10 years ago, my father-in-law passed away. He was part way through building the Billing Boat Seeadler and after sitting on the shelf for many years, my mother-in-law has asked me to complete the model.
The only box left is the fittings box and this has "471 Seeadler" printed on it. I've had a look at where he was up to and he was at the rigging stage. The kit no longer has the stays. Masts are in place, but the stays are gone. Rudder is also missing. There is some rigging done, but no rigging line left to complete. There is an instruction book, although different to the model I'm now working on. The instruction book has a raised deck at the front and end of the boats; mine are flat. Hoping that someone who has built this model, or someone in touch with Billing Boats may assist me to complete the model: - The plan book that I have has a materials list that says there were 4 plans/3 pieces. I've got the big fold-out plan, but not the detailed instructions on how to put my model together, and the parts that I've got to work with don't make sense with these plans. The top of the pages are marked 470 and suspect mine is a 471 version. Is there somewhere that I can I download another set of plans? Or, can someone PM them to me? - I need to get a set of spars for the kit, but don't know where to buy them from. Alternatively, I can buy some dowel and sand down to size and if so, any suggestions on how best to do this? - Was the rudder pre-cut in the kit? If so, where might I purchase one? Any advice on making one from brass? - The materials list indicates 4 rolls of thread for running rigging and 2 for standing rigging. All mine are missing. What colour and size are these? I should be able to get these from my local hobby shop. - The instructions say that a sail kit is available. As I don't have access to a sewing machine, where could I purchase a sail kit?
Further complicating my quest to finish this model, I'm in Australia and the Australian Billing Boats distributor shut shop a week ago. Thanks in advance for your assistance.