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Snow   

Hi I'm thinking of either a occre or mantua kit for my net build.I'm currently building the amati adventure and I'm about 3 months off finishing maybe. As i have to buy kits online i would like to know which kits have the best instructions and material. But mostly step by step instructions or close . the amati is pretty good but i feel a little vague. Any suggestions please.

 

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Matrim   

I like Caldercraft myself as the instructions are decent...

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Dan Vad   

G'day Snow. It would help if you told us where in the world you are, and also which ship/s you have in mind. You can add your Country and other details to your Profile (click on your Username at the top of the page to open the Profile Editor).

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Snow   

I was thinking of.,hms victory/ sanitisma trinidad or the us constitution ,thanks for the advice im in darwin australia any help would be great.

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Dan Vad   

Miniature Steam Models in Melbourne are the Australian agent for Caldercraft. I don't know how their prices compare with buying directly from overseas.

 

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Asgard   
19 hours ago, Snow said:

I was thinking of.,hms victory/ sanitisma trinidad or the us constitution ,thanks for the advice im in darwin australia any help would be great.

Hi, Show,

 

I'm newbie and working on my first model, but I did my research about "best kit", even wrote a topic about it and have to say that there is no such thing like "best" :)

If y'are gunning for HMS Victory I'll  recommend you Caldercraft version, but you know - the best model is the finished model :)

A friend of mine bought this kit, yes it's expensive one but it's marvelous!

Excellent quality and very clear/understandable instructions even for a beginner like myself. And the reason that I vouch for Caldercraft version is because of instructions.

 

If y wondering about the kit I'll advise y to check "build logs" - as many as you can. I'm positive that you will find all answer in logs (works for me) :)

So, if y still choosing y can take a look on Panart - San Felipe. In my opinion is also a good one :)

Happy building :)

 

 

Cheers,

Asgard

 

 

 

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Miniature Steam pricing is a little less than ordering from UK with postage.  I have purchased several kits from then and they are very good to deal with. As they have a cross Sharing agreement with Jotika for the steam parts they get kits at a good price.

 

For Occre purchased direct from the EU site and paid less than cost here.

 

Caldercraft have good instruction for newer kits but assume building knowledge on the older kits. There plans are very detained and to 1:1 for the kit scale most of the time.

 

 

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Do you care about historical accuracy? If so do not build the San Felipe. This ship did not exist. If it had Spain might have won the war with England. for my money I would build either a kit from Caldercraft or something designed by Chuck. His instructions are the absolute best.

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lmagna   

Hello Snow

 

Chuck is a member of this forum and the National Research Guild. He is also the owner of Syren Ship Model Company, a sponsor of this forum. https://modelshipworld.com/?_fromLogin=1  He sells kits, mini kits, and fittings of very high quality.

 

As an example he offers a model of the British Revenue Cutter Cheerful. This could be considered a beginners kit or you could just buy the plans and make it a scratch build. He also offers a complete list of fittings and furniture to support this vessel so you can buy as few or as many "Mini kits" as you wish to help complete the ship. By being in the form of mini kits this can spread the cost over the time of the build as not only is buying them an option but you can wait to buy them when it comes time to use them. His instructions of course are top quality, possibly the best offered anywhere.

 

He is also the designer of the 18th Century Longboat, the USF Confederacy, Brig Syren, and the 21 foot English Pinnace, all sold by Model Shipways. He is also responsible for the eight page kit enhancement practicum for the Sultana kit, also offered by Model Shipways. All of his work involves historically accurate models and is of the highest quality.

 

Searches here on the forum can provide much more detail than I can offer.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Lou

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If you would like to get a fairly simple kit that is plank on bulkhead to get more practice before tackling a monster kit like the HMS Victory the latest version of the Artesania Latina Swift comes with an 89 page pdf file that is tantamount to being a build practicum.  It is under $100 and available online.  It is still challenging enough to help improve your skills but small enough that it can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

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The CC victory is not step by Step.  If want a big ship that is Close to step by step( if you consider AL doco that) then the Santa Ana from AL is huge ( 1.2m) and the manual (picture book ) is 200 Pages. BUT it is an advanced Kit.  The CC Victory is bigger ( 1.4) but its mostly build off plans. Both need at least 3,000 hrs or more build time. CC recommend 3,500 hrs.

 

Ther are lots of Vic builds on this site but not many Santa ana. I have both so no more kits for me.....

 

Both have instructions manuals on their site site . CC has sample plans...

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Snow   
On 16/09/2017 at 1:15 PM, fnkershner said:

Do you care about historical accuracy? If so do not build the San Felipe. This ship did not exist. If it had Spain might have won the war with England. for my money I would build either a kit from Caldercraft or something designed by Chuck. His instructions are the absolute best.

 

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Snow   

Thanks paul , maybe i try another intermediate ship with more detail but still around that 800mm. Long

Thanks again the big one might come after that as the adventure is my first ship and I've still got the rigging yet.

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