This build started on another forum where new user Matt (USS Arazona[sic]) asked what the cheapest way to get into the hobby is. My answer was: "...the cheapest way to do a warship is to buy two sheets of 12"x48"x1/4" plywood ($9/sheet), 1 sheet of 12"x48"x1/2" plywood($8.50/sheet), buy a cheap blue-handled hand jigsaw (aka coping saw) and a flat file at Lowe's for around $9 each. Download a set of cruiser plans (or predreadnought plans)(free). Make 22 copies of the frames drawing at $0.10/page, fold them in half at the centerline, and cut out each of the ribs on paper(scissors $2 at Hobby Lobby). Glue these papers to one sheet of 1/4" plywood (UHU Stick glue, $2 at Hobby Lobby), and sit down with the jigsaw to cut the ribs out of the wood (free, not factoring the value of your time). Buy one 1/4" x 1/4" x 48" hardwood stick($0.83 at Hobby Lobby) to play keel, and fit the ribs one at a time to the keel. If you epoxy them to the keel at this time (5 minute epoxy $10.99 at Hobby Lobby, mix it with scrap wood on pieces of old envelopes, $0.00), make sure that the ribs are vertical and true. When you finish with this, I'll have the rest of the instructions typed " So, much discussion ensued, and Matt is apparently very nearly as insane as I am and is willing to try this. So, as a good mentor and Axis captain, I decided that the "Cheapest Point Of Entry" would be SMS Pommern, a 3.5 unit predreadnought. As I have free plans for it (thank you Russian plan guys!) and we can begin fairly quickly (although I am dreading the amount of arm soreness that will follow jigsawing all the ribs), Matt is being roped into becoming a glorious Axis captain!! So, following this post will be a step-by-step How-To on the cheapest way to get into the hobby. I will not entertain shortcuts that will cast reliability or basic combat effectiveness into doubt (I know one new person who contemplated using a small fuel pump from a 1960's small car as his DC pump). I am going to strive for keeping the budget outlay under 40 bucks/month. Some months we will not come close to the limit, and that will need to be saved for later (for things like the radio system, regulator and bottle that we can't make or scrounge). Any questions about this project? No? Good! Press on regardless!