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  1. Hello to all. My name is Bruce, recently forced into retirement and I'm a rookie to wooden model building. I have read the posts on choosing your first build and have learned a lot about the topic. Most posts though are several years old and was wondering if anything pertinent has changed recently. I am debating between plastic or wood. I believe plastic offers more of a straight forward build (meaning no fabricating of parts, but due to age of molds a lot of flash to remove as well as the chance of parts being missing or warped) and usually less rigging allowing a newbie to get their "feet wet" but it is plastic. Small wooden kits of row boats, long boats, cut aways and viking boats just don't perk my interest. I was wondering if this might be a good first model. https://www.amazon.ca/Bluenose-Starter-Boat-Kit-Wooden/dp/B00MOBMJZ2 I also have a few questions if you don't mind: is this being a smaller model of only 13 inches, will tying the rigging be an Issue? Is trying to shape a solid hull that much easier than building a single plank pob model? Thank you in advance for those who respond. Cheers, Bruce