Saint-Philippe 1693-POF to the Monograph by Jean-Claude Lemineur by NMBrook-1/36

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I have done the initial fabrication of the Rider frame.This is in African Red Padauk.The Monograph states that the full interior on this vessel was Red Occre bar the officers quarters,so the full interior will be Padauk bar the decks,which will be Pear.
The upper futtocks are not attached and will not be until much later.These penetrate the lower gun deck.The base has been sanded to the bevel of the floor timbers.
Final pics how the item in location,it will need setting up properly to scribe both sides to follow the hull interior minus the internal planks and strakes (3mm).I will leave a little meat though for final tweaking prior to fitting.

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What a joinery, man. I'm speechless.
 
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Okay, so I am up to date with your log, Nigel, and I just have to say - WOW!

Honestly, I feel a little foolish fussing around with my plastic model, when I know that there are things like this happening in the world. I am light years away from acquiring the practical experience and skill set to even approach the quality of what you are doing, man. Hat’s off to you, my friend!

A couple of things:

I really like your use of padauk; the color is fantastic and similar to bubinga.

Also, it seems to me that a milling (or several, depending upon scale) machine is essential for the compound joinery of a project like this; that is, if you are building more than a cross-section, or expect to finish the full ship in your lifetime. Of course, there is the romance and craft of making everything with hand tools, but the full-scale shipyard had a workforce numbering in the hundreds, while the admiralty modelers simplified their construction techniques in order to meet presentation deadlines. Technology is our friend, and you are making excellent use of it.

I am also wondering what your take is on the bowsprit gammoning dipping below the waterline. I realize that Mr. Lemineur probably took his cues, here, from the original draft of the Tonnant class. Nevertheless, it just seems wrong-ish, even if it is right?

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that this build of yours is approaching Amalio levels of otherworldliness. As much as the execution, the forethought and problem-solving are really something to behold.

Thank you for presenting this in your style, and BON COURAGE!
 
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Thankyou Marc and Gennaro for your kind comments.
I do wonder as to the gammoning,it is a little unusual to say the least.One can only assume it was bathed in swathes of tar to protect from seawater.
Don’t sell yourself short Marc you demonstrate a different set of great skills for working in your chosen medium.

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Thanks, Nigel! I’ll get there, someday. The plan is to eventually move somewhere with some real space to set-up machinery. I don’t think one needs a lot of machinery, but a Proxon table saw, a bandsaw, thickness planer, and a mill - and, there’s nothing that can’t be done.

A small drill press wouldn’t hurt either.

And, maybe an oscillating spindle sander.

And, come to think of it - scroll saw are NICE!
 
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Seriously, though - you maintain a standard of excellence that’s difficult to sustain...

when your body’s not right..
when life-stuff is happening..
or, when you just don’t feel like it.

To my mind - that’s some Martial-Arts style discipline.
 

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Perhaps Holly as a white substitute for the officers’ quarters? I’m not sure how it will oxidize, over time, though.
Marc Holly is a possibility,however there a other details in the officers quarters that can only be shown using the "hairy stick".I feel that that in order for this area to be cohesive in appearance,I am best painting all the interior fittings in the cabin unless they were natural timber on the real vessel.The use of colour in this area will hopefully draw the viewers eye to this area and it not be lost in a vast expanse of internal framing.

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Well one small step in the right direction.I have received the sanding drums for use in my set up for sanding the frames on my pillar drill.These are large,but so are my framesROTF.The larger diameter will make it easier to attain fair curves on the frames edges.
The biggest bonus with these is that they use standard abrasive paper,not costly sleeves.There is a cam lock system in the drum to secure the ends.

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Ok after a little hiatus I am back making dust.First job was to shape the remaining Padauk sections for the last of the frames of the bow area.Now that I have the mother of all sanding drums mounted in the pillar drill,I chose to spot glue these pieces together using a spot of thick CA at each end.This enabled me to shape a pair as one single piece effectively halving the time taken.These simply split apart using a scalpel with minimal damage.

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Glad to see you back to work, Nigel! Has the skin irritation fully abated?
Thanks Marc and yes it has calmed down although some blotches remain and may take a while to fade.Not down to the Padauk but needed to rule it out.
I had a real bad reaction to Ebony once

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...t is time switch to the black hornbeam, perhaps? ;)
Yes I know what you mean Jim but it hasn't bothered me since.The allergic reaction was to Madagascan Ebony and my arms were covered in hives from generous amounts of dust from a mass cutting session.Touch wood (pardon the pun) I have not had a repeat episode

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I took advantage of my VAT free discount at Machine Mart and added another tool to my arsenal for this build and others.My delivery comprised of a 300mm centres metal lathe,digital speed readout,live centre,tailstock chuck and cutting tools.

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Be careful that can turn into a whole other hobby by itself. Mine got lengthened, digital readouts, quick change tool posts, grinder attachment etc. It's a great tool for hobby sized work, and beefy enough to turn steel for small jobs.
Yes I know I have been reading the webpagesROTFNot all is rosy though,I have just opened the box to find it has had an impact on it's end cracking the belt cover.I have had Machine Mart on the phone and then emailed them pictures,they are talking about sending a replacement machine rather than just the cover.We shall see,currently NOT happy:mad:

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Well I can't quibble with Machine Marts customer service.Damaged lathe will be taken away and a new replacement machine will land on Thursday.All for a plastic cover worth a few quid:rolleyes:I did test the machine and it is in perfect working order,guess the belt cover is not an easily available part.

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Machine Mart were true to their word,replacement arrived yesterday and lathe with damaged belt cover was taken away:)

Here are some better pics.I have fitted the digital speed readout and replaced the four way toolpost with a quick change one.This removes the need to shim tools.I have three normal toolholders plus one that holds parting off blades.

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