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U.S.S. Constitution (1797)

  • Kit Manufacturer: Revell, U.S.A.
  • Major Material: Plastic
  • Model Specifications: 1:90 Scale, Height 750mm, Length 1100mm
  • Work Experience: This kit was brought back to Taiwan as a self-reward and souvenir after I obtained my PhD degree in the United States, and was built in the summer of 1987. It took me about two months (on the basis of 4 to 8 working hours per day) to complete the assembly without painting (too bad I didn't realize the importance of painting at that time). This model was unfortunately smashed to the ground from the shelf and damaged beyond repair in the big earthquake occurred on September 21, 1999. The two pictures shown in this page are the only relic of it. Although this is just an ordinary plastic kit with average quality, it nevertheless possessed a special meaning to me. It has also stimulated my interest in building wooden sailing ship models.

Historical Notes: USS Constitution, American frigate with 44 guns, was launched on 21st October 1797. She had bigger dimensions, sails and equipment than the contempoary ships of the same class. Her strong construction earned her the name of "Old Ironsides". (by C. Mamoli)

Notes provided by Mr. Joe Dittrich: The USS Constitution is the world's second oldest fully commissioned vessel (after dry-docked HMS Victory), and the oldest vessel afloat - having proved to be able to sail on her own during an unassisted 40 minutes stage of her 200th birthday celebration sea travel from Boston to Marblehead on July 21st, 1997. Click here for more information.

More Pictures:   | View from Stem |

Recommended References:

  1. The 44-Gun Frigate USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides" (Anatomy of the Ship)
  2. Old Ironsides
  3. Old Ironsides : Americans Build a Fighting Ship

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