Modeling the Ironclads

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Presented as a "how we did it" book, Modeling the Ironclads by Steven Lund and William Hathaway documents the authors' construction of a variety of radio controlled Civil War monitors.

Covering 15 different Union and Confederate models, the authors explain their process and discuss the various challenges and details involved in building high quality radio controlled ironclads. 

Topics covered include construction techniques, scale and technical issues, color schemes, servos and control, and more.

This book is provided as a PDF download. 


  • Digital book, delivered as a PDF that is viewable on computers, tablets and mobile devices.
  • 137 pages.
  • Illustrated, with color photographs.

Models Presented

  • USS Saugus
  • USS Monitor
  • USS Galena
  • USS Passaic
  • USS Canonicus
  • USS Onondaga
  • USS Choctaw
  • USS Osage
  • USS Camanche
  • CSS Richmond
  • CSS Tennessee
  • CSS Virginia
  • CSS Arkansas
  • CSS Teaser
  • CSS Texas

About the Authors

Steve Lund

A serious scale modeler since his teens, his interest in Civil War history inspired the subject matter for this book.  He was an aerospace engineer manager and law enforcement pilot, having served as an Army aviator in Vietnam and the reserves.  He lives in Southern California with his wife and replica ship models.

Bill Hathaway

A retired engineer and a graduate of Texas A&M, he has been an avid ship modeler and inventor for over 30 years.  He is a former Army aviator and lives in Texas with his wife, four cats, and two parrots.

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