I love building models and I have recently been focusing all of my attention to model ship building. It is very obvious that Revell has been using these molds non stop since they were created in 1953. Bear in mind that nearly EVERY single kit I built growing up, and now up to and including Arizona which I just finished a few weekends ago, were Revell kits. There is heavy mold flash on every part and the details on the funnel, superstructure, etc are very smooth and faded looking. We believe it will bring the fans with the perfect structure and more exact figure, making the assembling process more convenient and easy! It is popular for its good quality and the customers often buy it as a valuable and nice gift.
Couple that with the extremely poorly molded hull I'm debating whether this model is worth even spraying with paint.
Usually their kits, while not being the greatest detail, offer the best value out there for a decent representation in a kit that's easy to build. Scale model kit USS Constitution from Mantua contains necessary building material and parts.
She became known as Old Ironsides and continued in service until 1897 when she was towed back to the scene of her launching in Boston and remains there as an American shrine and museum. While the Arizona kit wasn't a real great mold it was serviceable with some work and actually makes for a fairly nice display. Launched on October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution has won every battle she's ever fought - over 40 of them! I'm going to have to do some soul searching to decide whether I want to invest a lot of time and materials into what at best is going to be an average looking end result. Workers restored the thick deck strakes and diagonal riders to strengthen the hull and make her seaworthy.
That historic moment arrived on July 21, 1997, when Constitution set sail from Marblehead Harbor to a point just one mile short of Halfway Rock. Named after the United States Constitution, she is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world and is still in service in the US Navy (while HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned ship in the world by three decades, she is permanently in dry dock).

The Constitution was one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. Joshua Humphreys designed them to be the Navy's capital ships and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed than the standard run of frigates from the period.USS Constitution was built at Edmund Harta€™s shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts from the resilient lumber of 2,000 live oak trees (specifically Southern live oak) cut and milled at Gascoigne Bluff on St.
The ship's design was also unique for its time because of a diagonal cross-bracing of the ship's skeleton that contributed considerably to the ship's structural strength.
Paul Revere forged the copper spikes and bolts that held the planks in place and the copper sheathing that protected the hull. It took several abortive attempts to launch Constitution in 1797 before she finally slipped into Boston Harbor.
Thus armed, Constitution first put to sea 22 July 1798 and saw her first service patrolling the southeast coast of the United States during the Quasi-War with France. During her service in the conflict, Constitution's sailors and marines took part in the amphibious operation against Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo wherein the French privateer Sandwich was cut out and guns from the local Spanish fort were spiked.In 1803 Constitution was designated flagship for the Mediterranean Squadron under Captain Edward Preble and went to serve against the Barbary States of North Africa, which were demanding tribute from the United States in exchange for allowing American merchant vessels access to Mediterranean ports.
Preble began an aggressive campaign against Tripoli, blockading ports and bombarding fortifications. The ship was recommissioned as flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1809 under Commodore John Rodgers.By early 1812, relations with the United Kingdom had deteriorated and the Navy began preparing for war, which was declared 20 June.
Captain Isaac Hull, who had been appointed Constitution's commanding officer in 1810, put to sea 12 July, without orders, to prevent being blockaded in port. His intention was to join the five ships of Rodgers' squadron.Constitution sighted five ships off Egg Harbor, New Jersey, July 17.
By the following morning the lookouts had determined they were a British squadron that had sighted Constitution and were giving chase. Finding themselves becalmed Hull and his seasoned crew put boats over the side to tow their ship out of range.
By using kedge anchors to draw the ship forward, and wetting the sails down to take advantage of every breath of wind, Hull slowly made headway against the pursuing British.
After two days and nights of toil in the relentless July heat, Constitution finally eluded her pursuers.But one month later on August 19, she met with one of them againa€”the frigate HMS Guerriere offs the coast of Nova Scotia. The British ship fired the first shot of the battle; 20 minutes later, Guerriere was a dismasted hulk, so badly damaged that she was not worth towing to port.

Constitution's victories gave the American people a tremendous boost to morale.Despite having to spend many months in port, either under repair or because of blockades, Constitution managed eight more captures under the command of Charles Stewart, including a British frigate or sloop sailing in company which she fought simultaneously, before peace was declared in 1815.
After six years of extensive repairs, she returned to duty as flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron.
Congress passed an appropriation for reconstruction and in 1835 she was placed back in commission.
Recommissioned 1 July 1931, she set out under tow for a tour of 90 port cities along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts of the United States. From 1920a€“23 she was renamed Old Constitution, to free her name for a new (but ultimately never-completed) battle cruiser.More than 4,600,000 people visited her during the three-year journey.
In 1941, she was placed in permanent commission, and an act of Congress in 1954 made the Secretary of the Navy responsible for her upkeep.On July 11, 1976, as part of her bicentennial visit to the United States of America, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Prince Philip came to Boston and toured the ship with Commanding Officer Tyrone G.
William Middendorf, then presented the Queen with a special gifta€”a sea chest made from original wood that had been removed from the hull of Constitution during refurbishment in the early 1970's.From 1992a€“95, Constitution underwent a 44 month refit and overhaul ending in the ship being returned to fully sailable condition. Her refit was far less extensive and intensive than Constellation's, as Constitution was in much better shape.On 21 July 1997, as part of her 200th birthday celebration, Constitution set sail for the first time in over a century. With a mission of promoting the Navy to millions of visitors and observers each year, the crew of 55 modern-day sailors participates in ceremonies, educational programs and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors and providing tours.
She is still a fully commissioned vessel, and is one of only two presently commissioned ships in the US Navy to have sunk an enemy vessel, the other being the USS Simpson. The crew is all active-duty sailors and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, the duty of captain of the vessel is assigned to an active duty Navy commander.

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