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Trial by Ordeal:
The 1/125 Lindberg Fletcher

Jeff Herne

Many have tried it, some have succeeded, most have given up. No matter how you slice it (and much slicing is necessary), the Lindberg kit isn't an out-of-the-box gem. With the likes of Tamiya, Skywave, and Dragon producing high-quality injection molded kits; and Waveline, WSW Doc-Modell, and Delphis giving us stunning resin models, the poor Lindbergh ship suffers by comparison. Still, it's a BIG model of a popular ship, and it's affordable (here's an argument waiting to happen).  I relented last year, against the advice of my shipbuilding buddies, and bought one at my local shop. I figured, " hey, I'll scratchbuild anything that doesn't look right".  "Fools rush in..." as they say.

My completed Lindberg Fletcher currently resides at the Naval Base hobby shop in New York City, so I lack for photos of the finished model. I'll use both line drawings and photos of real Fletchers, as well as images from the instructions to point out the kit's many pitfalls. There were always several subassemblies going at once, and it is not essential that you follow any particular construction sequence. But be warned, the instructions are nearly worthless, functioning mainly as a means of identifying some of the kit's unrecognizable parts. 

So read on and let's build a Fletcher!

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The Lindberg Blue Devil Box "Art"

Click Here   for a review of the Floating Drydock Fletcher Plan book, the ultimate Fletcher reference


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The Cassin Young photo tour has good closeup pics of Fletcher details

1/700 scale builders, click here for a review of two good Fletcher kits. 

Table of Contents

The Hull

Main Deck

Forward Deckhouse and Bridge

Aft Deckhouses & Fittings


Depth Charges

Fletcher Facts