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Arjan

Plastic 18th century Cutter kits ?

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I wonder if there are any plastic kits available of late 18th, early 19th century cutters ? There are some wooden boat kits available of this ship type but I would prefer a plastic kit. A distant relative was a privateer captain on a Dutch cutter during the fourth Anglo-Dutch war (1780-1784). He operated from Flushing and died off Hull due to a shot of shrapnel in the stomach.

 

Arjan

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50 minutes ago, Arjan said:

I wonder if there are any plastic kits available of late 18th, early 19th century cutters ? There are some wooden boat kits available of this ship type but I would prefer a plastic kit.

I think your best chance is Heller, which has had the largest range of “classic ships” of any major manufacturer over the years. Revell.de has the new stock these days (search their online shop for Heller”), and then there’s eBay. Heller made them in all sorts of scales, depending on the size of the original. If there’s no specific cutter of the size and rig you want, you may still find something you can modify. You need to do a general search for Heller ships, though, because the kits are all of named ships, rather than generic types... so rather than “64 gun ship of the line” you have to know theirs are called Glorieux or Superbe...

HTH,

 

edit: for example “Le Corsair”

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best,

M.

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Thanks for your response ! Heller have a 1/125 scale Tuna fishing boat  "Thonier Armor" which does have the right shape but unfortunately it's far too small. 

 

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This is what the vessel looked like :

 

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I think this image gives a reasonable idea of what she must have looked like :

 

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The wooden Artesania Latina kit Privateer Cutter Le Renard is probably my best option :

 

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Regards,

 

Arjan

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Thanks Francis, the shape of the independence schooner is not too far off but I prefer a slightly bigger scale. I'm quite sure by now that I will go for the Artesania Latina Le Renard kit.

 

Regards,

 

Arjan

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Thanks Kev, there are quite a few wooden kits of these Cutters around but I like the Le Renard model best. It's in 1/50 scale, I like the yellow finish, there's a replica I could use for reference and finally the privateer captain in question was also of French origin (he came from France and had settled in Terneuzen). He was the brother of my grandmother's great great grandfather, so a very distant relative indeed . Captain Jarry had captured a record number of 30 enemy vessels so I assume the British admiralty didn't like him 😉. The canon shot that killed him (only after two days of sheer agony) was also fired from a British cutter. I have a bust of the man and this portrait :

 

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Regards,

 

Arjan

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5 hours ago, Arjan said:

so I assume the British admiralty didn't like him

A fair assumption I would say

 

Always good to have a personal interest in your subject

I look forward to seeing this on develop

 

Kev

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 The Pyro/Lindberg “War of Independence” schooner is a model of an 1830s Morris-class US Revenue Cutter.  It later served in the Republic of Texas Navy during the Texan War of Independence against Mexico- hence the label.

 

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