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  1. Matt, I have seen the updated kit on Model Expo and several threads here and Youtube videos. It appears to be much better than mine. The price of the updated kit is a lot more than i paid for mine. IIRC I paid around $75 retail in a Spanish Department store in 1991. I am glad to have as many as possible along as I am sure I will need much advice. Jim
  2. Thanks guys. The cradle I made from some scrap home foam insulation board I had leftover from some RC airplane and model railroad projects. It works pretty well. I do have a building question. How would you all recommend gluing the channels on? The plans just show them glued to the side of the hull but that seems might flimsy. I have used a lot of fishing hooks for the eyelets for the carronades. So I was thinking of using some of the waste left over from the hooks to make pins to glue in the side of the channels and then into the side of the hull to help anchor them. Is there a better way? Jim
  3. Does anyone know if Constructo has a website? I understand that their kits are much better today than the one I have. Jim
  4. Hi all. I am a new member and this is my first build thread. First a bit of history. I bought this kit back in 1991 while serving in the USAF and stationed in Zaragosa, Spain. Started building it in the mid 90s after having completed the Liberty by Artesania Latina. Also purchased in Spain. The kit was horrible. The instructions were non existent. The wood questionable. However, the plans were fair and the quality of the carronades was outstanding. With the help of several books I made a start. Very quickly I realized that I would have to scratch build most of the parts and provide my own wood. About the only parts of the kit I used was the false keel and the frames. I replaced all the planks and decking with basswood. I used different colors of stain for the wales, decking, and lower planking. I had reached the point where I needed to cut out the gun ports when I lost interest and put it away. After 20 years of model railroading and RC airplanes I happened upon some videos of ship models on Youtube. Next thing I knew I had pulled it out of storage and realized it didn't look too bad. Starting cutting out the gun ports and next thing I knew I had found this forum. I don't know if I will have the fortitude at this point to stay at it until it is finished but I plan to ride out my interest until it moves to something else. If there is interest in this project, I will keep my progress up to date. I have taken some pictures of my current progress but need to learn how to post them. Jim

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