USS Constitution (Model Shipways)

Micro-Mark and Scientific Models Incorporated have sold the USS Constitution for decades. The ship has a rich history which we have discussed previously in our blog – see USS Constitution.

We really like the Model Shipways version of the USS Constitution. We like the detailed instructions and the vast amount of history that the kit provides.

The plank-on-bulkhead construction features laser cut wooden parts. High-quality basswood planking strips cover the hull and include self-adhesive copper tape for hull plating. True-to-scale Britannia metal, brass and hardwood fittings and 16 photo-etched brass sheets provide life-like detail. Over 50 cannons, carronade, and gun barrels replicate original armament. Extra touches include laser cut gratings and engraved scrollwork. Four-hundred yards of rigging line in six diameters is also supplied.

The kit includes eight sheets of detailed plans and 48-page step-by-step instruction manual by Ben Lankford uncover the secrets of building a museum quality replica. Lankford’s work includes many details and images of the actual ship.