FR - Monitor Sölve, startup

This article was published Feb 09, 2019.

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After John Ericsson did success with his USS Monitor at Hampton Roads in 1862, he started the race of a long row of other "monitors" or ironclads as these ships also were called. A similar class as the USS Monitor was built in sweden to, with two other classes which was a bit smaller. The Monitor Sölve which now lays in Gothenburg harbor was of the 3rd class which was 39.7 meters long and all 7 ships of this class had a fixed turret. There objective was to protect the nearest coast line, not to go out and meet the enemy. Instead of a moving turret they had two separate huge propellers and a rudder at both ends which made it move a bit like a tank, but on water.

I had a period with building model boats from 1998 to around 2003, there I did collect drawings, read books and built several models. First time I intent to build Sölve as a R/C model. For some reason that never happen, but now as line model for my layout harbor this came up again. So far I have printed only a couple of hull pieces, but several further drawings is made already. Top image above is a paper model still available from PaperShipwright (used with permission).

01 -- sölve today, once rebuilt as an oil barge, so not much left on deck
01  -- sölve today, once rebuilt as an oil barge, so not much left on deck
02 -- here at Gothenburg Maritime Center there she lays now
02  -- here at Gothenburg Maritime Center there she lays now
-- the drawing
  -- the drawing

the hull

She is 39.7 meters long, or 104 cm in my 1::38 scale so had to divide the hull in 10 pieces. So far 3 is printed, 4rd printing right now.

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gun and turret

This will be a really cool piece!

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