Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Columbia the Gem of the Ocean


For some time now I've wanted to make a toy battleship in the same style as the WWI Krupp gun that I made a couple of years ago (you can see it here).

A ship in the livery of the "Great White Fleet" is what I had in mind, but chunky, simplified, and obviously the type of toy that might have been under a Christmas tree in 1898.

My favorite kind of toy projects are the ones that require no specially purchased wood, I just used scraps that were on hand. Lengths of 2x4 formed the hull.

Positions for the sponson guns were transferred using carbon paper (a staple of the shop).

I used hole drills on the drill-press to make the gun positions, finishing them off on the bandsaw.

Stacked, glued, and clamped the hull is complete.

Now came the various gun turrets.  Again using stock on hand, the sander came into play.

Primary and secondary batteries are finished.

All the subassemblies fit together and are ready for painting, and the ship will be ready for launching.

Eleven-inch guns loom over the victorian sky-light on the fantail.

The secondary battery of six-inch guns and the smaller three-guns will make the Spaniard fleet quail.

O Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine of each patriot's devotion,
A world offers homage to thee;

Thy mandates make heroes assemble,
When Liberty's form stands in view;
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
When borne by the red, white and blue.

When war wing'd its wide desolation,
And threaten'd the land to deform,
The ark then of freedom's foundation,
Columbia rode safe thro' the storm;
With her garlands of vict'ry around her,
When so proudly she bore her brave crew;
With her flag proudly floating before her,
The boast of the red, white and blue.

Or, listen here

Soldier, and sailor, on!




Scott B. Lesch said...

BULLY! Furiners and evil doers beware! Out navy is a "Global Force For Good!"

Mannie that ship is wonderful! Wargamers would love that vessel.

The Great White Fleet once anchored off my hometown but I was 50 odd years too late to see it.

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

What an excellent model!

I have tried making similar models in the past ... and enjoyed every minute I spent on the projects.

All the best,

Bob Cordery

Archduke Piccolo said...

'Rule Brittania!' It's hard to sing that with a straight face, these days... But, seriously, the Columbia is a magnificent vessel, the pride, no doubt, of the Great White Fleet. Thanks for the tutorial, too!

Imagine a fleet of them - two fleets, withal (after all, there has to be a tyrannical, evilly disposed forring power to chastise into becoming a more amenable member of the community of civilized nations) - two fleets, then, in lines of battle upon your back lawn...

Tim Gow said...

Delightful! Now build the rest of the fleet...