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References and Supplies
I'll use this page to keep a running tally of the tools I use and references... referenced... during my build of U.S.S. Carondelet. All of these items will be mentioned in the build article.
Books and Plans
My main reference for this build is the David Meagher set of drawings. They are six sheets, include profile and plan views, model frames, and some notes on R/C modification. You can get them by emailing David directly at
dmeagher [at] camber [dot] com. Tell him I sent you.

Union River Ironclad 1861-65. Angus Konstam (author), Tony Bryan (Illustrator).New Vanguard, 2002.

New Vanguard puts out a lot of Osprey titles on military hardware. This one has a lot of great illustrations, but be sure to double-check everything you see. This title isn't as bad as others where I've found ships labeled with the wrong names, but honestly I only looked hard at the City Class sections in this book, and those are quite nice.


Ironclads and Blockade Runners of the American Civil War

A website that I use a lot. Every Union and Confederate ironclad built during the war is listed there. If there are photos on the Navy Historical Center's website for that ship, then it's linked there. A great one-stop site for all of your big burly ironclad needs.

The Old Steam Navy, Volume 2: The Ironclads, 1842-1885. Canney, Donald L. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1993.

This one is a bit of a tease as it's out of print, has been for a while, and it gets exorbitant prices on the web's used book lists and eBay. That being said, however, if you're into American Civil War Union ironclads, you must have this book. Not a ton of pictures, as there are very few of these ships, but a lot of initial drawings, some builders plans (most too small to build from, though) and a lot of thorough research. One of my favorite books of all time.

Supplies and Tools
Click on the photos to go to the website.
Micro-Mark's Wood Strip Cutter, item #14568. Great for ripping out strips of styrene at any width up to 21mm. Beats having to make reference marks and try to keep the straight edge and scalpel on track.
Aves Apoxie Sculpt. The photo link takes you directly to the Aves site. I normally purchase my supply from Starship Modeler, and Amazon also stocks it.
evergreen The main sheets of styrene I use on this build are from a plastic shop in Chinatown in Manhattan. Everything else is Evergreen strip, angles, rod, etc. Evergreen's stuff is always square, fully formed, and straight; something I can't say about other plastics I've used.