I understand what you are saying....but rest assured ... this is most certainly an advanced kit. Although the parts are all laser cut and the jigs and design concept will alleviate much trouble....the builder will need to proceed very slowly and with much care. To explain a bit about my philosophy for kits.
- My goal is to design kits that wont look like kits when they are built. The quality of the wood and the parts and the historical accuracy. No ply for fittings...no metal castings....no skimping on the final visual product. To design them in such a way that folks can build them with the same few tools they would use to build any other kit straight of of the box. Yet when its done, and placed right beside a scratch version of the same subject...most wouldnt be able to tell the difference. The design I hope will inspire others to use the same concepts after finishing it to slowly cross over to scratch building. Or adapt the concepts for other kits that are lacking.
- For example...first I wanted to introduce a model that would serve as an introduction to clinker planking. Not the whole hull...but just a few planks. So builders might not be nervous about it. It will literally be a step by step intro lesson on clinker planking...how to bevel...what to bevel etc. See below for the one plank
- second...this model will also serve as an intro to carving. Yes there will be three small resin castings, but the majority of the carved scroll work you see on the sides of the hull and transom will be carved by the builder. These arent complex figureheads or difficult subjects to scare folks who never tried it. Or never used boxwood. You will get the piece laser cut from boxwood flat and ordinary... and you will learn some simple techniques to get started carving...with a few extra pieces just in case of a mishap.
How to secure the piece for carving, how to use a stop cut, how to shave and carve with simple tools....how to undercut areas etc. Step by step. Nothing to fancy and elaborate...no expensive tools...just giving it a try with a little help. At least the way I have always done it...I am sure that others will have a better way but this will show how I do it. These are the two main features that are the focus for me on this project as well as creating a way to frame the boat properly with floors and futtocks like the contemporary model. And NO...the carvings wont be that small. It fits on a dime because I was just testing my laser cutter to see how hard I could push it....how small can laser cut something intricate and still capture some detail. That is pretty dang small. The real thing is about six times larger.
- So for me...designing this kit was a way to introduce a few things that are lacking with most kits....mainly they all look like kits unless you do some serious bashing with no guidance to go with it. Why not start out with great materials....and guide the builders through it as if it was stepping stone to scratch building.
Having said that...
The jigs and laser cut parts I provide are something I would normally make for myself if I were building this from scratch...by giving them to a builder who might not have the tools or experience to create them, they will at least get a chance to see a pre-spiled plank so they can understand and can visualize why using a straight strip isnt going to work. They will see the spiled shape and think....this is nuts.....then after they place it on the hull without any difficulty, hopefully a light bulb will go off. Then MAYBE they can apply what they have learned and experienced with this kit on the many other kits they build...or scratch projects. Its hard to explain but I hope it makes sense.
It wont be a beginner kit. It will be an advanced kit FOR intermediate builders looking to try something they havent done before. Now I keep showing the same image of the same contemporary model. It wont look exactly like this one...but its close. It will actually look a lot more like the one pictured below except for the transom carving. I am referring to the colors and the lack of carving inside....just bare panels. This is remember just an intro to carving. Note how the planks are fastened....not treenailed....they are nailed. Nailed to the plank beneath it. Just something new to learn and I am learning right along with it. And yes it will be a challenge.