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cjcafiero18 Apr 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

I have embarked on the ambitious plan to build the Union fleet for the Battle of Mobile Bay. I have identified the following miniatures from Thoroughbred, but am looking for help filling in the gaps, or any corrections. Any other manufacturer in 1:600 is fine.

Here's what I have so far:

USS Brooklyn (screw sloop) TS36 Hartford
USS Galena (950-ton ironclad gunboat/screw steamer) Suggestion?
USS Hartford (2900-ton screw sloop; Farragut's flagship) TS36 Hartford
USS Itasca (gunboat) TS46 Itsaca
USS Kennebec (gunboat) TS46 Itsaca
USS Lackawanna (1240-ton steam screw sloop-of-war) Suggestion?
USS Metacomet (1173-ton Sassacus-class "double-ender" steam gunboat) TS08 Sassacus
USS Monongahela (screw sloop) Suggestion?
USS Octorara (981-ton "double-ender" side-wheel gunboat) TS08 Sassacus
USS Oneida (screw sloop) Suggestion?
USS Ossipee (1240-ton steam screw sloop) Suggestion?
USS Port Royal (sidewheel steamer gunboat "double-ender") TS09 Paul Jones
USS Richmond (screw sloop) TS36 Hartford
USS Seminole (screw sloop) Suggestion?
USS Chickasaw (1300-ton Milwaukee-class ironclad river monitor, twin-turrets) TS34 Milwaukee
USS Manhattan (2100-ton Canonicus-class monitor) TS07 Canonicus
USS Tecumseh (2100-ton Canonicus-class monitor) TS07 Canonicus
USS Winnebago (1300-ton Milwaukee-class ironclad river monitor, twin-turrets) TS34 Milwaukee


jdpintex18 Apr 2019 7:19 p.m. PST

Bay Area Yards has some of your missing ships. They have/had some of the smaller sloops. I have used their ships for the Oneida and Ossipee.

Their website has gone away but there is a message to email the owner so he may be able to help you.

Quality of options decrease quickly thereafter.

wargamer618 Apr 2019 9:43 p.m. PST

Six out of the ten classes mentioned are all available in 1/600 scale, the remaining four models will need to be proxied somehow. You can use Kearsarge as Onieda but at Mobile the Galena was not an ironclad and looked nothing like her former self. However this begs the question , if you want the greater detail that this scale gives you and you are prepared to pay treble the price for it then why are you happy to settle for dubious proxy models. Despite the large ranges of excellant models made in 1/600, apart from Kearsarge v Alabama, there are probably no historical civil war battles that can be fought currently due to the shortage of suitable models and because of the high cost of tooling compared with low level of potential sales, there probably never will.

cjcafiero18 Apr 2019 10:15 p.m. PST

I connected with Bay Area Yards on Facebook, but don't see many ACW ships there at this point, I'll enquire further.

Ossipee, Onedia, and Seminole could perhaps be replaced by Mohican-class?

Any Shapeways providers able to help hear?

cjcafiero18 Apr 2019 10:34 p.m. PST

Ok, Onedia is definitely a Mohican,

jdpintex19 Apr 2019 7:44 a.m. PST

Your best bet is to modify a TS model with the closet hull to what you want.

It's not like most folks know exactly what those ship looked like. You can probably get by with close enough and TS has a lot of hulls to work with as does Bay.

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