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  1. Are you planning on producing the CSS VIRGINIA to complement the USS MONITOR by any chance in the near future?
    Thank you,
    Al

    • Hey Al

      I have been working on the Virginia for some time now in fits and starts. I do plan to do one, but cost (both in producing a kit & Retail Price on your end) has been the big issue. No doubt that we live in the age of the Mega Ship Model with the release of the large plastic kits out there these days. Planes too, but a ship model like the Virginia, with cutaway, of course, will be VERY expensive. Probably north of $ 1000.00. I have had several people in the last couple of months keep asking me when/ if I plan to do this one. My reply has been “Yes, if I can be sure I will sell enough of them.” So I am continuing to study it and see if it can be done. The big question is How many of you out there are willing to chime in and commit to buying one? :o)) Cheers!
      William

  2. I think you will be working for a small audience. Not so say that there aren’t enough well-heeled Civil War modelers out there to make it worth your while, but at over $1000 I won’t be buying one. Just can’t afford it.

  3. William,
    As you know I have been visiting with you for over four years now about this kit. I have tried to help with the loan of plans, book, etc. You warned me that it would be an expensive kit so I wasn’t too surprised to thear the $1,000 plus estimate. I would still buy one depending of course on how much more than a thousand we are talking about. However when we first started taliking about this kit I mentioned that I could wait up to five years. It’s been four years so far. So I guess for me I’d have to say, that I’m still interested, with the above proviso, but after next year, I’m probably going to go ahead and scratch build one from the plans. Keep the book on the Virginia I sent you. I have another copy. Either way please know that I appreciate your being willing to consider this project. Your USS Monitor kit is outstanding. I have two of them. One I built in the battle configuration and the other I plan to build later on in the final configuration. You do good work.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce Brotherton
    Tulsa, OK

  4. Why not at least to start , keep it simple and do it without the cutaway option . I’m sure a large part of the cost must be in the interior. The Virginia was imposing enough on the exterior without the need to be chopping up the massive casemate. Positioning the cannons could be done easily from above through removable grating. Simple can still be gorgeous , not to mention less than a grand !

    • Hey Mike…That’s not bad. I did do the Monitor kit like that. I always had the intention to go back and offer an interior for it, and still could do that. So the question is, How many of you folks out there would be interested on a Non-Cutaway kit of the Virginia? I will post this question on a few message boards and see what kind of response I get.
      As a side note, Cost would still be high because this model would entail a LOT of resin. If you remember the Monadnock kit, that thing had a shipping weight of 17 lbs!!! The Virginia would be bigger by about 3″. The fact is, adding the interior would not really effect the price that much. So either way it will be a pricey item.

      Also, I have developed a new way to build masters that could cut my costs and production time, so there is also that factor. I’m certainly game for the idea, and Bruce Brotherton has waited a long time for it. ;o)) Chime in and let me know what you all think.
      Cheers!
      William

  5. Hi,
    I have built your Robert Fulton Nautilus and am currently working on the 1/72-scale Hunley. I love the subject matter of your kits (Civil War). My only problem is working with the cast metal parts. Some are rather crudely cast and drilling holes in cast metal is a total pain. Is there any good reason why these parts cannot be cast in resin, or even plastic? The kits would be so much easier and enjoyable to build. Other than that, I really like your kits.
    Thanks,
    Russ

    • Hi Howard Sorry for the delay. Been a little busy. Thanks for buying my Nautilus kit and giving me a chance. For a long time I did only do stuff in resin, then I discovered metal casting. For a lot of stuff metal is the only way to go just from the standpoint of mechanical strength. That being said, you have to remember that I run this company on a shoestring. It was literally built from nothing but my wife’s cooking pot. My metal casting equipment is also built by me, (from an old industrial mixing bowl) and a fan motor. It is not top of the line, and I had a serious learning curve on my own.
      I never want to hear that someone has had undue problems building one of my kits because it means I failed. In the years since I started doing metal casting I have improved a lot. But there is still a lot of room to grow, and that is why I have the policy, “If it is bent, bad, broken, or missing, even if you did it yourself, I will replace it.” I am not perfect. My eyes don’t work like they used to, and I am sure a lot of sub-standard parts get by me. When you are looking at a table full of them all day long they tend to run together. ( That is the worst part of getting old) So if you need anything you just let me know and I will be happy to help you out. Thanks again and take care.
      Best regards
      William

  6. I say go for it ! I’m not that big a fan of the cut away option any way . It seems to be to me more trouble than it’s worth. You put enough time and heartache into getting the model just right , painting , weathering , fit , details , etc. and then cut a huge hole in it , hope nothing goes wrong , and it will , then paint and weather again !! NO I just can’t do it. All the while other projects are calling your name . NO I just can’t do it . Besides, what’s a Monitor without a Virginia? That’s like a hamburger without cheese. The people who love your models and especially the ones that build your Monitor , want a Virginia of the same quality , same scale and preferably the same manufacturing process . DO IT ! Just sayin .

    • LOL. I love a good chuckle!! I agree. Selling the Monitor without a VA. to go with it is just wrong. The suggestion is very “do-able” and I personally have no problem with it. I can always go back and do an interior as a separate offering. You are not alone though. I have a lot of folks build my stuff without the interiors, and one or two of them have even put r/c gear in them. I am one of them with my Palmetto State. Pretty cool looking and handles like a pig….just like the real boat. Anyhoo, I will keep tossing this around and decide pretty soon. It looks like a really decent plan though. Thanks!!
      Cheers!
      William

  7. Hi William,
    I too would prefer a Virginnia (in same scale as the Monuitor kit) without an interior. It would go betrter with my build of your Monitor kit. I hope that might make it more possible to produce. But as I said, five years is about as long as I want to wait for one. I ‘m guesing that we will reach the five year mark by January 2017. Past that point I ‘ll probably go ahead and scratch build one from my set of plans. But It would be really great if it works out because your kits are wonderful.

    Bruce Brotherton

  8. Hey Bruce. Well I am now walking in that direction. I have been hearing from a bunch of folks lately about this, and happily agree that this is the way to go. As soon as I get a couple of items here out of the way I plan to get a start on it. I have already commissioned the master for the prop from a master prop maker. So I hope to have that in my hands shortly.

    I have also been brushing up on that book you sent me, and it has helped a great deal. There were several items in there that I never knew, and some very helpful observations by the author. So Thanks one more time for you help on that. So it is safe to say that you can look for this model in a few months.
    Cheers!
    William

  9. I have a set of crude plans, and they are pretty basic. Probably not enough to do a kit of, but I understand that there are some plans out there, in view of the great artifacts that the Naval Museum in Columbus, Ga. now holds. So it is possible I will go in that direction one day. Right now I am trying to get the Virginia done in short order. Cheers!
    William

  10. Hey William,
    Thanks for the email heads up. I’m excited that teh Virginia is on the ways and will look forward to the launching. I will certainly welcome the kit in my homeport. Just so glad to hear the good news!

    Bruce Brotherton

  11. Hello Bill , how’s that Virgina coming ? Just ordered the large Hunley , looking forward to to doing something a little different . But the real reason l am writing is to find out just when you were planning to reissue the Monadnock . When I look at your website and see the pictures I just get upset when I keep reading not available . Also what’s up with the Weehawken . I see pictures of it online and it claims to be from a division of Cottage Industries . Was’up with that ?

  12. I would be content with a CSS Virginia which does not include interior detail. It would be more consistent with my Cottage Industry USS Monitor, and a $1000 kit would be beyond my means. I’ve done your USS Spuyten Duyvil, USS Keokuk, CSS Palmetto State, Picket Boat #1, USS Monitor, and I am currently working on the CSS Tennessee. I anxiously await the return of the USS Monadnock kit.

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