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  1. C.S.S. Richmond was one of the earliest Confederate ironclads, having been laid down at the Gosport Navy Yard at Norfolk, Virginia, in March 1862, immediately after the completion of the famous C.S.S. Virginia (ex-Merrimack). Richmond was designed by John Luke Porter, who would go on to serve as the Chief Naval Constructor for the Confederacy, but completed under supervision of Chief Carpenter James Meads. Richmond embodied many of the basic design elements that be used, again and again, in other casemate ironclads built across the South in the following three years. When Union forces were on the verge of taking the Gosport Navy Yard, Richmond was hurriedly launched and towed up the James River, where she was completed at Richmond. Finally commissioned in July 1862, the ironclad served as a core element of the Confederate capital’s James River Squadron for the remainder of the war. Richmond, along with the other ironclads in the James, was destroyed to prevent her capture with the fall of her namesake city at the beginning of April 1865. This model is based on plans of the ironclad by David Meagher, published in John M. Coski’s book, Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron, with modifications based on a profile of the ship by John W. Wallis, particularly regarding the position of the ship’s funnel and pilot house. Hull lines are adapted from William E. Geoghagen’s plans for a later Porter design for an ironclad at Wilmington, that seems to have had an identical midship cross-section.
  2. I will be building the CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimac) model. When finished, it will be 17 1/2" long. The instructions start with a nice bit of history on the ship:
  3. Dear friends of the iron ships and wooden walls! My project is an untypical one - both sides will be right to blame me! The dreadnought builders will grumble: "Not a single spot of grey and too much masts and yards." The victory builders will searchfruitless for blue ribbon painted on realwood if the build 1790th or for for the "wasp colouring" if the built Trafalgar theatre... and both will feel a considerable need of more gold and more carvings... So both will inculpate me for building the very unknown LINK between both beloved types! Kronprinz datas are easil to find at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Kronprinz_%281867%29 please do not mix her up with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Kronprinz (the last surviving battleship of he 1st WW - dived - but not given up!!!) Name: Kronprinz Builder: Samuda Brothers, London Laid down: 1867 Launched: 6 May 1867 Commissioned: 19 September 1867 Fate: Scrapped in 1921 General characteristics Displacement: Design: 5,767 t (5,676 long tons; 6,357 short tons) Full load: 6,760 t (6,650 long tons; 7,450 short tons) Length: 89.44 m (293.4 ft) Beam: 15.2 m (50 ft) Draft: 7.85 m (25.8 ft) Propulsion: 1 shaft 1 steam engine 8 boilers Sail plan: Barque-rigged Speed: 14.7 kn (27.2 km/h; 16.9 mph) Range: 3,200 nmi (5,900 km; 3,700 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) Complement: 33 officers 508 enlisted Armament: 2 × 21 cm (8.3 in) L/22 guns 14 × 21 cm L/19 guns Armor: Belt: 76 to 124 mm (3.0 to 4.9 in) The shorter barrels in the central battery were less effective than her 3 calibers longer barreled sisters on the upper deck... :pirate41:"w.t.f. is a central battery!!!???" someone might ask inflated... Please - don't look so anvexed! The very long batterdecks of Victory with a hundred of guns were cut down to a single deck (as I'll show on Dannebrog in two or three pictures).The guns and their carriage grow up und needed more place and part of the displacement. So less guns could be installed per ship. On the other hand these guns did not longer fire cannonballs the Paixhans gun fired shells - so the russian won Sinope on 30. XI. 1853. So in the mid 50th ship sides got cladded with wrought iron. The armour frigate was born. But her armour also demanded its part of the diplacement! So less guns could be placed. But if onl the central part of the batterdeck was used - why shouldn't you save the parts of dispacement and onl clad the used part of it? So the Batteryship became the centralbatter ship. And to avoid a lateral hit the open front and back were closed by an also cladded bulkhead... somthing like a "pillbox" was bon. So Kronprinz was the ver first ironcladded ocean going battleship and the "great grandmother" of Bismarck and Tirpitz. Her plans were drawn by Sir Edward Reed and she was launched 6.V.1867 - so I'll have time ill 2017 to get the model read for ther XL. jubilee. Kronprinz was wappenless for over one year, for the first time she was equiped with rifeld breechloading guns in 1869. Alfred Krupp's factory had great tourbles in producing enough carriages, highest quality breeches and his famous rifeld barrels for Kronprinz and the frenchbuild and bought in addition Friedrich Carl at the same time! This from me and for now! Pictures will be loaded during the next few days; so you can see the Admiralit Plan and how I have to change it back from the imperial german to the royal prussian armoured frigate. Hopefully it wasn't too boring for all of you and you didn't fall in a longer shut eye... Yours Chris

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