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
Information: Supplementary plans or brochures can only be sold if you already have the complete monograph.
The books only without plans in English or Italian or Spanish are sold only if you already have the monograph in French. (proof of purchase will be requested)
Author : Gérard DELACROIX translation by GILLES KORENT
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