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redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Keokuk 1863, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - With the Flagship Models USS Keokuk the modeler gets a 1:192nd scale model of one of the more bizarre ironclad designs of the American Civil War. With a turtle back hull, fixed armored gun towers and prominent ram, no one will mistake the fighting Keokuk for a plain Jane monitor. All the parts are present in resin, white metal and relief-etched brass for a waterline or full hull version of this ill fated ironclad.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monitor 1862, Cottage Industry Models 1:96 Scale - The USS Monitor was a historic ship. With the 1:96th scale USS Monitor from Cottage Industry Models you can do it up right. Featuring fine resin casting, a host of white metal parts and other metal parts, Cottage Industry provides all of the elements for a fine, large model of the ship that proved the superiority of the turret over the then conventional broadside ship. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monitor 1862, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale, Review by Mark Leonard - The bottom line for Mark Leonard on the USS Monitor in 1:192 scale by Flagship Models is that it is a well-done kit of the most significant US Navy warship of the Civil War. You can do it in early or late fit. An excellent kit for the builder who wants to try his hand at resin, and enough extra ‘goodies’ so that more experienced types can show off a bit. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monitor 1862, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - It is time to make those southern vermin pay for their wanton violation of Columbia. In response to the slow, lumbering "Colossus of Roads" in the form of the Virginia attacking the squadron at Hampton Roads, the stalwart sons of the north have the nimble, hard-punching Monitor that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. With the Flagship Models 1:192 scale USS Monitor the Union is saved! 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Virginia, Ex-Merrimack Confederate Ironclad 1862, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - Not for the timid, the Flagship CSS Virginia is the biggest of the big. The kit provides the resin, white metal and brass parts to build into a truly impressive model. All you need now is to remember to bring your solid shot for your Brooke’s rifles to defeat those Yankee scalawags on the Monitor. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Cairo, Eads City Class Ironclad, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - By Jiminey! These boats will route the Secsesh! Finally those valiant Billy Yanks in blue will have a worthy weapon to take on those skulking rebs. Not only is it an ironclad but it is one of the most important and active classes of ironclads in the war. Flagship Models has produced a worthy 1:192 scale model of the USS Cairo, one of the seven City Class Union casemate ironclads. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monadnock, Twin Turret Monitor, Cottage Industries Models 1:96 Scale - Its time for the attack of the Monster Monitor; folks, this kit is huge! This is an Out Of the Box review of the 1:96 scale USS Monadnock, the latest effort from Cottage Industries Models, William Blackmore, owner and creator of the kit. This review by Bradford Chaucer is based on one of the first production versions. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Tennessee, The Beast of Mobile Bay, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - Now you fly the flag of the Pride of the Confederacy, Selma's own CSS Tennessee. Thanks to Flagship Models, Admiral Buchanan's flagship can again charge Farragut's entire fleet. The model provides not only one of the most historically important Confederate ironclads but also does so in the large 1:192 scale in handsome style, with photo-etch and flags. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Manassas, The Gray Turtle of the Mississippi, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale, Review by Mark Leonard - On April 18, 1862 the Executive Officer of the USS Mississippi looked up the river for which his ship was named and saw an odd craft approaching. "I saw what appeared like the back of an enormous turtle painted lead color, which I identified as the ram Manassas." The young Lieutenant George Dewey maneuvered the Mississippi so that the Confederate ram only managed a glancing blow. Mark Leonard reviews the 1:192 scale model of CSS Manassas produced by Flagship Models
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Chicora, Confederate Casemate Ironclad 1863, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - Flagship Models has powered up the CSS Chicora in 1:192 scale. Although some extra effort is required of the modeler for certain details, the kit features good castings in resin and white metal. The large brass photo-etch fret included by Flagship adds greatly to the detail and value of Chicora. All in all, it is an impressive first effort from Flagship
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Dunderberg, Union Casemate Ironclad 1867, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig has produced a very unusual but fascinating model. Their 1:700 scale Dunderberg is a replica of the largest ironclad produced during the American Civil War. An additional attraction is that if you wish to attack Kolberg, you can model the French Rochambeau. The model is easy to build but offers a platform for layers of extra detail. If you like the odd and bizarre, the Combrig Dunderberg is for you. Review by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Tallahassee, Confederate Raider, Lone Star Models 1:192 Scale, Built by Mark Leonard CSS Tallahassee was a British built commerce raider for the Confederacy. In her short five-year life as raider, blockade-runner and merchant ship, she had seven names. Mark Leonard has built the 1:192 scale model of Tallahassee from Lone Star Models. Review by Mark Leonard
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Palmetto State, The Ladies' Gunboat, Cottage Industry Models 1:96 Scale - Charleston, South Carolina is known for its grace, charm and of course Southern hospitality but early in 1863 the Yankee blockading squadron had overstayed its welcome. The southern ram ironclads CSS Palmetto State and Chicora went out to greet the blockaders. Early in the morning of January 30, 1863 both ironclads made for the harbor entrance as they steamed past Fort Sumter. On that night the moon was only three days short of full, so there was plenty of light, even though it was in the middle of the night. Outside of the harbor the Union blockading squadron had no idea as to what was about to descend upon them. Cottage Industry Models produces an 1:96 scale model of one of the most successful ironclads of the Confederacy, CSS Palmetto State. Review by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Arkansas, Red Ironclad of the Mississippi, Old Steam Navy 1:96 Scale - The operational life of the Confederate Steam Ram CSS Arkansas spanned the period of July 12 to August 6, 1862 but it was 25 days of glory. The Arkansas defied two Union squadrons and successfully fought three battles  in one day. Through the skill and courage of her crew the Confederacy won a strategic victory, which was promptly thrown away by General Earl Van Dorn, CSA. Old Steam Navy has produced a 1:96 scale model of the fighting ironclad. Review by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monitor, Verlinden 1:200 Scale - Verlinden, a company best known for producing high quality diorama accessories in resin, has produced a resin kit of the USS Monitor. the Union's Cheesebox on a Raft. The model is in 1:200 scale and has resin parts with no photo-etch. Ed Grune provides a review of his build of the kit. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monitor - Two new kits of the USS Monitor are just making an appearance. One of them is the first new injection plastic kit of this important warship since the 1950s. Bob Santos has built the 1:144 scale kit of USS Monitor from Battle Axe and reviews the product. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) CSS Hunley - A Build Review by Brad Crisler of the Cottage Industries 1:72nd scale kit of the first successful submarine.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Revell 1:96 CSS Alabama/USS Kearsarge Comparative Review by Joel Labow 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Cottage Industry Models 1/96 USS Keokuk by Alberto Rada
redball.gif (371 bytes) Thoroughbred 1/600th CSS Tennessee by Rob Mackie 


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