On the stocks at present. The two Jenga blocks on the left requiring cutting as do the two hulls next to them. There are three models currently with the superstructure only in place whilst the pieces on the right are for two Turkish river monitors. Note the dowel rod from which I shall be furnishing eight funnels.
Hmm - I should have checked my supply of building materials before deciding on the building programme in the run up to Christmas! I do not have enough of the requisite parts to build the six paddle steamers for the ACW project although I am able to partially build them. Essentially it is a question of paddle boxes. I am using the stern section of the 4” long hulls - making them 3” - which are effectively off cuts. They are a nice shape to use and by backing them with some balsa wood I can get a pretty good paddle box assembly. The problem I have is that I do not have enough 4” x 1” hulls section to cut down to make the boxes - I have but a single one left over.
I will go as far as I can go with them - I can complete the ‘sister’ ship to the model of yesterday - but will need to get some bits and pieces from Warbases in the new year. I will be able to get the next pair of Turkish ships completed and indeed, I should be able to make more progress with the Russo Turkish War models than for the ACW.
One thing I will do over the holiday period though, will be to give all the ACW models the appropriate flags. Tony at Brigade Models did a sterling job on these and I am really pleased with them. I will point out in advance that the Confederates do not have the later naval ensign - the one with the white field. I will be using the earlier version as well as the well known battle flag.
Taking all the above into consideration it means that work will continue over the festive period with the models for both projects but with a definite easing down of effort. However, this will give me time to attend to a couple of other associated tasks - the rules I plan to use as well as getting a game in. There is also the small matter of getting my next Warbases custom order organised - and this is going to be a large one!