Hi, new here but not to modeling. I know what people think of Blue Shadow: is it really fiction? I am wondering if anybody ever bashed it or not?
I got my hands on the plans of privateer Oliver Cromwell launched 1776 Essex, CT [CT River Museum & Mystic Seaport I believe have the plans too. [if on 95 all within 10 minutes stop off there as nice town on CT River; also stop in Groton for the USS Nautilus and Fort Griswald, across the Thames River is US Coast Guard Academy [ USS Eagle is in port except in summer] -- all free.]. As I see except for the stern and a mizzenmast very similar. Also close to War of 1812 USS Wasp & USS Hornet. Anybody ever bash the "Blue Shadow?"
Did is anyone ever make the Oliver Cromwell? I'll post the Cromwell plans site: zip file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B32-8ZWvIt6URzJYWlV4ODRYcnc/view http://www.shipmodell.com/index_files/0POP.html . (My wife is Brit & can't understand why we named a ship after her word the bloody nut Cromwell. CT was a Puritan state (would hang Catholic & Quakers, Baptist, etc. & to celebrate Christmas was a hanging sentence as it was seen Papist at the Revolution time. CT hid the 3 judges that condemned Charles 1: Dixwell, Goff & Whalley and then named streets after them in New Haven by Yale U. ). [if on I-95 all within 10 minutes stop off there as nice town on CT River; also stop in Groton for the USS Nautilus and Fort Griswald, across the Thames River is US Coast Guard Academy training rig USS Eagle is in port except in summer]
My friend owns a pawn shop & a high end miscellaneous item store (buys up business [Hallmark's, Jeweler's etc. inventory on closings) I picked up Aeropiccola USS Constitution 40 inches for $75 and Mamoli Rattlesnake for $110; and the Mamoli Blue Shadow for about $125. Are these ok models and did I get a deal or shafted?
Thanks Rich from Coastal CT
If you can get this old book from a library it is "old school" model handbook - has numerous plans.
American ship models and how to build them by V.R. Grimwood. 1942 Norton, NYC