This laser-cut wooden model kit is a reproduction of the 8-gun cutter USS LEE. Built in 1776 on Lake Champlain, the LEE fought in Battle of Valcour Island. The American fleet, under Benedict Arnold, was defeated and the Lee was run aground and destroyed. However, the battle did halt the British advance and they were not able to continue on to New York City again until the following year. This faithful reproduction is for use with 28mm figures. The ships deck is 10 long and 3.5 wide. Its overall length is 16 and 14 in height. The ship comes with all the materials to build the hull, masts, and yards. It comes with eight of our 6lb cannon.
Posted by Ardan Blade on 22nd Oct 2015
Right out of the box, this one looks a bit more intimidating. It comes in more pieces than my other purchase, the HMS Speedwell, but once you get started, it's not too bad.
The instructions lost a star for being a little inconsistent. They were laid out the same as the other models' manuals, featuring big, colored pictures to assist in identifying parts. The one downside is that the pictures, while numbered and referenced, were sometimes two pages away from the point that they were referred to by the text. Not insurmountable, but not as clean as I would like.
Punching out parts was easy and clean, with a minimum of cleanup needed to go through the process. I did hit a hitch at a couple of incomplete cuts, but managed to work around them with a box knife.
The ship is good and sturdy, but perhaps not quite as pretty as some of the more detailed models available. It is a good solid starter model, and a great learning experience for anyone looking to get into the hobby or who wants a ship for their miniatures collection but doesn't want to commit a lot of space to it! I'd give it a solid recommendation for a first time model!
Posted by Jake on 19th Dec 2012
I wrote up a review of my build process and thoughts on this great cutter here: http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=38547.0
In short, it was the first time I've built a wood and foam model. The instructions were great,and I was amazed how easy it went together and how much fun it was to build. The only part that I had a bit of trouble withwas getting the foam hull cut to the right thickness, and that was mostly due to me never having worked with the material before.
I can't wait to work on the next ones!