1/250 CSS Macon Armored Paddlewheels Paper Model
C.S.S. Macon was begun in the city of Savannah, Georgia, and like many Confederate ironclads, was to use available materials and equipment. Though the ship was designed to use the boilers and engines from a paddle-steamer to drive screws, when this became a mechanical challenge, it was proposed that the design be altered to incorporate the engines and paddle-boxes of the captured sidewheel gunboat U.S.S. Water Witch, and to complete Macon as a sidewheel ironclad.
However, continued construction delays and material shortages prevented Macon from being finished, and her name was re-assigned to a gunboat. When Savannah fell to Union forces, the unfinished vessel vanished from the historical record. C.T. Ertz' paper model provides a fascinating what-if glimpse of what Macon might have looked like, had she been finished as a sidewheel ironclad with the hardware from Water Witch. One idea was to use the engines and drive machinery from Water Witch to drive paddlewheels in small, armored paddle-boxes, to provide additional protection for the paddlewheels and broader firing arcs for the broadside guns. A paper model is also available of Macon with Water Witch's original, unarmored paddle-boxes.
Paper Model Details: over 140 parts on four pages. Duo-fold gun carriages, davits, and deck furniture; rolled gun barrels. Waterline model. Separate gunport covers. Ship's boats. Degree of Difficulty: 3/5. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Bart Wheeler
Text copyright 2011, Bart Wheeler and Ecardmodels.com
Beta build and photos: Shawn Dymond