Brigantine Phoenix, by Master Korabel

moreplovac

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It is time to start a new build log.

This time it was a close race between brigantine Phoenix and USS Syren. Since Phoenix kit has all laser cut parts, including planks, i was curious to see how this approach fits into hard-core, make-my-own planks state of mind... So, let see...

This is a wooden model kit of the 12-gun brigantine "Phoenix" - cruising ship with a sailing arsenal of the brigantine, part of Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Empire.


St. Andrew's flag Russia
Ship class and type Cruising ship
Type of sailing equipment brigantine
Organization Black Sea Fleet
Commissioned since 1787 in Russia
Removed from the fleet Autumn 1803
Length between perpendiculars 24.4 m
Mid- width width 7.3 m
Draft 2.9 m
Mover sail
Crew 52
Total number of guns 12 guns

Service history (obtained from Internet sources).

A Greek built 12-gun brigantine Phoenix became a part of the Russian Black Sea fleet in 1787. With a war with Ottoman Empire pending, large number of Greek Corsair ships were purchased to strengthen the young Russian Black Sea fleet, in many cases the Greek crews were also hired into Russian service. Such ships were officially classified as “cruising ships” in Russian navy lists. The ship’s first war was the Russian-Turkish war of 1787-1791.

In the summer of 1788, the ship under the command of warrant officer Georgy Nikiforovich Benardaki, as part of Rear-Admiral's squadron Count M. I. Voinovich , went to sea in search of the enemy. On July 3, 1788, the brigantine participated in the first naval battle of the Russian-Turkish war of 1787-1791 near Fidonisi between the fleets of Russia and the Ottoman Empire. In 1789, as part of squads and squadrons, she repeatedly went to sea to search for Turkish ships.

In April 1790, the ship delivered supplies and materials from Kherson to Sevastopol. In May 1790, with the squadron of Rear Admiral F. F. Ushakov, along with other cruiser ships, searched for Turkish ships, participated in the blockade of Anapa, in the battle near the Kerch Strait (was in reserve).
In August 1790, in a battle near the island of Tendra, captured 10 Turkish cannon brigantine. In October, the captured Turkish ships escorted to the Dnieper Liman to Ochakov. In November, together with the cruising ship “Clement Pope of Rome” was sent to cruise to the Rumelian coast in the Varna region - m. Kaliakria. They took two Turkish vessels Sakaleva and Tumbaz (captured flooded) from Varna, then returned to Sevastopol and brought the captured vessel Sakaleva there. In April 1791, ships again went to search for Turkish ships to the shores of Tavrida, and then to the Anatolian coast - from Sinop to Constantinople. April 1 sunk two Turkish vessels. In July, the ship in the squadron F. F. Ushakov went to sea. July 31, participated in the battle at Cape Kaliakria.
In 1794, the Phoenix under the command of midshipman S. A. Belisarius with a squadron was on a practical voyage in the Black Sea, and in 1795-1797 in the Black and Azov Seas.
In the war with France of 1798–1800, the ship under the command of Lieutenant L. F. Morskoi was used as a transport ship. In November 1798, the ship arrived from Sevastopol to Corfu with provisions for the squadron of Vice-Admiral F. F. Ushakov. In December 1798, FF Ushakov's demands to Ibrahim Pasha delivered to Avpona to send Turkish troops to storm Corfu, blocking the fortress. At the beginning of 1799 the ship was with a squadron at Corfu, escorting transport ships with captured Frenchmen, entered Messina and arrived in Toulon. In 1801 and 1802 the brigantine sailed between the ports of the Black Sea.
In 1803, the ship was under the command of Lieutenant S. S. Karachinsky with the Nikolaev Nort, dismantled after 1803 in Nikolaev.

Cruise Ship Commanders:
G. N. Benardaki (1788–1791);
S. A. Belisarius (1794-1798);
LF Morskoy (1797-1802) [2] ;
S. S. Karachinskaya (1803) [3] .

Literature:
Chernyshev A. А. Russian sailing fleet. Directory. - M .: Military Publishing, 2002. - T. 2. - 480 p. - (Ships and vessels of the Russian fleet). - 5000 copies - ISBN 5-203-01789-1 .
Veselago F. F. The General Maritime List from the base of the fleet until 1917. - SPb. : Printing house of V. Demakova, 1890. - V. IV / The reign of Catherine II. K - S. - S. 31, 398. - 712 p. - (Military history library).
A. B. Shirokorad. 200 Years of the Sailing Fleet of Russia / Ed. A. B. Vasiliev. - 2nd ed. - M .: “Veche”, 2007. - 448 p. - ISBN 978-5-9533-1517-3 .

Model details:

Scale 1:72.
Assembled dimensions are (LxWxH) 23.25" x 8.5" x 17.25" (590mm x 220mm x 440mm ).
All wooden parts are laser cut to simplify assembly.
Hull design compensates for material deformations.
Double plank-on-bulkhead hull. Final hull planks are made of anigre veneer.
Historically accurate cast cannons with Russian Imperial crests.
Laser etched deck made of maple veneer.
High quality pearwood blocks.
Multitude of highly detailed brass parts.
Sail plans and cloth for sewing the sails.
Silk screen flags.
Different diameters of black and tan threads for standing and running rigging.
Ship stand with two nameplates, one in English and one in Russian
Binnacle.
Ship's boat MK0101 is included.
Ship plans (four large sheets) and translated plans in English.
Assembly instructions in English.
Made in Russia by Master Korabel
 

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So, lets see what we have here..

The box..

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Freshly made :)

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The instructions in Russian...
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.. and in English

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Rigging info sheet..

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Translated plan.

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The original plan is printed in bigger format so combination of both will be used here..

Photo instructions.. pls note that this instruction booklet does not includes the rigging steps..

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.. and here is the last page of instruction booklet.

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Material for making sails. There is an option to buy a fully completed sails if there is a

desire for it..

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Small parts...

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Various ropes...

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More small, laser cut parts..

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Ship's boat..

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Building plan, original...

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Very detailed and nicely technically drawn plans..

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Cannot help and not to compare with some other manufacturer's build plan on which you cannot actually see all required details.. This plan just stands out very much in quality and precision.

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The laser cut parts are nicely protected and covered in plastic foliage to prevent breakage.

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So, that it is for a start. Looking forward to actually get my hands dirty..

Happy modeling..
 

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I will be pulling up a chair in the first row for this one. I would really like to learn more about Master Korabel and MarisStella kits, so this build will be of great interest. Good quality photographs show what appears to be a high-quality kit. Best of luck with the build!
Heinrich
 

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Very good. I agree Master Korabel have nice kits. High quality and excellent attention to detail as well as reasonably priced, not too diificult to build and have great upgrades available like carved decorations and sails. I have the schooner Polotsk in my stash which I hope to build one day after I complete current build of La Salamandre.
 

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I will be pulling up a chair in the first row for this one. I would really like to learn more about Master Korabel and MarisStella kits, so this build will be of great interest. Good quality photographs show what appears to be a high-quality kit. Best of luck with the build!
Heinrich
Thanks, it definitely has plenty of highly detailed parts.
 

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I'll be following your build with great interest. This Christmas my wife gave me a "Polotsk" also by MasterKorabel. I've not touched it yet, as I have a lot of buildings between my hands, but by looking at the contents of the box and the quality of the material, I can say it is the better kit I've seen, not that I've seen many but no doubt the better in all aspects, instructions, wood and specially design. Far from anything that I've seen so far. The detail has to be seen to be believed.

There is a Youtube channel dedicated to the building of "Phoenix" (and other dedicated to "Polotsk") it is russian, but very interesting:
. It has lots of videos and covers the entire building.

Good luck with your building. The kit deserves all the interest that you can give to it.

Regards

JL
 
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I'll be following your build with great interest. This Christmas my wife gave me a "Polotsk" also by MasterKorabel. I've not touched it yes, as I have a lot of buildings between my hands, but by looking at the contents of the box and the quality of the material, I can say it is the better kit I've seen, not that I've seen many but no doubt the better in all aspects, instructions, wood and specially design. Far from anything that I've seen so far. The detail has to be seen to be believed.

There is a Youtube channel dedicated to the building of "Phoenix" (and other dedicated to "Polotsk") it is russian, but very interesting:
. It has lots of videos and covers the entire building.

Good luck with your building. The kit deserves all the interest that you can give to it.

Regards

JL

Thanks Dicas.

I stumbled upon that channel and will definitely use it as a reference point. Really curios to see how those laser cuts planks will fit...

Cheers
 

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I've begun to work on the Phoenix again - this time I will go the the finish. I'm continuing my build log that is on the ahem ..... other site. Here is the link...
 
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I've begun to work on the Phoenix again - this time I will go the the finish. I'm continuing my build log that is on the ahem ..... other site. I don't know if it's proper to provide a link to it - so you will just have to search.
Will search it, for sure..
 

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So, i started small, to taste the water.... with pumps.

Here is all what you need to build pumps.


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A little building manual..


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The pump body was assembled out of three parts, slide on a toothpick and glued together.


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A bit of a sanding to remove laser cut burns...


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The pump top was cut out and blackened..


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Then the pump handle support were soldered together instead of using glue. It appears to hold better when soldered..


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Then handle supports were attached to the pump, a bit of fitting was required...


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The handles were also assembled, light sanding was applied to remove laser burns.


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Now the handle assembly will be next.
Happy modeling.
 

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The handle assembly process continued by making hooks... the wire was heated a bit to make it softer and the hooks was made, out of the kit provided wire. Actually this piece of wire comes in the plastic bag holding all required parts for a pump. Very well organized, so far.. Just a simple hook.. it was cleaned a bit for easy blackening..




After short bath in blackening solvent. I use Brass Black..




The pump handle assembled...



The axle for handle support was cut 0.5 mm longer than needed and inserted into handle with pliers. Then it was squeezed with pliers to make tight bond.. The extra wire was cut and handle was put in final position.




Both pumps completed..




And the layer of Danish oil was applied to pumps. Now they are ready for final installation...




Happy modeling.
 
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