As with Golden Bear, I haver a keen interest in French predreadnought battleships, which were unparalleled for their often odd appearance. Golden Bear has built a beautiful model of this ship already, but I wanted to build one for myself. My project was a much more modest and less detailed 1/550 scale model based upon French Archive drawings and drawings from Russian Internet sources. I also referred frequently to GB's model when in doubt about interpreting the drawings available to me. I experimented using black construction paper for the hull and somewhat thick paper for the upper works. This was not a successful experiment as i was not able to achieve edges as sharp and crisp as I would have liked. Not being keen on building ship's boats, I have so far not built any but may populate the boat deck at a later time as the model appears somewhat bare, especially from above. I remember thinking that the Charlemagne class ships (including St. Louis and Gaulois) were ugly ships and that I would never want to build one. However, over the years I have changed my opinion and now think that they were attractive. They had active careers and all served during WW I, notably in the Gallipoli campaign. Gaulois was sunk by a U-boat. They were small ships. My model is a bit over 8 inches long. For my next project, I have embarked on building the Russian old battleships Slava of the Borodino class as she appeared dureing WW I.