‘I saw three ships come sailing in’ - Not quite Christmas and without a sail in sight these are the three latest additions to the ACW collection which now stands at 30 models.
Three more generic looking paddle steamers for the river part of the ACW project - two for the Confederates and one for the Union. Once again they are ‘based upon’ rather than any particular ship and can used as rams or gunboats as required. The Union vessel was painted with the U.S.S. Queen of the West in mind and so she looks rather striking in her white plumage.
I have deliberate kept the design of these quite simple but by moving pieces around am able to get quite a variety of model. The various tricks I have used are as follows:
One funnel or two
Funnels forward or aft of the pilot house (and the same with the pilot house!)
Paddle boxes aft or centre
Number and position of gun ports
Number and position of deck hatches
Superstructure - this is a Jenga block and I have used full sized versions, 3/4 sized versions as well as angled front faced versions (both horizontally and vertical angles)
I have another five river based paddle steamers to build and then will look to build some ocean going types - I am thinking four at present. There will also be a coupe of stern wheelers to factor in as well.
All told I reckon I have around 15 or so more models to build for this project although it could possibly be more. There will be a brief break from the ACW as the next batch of models will need some components from my next Warbases order (currently in the queue). In the meantime though, work can resume on the Russo Turkish War so I shall be looking at them next.
Keeping on keeping on!