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Queen of the Missippi
River Boat

Much has been written about the lore and romanticism of the steamboat. These colorful old boats plied the Mississippi River and its tributaries for much of the 19th century and early 20th century until the automobile, railroads, and modern communications forced them out of business. The riverboat evolved primarily to meet the needs of the early pioneers who settled in the Midwest for consumer goods and, to a lesser extent, theatrical entertainment.
The latter was provided by the well-known showboats, the romance and nostalgia of which has been greatly perpetuated by songs, books, and Hollywood. The sole means of bringing this sort of entertainment to the hundreds of riverfront communities founded by the pioneers was with mobile playhouses - showboats! However, traffic of this type was not as prevalent as the lesser-known sternwheel packet boats that carried passengers and cargo.
Surprisingly, there are very few authentic drawings available from which the original packets had been built. Research shows that they were usually built without plans, unlike today's boats, designed by trained naval architects. These vessels of the 1800s were designed and built by experienced craftsmen who relied on skill, intuition, and "rake of eye" to weave their incomparable symmetry and magic.

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#184-319-6 Plank on frame construction .
This kit uses extensively laser cut wooden parts in high grade plywood and walnut. You'll plank the hull with individual wooden strips, using limewood for the first layer and walnut for the second. Strip wood is also supplied for planking the decks and cabins. An elaborate fittings package includes brass nails, eyelets, netting, hand rails, bell and lights. You'll outfit your finished model with aluminum smokestacks with brass rings, silk-screened flag and colorful decals. Instruction manual with complete parts list and full scale plans printed on five double-sided sheets help you create a beautiful model almost four feet long. Dimensions:Length: 44" Height:15-1/2" Scale: 1/50
US$800.00 on special US$565.95

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