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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

My great-great-grandfather, James Runnell Daniel, served in the Revenue Service (under an assumed name – he was AWOL from the Navy!). But that was before the Civil War.


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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

My ACW naval adventure continues with this model of a Union revenue cutter, the Reliance.

USRC Reliance

I finished painting this model, then realized I had forgotten which ship she represented. Then I checked the Bay Area Yards catalog, and it wasn't listed there either. Fortunately, Stephen Taylor at Bay Area Yards identified it as the Reliance. (The model is no longer available.)

USRC Reliance

The Reliance was a wooden screw steamer built in 1860, and purchased by the US Revenue-Marine in 1861. She was part of what became known as the Potomac Flotilla, patrolling the rivers, engaging with Confederate shore batteries, and coming to the aid of other river vessels.

USRC Reliance

Her career came to an end when she was boarded and captured by the rebels, and destroyed to prevent recapture.

USRC Reliance

The ship is modeled with one gun forward, and another gun on the stern.

USRC Reliance

This model was so easy to paint, she actually was finished before another ship on my workbench! Black hull, white superstructure and trim, tan decks, gray roof on the wheelhouse, black dot on top of the smokestack to represent an opening.

USRC Reliance

I'm not sure now why I put her on such a large base! I painted the base to match my river terrain color, glued the painted model in place, then added artist gel to give the base a watery look (including some ripples). But the base, though now completely dry, is a bit of a dust magnet and needs to be wiped down with a damp paper towel occasionally.