ROBERT. E. LEE STEAMBOAT MODEL SHIP KIT 1:140 SCALE
This model kit is made of wood and metal, with a hollow hull,
false keel and laser-cut ribs. Pre-cut pieces in wood and turned brass, cast
iron and brass photo-etched parts round out the details. The model ship kit is
presented in a luxurious box with all components classified and ordered for
easy identification. Assembly instruction book comes in 7 languages: Spanish,
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese. The detailed instructions
include photos of how to assemble the model ship step by step. It also comes
with 2 plans that show various perspectives and details necessary for construction.
Robert E. Lee, thanks to the appearance of steam, at the
beginning of the 18th century, low-draft ships and large paddle wheels were
built, capable of transporting even upstream, both passengers and large
quantities of merchandise.
Throughout history, there are many navigable rivers that
allowed the development of commerce and transport and therefore the economy.
The Mississippi is one of them. The variable depth and the tides did not allow
the use of normal boats on these rivers, making them difficult to navigate.
With the invention of steam power, large paddle boats were built. These
Riverboats were constantly being improved upon. Their speed brought memorable
competitions, to determine which was the fastest ship of the "Great
River". Robert E. Lee was a steamboat built in New Albany, Indiana in
August 1866. She soon gained fame for her speed. Perhaps the most famous
Riverboat race took place in June 1870, from New Orleans to St. Louis between
Natchez VI and Robert E. Lee. The Robert E. Lee covered 1,200 miles in 3 days,
18 hours and 14 minutes, a record that still stands today. The Natchez took 4
days and 51 minutes.
Model Kit Specifications:
Recommended age: 12+ years
Product Height: 12
inches (30.50 cm)
Product Width: 7.3
inches (18.50 cm)
Product Length: 25.2
inches (64.00 cm)