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    Are there any good 1:96 paddlewheel boats to make a tinclad gunboat?

    I was wondering if there were any good quality paddlewheel models that could be modified to create one of the Union “Tinclad” river patrol boats.

    I’ve included links to images of several of these warships;

    http://www.cityofart.net/bship/tinclads.html

    http://gvgpd.proboards.com/index.cgi...lay&thread=661

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US...al_Tinclad.jpg

    http://rdricketts.com/blog/2009/03/2...d-in-danville/

    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/i...000/h61566.jpg

    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/i...000/h91812.jpg

    http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...6-466f79d1907c

    My favorites are Gunboat 53 and the Forrest Rose.

    Dumas’s Creole Queen looked like it might have been a good starting point until I figured out that it is a roughly 1:50th scale kit and I need a 1:96 scale kit to integrate this model with other models I have built.

    Thank you in advance.

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    RE: Are there any good 1:96 paddlewheel boats to make a tinclad gunboat?

    I am about to launch into construction of the Dumas Creole Queen as I did not find any other paddle wheel kits. My other boats are 1:48 so the queen fits.. However your going to modify to make the boat a tinclad gunboat can't you make the mods so the whole ship looks correct?

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    RE: Are there any good 1:96 paddlewheel boats to make a tinclad gunboat?

    For the amount of work you'll have to do to convert something. Why, don't you just build one from scratch? May save you a lot re-engineering a kit to look like what you want. Find a subject you like and as many pictures of it as you can. Read some history about it to discover the basic dimensions and go from there. Six to one half a dozen the other I guess...
    John KaBang

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    RE: Are there any good 1:96 paddlewheel boats to make a tinclad gunboat?


    Larry,

    I actually found a 1/48th non-RC model of a tinclad (made by the Germans of all people) which, with some of the RC hardware off the Dumas Creole Queen, could probably make a really neat RC model.

    http://www.arbeitskreis-historischer...3/tinclad1.htm

    While I’m fairly skilled at adding armor to existing models, as I’ve created an Iwo Jima up-armored M4 Sherman and rail-monitor using a regular M4A3 and civil War era flatcar respectively, I don’t think that I have the skills to construct an entire paddlewheel steamboat from scratch and fabricate the necessary hardware for such a model.

    Adding guns and armor to the lower deck on the other hand falls squarely within my skill set.

    I’m really hoping such a model is available somewhere…


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