I recently purchased a couple of models from an estate sale on a local classified ad site. The vendor has one ship left but it was out of my league.
If anyone is interested in a scratch build of the Essex you may find his offer interesting - he is willing to ship to you.
for $CAN275 he offer
32 Gun Frigate Essex (Anatomy of The Ship series) by Portia Takakjian. The list of materials includes species of wood such as ebony, chechin, applewood, walnut, cherry, sycamore, boxwood, Swiss pearwood etc.
I can send you his phone number if you are interested.
I have no idea if this is a good price or if he is willing to accept less but he was really good to deal with on my purchases from him.