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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Lindberg – 1/96 Fulton’s Clermont Paddle Wheel Steamer

Fulton’s Clermont Paddle Wheel Steamer
By Lindberg  – Scale 1/96

  • Length: 475mm
  • Build time:70 hours
  • paint time: 25hours

My first Linberg kit,

The North River Steamboat or North River (often erroneously referred to as Clermont) is widely regarded as the world’s first vessel to demonstrate the viability of using steam propulsion for commercial water transportation.

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Built in 1807, the North River Steamboat operated on the Hudson River (at that time often known as the North River) between New York and Albany. She was built by the wealthy investor and politician Robert Livingston and inventor and entrepreneur Robert Fulton (1765–1815).

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Spanish Galleon – Revell Scale 1/96

Spanish Galleon

Used kit, some damage to hull, no rigging instructions. required some minor scratch built parts. Historically drafted and manufactured by Revell. Excellent kit, on the whole a good fit, no flash but requires a fair amount of sanding, including some smaller parts, because of pronounced seaming from the moulds, which is a shame for a relatively newer kit.

  • Revell 1/96 kit
  • Height 635 mm
  • Length 724 mm
  • Number of parts 306
  • Build Time 640 hours
  • Paint time 46 hours

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The Spanish Galleon

The Spanish galleon was one of the most famous ships of its type during the golden age of the sailing ship. The first galleons appeared in the middle of the sixteenth century and these popular sailing ships served as men-o’-war and merchant ships, they sailed for almost a hundred years.

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The galleons had a profound influence on shipwrights throughout the world. Their improved handling properties were clearly apparent and their basic lines were soon adopted by almost all European ship-builders. The Spanish galleons were colourfully painted and decorated with shields that were useful as well as decorative.

Detailed deck, rigging and sails

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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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