Planset Review: "LE ROCHEFORT - 1787" Harbour Supply Vessel / Yacht - 1:36 - by Gerard Delacroix

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Planset Review:
LE ROCHEFORT - 1787
Harbour Supply Vessel / Yacht
- 1:36

by Gerard Delacroix

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Monographie is available directly from Gerard Delacroix via
http://gerard.delacroix.pagesperso-orange.fr/rochefort/plaquette-e.htm

Price exclusive postage is 66,- Euro

There are different languages available, original written in french, but you can get with the monographie a word-file for printing in english, italian or spanish launguage.


Synopsis:

Created by Colbert in 1666, the city of Rochefort is unusually located since its harbor-arsenal, built on the Charente river, is about twelve miles away from the sea following the river. Although this exceptional distance from the sea protected the harbor from enemy fleets for centuries it caused problems, however, that were unsuspected at the time of its creation. Unfortunately, the insufficient water depth of the Charente river in the 17th and 18th centuries made it impossible for large vessels to go down and up the river without first unloading their equipment, arms and ammunition. The Navy thus created a flotilla to assist and equip the vessels that remained anchored in Aix’s roadstead while waiting to be fitted out or laid up.

This flotilla consisted of several kinds of small vessels: lighters, yachts, transport-ships or brigs from the harbor. We chose to illustrate these ships with yachts, inherited from the Dutch workers who came to drain the swamps of the Charente during the 17th century.

This small elegant craft is of a simple construction with elementary rigging, since only one mast and three sails equip its hull. The book includes a booklet and a set of 16 plates of drawings. In the booklet, a chapter describes the creation of Rochefort and the reasons that led to the constitution of the flotilla. A presentation of the lighters and yachts, and more specifically the Le Rochefort yacht, complete this article. The construction and laying out of the Le Rochefort are detailed in instructions abundantly illustrated with 3D figures, followed by a commentary on the plates including a precise description of the rigging.

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I made a photo of the 1:36 model of the "Le ROCHEFORT Yacht de port 1787" built by Jean-Maurice Darville which was exhibited in the Congres International de Modelisme Naval in Rochefort. Model built based on the drawings of Gerard. More photos of this model I will post in the following post.


Contents:

Booklet 24 x31 cm and 16 plates of drawing collect in a folder
illustrate with an aquarelle by Jean Bellis.
The Booklet with 96 pages:
- The Rochefort dockyard and her featuring
- Yachts and lighters of the harbour
- Le Rochefort yacht and its construction
- Comments of the plates
- Scantlings, painting and iron work
- Rigging

16 plates in 1/36 scale :
1 – Schematic plan of the hull, lines and sections
2 – Parts of axial framework
3 – Frames (1)
4 – Frames (2) and hull framing
5 – Beakhead and stem
6 – Longitudinal section of timber
7 – Hold building
8 – Deck building
9 – Building forecastle and quaterdeck
10 – Longitudinal section and masting
11 – Cross sections
12 – Top view of the hull
13 – Longitudinal layout, views of the bow and stern
14 – Equipment and fitting
15 – Sails, belaying points and blocks
16 – The ship under sails



Resumee:

This planset is absolute complete, all information about the vessel itself and the construction is given.
The plans are absolute complete and show every detail necessary to build a wonderful smaller vessel in scratch.
Based on the very reasonable price and the completeness of the drawings it is a very good POF-project for the beginner and / or intermediate scratch modeler.

This planset is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


The Look Inside of the booklet

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The detailed info describing the drawings
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The Look Inside photos of the drawings which are part of the planset you can find in the following post ...... to be continued also with photos of a completed model
 

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Part 2 of Planset Review:
LE ROCHEFORT - 1787
Harbour Supply Vessel / Yacht
- 1:36

by Gerard Delacroix

The Look Inside of the 16 plates with scale 1:36 drawings

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and as mentioned before the model of the Le ROCHEFORT built by Jean-Maurice Darville shown in Rochefort two weeks ago.

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As mentioned in the post before - Highly recommended planset for a very reasonable price.
Well complete document and drawing set -> a very good basis for a POF scratch built

Many Thanks for your interest.....
 

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BTW here a photo showing myself together with Gerard in Rochefort two weeks ago.
We had some very interesting talks during the time there.....and there will be a new drawing set from him released in near future Thumbs-UpThumbs-UpThumbs-Up

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