The Turbinia had already called to me before on this type hull but I have been reluctant to start a scratch build of that size-as it would be my first. So after much researching I have started a 1:35 scale version of the USS Cushing. This will be a confidence build for me to see what is next. Fingers crossed for hopeful results.
I have chosen to make the hull from sculpted blue construction foam. I will cover it in epoxy and fiberglass. Color scheme is yet to be determined- as I prefer to go with battle gray but the detail may not show up much. We will see.
The Cushing was 138 ' x 15' when she was first launched on January 23, 1890. She saw first duty off the coast of Florida at the outbreak of the Spanish American War. She captured 5 ships and later was returned North to patrol and protect Eastern seaboard harbors.
I have an extensive build log already created here- check it out as it is the most up to date.
Here are some sketches of what I am going for
Here are a few shots of the Cushing --a "Turlte Back" as the forecastle is barrel-shaped - these boats were long - skinnny and light and not that stable in open rough seas- But they started the class of ship that is the destroyers we know today.
At first seas trials off Rhode Island
After fitting for armament
She was fitted with 2 18" torpedo's on swivel mounts ( 1 each side) and 3 x Rapid fire 6 pound guns.
a little better shot of the starboard side
and here are a few shots during the build
A hull made from blue construction foam board- I will sand, whittle- trim for quite a few months to help the hull take shape. 50" x 8" she is not quite to scale on width but I feel it is needed for stability in the water. If she were to true 1:35 scale she would only be 4" wide!!!! My boiler is 3.5" wide--- it just doesn't work out! Oh well- I never was a rivet counter.
a little further along
and more so
Her power supply
and ready for fiber glass coating
Work continues- and check the build log link above for up to the minute progress!!
Someupdates to this project:
I melted out the original blue foam "PLUG" seen above after I added fiber glass to the outside and about 10 coats of 2 part epoxy( resin would melt the foam) After i finished the multiple layers
Laying the keel
Some fiber glass work
To present day
To her finally posing with a new arrival - The Flying Scotsman