Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

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Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by Aginvicta » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:28 pm

Bon Retour was built in 1952 in France and was used as a Scallop fishing boat off the Brittany coast. In 1982 it was restored and is now used in the preservation of marine culture. The wooden parts are all wrapped in cellophane, a plastic compartment tray with lid contains all the small wood and metals parts, pre-made sails, and two sizes of rigging thread. The instructions are a series of colour pictures, a booklet with 2 pages of text instructions, a parts list and a large sheet with full size plans. There is a page with rigging details but no sign of any tie off points for the rigging.
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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by neptune » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:02 pm

Hi Andy, AL make some nice kits, I built one of these a few years ago, I look forward to seeing your progress, I have looked at your Sherbourne, a very nice build, enjoy,

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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by Aginvicta » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:53 am

Thanks John, I am impressed by the quality of the parts in this kit, all the wood is straight and cleanly cut. I built Sherbourne about 8 years ago and enjoyed it, I have the Brig Badger in my attic but I don't feel I have enough skills yet to build it to the standard I would like. I am really impressed by your Royal Caroline build, a ship I want to attempt one day,
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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by Aginvicta » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:27 pm

As I mentioned in my first post the instructions are a series of colour pictures, a couple pages of text and a parts list. There is also a full size plan and a basic rigging diagram. I thought it would be easier to combine all the instructions so I photocopied the colour pictures and stuck each picture on a page of a notebook. I then added the written instructions for each each picture and wrote down the details of the parts to be fitted.
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I removed the false Keel and Bulkheads and removed any rough edges and the charring from the laser cutting. The plywood that is supplied is 4mm thick but the slots cut in the Keel and Bulkheads were only 3.5mm so I spent a few hours widening the slots being careful to keep the slots square. After I had made sure the Bulkheads were at 90 degrees to the Keel, I glued them in place using white wood glue. This was then left overnight.
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The 2 small lower decks needed their slots widening and once I was happy with the fit, they were glued and then pinned in place. I then fitted the 2 extra bow location pieces.
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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by zoly99sask » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:38 pm

Good start Andy!!

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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by GaryM » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:34 pm

AL does make some nice kits and looks like you are off to a nice start.
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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by Aginvicta » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:26 pm

Thanks Zoltan and Gary.
The next step, according to the instructions, is to plank the main and fore decks. These 2 decks, when fitted, have to be curved in 2 directions and I didn't fancy trying to do this with planks fitted. I soaked the 2 decks in hot water for about 30 minutes and then pinned them to the bulkheads and left them to dry.
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After they were dry, I removed the decks and had a think about my next move. The 2 lower decks are covered by hatches but I thought I might have the hatches slightly open to give the boat a bit of depth. I painted the bulkheads around the holds matt black and then planked the 2 lower decks. I'm not sure how much will be seen but it was good practise for the main decks.
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The main deck has to have an inner Bulkwark fitted either side, this has to be curved and fits into some slots in the deck. Rather plank the deck and then fit the Bulwark, I decided I would glue the deck in place, wet the Bulwark and dry (wet) fit it to get the curve right. Once dry I will then glue the inner Bulwarks in place and will then fit the deck planks.

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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by Aginvicta » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:54 pm

I left the inner Bulwarks to dry and then glued them in place using wood glue and a couple of Foldback clips to hold them in place. I decided to fit the centre plank on the Main Deck the full length of the deck and then cut out the gap for the Hatch later. This would make it easier to get the other planks nice and tight to this plank either side of the Hatch opening. I used a thin coat of wood glue on this plank and held it firmly in place for a minute or two. On the rest of the planks I used the side of a pencil lead to run along the edge of each plank to simulate the caulking. Up till now I had been cutting each plank slightly long and gradually trimming it until it fitted, but I had now got to the inner Bulwark and needed to trim down one side as well. When I got to the last plank I cut out a piece of paper and used it as a template to get the plank to a rough shape and then adjusted the shape until it fitted. The Deck was then left for a couple of days and then I cleaned up the Hatch edges and Mast hole before giving the whole Deck a sanding down with a sanding sponge. The Fore Deck was a lot easier to plank because I could lay the planks over length and then trim them down after the glue was fully dry.
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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by zoly99sask » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:02 pm

Really nice deck planking Andy!

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Re: Bon Retour Artesania Latina 1/25 scale

Post by mrshanks » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:22 pm

Looks great Andy. I like the larger 1:25 scale. I built the AL Swift about a year ago.. about the same size as your Bon Retour. It should be a fun build!
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