I have to admit, I really had no idea what to expect from AL. I remember a long time ago when I managed a hobby store we sold them, but I really didn't know much about ship models so didn't know quality from crumb.
Opening the box my first thoughts were - heh, this isn't to bad. The packaging was really tight, everything secure and everyting looked good! There didn't seem to be anything strange in there, and everything looked to be "ok"!
The fittings come organized in some pretty decent trays, which I must admit I have already started thinking of ways to repurpose them once the parts are out of there
The laser cut sheets were clean, no fuzz or knicks out of the wood and the cuts seemed complete. Quite a few lc cuts, really interested in where some of these things go!
The plans to me actually were very nice, very clean and clear with what was what and what went where. Appears to be a full size to scale image of the boat itself which will come in handy finishing it off.
One bit of paperwork that came with it that I was really keen on was the full color panel brochure showing the major steps. Something about that I really liked!!
Then we get to the lumber supplied. I have done Model Shipways and never had trouble with their wood and then I had Mamoli and it was dry and brittle. What would AL give me - would it break the tie? Lets find out.
Well, looked good! I took a few sticks out and did a quick bend test on a couple to see if it would break shallow - and it flexed well! Did not feel brittle and was not all gnarly and splintered.
Now, one of the things on this ship that worried me was the sails. The willie has me worried as it is, so another ship was sails just didn't seem like it would help. Lo and behold.. PRE SEWN SAILS!! Okay - not so scary on this one any more!
Overall, the parts look good, the wood looks good, the plans seem good. We shall see what they are like in action!!
(While the parts do look good, I will be replacing the blocks and rigging with Chuck's. Nothing necessarily against AL's, but Chucks are really nice!)
On to the build!!