Book review "Fitting and rigging a 74-gun model ship" by Francis Jonet

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Book Review:
Fitting and rigging a 74-gun model ship
Author: Francis Jonet, our member @Francis Jonet
translated into English by Gille Korent, our member @Gilles Korent

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The front and back side of the Book

This guide is a help to the construction of the equipment of a ship model of the late XVIIIth and early XIXth centuries, but is applicable to any other era of wooden shipbuilding.

Available in English, French, Spanish or Italian language for a very reasonable price of 39 Euro.


Book in A4 format of 128 pages in full color. (paper 150 grs and sewn)


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SYNOPSIS:

This guide is an help to the construction of the equipment of a ship model of the late XVIIIth and early XIXth centuries, but is applicable to any other era of wooden shipbuilding.

This work by Francis Jonet describes with hundreds of photos and sketches, the construction of his model, gold medal in 2010. A large number of images in the document are shots taken in macroscopic mode in order to show in detail how to set up the rigging of a 74-gun vessel.


Interesting to read

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CONTENTS

NOTE
FOREWORD
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE MODEL

CHAPTER I– Fittings and more
Tools
Laminates
The sandpaper file
Working on the stern and the stem
Making gratings
Upper-decks and poop-deck breastwork
The breast rail stanchions and belaying pins
Ladders
Shroud chains
Anchors
The guns
The figurehead
The stern lantern

CHAPTER II - The Masts
Making the spars
Lower mast and lower yard hoops
The yardarms
Building the tops
Topgallant trestletrees and crosstrees

CHAPTER III – Blocks
Preparing slats
Making the shells
Finishing the blocks

CHAPTER IV – Rope work
The workspace
Theory
In practice
Serving
Particular cases for small cables

CHAPTER V – Finishing the rope work
Eyes and mouse (stays)
Shrouds masthead rigging
Rope bights
The shrouds
Wall-knots
Ratlings
Hammock-nettings
To Clap-on blocks to the yards
Small block straps
The thimbles or rings
Hooked return blocks
The anchor buoys

CHAPTER VI – Making the sails
The cloths
Tabling
Linings and patches
Eyelets
Bolt-ropes, foot-ropes and head-ropes
Bolt-rope cringles
Reef-point
Gaskets
Grommets
The bent sails

CHAPTER VII – Installation of the sails
Leading and belaying the ropes
Jibs
Staysails
Lower sails
Topsails and mizzen topsail
Topgallant sails and mizzen topgallant
Driver
Jib sheets and installation of anchors
Finishing the installation of square sails
Staysails sheets
Inspection of the work done

CHAPTER VIII – The ship’s boat
Construction method
The forms
Framing
Keel, stem and sternpost
Sterns
Planking
Form removal
Stern-sheets
Floor-timber, inner planking
Thwarts, stem and stern inner areas
Rudders
Finishing details

CHAPTER IX – Technical data
Making the ropes
Shrouds, back-stays, stays, preventer-stays, bowsprit mast
Catharpins, various, range-cleats / belaying cleats
Blocks, sheet-blocks,, staysail stays, bolt-ropes, foot-ropes, etc…
Fall tackles, yard-tackles
Sail tackles, anchor ropes and cables
Yard rigging
Lower sail clusters, blocks for the stays

CHAPTER X – Block distribution
Rigging parts for the masts and for the operation of the yards
Rigging parts for the operation of the sails
Rigging parts for the operation of the guns

CHAPTER XI – Return tackles
Forecastle
Quarterdeck
Poop-deck

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LOOK INSIDE:

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Some time ago I got a copy of the original book directly from Francis and showed it also here in a topic.
This book was in the past published in a very small number directly by Francis and I was very happy to get one of these rare volumes.
Now off course in addition with the english translation published by ancre, it will be a great help for everybody building a model of this period.
Not only helping for the 74-gunner, but also including a lot of explanations of building methods and hints.....

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Some years ago I had the luck to see this amazing model and met Francis personally during the international convention in Rochefort where I was invited.

Here some photos of the model:

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and by the way here is the link to the building log of Francis Jonets actual project

COMMERCE de MARSEILLE - Model of an 118-Gun Ship in scale 1:72​

 
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