11″ Dahlgren Naval Gun 1/16 Scale
The Dahlgren Cannon was chosen by ship designer John Ericsson to arm his breakthrough design of the ironclad USS MONITOR. The MONITOR's 29' revolving turret carried two of these huge rifled guns that were capable of firing a variety of shot. Despite the weight of shell exchanged during the four and one half naval battle, niether the MONITOR nor the VIRGINIA (Merrimac) could claim victory. One thing was realized by the Union and Confederacy, all the world's wooden navies were rendered obsolete. The age of the steam powered metal warship had arrived.
A customer that had ordered this Verlinden kit returned it to the hobby shop where I was employed. The kit was missing a number of key parts so the shop's owner refunded the customer's money. Attempts to get replacement parts from the manufacturer proved fruitless so I purchased the model "as is" with the idea of scratch building the missing items-there were no directions in the box! After exploring the internet I was able to locate a set of online pictures of the models parts and a set of line drawings. I used my best judgement in building the gun, the drawings left a lot of unanswered questions. 1/4 inch aircraft plywood was used for the carriage and 1/8 inch ply was used for the wheel assembly. I cut wood dowels for the wheels and covered them with brass tubing. Model railroad plastic rivets were applied with "odds and ends" from the junk box to round out the model. Evergreen plastic was utilized for the rest of the missing items. With assembly complete, the model was airbrushed with Testors Military colors. The planked "deck" was dusted with chalk after painting and sealed with dullcote. Not being an "artillery modeler", I was surprised with how well it turned out.