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Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

Toby is slacking on his self-promotion, so I'll share my accidental discovery of his progress in the smaller scales. It looks like sometime in October Thoroughbred released 6 more 1/1200 ACW models in the Odds N Ends range:

CSS Fredericksburg, CSS Charleston, and CSS Columbia Class:

USS New Ironsides, USS Benton, USS Dictator:

My wish list got longer.

- Ix

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

They do make some fine product.

Master Caster Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

Thank you. I'd also like to point out all these and others are available for sale off the web site now and are not pre-order subscriptions. We do all major charge cards and PayPal.
I always take into consideration ideas and suggestions from customers for future projects in this scale.
Will try to post photos this week of two new 1/600 scale releases as well.
Toby Barrett

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

I do have a few general suggestions:

1/1200 scale ACW vessels are pretty small, which makes 1/1200 a good scale for the larger battles of the period, especially the ones with big ships (frigates, corvettes, sloops). Check the OOBs for the various big naval battles (Charleston, Mobile Bay, New Orleans, Vicksburg, etc.) and make sure the collection has everything for those. I'm pretty sure you have the First Battle of Charleston covered now that New Ironsides is out.

1/1200 is also a good scale for high seas scenarios, because oceanic ships tended to be larger and need more sea room. You could make merchants, transports and blockade runners to shoot at, chase down or protect, high seas cruisers like Kearsarge and Alabama, and other generic oceanic warships. I'm always looking for generic sidewheel frigates to stand in as cruisers of any nation (Britain, France, South American countries, Mexican War US, etc.), because they remained in service from 1840 to nearly 1900.

Consider selling packs of "dress up" parts for 1/1200 scale steam (or even sail) era vessels. The Thoroughbred masts, guns and stacks are awesome, and I would buy packs of those separately if I could. Add-on items like deckhouses, pilot houses, awnings, hatches, boats, boats on davits, etc. also make nice accessories to customize models, and your castings of such things are gorgeous.

Naval gamers are big on hypotheticals and weird periods, and I keep seeing TMP postings about Britain or France interfering in the ACW, so maybe 1/1200 Euroclads are in order Warrior, Gloire, Scorpion, CSS Stonewall, USS Dunderberg, etc. This is also a good scale for the large "sea going" monitors; you just released the Dictator (which will be in my next order), but you haven't made the Miantonomohs, and the Kalamazoos and USS Puritan are as yet unproduced by anybody (and I want both classes).

- Ix

Borderguy19018 Nov 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

Where can I find OOBs for the battles? We played in a ACW ironclad game at Fall In! 2016 and really enjoyed it. I've toyed with picking up a few models to play some actions, but wanted some historical matchups beyond the Virginia and Monitor.

Enakan Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

Beautiful sculpts! I need to get back and start checking out steamship models, as in what was used later on in the 19th Century. Say in time for my invasion of Cuba!

I was very tempted by the 1/600 models, but dang those 1200's look FINE!!!

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