French 12-gun corvette, 1747


This page shows the development of the construction of the keel, frames, and planking. L'Amarante has 52 frames, most of them composed by 12 different pieces of overlapping  timber originally dowelled together (on the model glued).

The external planking on French ships at that time was fixed to the frames under the waterline by alternating wooden dowels (treenails) and iron nails and above the waterline by iron nails only (like everywhere on the model, brass is used where iron was originally employed). To simulate caulking (both for external and deck planking) I have used black Bristol board glued to the sides of the planks before they are cut out.

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