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Hussar12327 Oct 2012 2:58 p.m. PST

I recently have purchased over 60 1/600 ACW ships from Thoroughbred, Bay Area Yards and Peter Pig. The Peter Pig models were purchased thru Brookhurst Hobbies.
I ranked them in order 1 being the highest and 3 the lowest.

Thoroughbred Bay Area Yards Peter Pig
Accuracy 1 2 3
Price 3 2 1
Service 1 2 3

Thoroughbred models are made of high quality pewter and come complete. There are around 60 different ships plus mortar schooners, barges, forts (3), pilings ect. The models have instructions and a general painting guide included. They are diffently the best but are the most expensive.

Bay Area Yards models are made of resin and/or resin. They are nice models. The metal is softer then Thoroghbreds. They have 28 Confederate and 50 Union ships but all of them are not available. Some ships do not have masts included and no instructions are included. I really like the different forts and buildings that are available.

Peter Pig mostly made of resin and some are made of metal. They make 24 Union and 15 Rebel ships plus mortar schooners and alot of different accessories. For the price they are very nice. Most do not come with mast to keep the prices down and there are some extra resin on some models. I really like Fort Sumter, the wharf and the town they produce.
Between the 3 you can have a complete fleet of different looking ships and I liked them all.

Are there any others out there I missed?

Fettster27 Oct 2012 3:12 p.m. PST

Looks like you have all the ones in know of. Add some etchings from white ensign models and some artillery crew from O8 and you can make amazing models. Or at least I hope once I get mine painted!

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2012 4:10 p.m. PST

I use BAY and Thoroughbred.


Do you have a link to O8?

Fettster28 Oct 2012 4:07 a.m. PST

I use fighting15s here in the UK


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2012 8:52 a.m. PST


Hussar12329 Oct 2012 12:42 p.m. PST

How do you use them as crew. Is it just the artillery crew?

Fettster30 Oct 2012 2:26 p.m. PST

Yes, just used the artillery crews, not fully crewed, but a handful standing around the guns or on bridges so look less empty, especial,y for things like the 90 day gunboats where the decks are open, less so on the ironclads.

Master Caster Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Oct 2012 4:59 a.m. PST

Only thing I would like to see added to this posting is that with my Thoroughbred product line of ship kits you can make over 130 different named vessels when you consider the class types. For example, from our TS06 Passaic Class kit there are 10 named vessels within the class – TS46 Itasca class kit another 22 separately named vessels.
Leaving tomorrow for the Fall In convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (BTW, USS Lancaster can be built from our TS36 Hartford class kit.)
Toby Barrett Thoroughbred Figures

deephorse02 Nov 2012 5:30 a.m. PST

How about a Galena Toby? It's time someone currently had one on the market.

Hussar12304 Jan 2016 8:53 a.m. PST

Update on my ever increasing fleet.

There are two new producers both from Shapeways!

MithridatesIV has almost 40 different ships I bought the CSS Yazoo monster %25, Columbus $12 USD and the Wilmington $13. USD These models are very nice I do not know about the rest of the line.

Then there is Brown Water Navy Miniatures offers 20 different ships. I was skeptical until my purchase of the USS Lafayette $20 USD and USS Eastport $16. USD Very impressed and will be buying more from him.

Bay Area Yards has a hard time keeping ships in stock while Shapeways products are made within days for those hard to get ships this is the way to go for me.

1. Thoroughbred
2. Brown Water Navy
3. Bay Area Yards (hard to get)
4. tied MithridatesIV and Peter Pig

All of the ships I have received from the above mentioned companies are rated good to excellent.

The G Dog Fezian04 Jan 2016 6:05 p.m. PST

You really liked the Eastport? I've been eyeing Eastport for the last two weeks and been on the fence. Which version did you get – the one with the decking or the smoother model?

And how do they scale out? The models of Monitor and Baltic I ordered last year were both on the small side.

Hussar12327 Dec 2016 12:02 p.m. PST

Yes, I like the Eastport. No trouble with the size it measures 5" x 15/16" normal beam and 1 3/8" width at the paddle wheels. Did not order the one with the planking.
The shapeway models are growing on me the are light and durable.

Hussar12330 Dec 2016 7:35 a.m. PST


Last line: the should be they.

Enakan20 Dec 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

Nice thread here, just retired and unpacking old figs/ships. Updating is easy with this list of ship/manufacturers!!!


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