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last revised 14/04/12
French 60-gun Frigate LA BELLE POULE (1834)
• A new
modelling project under development •
|On 1 August 1839, under command of the Prince of Joinville, third son of King Louis-Philippe, she left Cherbourg to join the Eastern fleet of Admiral Lalande. She was back in Toulon on 21 December 1839. On 27 July 1840, she set sail with special equipment for Saint Helena to bring back the remains of Napoleon. She had been painted black for the occasion. On September 30, she arrived back in Cherbourg, where, on 8 December, the Emperor's remains were transferred to the steamship NORMANDIE. The NORMANDIE transported the remains to Le Havre and up the Seine to Rouen, for further transport to Paris.|
The idea is to use the plastic kit produced by Heller to re-create the above dockyard model in a 1/200 scale, but the hull only, without the rigging. However, the kit has a number of shortcomings, as common with plastic kits. Very noticeable are the misguided efforts by the mouldmakers to put pronounced wood-grain on most hull surfaces. Neither on the original nor on the dockyard model one would be able to see such coarse grain. Another point is the coppering that looks more like a slated roof than the slick protective sheathing of both the prototype and the dockyard model. In addition, the copper is absent from the rudder, where again the wood-grain re-appears. There are probably many more 'faults'.
In summary, it has not yet been decided, whether the project will really go ahead.