The Hunley was a four-foot diameter submersible iron tube that has the somewhat dubious distinction of killing 21 of it own crew and being the first combat submarine to successfully sink an enemy vessel. Technology FTW.
…been working on this little guy for while, and now have the hull nearly done. The Micromir kit is kinda mostly accurate, the fit is okay and the details uhhmm… enthusiastic? Micromir have a wonderful selection of esoteric subjects produced in what I would guess is a fairly limited run style. The details (and plastic) are a bit soft but there is a bit of photo etch to help and even some masks for the transparent bits.
Seems unlikely that there will be a more mainstream kit anytime soon and this little guy can be built up into a nice model without too many tears. Okay, tears may still occur, but I’m not finished yet.
Here’s the model as it currently is:
There were approximately three million rivets that I needed to replace after I’d sanded the seams, which was annoying but totally worth it. Micromir would have you build the hatch hinges from a bunch of fiddly photo etch. Similarly, the propeller had blades to be butt joined to the hub and an annular surround need to be curled up from a flat piece of brass which I was not completely convinced I could do it’s proper circular justice. Me and photo etch don’t have an amicable history. sigh. 3D printing to the rescue.
That seemed to work.
So far the paint is trying hard to not be boring. Rusty black. But not super rusty.
Next up I shall tackle the spar. Which also has tackle.
…Also also, there doesn’t seem to be a category here for pre-war not sailing ships. Ironclads and pre dreadnoughts and wotnot.