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TONIGHT - TV Show of interest to ship modelers

This evening at 9:30 ET on the Fox Business Network (FBN) a show will air that may be of interest to model ship builders.

 

The show is called Strange Inheritance and will be about a man who inherits his father's model ship collection, many of which are in museums around the world. I am pretty sure that FBN is on cable all around the world for those outside the US, although the broadcast times may vary. I thought this would be of interest to some of you.

Here is a brief summary about the show:

 

Many dads tinker in the backyard shed. William Atteridge of Natchitoches, La. was building masterpieces. His family didn’t realize it.

 

“My mom wasn’t all that thrilled with Dad spending a lot of time in the shop,” says Larry Atteridge, William’s son. “As a young man, I didn’t pay as much attention to what he was doing. When you’re 16 or 17 years old, the last thing you’re worrying about is your dad building models.”

 

But since his father died, Larry Atteridge learned a lot about the miniature fleet he inherited. It turns out his dad made more than a thousand replicas of Civil War ships with incredible precision that garnered a worldwide following among Civil War enthusiasts.

 

Those models have now been appraised for big bucks. They are the subject of a new episode of Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby. It premieres on Fox Business Network Monday, February 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

 

During the Korean War William Atteridge helped paint an actual warship. He served as a cosmetic maintenance specialist on the USS Valley Forge. After his discharge he took a job as a draftsman for the mobile home industry.

 

The history buff started building model ships from scratch in the mid-1970s. His inspiration: a trip to Vicksburg, Miss. to see the USS Cairo – the first vessel sunk by a remotely detonated mine – go on display after being raised from the Yazoo River.

 

Atteridge built an 8-feet to 1-inch scale model of the Cairo out of pine and cypress. Then, over the next 40 years, he worked his way through the rosters of Union and Confederate ships.

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I seen them talking about this on the Fox news channel about 2 hours ago, already had it set to watch tonight. Thanks for the heads up

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Thanks for this. Gonna tape this tonight.

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Very interesting show, some beautiful models.

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The old fella was quite the prolific ship modeler. They said he had built and sometimes sold approximately 1,000 models. If he built models for thirty years and averaged building 30 per year, he would only build 900. :huh:

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Very interesting show and yes, he was an amazing model builder, especially considering that everything he built was from blueprints and raw materials. It seemed unfortunate that he wasn't appreciated too much while alive, and his family seemed very disconnected. I guess the lesson is make arrangements for things you care about before you kick the bucket.

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The son who inherited the models did a commendable job saving and securing his Dad's models. I really liked the way they came together and got to know each other in the last few years of Dad's life. That was a gift to both of them.

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