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Come In Nighthawk11 Oct 2021 8:55 a.m. PST

Two vendors I can find out there on the World-Wide-Wait (find easily anyway) make "ironclads" in 25/28mm for the American Civil War (ACW). First, Redoubt Enterprises makes one vessel. This is the CSS Albemarle, with a removable casemate top, and an interior that can hold 2 x 32pdr guns and 12 x gun-crew (guns and crew come with the model).

Sarissa makes several such vessels. There is the CSS Virginia, although from the photos provided on the website this appears to be a "solid" kit once assembled (no interior?). There is a claim on the website to "interior access," but if so, that is not demonstrated in the photographs. Its opponent, the USS Monitor, is also on offer, but this also appears to be a "solid" kit once assembled (no access to the gun turret). Noteworthy, this model's page contains no claim to access to its interior. Sarissa also make a generic "Ironclad Gunboat" with a casemate, like the CSS Virginia. While again this appears to be a solid kit from the photos provided, similar to the CSS Virginia, it carries a claim to "access to the gun deck" on its page.

Those were all I could easily find. However, to wargame naval action in the Crimean War, such as the Battle of Sinope, or to carry on shore bombardment, such as the Siege of Petropavlovsk, one needs ships ----- not "riverine" ironclads. I am hoping folks here might have suggestions for 1850s to 1860s era steam-powered warships scaled to 25mm or 28mm? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 9:39 a.m. PST

Try Old Glory Shipyards for smaller ones. They make Mimi and Toutou, and I think the African Queen too.

daveshoe11 Oct 2021 1:03 p.m. PST

It sounds like you are really looking for some paddle steamers.

If you don't mind doing the assembly yourself, you could try the Water Witch from Reviresco. It is available on their website and Wargame Vault


Come In Nighthawk11 Oct 2021 8:49 p.m. PST

Daveshow -- that is indeed more like what I have in mind. I do have to do a bit more research as to what "steam vessels" served in the Black Sea during the Crimean War. I confess, what I had preferred was a more "sleek" vessel of the "screw-driven frigate" variety. However, a quick search on the ever-there Wiki shows me that wooden-hulled "paddle-driven frigates" also served in the war.

Royal Navy "paddle-driven frigates" in the Crimea included such as HMS Cyclops (1839-1861), which participated in the first bombardment of Sevastopol; HMS Terrible (1845-1879), which also participated in the naval bombardment on 17 October as the northernmost ship of the Allied line, and in addition, on 7 October 1854 had already put ashore at Balaclava several of her 68-pounders to be used in the siege; HMS Sidon (1846-1865), which after escorting the Allied Army to Eupatoria (Yevpatoria), subsequently near Odessa on 4 October bombarded a Russian column of 12,000 men on their way to the Crimea; HMS Tiger (1849-1854), lost on 12 May 1854 when she ran aground off Odessa during a bombardment; HMS Valorous (1851-1891), played a minor role in the Baltic in 1854, and in the Black Sea in 1855, and was still in service at least as late as 1878; HMS Furious (1850), serving initially as the flagship of Admiral Dundas at Constantinople in 1853 until she struck a rock and needed repairs, after which, she sank the corvette Andromache at Odessa on 15 April 1854, after being fired on from shore-based Russian artillery.

I guess despite having that "sleek-hulled" steam vessel more in mind, I shall indeed have to invest in at least one kit of a "paddle-driven frigate" for my Crimean wargames! Thanks!!!! [Just hope my modelling skills are up to the task!!!!!!!!!!! grin]

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 4:39 p.m. PST
Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 9:06 a.m. PST

I bought an inexpensive wooden sailing ship model, waterlined it, added a smokestack and funnels and 2 covered paddle wheels. Works for me.

Come In Nighthawk15 Oct 2021 4:24 p.m. PST

Nick, sounds interesting -- but can't follow that link. Got an error message.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 4:48 p.m. PST

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