This was my first kit from Vanguard Models - 18 months of great enjoyment. Many kits require extensive 'bashing' to make up for historical inaccuracy, poor quality material and out of scale components. This is not the case with this model. Chris Watton has designed well-researched kit that build up into an excellent model straight from the box. For example, the pearwood blocks supplied with the kit compare favourably with most after-market offerings. My additions, such as the boxwood deck, were simply intended to enhance an already excellent model. I'm now building the Duchess of Kingston from Vanguard and have HMS Sphinx on order.