As some of you may know, I have a fetish for old American battleships. The USS Indiana was the third battleship in the US Navy, and the first truly modern one (receiving the hull classification BB-1). She was commissioned in 1895. Along with her sister ships Massachusetts* and Oregon (Awe's shipfu), the Indiana fought in the Spanish-American War.
"The Indiana-class ships were designed specifically for coastal defense and were not intended for offensive actions. This design view was reflected in their moderate coal endurance, relatively small displacement and low freeboard, which limited seagoing capability. However, they were heavily armed and armored, so much in fact that Conway's All The Worlds Fighting Ships describes them as "attempting too much on a very limited displacement." They resembled the British battleship HMS Hood (1891), but were 60 ft (18 m) shorter and featured an intermediate battery consisting of eight 8-inch guns not found in European ships, giving them a very respectable amount of firepower for their time." Wikipedia
My reference for the paint scheme, which I honestly am really into. I'm quite happy with this build. From what I can tell, it's the first Lego model of this vessel, and it's fairly accurate in my humble opinion. Enjoy!