Detailmodel: The Cote of Arms for Royal French Navy (1/2inch to the foot)

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Hello colleauges,

as I think we all have to do with the
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Royal Cote of Arms on our baroque ships I decided to pick out this detail for a seperated project to the commonwealth.
Se do find it mainly on the middle of the "appearing balcony" (as we say in German

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not very ofen there are other C ote of arms, too. As here on ROYAL LOUIS 1666 - but the uppest is the COA we do all need. (on the 1eme and 2eme rank ships fourtimes under this tier often two or minimaly one is needed on a fregat or smaller vessel.

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The LE BON shows the COA over the balkony moved to the center of the transom:
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3eme rank LE FLEURON has it lifted even higher as the central icon in the couronnament :
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But quite often it is the very center of the transom an first class eye catching item - so this may justify my littet step aside.
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At my model of SAINT PHILIPPE 1693 it is quite a tuny object in 1/64:

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Basically we have got the oval with the three golden Fleur-de-lys on the iroyal blue background surrounded by two knights orders colliers.


The inner is the one of Saint Michael - an intersting thing to model as it is an repeating of two lelements shells and lattice bridge pices. But both do need special care in the production and the colouring.

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with an astoniching detailled amulet:

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Of St. Michael fighting the devil and as he is loosing he is no longer able to stay in his magic role as a dragon so he does appear in his true shape as a fallen/ugly angle.

The outside collier is the one of the order of saint esprit:
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with a elaborated cross:
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We have got several variations of the collier's chains connection to the cross - this is a quite late one if you vompare the cross' detailling here and below.

My prototyp is at the Louvere and looks a bit more complex in detailling... (as the hole thing does being honest).

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I do start with the collier that is a combination of 29 squares of three different types:

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the H is for Henri founder of the knight's order

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The Fleur-de-lys is for the family of the King symbol for the dynasty of the Bourbons

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This is the most complex part.

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The cross is an item I will have to deal with in an extra part of the thread seperatly.

But to the model:
So my problem was how to find a path into this project.

And I decided "Yes it is a juwelier's handcrafted work - but it must be made from several (certainly very cpmplex) single pices soldered together to a complete quare part."

So I figured out that the H was a pattern of two symmetrical pices and tryied to draw it:
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but failed several times to get the H the two corn d'abdunance, the crowns and the flames into the given space.

So I rebooted and looked on the fire and figured out an also symmetrical issiue (and to keep the story short) I drawn, I misses, several times and then I passed and stared to cut the fire out:Polish_20200406_210456618.jpg
and it does work. I am quite happy abou the very first result

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and decided to cast the hole part in tin. So I does need a mould and for the mould I do need a model. And by this I sayed: let's soak it with CAglue to harden it...

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and fixed it on a next layer of cardboard. So I rised the thickness and got it stiff.

To get a better view on the garnularity of details I sprayed it with primer:

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This was yesterdays progress.

Hope you like it.
 

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