At this stage, I had 940 hours construction time and used over 3400 pieces.
The more I looked at the ship, the more it did not seem right. The side angle I has on the stern was 14 degrees and the museum was 10. The side three decks on the museum was 8 degrees and Mantua showed about 30. I had mine at 10 degrees. My last cannon on the main deck was still about 12 mm to low when compared to the museum. I had sent and got pictures taken of the Louve model and had them send them to me. Checking further, I found the middle of the main gun deck was low also. By the time I got to the front of the forecastle, I found it was 15 mm too low. This expains why the last deck at the stern had such a strong rake that it would seem impossible to walk on during a storm.
There is also two version of the trim on the back. I chose the one that seemed logical and best fit my kit.
What does all this mean? Because of the casting quality and supurb details of this kit, it is a museum quality model but it is not museum worthy, no matter how good of a job is done. It still makes a very nice simulation and makes a marvelous model to be proud of.
The rope x decorations are located incorrectly and there is not enough of them. The fleur de lis are incorrectly cast and there is not enough of them. They do not show any for cannon port lids. Insufficient quantity of trim supplied. The cannon port door for the back are 12 by 12 or 12 by 15 mm. Mantua says to make them 12 by 20 mm. Only 5 and 7 mm deadyes are included. they show the 5 mm used on most of the ship 7 mm for the lower masts. Only the lower main shrouds should have 7 mm and only the lower fore and mizzen shrouds should use 5 mm. All the rest would be smaller. One style showed heart shaped deadeyes which were discounted in the previous century. The rigging will require several sizes of line and not the big stuff supplied. The blocks are limited and not enough sizes. More of this will bediscussed as the rigging is done.
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Current build: Mantua Sovereign of the Seas
In que: Mantua Cutty Sark, Billings Titanic
In waiting: Amerigo Vespucci