Trial by Ordeal:
|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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