By Mario Grima
1/72 USS Holland SS1 (Iron Shipwrights)
This subject , John Hollands VI is a made using the 1/72 resin Holland kit from Iron Shipwright. With extra detailing the kit is "not out of box". The model itself is a excellent piece but the instructions I found a bit vague by not showing a closeup completed model nor describing what all the PE parts go. So if your not familar with the sub be prepared to dig into those Holland books & sites. The recovered/restored Holland in England is a later model to the USS Holland VI and does not correlate much detail wise with the original VI . The rear control rods on the Holland appear similar to a rack & pinnon rods of an automobile with a few joint linkages before each of the two reach the rear control planes. The exhaust vent is in the rear casing (large hole were the rudder rods go by.) Extra Limber holes was also needed as well as the vent blister cover plate on the right aft casing.. The crew is from my spare parts box.
Building this sub, kind of heart breaking in a way of what shameful faith befallen the real Holland V1, fallen victim to the cutters torch of a shallow minded person for $100. New York Sun 1948 -" Harlem Metal Corporation "You mention relics - sentiment and all that. Nothing doing here! I'm no idol worshipper. With me it was just a matter of an old boat with some good metal." Denying countless generations a real look into this engineering marvel . Very sad.