Richards model boats


French naval xebec (1750)

This model of a French Naval Xebec Le Singe was built at a scale of 1/32" to the foot from Holly. The hull is solid up to the main deck and is planked with strips of holly shavings. The sails are made of tissue forned over carved wooden blocks to give then double curvature. The rigging is from blackened copper wire. Sea made from plasticene painted and varnished (and looks fine after 28 years!).

The model is based on a model at the Musée national de la Marine in Paris.  Photographs of this model and drawings (at a scale of 1:75) can be ordered from the following link: 24 gun chebec monograph

The whole model is only about 3 inches long.