Well, this has been on my shelf forever so I thought I would dust it off. I know this forum is no stranger to this kit so I am going to try to focus on the work after the first hull planking
This is my first AL kit, and I can honestly say these instructions are horrible. There is no direction for some of the prominent items on the deck. Also, the stern / bulwark planking is the most frustrating planking I have yet to encounter in my few years of this hobby.
Here are some early pictures of the hull now that I have the first layer on, very raw yet.