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"World's Smallest Lincoln Logs"

Some of my very first toy soldiers were 54mm 1/32 Britains Swoppets - AWI, Cowboys & Indians, plus Knights. And if you ever had those you probably also had a set of "Lincoln Logs" to set up low tech defensive positions for quick battles. Both Swoppets and Lincoln Logs could be reassembled to make many more variations of each. I absolutely loved them.

Because of the high cost of Swoppets for a young kid I was happy to discover 1/72 HO Airfix's Fort Apache and Fort Sahara sets with both soldiers and forts. Fun as the forts were, they weren't Lincoln Logs. I had always wished Lincoln Logs were made in 1/72 HO scale usable with my newer, fuller armies.

Well, a lifetime it seems moved on and suddenly, le voilà! There on the internet I stumbled across the "Worlds Smallest Lincoln Logs". Really. I bought one little set that comes in a plastic tube 3" x 1.5" with 49 small parts inside that you can make a log structure like a guard house shape. Then bought a bunch more sets and can make cabins, fences, super simple block houses and - use your imagination.

My personal opinion is they look better than the originals being a dark brown, the scale looks fine for me, the notches tend to be a little narrow and I've had to use a box cutter and narrow the log at many of the notches to get them to fit together (but easy to do), they are made of a nice plastic which I prefer to the original's wood. Not perfect out of the tube, but super easy to make more with a little trimming and gluing to make longer logs.

Here is a link below which has (3) thumbnails showing a Youtube assembly, a hand with the smaller and the bigger originals for comparison, and finally the individual pieces you get in one set. Compared to the relatively high cost of the larger scale sets, these are a good deal. I paid between $6.25 to $8.75 for each set depending on the seller.

Lastly, don't be fooled nor buy by the "Lincoln Logs Key Chain". These are a middle scale/size that don't match 1/72 HO and only have 22 of the same parts - useless for my purposes.

OK, copy and paste the URL below into your browser and then click on each of the (3) thumbnails and enjoy. I only wish I had these as a kid when Airfix opened up a new world of collecting for us!

Re: "World's Smallest Lincoln Logs"

Thanks for the link Garrison.
Though huge I've still been using Lincoln logs for barricades for the little guys.
I did find small logs at Hobby Lobby which work well.
These new ones may work out better.
Regards Cappy

Re: "World's Smallest Lincoln Logs"

Hi Cappy,

If you are in the U.S., here's a link to the cheapest seller I could find. Copy and paste the link into your browser:

Enter "Worlds Smallest Lincoln Logs" in the Search bar. If you purchase anything over $50 US, they give you free shipping. The Lincoln Log sets are $6.25 each (eBay and Amazon they are all over $8). That would be (8) sets or more for free shipping. I think the site is for home study families, not really hobby stuff. I bought (10) sets from them. They do very quick shipping to your door.

Don't forget, all the Lincoln Logs have grooves for building. I have had to use a sharp, small box cutter to trim the sides of most of the logs (just the length of the grooves) so they fit snuggly. Some of the fits are too tight! As far as I'm concerned, all of us are pretty resourceful, so it's an easy adjustment for a truely great look and limitless building potenial.

OK, have fun whatever you decide to do! - GC

Re: "World's Smallest Lincoln Logs"

This is quite the find for sure. I used to use Lincoln logs all the time as a kid with my 54mm (1/32) toy soldiers. They were always so versatile. You could make block houses, forts, breastworks, and so many other things. I will definitely be picking up a set or two of these.

Re: "World's Smallest Lincoln Logs"

Thank you for commenting, Asher!

I've always enjoyed picking up the Giant of Hong Kong HO Header Card Fort Cheyenne or Frontier Fort and combining two or three to make a bigger stockade, but there are really no good cabins to put inside. Now I can make a fun Fort Boonesborough with these. I also hope to make a stockade over gate similar to the Marx 1/32 forts.

For those who might be looking to add housing to the Zvezda 1/72 Medieval Wooden Style Fortress these are very close to the same log sizes. Also, Viking Log Houses could be made of these too!

I've always been able to find Stockade Walls to make forts, but not cabins or barricks to put inside. Like most things in our scale for our hobby, these aren't the perfect solution. One will need to buy multiple little sets of these, but the price compared to the original larger Lincoln Logs makes it a good investment.

OK, have a super great Sunday. While we are all still advised to stay indoors for the time being, I'm going to try to be a little creative! - GC