C.S.S. Virginia | Formerly, the U.S.S. Merrimac. In July of 1861, the confederate Navy began converting the partly burned hull of the captured Union wooden steam frigate, Merrimac, to an ironclad. Rechristened Virginia, she set forth in March, 1862 to do battle against the blockading U.S. Navy fleet, eventually meeting her match, the Monitor. This kit is intended for the less experienced modeler. It contains a pre-carved basswood hull, finely cast Britannia fittings, and all the other parts needed to complete this historic vessel. It is important to note that some pictured items may have been built with optional items not included as part of standard kits, such as pedestals, bases, cases, paint, etc. If there are any questions about the contents of a particular kit, please contact Bluejacket.