Wood, of course, but not just any. It must be short fiber, dense and with the most discreet rib possible. The model have to be realistic, and on this scale there is little or no distinction between the rib of the wood. On these criteria, we add the aesthetic aspect, the wood must be of beautiful natural color, because it will mainly receive oil/wax, or a matte colorless varnish. All that remains is to find a harmonious blend of wood essence.


For the frame there are some types of wood that are suitable, mainly in in fruit trees.


The most known and most used in arsenal modelism is the pear tree. For my part, it is a magnificent parsley (of the same family than the pear tree) that I mainly use. Slightly pinkish in appearance before the wax oil treatment, it turns a little brown afterwards.


There also will be pear tree wood, mine being clear it is perfect for the wanted contrast, especially for decks.


Not to mention the indispensable boxwood (yellow hue) for many carved pieces and fittings.


Finally ebony (black hue), little used on this model because the pre-cepts are made of chess wood dyed with Indian ink, but for others smallers pieces.



Brass is the main metal on this model, but copper, lead (or tin) and aluminum are also found. They come in wire, rod or round and square tube, plate.


Used only for windows glazing.


Made to measure with a crocheted cotton thread base, made by stringing machine and dyed with tea or coffee.

The sails

I do not have the canvas yet, I still have time to see!





The list is long, there is a multitude of tools acquired over time and as and when needs and means.

Many hand tools are also manufactured or modified.


List of main hand tools : saws, small hammer, cutters, mini scissors and wood chisels, carving scissors (small precision precision screwdrivers) « tarabiscot » rectified saw blades for making moldings, files and rasps, rifflers, tongs…


List of electrical and power tools. If it is certainly possible to make models of arsenal with little or no machine, it is not my vision. The goal for me being to avoid buying boards and wooden sticks and to make all the parts of the boat, it was essential to equip oneself well.


Without speaking immediately of the totality of the tools that would be necessary in this case, here is for me the minimum that it is necessary to begin :


Mini milling machine 220V type Dremel, (avec accessoires, carbide milling cutters/diamonded, highlights, grinding disc, disc to be cut, sanding disc…) chain saw, combined sander.


Now to do well: bench saw (precision), metal lathe (which is for me now also a wood lathe), bench milling machine (precision), column drill, screwdriver drill, belt sander, grinder, chain saw, edger saw, stationary planer, Band saw, vacuum, air compressor, and finally I'll add 3 homemade machines : electric table lime, stationary mini planer, whirligig (recliner adapted on table).


The workshop

Some machines.


Dremel mini milling machine (x2), metal lathe, table milling machine, table saw...

Stationary sander (woodworking tower)...

Homemade electro : Electric file (tampered jigsaw), mini stationary planer (electric plane), mini router (flush)...

Tour à métaux de modéliste

My last machine so much expected that comes replace the mini tower Proxxon, a metal lathe (35kg) to turn in other artillery pieces 1/36th scale without problem.

Scroll saw, combined sander, drill press...

Stationary planer...

Mini spinning top
Mini spinning top
Small planer stationary.
Small planer stationary.

And many other power tools.

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