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Lindberg’s 1/163 scale Robert E. Lee

Posted by Megan McChain
on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thomas Bennett
Goodwater, Alabama

“Way down on the levee, in old Alabam-y” … well, actually, Thomas didn’t wait on the Robert E. Lee, diving into Lindberg’s 1/163 scale kit to make several improvements. He used styrene ladder stock to create missing windows and a door, and pulled some spare parts to build a wheel shaft and jackstaff missing from his kit. Other parts that were too big for scale were left off. Then he went shopping for N scale figures, perusing the Scenic Accents line for 19th-century figures. “About one third of these (98) figures needed little or no modification,” Thomas says. “I used train personnel, cut the baggage out of their hands, and used them for boat personnel. I had to give almost all the women dresses by using glue and tissue and shaping the dresses with a toothpick. Painting vests on a lot of the men did the trick.” Scenic Accents also provided deck furniture, but he had to improvise wood casks: “I did find 55-gallon steel drums,” he says. “I used my motor tool to round off the edges and finished them with two black rings to get the look I wanted.”

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