USS Constitutiton in 1/196 Scale

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    I did not know if I had ever put up a htread on my wooden, fully rigged USS Constitution which was launched 21 October 1797.

    She distinguished herself very well in several engagements in the Barbary War (1801-1807) and then most notably in the War of 1812 against England (1812-1815).

    She sailed around he world in 1843, was used as a training/schollingg ship in the Civil War, and the was made a museuem ship. In 1925 she was completely restored and remained commisioned in the US NAvy.

    Today she is manned permanently by a US Navy crew in Boston harbor and taken out briefly each year and also for longer sailing durng special eents like the bicentiennial.

    Here are some pictures of her (my model and a couple of her sailing with current US Naval vessels. They have grown and maintain a forest in Massachuesetts so they can always repair her with the distinctive, very har timber that gaver her the name of "Old Ironsides" when the English cannonbals literally bounced off of her sides in war.

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    ...and the actual photos of her at sea, both during the bicentennial:

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    I would recommend a visit to her to anyone ever in Boston.

    The crew is more than willing to talk. There is a nice book store there on site and I would recommend, "A Most Fortunate ship," which was written by one of the captains who served aboard her.

    A full Captain is assigned to her every few years.
     
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    Last time I visited her she was under restoration. You could hardly see her. Even standing on deck. There is also a small museum and a few other ships on display. Of course if you are going to Boston for her spend couple days. I suggest hitting the Bunker hill memorial. And a few other spots on freedom trail. But be mindful Boston is not as hot as a few America cities but it's old. As such there tends to be long walks and climbing.

    And on the way in or out I suggest a stop at the old Springfield Armory. Yes it's about 90 miles out of the way but it's a short stop but interesting history.
     
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    Jeff, that is an outstanding model! Fabulous!...my wife saw the photos of the model and said..."Wow!"
     
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    I was lucky enough to visit the her before her restoration period back in the early 2000 when I visited Boston. She is an awesome ship!:)
     
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    Yes, we did the entire War Road, whih now is a National Park from Boston to Lexington and the North Green and then to Concord and the North Bridge...very ell done.

    But I loved The Constitution. I spent about four hours there, about half of it talking to the sailors and the captain.
     
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    Thanks, Gerry, it is one of my absolute fvorites. I still have these painted now sailors and officers I need to put on her. Maybe I will break down and do that this weekend.

    I have had her for about 20+ years.
     
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