796. She was designed by Pierre-Joseph Penetreau. She was one of four frigates present at Aboukir, or the Battle of the Nile, on August 1-3, 1798 and escaped with the 74-gun ship Guillaume Tell on 2 August. Two years later on 27 August 1800, she was sailing from La Valette, Malto in company with Justice when she was chased and captured by three British warships: HMS Genereux (74), HMS Northumberland (74), and HMS Success (32). She was taken into Royal service as Fifth Rate 38-gun frigate Niobe. At the time of her capture Diane only had 114 men on board, having left the remainder in Malta to help in its defense.


  • Length of gundeck         155'10"
  • Breadth                            40'8.5"
  • Depth in Hold                  12'7"
  • Burthen                        1142 Tons BM
This 3D print is a beautiful sculpt. As with the Bucentaure, the detail on the guns and carriages at this scale is just amazing! The anchors and ship's boat are printed as well. All of the rest is scratch built. While the Bucentaure's sails are cloth, due to time constraints I made paper sails for Diane.

The FDM version file print

'Beauty' shots of the painted hull that went into the Kickstarter add:

Some build shots. Not many because I was in such a hurry to finish.

The finished model:

A shot with both Diane and Le Bucentaure