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  1. RC installation is my weakest element of this hobby. I'd suggest reading boat building threads on rcgroups.com. Notice to Mariners: Monitors are particularly hard to RC. They have a very shallow draft so there is little room for RC equipment. The flush mounted hatch needs to be water proof. There is so little deck hardware to grab to get the deck hatch off, I had to build up the officer and crew hatches. It takes a lot of internal ballast to achieve their designed low freeboard. With low freeboard, there is little steaming time between a leak and a sinking.
  2. Sometimes, a model falling off a shelf can be a good thing. I built a 1:48 scale USS Monitor hull 25 years ago. I wanted to build it because it was so different from the sailing ship hull shapes I was used to building. It was a fun challenge. I completed the hull and it sat on various shelves and moved with me many times. It seemed to fall at least once wherever I lived. After 25 years of this, I finally decided to either finish the model or throw it out. (That had not happened since the trauma of a childhood move where my parents said they'd not pay to box up all my models for a move...so they were thrown away ) So, I finished the model.
  3. Brigs Niagara and Lawrence

    Saw this last weekend at the Mariners Museum and thought the readers of this thread would like.
  4. The USS Princeton Incident

    This past weekend the Mariners Museum had their annual 'Battle of Hampton Roads'. Your excellent post of what happened in 1844 had long lasting effects for the US Navy and John Ericsson. First, they did not want Ericsson's brilliant input on naval technology that would put the US Navy at the forefront of the world's navies. When the Navy finally succumbed to the obvious and accepted the MONITOR design, they ordered her to go into battle firing half charges! Had the MONITOR fought with full charges, there would be no historical tactical vs strategic question today. Not the first or that last case of "Rules of Engagement" affecting outcomes.
  5. This paint thread reminded me of old discussions about the evolution of how colonial Williamsburg changed it's mind about "historically accurate" paint colors. Basically, they'd been focusing their color palate on faded paint chips. More scientific computer analysis brought in brighter colors and context to indoor and outdoor paints. More info here: http://makinghistorynow.com/2014/08/a-house-of-a-different-color/ Side bar: There is always the problem of some historic districts with large personalities in charge demanding strict adherence to certain colors. Until shown, those are inaccurate colors. Science is dead certain about something...until other science dis-proves it.
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Just Blowing... "Today my 91 year old Navy Vet neighbor told me there was a part of the ship called the... Uh... Shall we say black mans head. Anyone know what part of the ship that is? He said something about the wench? He's hard to understand some times. " I've heard that term, from an old waterman, on the Chesapeake Bay for the fore bitts that were covered with boat soup which turns them into a dark color. It's not a term I use.
  7. From Futtock to Top

    I crewed on this vessel. Let me tell you, the first few times going up the rig are breath taking. I got used to it. And remember, the rig is moving around even more than the ship. Doing the same at night with a star filled sky...PRICELESS!
  8. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    talos...excellent information. I really liked the period artist's sketch representing the 1813 colors of the USS United States! Birch, Thomas, 1779-1851, artist
  9. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    frolick...I hope all is well. "The larger windows have naval upper and lower half-lid-and-bucklers-style ports, just like Constitution had." If you ever get the chance, I'm sure several of us would enjoy seeing pictures of your naval preparations.
  10. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Glenn H., I look forward to seeing pictures of your progress on SoL AMERICA.

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