Verlinden 1/200
CSS Atlanta

Reviewed by Timothy Choi
*From the Naval Historical Centre*

CSS Atlanta, an 1006-ton ironclad ram, was originally built in Scotland in 1861 as the merchant steamship Fingal. In November 1861 she ran the blockade into Savannah, Georgia, with a large cargo of weapons and military supplies. After Union forces closed the exits from Savannah, preventing her further use as a blockade runner, Fingal was converted to an casemate ironclad and renamed Atlanta. She made her first appearance as a Confederate warship in mid-1862.

Atlanta made two efforts to attack Federal warships blockading the coast and rivers leading to Savannah. The first, in early 1863, was thwarted by obstructions blocking the route to the sea. In June 1863 Atlanta made her second attempt, targeting blockaders in Wassau Sound. There, on the 17th, she encountered the U.S. Navy monitors Nahant and Weehawken. In a brief battle, Atlanta went aground and was overwhelmed by Weehawken's superior firepower, forcing her to surrender.

The captured ironclad was taken into the Union Navy as USS Atlanta, commissioning for service in February 1864. She was stationed on the James River, Virginia, to support the operations of the army under General Grant. On 21 May 1864, she fired on Confederate cavalry that were attacking Fort Powhatan. A year later, with the Civil War over, Atlanta went north and decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 1865. After several years "in ordinary", she was sold in May 1869. Reportedly, she subsequently became the Haitian warship Triumph and disappeared at sea off Cape Hatteras in December 1869.

A rather simple kit, Verlinden Productions' CSS Atlanta is almost already built up. The hull is clean, with only a very small bit of leftover resin below the waterline, which, if one is inclined, can be hidden if put on a false-water base. Details are crisp and clean, with no flash. Click images
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There are not many parts to this kit. The resin pieces consist of the funnel, the boats, the cannons, and the port covers. They have almost no flash at all and are completely cast. Styrene plastic rod and copper wire are provided for the fore and aft staves, and a small sheet of decals is provided for the flags.
There aren't any.

I bought this kit at a local hobby shop during their annual Customer Appreciation event; it was on clearance for $15 CAD, a marked decrease from the former $37.95 CAD before the mark down. It is also my first resin subject, so please excuse my lack of fluency with the language of the trade. Shops on the Internet seem to be selling this kit for around $25 USD, which is a pretty good price for a neatly cast 1/200 resin warship.