CSS Alabama

Model Name: CSS Alabama
Period: Civil War
Type: Modified Kit

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema
Scale:
1:120
Time: 700 hours

Build Materials: This Model is a modified plank on bulkhead Mamoli kit build. Both deck configuration and rigging deviated from the Mamoli plans to follow the details illustrated in the book by Andrew Bowcock, Anatomy of a Confederate Raider. Hull is double planked in basswood and walnut. The “hammocks” on the rails are Q-tips. Completed with wood, cord and metal fittings.

Ship’s Story: The CSS Alabama was Confederate raider whose mission was to interrupt Union merchant trade during the Civil War. During it’s two years of raiding it captured 63 American merchant ships and one War Ship. It was in port at Cherbourg, France when “called out” by the USS Kearsarge. It was sunk by the Kearsarge. It was discovered by divers and is being raised little by little by the French.

Modeler’s Bio: This is Martin Jelsema’s third build since “retiring” as a marketing consultant four years ago. As a teenager he built the wooden schooner model of the Bluenose. He collected tools for the next 50 years in anticipation of renewing the hobby. Martin lives in Littleton with his wife Gus..

Ranger – Revenue Cutter

Name of Model: Ranger
Period: Pre Civil War
Type of Model: Modified kit

Name of Modeler: Martin Jelsema
Scale: 1/4″ = 1′
Build Time: 300 hrs

Build materials: wood, metal fittings, cord and cloth.

Ship’s Story: This was not a model of a real ship. Rather, it depicts a “typical” revenue cutter from the early to mid 1800’s. This type of ship was manned by the U.S. Revenue Service, a predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard. Its main purpose was to stop smugglers and others who violated U.S. customs taxes. For their size, they carried a lot of sail. They were built for speed and armed with a single pivot gun.

Modeler’s bio: This was Martin Jelsema’s first build since “retiring” as a marketing consultant some years ago. As a teenager he built the wooden schooner model of the Bluenose. He collected tools for the next 50 years in anticipation of renewing the hobby. Martin lives in Littleton with his wife Gus. He’s been a member of Rocky Mountain Shipwrights for 10 years

Charles W. Morgan

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema…………. Name of Ship: Charles W. Morgan

Brief History of Original Ship: Whaler built in 1843. It was active, mostly in the Pacific with many hunts of more than two years. The Morgan still exists! It is berthed at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and was recently restored for the second time.

Description of Model: This began as a vintage Scientific Models kit, but aside from the hull and deck furnishings, the model was fashioned from the plans of the Model Shipways version of the Morgan. That meant modeling a 1:120 model using plans for a 1:60 scale model – meaning all the masting and rigging had to be scaled at half-size.

Approximate number hours spent building the model: didn’t keep track

Model Size: 17″ long, 13″ high………………………. Scale: 1:120

Modeler bio: Aside from building a wooden hulled Blue Nose schooner as a teen, Martin did not take up ship modeling until 2009. Martin has spent a career in marketing communications, working for ad agencies, IBM, Information Handling Services and Coors Ceramics. He founded his own marketing communications and branding company, Signature Strategies, in 1985, and retired 2010. He and his wife, “Gus”, celebrated 53 years of married life.