U.S.S. Monitor - Turret
New information is coming in as the original turret is
disassembled at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News! I am in
contact with a volunteer who gets down into the grime and nuts and
bolts. They are near the top plates, which are on the bottom as the
turret is still inverted.
I am gathering this information and hope to create a 54mm scale
Operating Detailed Turret
As stated earlier, more information about the
U.S.S. Monitor is being released based on the recovery
of various components and more research and existing documents
are being made available. Still, one must be cautious about
the source as there is incorrect information out there.
Verlinden's© turret is a prime
example. A lot of work by that company went into designing the
mold for the turret, but is has a number of major problems which
makes this turret wrong to use in a scale model.
Other evidence about problems with data is when this author
purchased a set of U.S.S. Monitor "plans" from a
so-called "reliable" source. The deck plates ran lengthwise on
the plans as opposed to crosswise. When this author contacted
the supplier, they used some lame excuse that they were
correct. The proof of the Gibson photos taken on board the ship
did not phase them.
Also not that there are a number of books as well as the
Gibson stereo photographs that can compliment the builder's
source of information for building and super detailing a model.