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H 1-3 cups unpopped popcorn, dried peas, or sand (for ballast) H 2 empty tuna fish or cat food cans, one slightly larger than the other

Staple here

Staple here

what to do

1. Cut the milk carton in half lengthwise. This will be the bottom of the ship. Take the other half of the carton and cut off the sides, leaving the flat part for a deck that will cover the entire open space of the hull.

2. The original Monitor had such a low profile in the water that its deck barely breached the surface of the water. In order to make your version settle low in the water, you'll need to put either sand, unpopped popcorn, or dried peas in the milk carton for ballast before you seal the deck to the hull. Experiment with how much ballast you'll need to give your model Monitor the low profile of the original.

3. Staple the peak of the carton (where the spout was) and duct tape over the staples so it is firmly sealed.

4. Duct tape the deck onto the hull, and cover the hull in duct tape (this is your "iron" cladding).

5. On the deck, tape the smaller can with the opening face down. This will serve as the base for the Monitor's revolving cannon turret. Then place the larger can over the smaller one so that it can rotate around it. Cover the larger can with duct tape, but make sure the can still rotates. If the top can is much bigger than the bottom one, you can crumple tinfoil and stick it around the smaller can. This will allow the turret to turn around the bottom can but still fit snugly.

USS Monitor, published in Harper's Weekly, March 22,1862.

make your own ironclad ship: the virginia

^what you'll need

H milk carton (either 2 liter or

V2 gallon) H scissors

H 1-3 cups unpopped popcorn, dried peas, or sand (for bal-^ last)

H stapler

H duct tape

H milk carton (1 quart)

H toilet paper tube

H aluminum foil what to do

1. Cut the first milk carton in half lengthwise. This will be the bottom of the ship. Take the other half of the carton and cut off the sides, leaving the flat part for a deck that will cover the entire open space of the hull.

Staple here

Staple here

2. Although the Virginia didn't ride quite as low in the water as the Monitor did, it sat much lower than most conventional wooden ships. In order to make your milk carton version settle low in the water, you'll need to put either sand, unpopped popcorn, or dried peas in the milk carton for ballast before you seal the deck to the hull. Experiment with how much ballast you'll need in your model Virginia to keep it low in the water without sinking.

3. Staple the peak of the carton (where the spout was) and duct tape over the staples so it is firmly sealed.

4. Duct tape the deck onto the hull, and cover the hull in duct tape (this is your "iron" cladding).

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5. Cut both ends off the second milk carton, then cut up the length of one side. You'll have four long panels to work with. Cut off two of the long panels and put them aside. You'll need them later.

6. The other 2-sided panel will be the "barn roof" deckhouse that fold and crease fold and crease

cut along dotted lines

6. The other 2-sided panel will be the "barn roof" deckhouse that

contained the Virginia's mighty cannons. Crease the sides of the outer panels so the deck house sits securely on top of the hull (see diagrams). Before you tape it to the hull, cut out four small rectan-fold and crease again gles on each side—these would be where the cannon ports V [ on the original Virginia would be.

7. Tape the deckhouse to the hull. Now take the remaining panels from the milk carton and cut two pieces that can fit over the remaining holes in the front and back of the deckhouse. It probably won't fit exactly, but you'll be duct taping over these so it won't matter.

8. Duct tape the deckhouse so that it appears iron clad.

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9. Finally, create a smokestack by cutting a toilet paper tube about 2 inches long and covering it with foil. Tape this onto the top of the deckhouse.

Now put both the Monitor and Virginia into the tub and relive the battle of the ironclads.

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