The present document details the architecture, the fitting-out, the equipment and the rigging of a 12-gun corvette of the years 1745.
A monograph including all plans of the timber works.32 plates in 1/36-scale.
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Freed from their origins dating back from the end of the XVIIth century, the first corvettes appeared as a distinct family in the years 1730. From that date, and as opposed to certain ship types that disappeared more or less rapidly, they went through a process of evolution and they lasted until today.
The architectural study presented here is based on the early constructions of this family. Our choice centered on the years 1740/1750, a period about which we have first-hand information provided by renowned builders of that time.
This monograph is based on the drafts of a corvette laid down by the shipwrights Ollivier father and son in the years following the appearance of a clearly identified type.
The draft that was chosen has the advantage that it was used for the construction of three corvettes, the decoration of which is available. A specific decoration can be selected from the same set of plans presented in the monograph. This method allows for the construction of a variety of models.
The present document details the architecture, the fitting-out, the equipment and the rigging of a 12-gun corvette of the years 1745. The plans are at the 1/36 scale to provide for ease of construction, with one plate at the 1/48 scale for the possible construction at that scale. The full timber structure has been drawn to provide for the construction of a model with the rigorous detailing expected from an Admiralty model.
Booklet and plans contained in a cardboard box covered in blue cloth with a full-color dust jacket showing the Amarante under sail, by J. Bellis.
Summary, 112 pages:
Corvettes of the years 1740/1750
Illustration of the evolution of corvettes
Plans of La Palme, with commentaries
The three corvettes of Joseph-Louis Ollivier
Commentaries on the decorations of the three corvettes.
Commentaries on the 32 plates of the monograph
Ironwork – painting
Description of the rigging
Photos of a 1/48-scale model by G. Chatainier.
List of the 1/36-scale plates:
1 – Schematic elevation of the hull
2 – Vertical sections
3 – Horizontal sections
4 – Fore-and-aft structure
5, 6 & 7 – Frame drawings
8 – Timber structure of the head and construction of the cutwater
9 – Timber structure and construction of the stern
10 – Elevation of the timber structure
11 – Lengthwise section of the timber structure
12 – Timber structure in the hold
13 – Timber structure of 'tweendecks
14 – Timber structure of the deck
15 – Timber structure of the castles
16 – Cross-sections
17 – Fittings in the hold
18 – Fittings in the 'tweendecks
19 – Fittings on deck and on the castles
20 – Fittings, overall lengthwise section
21 – Pieces of equipment
22 – Pieces of equipment
23 – Overall elevation
24 – Views from forward and aft
25 – Masts
26 – Mast fittings
27 – Sails
28 – Blocks
29 – Standing rigging and fore-and-aft sails
30 – Overall elevation under sail
31 – Belaying points
32 – schematic elevation and sections at the 1/48 scale
Author : Gérard DELACROIX
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