Revell 1/96 Constitution Pond Ship
Thought I'd share my latest project which is a "Close Enough" USS Constitution Model from Revell's 1/96 kit. I say 'close enough' because I only added details that either added to the strength of the masts & rigging, or I just plain wanted. I also modified the rigging to suit my purposes, but leaving it in a arguably realistic looking state from 15ft, which is as close as anyone will get after launching. Originally, I purchased this kit with the intention of converting it to RC, but I changed my mind when the wooden ship I had kept permanently moored in our pond decided to 'open a seam' and foundered. Sick of re-sealing the wooden model every year, I thought I'd try something more unsinkable, also the Constitution model is about a foot larger....bonus. Technically she's not RC and will be permanently anchored with just a couple topsails and jib to prevent damage in high winds, but I thought it was interesting enough to post. I have about 4lb of lead in her keel and filled the hull up to the gundeck with foam, then sealed everything there with silicone, leaving the upper deck unsealed so there is airflow through the gundeck to allow any rain or dampness to clear. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the build in process, but here she is as of today. Yards and sails to follow in the next couple days, then we launch!