A few weeks ago, after I posted a note about the scale model kits of various Lincoln sites offered online by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Mike Kienzler of The Abraham Lincoln Observer challenged me to a "build-off" of simple models. Today, we are posting our results.
Mike has constructed the model of the Berry-Lincoln Store (in historic New Salem). Take a look at his post to see his effort, which also has some information on how the models came to be.
I built the model of the Thomas Lincoln cabin outside of Charleston, Illinois. Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.
Here's the best photo I can find of real location, part of the Wikipedia entry on the Lincoln historical site.
I never imagined I'd need to do an art project again, at least until I had kids, but I must say that I enjoyed this little one (enough that I'm thinking about trying another model). Getting the hang of craft glue again, particularly with some of the model's small tabs, was a bit of a challenge, but otherwise the model was pretty straight-forward. For someone who is artistically challenged, it was a pretty good experience.
Hopefully this will encourage others to give these projects a try. Thanks to Mike the challenge to do this.