LE COUREUR 1776 - Amati 1:75

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Hello friends of the shipmodel!



Due to illness I have to drove back and more slowly. So I renewed my first non pure plastic kit of the

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COUREUR by Amati. I tortured this kit 25 years ago and lost it an increcibly unlucky accident on a removal - when a shelf fall on the model in its card box driving the masts through the hull. So I searched around for sources of further information. I am totaly aware that this model isn't the peak of the kits (and ordered an 1/48 wooden kit from Russia in the hope to get somthing more "qualitavily" better).

I want to build this kit with your help and some support from the well known

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Ancre Monography by Berti & Boudriot.

The Monography shows an interesting mixture of the RN changes (staircase superstructure) and the original French ship (1pounder handguns aft).

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I found a very very good build of the Shipyard card model in 1/96 from a Russian website:


Here the beautfull superered and I coloured and painted transom...

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...and the Berti & Boudriot drawing to comparison of the details.


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As the hull is a massive block (of I do think to remember PolyUretan/ HardFoam?) there isn't very much to do without drilling the holes for the mast.

As we all know we have to decide for a single solution of the prototype.

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Here the precaptured deck of the Shipyard card kit and the Russian superdetailling of the very same kit side by side (right).

So I think about the story of the recaptured LE COUREUR so as the RN plans show but under the Pure Blance flag - using all the features Amati added to the kit.

Does anybody has had any experience onto this kit and is able to tell a bit about some of its trabs and its sources of trouble?

Hope you like it,

Chris
 
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My pacel came to me yesterday but due to my workload I do start today.

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Interestingly NOONE ever made a building report about the "Philanderer" - so let us have a look inside the kit's box:

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I do remember a yellow-beige block of bubbles but this does look very much more like a wooden hull. But I am afraid of scratches and dents very much. (the top of the stem broke away - so you can see it is the same matetial. and the stern in under dimensioned.)

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The gratings and other parts are these we allways find usual in Amati kits so nothing spectaculary here.

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Also the canons are not 6 short 2 long barrel ones. Hopefully I find something to substitude it with. Any good ideas for 1/75 barrels?

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Here the classical Amati tinclad 90mm - best for miniature battles in the ACW... I think about buying a GK-Modellbau one instead. This hopefully is coming closer to the prototype.

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Mast, yards and inner bulkwalk

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the printed on canvases

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a Amati style booklet and an English and German translation booklet

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and last but not least knots and how to make them...

That's all you get for your $120 - a bit depressing.

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So our furst step is to draw in the waterline and drill in the masthole. Without damaging the hull by dents.
So the biggest part of this kit is building bulkwalks, masting and rigging.
Now I do make my way to the copyshop to reduce the Ancre plans down to 1/75 at 63,1%. The rigging plan will give me the measurements of the blocks - doubling the bill due to it's DIN A0 size.
And it does fit - not absolutly perfectly
but enough for our issiues.

The new pictures will enter on monday.
 
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