I have come here today to present what I can confidently say is a difficult request to fulfill, but I appreciate any pointers or advice. This is coming from a complete novice when it comes to wooden ship model building, and have little idea what the realm of possibilities is.
I'm looking for the instructions of an old kit I have recently been given custody of (pictures below):
Maquettes Gérard Schmitt (published by BMI apparently)
Kof Hollandais (Dutch Koff) 1841 "Vlaardingen"
Picture of the battered box:
Picture of the contents as I found them, sadly lacking the instructions:
A relative has recently come into possession of this kit, and after tinkering with it for a bit asked me (since I'm apparently the miniature specialist of the household) to see if I could build it for him. This box seems to have been housed in a garage somewhere for years before seeing the light of day again when said relative picked it up who-knows-where. The box seems to have been fixed with tape at some point, but the contents look fine, aside from the staples rusting.
I have never even been near a kit like this (wooden, ship) before, but given my interest in other models/miniatures I decided to see if I could do something with it.
Yes, I realised the moment I opened the box that this is probably not a good model for a first experience in this particular segment of the world of scale models. I also realise that the chance is very small someone will actually still have the instructions of this kit, this being an old box set from an obscure French manufacturer that seems to have existed only for a short time.
I have done the usual internet searches for manufacturer, publisher, and ship type, but it seems MGS just didn't leave much of an internet trail outside sale and bidding sites.
I think I might be able to reverse-engineer a building method using the instructions of other kits I've found scans of and the helpful instructions on this forum and else-where, but the original instructions would doubtlessly be of much use.
Can anyone help me? Aside from actual scans of the original instructions, I would also be very grateful for any pointers on where to look next.
I also apologise for any untowardness in this, my first post on your forum without proper introductions. Mae Culpa.