This is a long running and continuing journey around a collection of ideas, projects, games, models and a variety of wargaming related themes from my own imagination and from others. As I have been described as having the attention span of a forgetful goldfish you can rest assured the resulting subject matter will be diverse and (usually) entertaining!
Saturday, 5 March 2011
107 Days, 36 ships and around £35 later....
The USS Tuscumbia (left) and the USS Chillicothe (right) on patrol.
Pictured above are the last two models of the first phase of my ACW naval scratch building project - the USS Tuscumbia and the USS Chillicothe. Historically they were hastily built and suffered badly from 'hogging' so in order to strengthen the hull the large awning type features were added and several large beams and chains helped to alleviate the problem. The latter of the two models - the Chillicothe - should probably be a little longer but she fits in nicely with her near sister, the Tuscumbia.
The Union Ram Fleet heading for Memphis.
The Union gunboats moving up in support of the Ellet Rams.
I am now at the stage where I can plan the painting of this lot and the collection breaks quite nicely into four batches, each of nine ships. This will be the last time the models will be seen in their 'just built' condition and as mentioned previously, I do not intend posting any pictures until they are all painted, so as not to lose the mass effect.
I have enjoyed this project enormously and would like to thank everybody for their ideas and support during the building phase - as ever this encouragement has given me the impetus to cross the finishing line when I might have easily given up!