Not that I am getting involved with the topic of kit subject matter but I do feel compelled to respond to this as it was a direct request of sorts...so please excuse the interruption.
Oh, one more thing that I would like to see (from Syren specifically) is an option for bulk-orders of blocks. If you could offer a package of blocks to replace all of the kit blocks in the MS Rattlesnake (for example) builders could order that for the MS kit or any similar ship.
It is impossible to offer such a package for every kit, but a few generic 20 gun, 50 gun, 100 gun packages at 2 or 3 different scales could be doable...
It's amazing how easy something is to suggest when SOMEONE ELSE has to do the actual work ;-)
Sadly, this will never happen but please allow me to explain why. The answer is three fold. Just so everyone knows.
- First...I would need to double if not triple my output of block/rope production so I could stock enough of these packages for individual kits or ship types.
- Second...the amount of time needed to just package up these blocks and rope now is enormous. So to package by hand different amounts of different sizes included labeled packages and then sort them would take hiring another person to do that almost full time. And when they were done....they could sit on the shelf for months or even years before someone might be willing to buy such an upgrade package so specific.
-Third...It would take weeks...months or even years to research so many specific ships....research that really should be done by the builder. Especially if I have never built the ship before. This is a question I get all the time....I got this one just a few days ago. I think some folks just want the work all done and spoon fed like it was a fast food restaurant.
"I am building the Vasa and would like to replace all of the blocks and rope in the kit with yours. Can you tell me how many blocks and what sizes I would need? I also need to know how much rope to buy. The kit isn't very good in this regard so sizes and quantities are unknown to me. Is there some hard and fast rules that would tell me what sizes to use in the different areas of the rig? Any help would be appreciated. I have just finished the hull and I am anxious to get started on the rigging as quickly as possible. Do have expedited shipping?"
I could spend several months writing what would amount to be a treatise on this subject for this customer.....while gathering the quantities and lengths....but seriously...who is building this model. There are usually many books readily available to help the model builder figure all of this stuff out....as much as I want to be everyone's shortcut and help them out....it is an impossible task. So please dont get mad if I respond in the usual manner if you should ask this question...
I never built it...but there are several books on the subject. Please refer to the parts list in your kit as a starting point. Everything is in stock and ready when you gather up all the information. You may consider signing up on Model Ship World to ask those questions. I am sure you will find many people who have built that kit.
Many ask for this because they also believe as a bulk package it will be cheaper. But in reality because of the work involved as mentioned....I would have to charge a whole lot more. Its cheaper if you guys do the math up front. A lot less work for me too!!!
Oh and if I can slip this in....Wasp is on my short list already.