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Part 01 Most of us don’t have very large format scanners at home. One that could scan a large plan sheet. Nor do we necessarily have even paid access (or the money for same) to a commercial one. Thus we are stuck will our standard 8 ½ by 11+ scanner. As some will note, scanning in the plans can add distortion from the scanner itself, as can the process of combining them. If you are careful to check for this, some corrections can be made using a photo editing program. For most of us, any distortions are quite small, and probably less than a real wooden ship varied from the origin
BACKGROUND I became interested in scanning half-hull models as an aside from my research on a particular ship, SS Meteor (1864). I have a long-standing interest in the fast screw cruisers of the 1860s, including the Delano/Isherwood and Lenthall/Isherwood designs, and the privately-designed competitors: the USS Idaho by Steers/Dickerson, and Dennison Lawlor's SS Meteor. My interest also extends to British and French commerce-raiding and pursuit cruisers of that era: HMS Inconstant and related classes, and the four French-built Confederate raiders that became BAP América, BAP Unión, SMS Au