The above picture shows the Confederate Rams with the original hulls.
The second picture shows the vessels with the new, longer hull, ready to take onboard the guns with which to terrorise the Yankees! You can easily see the difference between the two.
I have previously mentioned that at the present time work is greatly impacting on my available time for gaming, modelling or indeed just about anything that can be described as relaxation! Last night was no exception as I arrived home after a long and gruelling day of testing a new system at a ridiculously late hour. The work is not difficult but it is both time consuming and tedious and as it is being tackled as a parallel run with the usual daily business in effect I am doing everything twice. I am currently contracting for an American company and as the US was closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day it meant that the effects of the first business day of the US week (Tuesday) hit the London office yesterday with a vengeance. Mercifully the current round of testing comes to an end this Friday so things should be back to what passes for normality.
I can only offer belated apologies for my non-appearance at the club last night - suffice it to say I shall be in contact with those members I was keen to see independently.
In a spirit of defiance I made a point of tackling a small task when I had eventually arrived home and after having eaten, the results of which you can see in the picture above. These are the three Confederate rams complete with the new (and longer) hulls. These seem quite long and bare compared to the original version but that is simply because they are awaiting the fore and aft deck mounted artillery that I have ordered from Peter Pig. They look a whole lot better than the previous version and once the guns have been added will look suitably imposing on the tabletop.
I have also decided on the final 7 models I shall be constructing to make up the initial 24 to be completed before I start painting and these are as follows: CSS Baltic, USS Essex, USS Indianola, 2 more Union rams and a pair of timber clad Union gunboats. The monitors and 'walking beam' ships will feature in the next batch.