The Inspiration & Challenge that is "La Salamandre"

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Thank you jimmy, much appreciated to have someone to answer questions. I fact just this morning i resawed some elm logs. I would have liked to use maple, I have plenty of both, we have a sugar bush on the other property, so lots of both,maple and elm. Maple is one of those really hard woods , elm is a bit softer. So gonna use elm. I cut a few pieces down for the keel assembly, just need to pass them through the sander to bring them to what I figured out from the drawing, .350 x .400 I took some of the plans to be copied this morning, will pick them up tomorrow morning on my way back from work, a short detour. So between working on my other ship and this one will be quite busy this winter. These day have extra chores to do ,winterising the house,storm windows,tune up the snow blower, install winter tires,and have to cut firewood for next year , and what ever real life throws at us. I have been taking pics so when i get going a bit I will post a build log of this new ship the bomb ship Salamandre 1752.
Another question when looking at the plans for the hull, looks like a single plank job, am I correct ?
 
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So glad to hear that you've begun work on your Salamander, Smelly! I haven't worked with elm but certainly have made a few smaller detailed ship parts out of maple. You're also correct about the planking. The original Salamander was single planked with heavy planking and close frames. A proper war ship.
 
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Thanks for the reply, I have been studying the plans intensively, trying to get myself between the timbers. Some spots have me wondering, but am sure things will workout as I procede along. Need to get the build board set up.
 

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Thank you jimmy, much appreciated to have someone to answer questions. I fact just this morning i resawed some elm logs. I would have liked to use maple, I have plenty of both, we have a sugar bush on the other property, so lots of both,maple and elm. Maple is one of those really hard woods , elm is a bit softer. So gonna use elm. I cut a few pieces down for the keel assembly, just need to pass them through the sander to bring them to what I figured out from the drawing, .350 x .400 I took some of the plans to be copied this morning, will pick them up tomorrow morning on my way back from work, a short detour. So between working on my other ship and this one will be quite busy this winter. These day have extra chores to do ,winterising the house,storm windows,tune up the snow blower, install winter tires,and have to cut firewood for next year , and what ever real life throws at us. I have been taking pics so when i get going a bit I will post a build log of this new ship the bomb ship Salamandre 1752.
Another question when looking at the plans for the hull, looks like a single plank job, am I correct ?
Would be great to see also yours ..... :cool:
 
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When I was a youngster in the '50's, the old "James Bliss" catalog contained a kit to build a naval mortar. At the time I couldn't afford anything in that catalog, but that mortar, and the sailing ships that used it, absolutely intrigued me. So it seems odd that it has taken this long for me to finally build one. Certainly, the emergence of Boudriot and Berti's monograph and plan set had a lot to do with my decision to take on this project. I started building "Salamandre" in January of 2017. The scale is 1:48.




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Before I even knew what ship I was going to build next, I had to cut down a pear tree in the corner of my yard where it was threatening my neighbor's fence. All I knew was that I wanted to build an admiralty board style ship (which I'd never done before), and that this pear wood should be be ideal for such a project. The logs were left to season for 2 years while I searched for a project to build. After initial seasoning, these photos show the first step of cutting up the logs into pieces. These pieces were then left to season for a few more months during which they underwent their final warping and twisting and became stable. Then I can just square them up and began slicing off finished model building timber as needed. I do my final processing of miniature lumber with a Proxxon table saw and a Jim Byrnes thickness sander.


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This is 6 months into the build and all frames and the bow structure are built and have undergone initial fairing. The building jig is visible to the left. Somehow I did not retain any photos of the keel assembly and the associated stem and stern post. The little dowel pins in each frame where it meets the keel were my idea. obviously no one will ever see them in the model. However they provided absolute accuracy in the thwartship direction as I was constantly inserting and removing them during the initial assembly and construction work.

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So here is a good look at the stern post and at least part of the keel. The carving of the rabbet is complete here.

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One can finally see the shape of Salamander's bow at this point. I certainly wasted more than an hour or two admiring the shape of it. Oops! there is another ship in the background shadows here. I promise a full build log on that one in the near future.

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The first piece of ebony wood was a thrill. Inboard, the gun deck clamps are in as well so the structure is becoming quite stable now. The little spacers that you see at the turn of the bilge are temporary.

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Gun ports and stern timbers. Oh yeah !

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Dear Jimmy
you are doing excellent & Beautiful work Thumbsup Thumbsup
 
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