Revell USS Constitution – Scale 1:96

The USS Constitution is America’s most famous warship, Launched in 1797

  • Scale: 1/96
  • Length: 32″
  • Width: 15″
  • Parts: 1,223
  • Build Time: 18 months

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She was a frigate rated at 44 guns (though she carried around 50 most of her fighting days.)  In her 200+ years, she has been refurbished and restored a number of times and very little of her structure is original.  She rests now in Boston and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

The Build

A beautiful kit, nice detail and if you are prepared to take time to do it, perhaps one of the best large scale ships available. Built over a period of 18 months, the rigging alone took 6 months, although I did have periods I left it alone simply to break up the build, which can be very concentration intense and time consuming, I have seen quite a few finished but never one when rigged with full and studding sails, so I knew this was going to be finished with complete sails and running rigging. 18 months and then a full weekend to shoot the photographs, there are quite a few!


The Ship

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Decking Detail

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Rigging & Sails

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1/56 USS America – Revell

Racing Yacht America

  • Scale: 1:56
  • Length: 653 mm
  • Height: 530 mm
  • Parts: 175
  • Build time:75 hours

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The “America’s Cup” race, the defining event in world Yacht Racing, is named after this vessel. It was designed to take speed sailing to a new level. It famously defeated seven schooners of the Royal Yacht Squadron in a race and won the now famous “America Cup” for New York. Later, the Civil War would see “America” used first as a blockade runner and then as a blockade ship!

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Lindberg Civil War Blockade Runner 1/124

Civil War Blockade Runner

  • Manufaturer: Lindberg
  • Parts: 203
  • Length: 457mm.
  • Scale:1:124
  • Build Time: 110 Hours

The blockade runners of the American Civil War were seagoing steam ships that were used to make their way through the Union blockade that extended some 3,500 miles (5,600 km) along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines and the lower Mississippi River. Blockade runners imported from England most of the guns and other ordinance the Confederacy needed.

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In More Detail

To get through the blockade these ships, many of them built in British ship yards, specially designed for speed, had to cruise by undetected, usually at night. The typical blockade runners were privately owned vessels often operating with a letter of marque issued by the Confederate States of America. If spotted the runners would attempt to outmaneuver or simply outrun any Union ships on blockade patrol.Ship In more detail

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Revell 1/146 U.S.S. Constitution

  • Scale: 1:146
  • Length: 435 mm
  • Parts: 191
  • build time: 2 months

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USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. Constitution was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. Constitution was built in the North End of Boston, her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.


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“Old Ironsides” continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878.

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Vintage Revell 1/96- CSS Alabama

American Civil Warship CSS Alabama  – Vintage Kit Circa 1960’s:

  • Manufactured by:Revell
  • Scale|: 1/96
  • Length 86mm
  • Height: 41.4mm
  • Build Time: 195 hours+

CSS Alabama was a screw sloop-of-war built in 1862 for the Confederate States Navy at Birkenhead on the River Mersey opposite Liverpool, England by John Laird Sons and Company.[3] Alabama served as a successful commerce raider, attacking Union merchant and naval ships over the course of her two-year career, during which she never docked at a Southern port. She was sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg outside the port of Cherbourg, France.

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Deck Detail

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