I would say that is my weekend planned but for the fact that tomorrow is my wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary - no to mention Valentine’s Day on Sunday! At least they are all ready to go and aside from adding the gun ports and deck hatches are very easy to put together.
Pictured above are pretty much all of the component parts for my next batch of models for the ACW - seven in all. There will be three casemate ironclads and four side wheel paddle steamers. Most of the parts are fairly obvious - paddle boxes, hull, superstructure funnels, pilot houses and a bag of hatch and gun port covers. The latter are very small - 5mm square and 1mm thick - but are really useful in finishing off what would otherwise be a bare expanse of deck.
On the right hand of the pictures you can see a variant of the original method I used to build paddle boxes on my first batch of models built some eight years ago! It works just as well but the new layered method is far quicker. As I typed this I realised that I have not yet drilled the holes for the flagstaffs - so guess what I will be doing next!