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  1. Hi Glenn, came accroos your thread, being attracted by the strange scale you mentioned. Kudos, you are only the second person on the web I have found who measured the kit and came to the same conclusion: the scale is totally off. Not a suprise, considering Artesania Latina "reputation" , still not nice. And I admit, this prevents me from buying the kit, seeing 1/48-1/50 as a must. Nevertheless, am keen on seeing the progress on this beautiful ship! Regards Juraj
  2. IMHO, although period ship kit with all guns out like an angry hedgehog is the most typical way how to build the kit, in reality I think the ship did not have enough crew to control the guns on the both sides at once, so I would assume even in ideal position, just before the shot, only one side would be out. Also, in the heat of battle I assume it may well happen that only some guns are out: the gun, if barrel loaded from the front needs to be in, then moved to the outer positien just before the shot. I think if you keep the lids closed or opened and just left a pair of guns out, cannot be an issue. But let's see what will others suggest...
  3. Hi Allison, just a remark: waiting for Caldercraft's Surprise could mean you will wait forever. Seems they stopped the development of the kit years ago. Remember, Surprise became popular only because of that famous movie - and this is now almost forgotten in the past, hardly can be a selling point for the kit, if finished. Also, Suprise IMHO is not the best looking or interesting ship that one could buy. If you want to stick with Jotika and have some really beautiful Frigate, why not to gof for their Diana? I have never build it, I know it may require considerable skills I do not have, but her lines and overall appearance are outstanding. The best english frigate replica one can buy now possibly.
  4. Shortly: neither of these resembles any "Surprise" once existing: AL - huge kit that would look great just because of its size, if you have a room for it. If looking as you say for details, what details do you mean? If it does not represent any real ship, we can speak only of factographical errors and AL is really weak when it comes to historical accuracy. Still, finished must be eye catcher. Mamoli - nasty cheat on customers IMHO, nothing more. If you search for Mamoli's model of "Gloire", does not it look like 100% copy of their "Surprise"? I would say so. What is cheaper than to repack the old kit, put there a new, popular name on the box and behold, we have a new kit to sell. Bottom line: Both kits appeared shortly after famous "Master and Commander" movie, both companies tried to make the best money out of the popular "Suprise" ship, not taking any care for poor modellers wanting an accurate replica. So the kit were produced, were produced as fast as possible and this is the result. If seeking for Surprise, check Jotika's web page. Unfortunatelly, they were never able to finish the kit and probably never will :/
  5. Well, indeed, but sails can be added. And often more realistic than what is offered directly in the kit. But of course, it is up to you. :)
  6. Hi Russ, Two options: 1. What is meant by length? Length overall, length on the waterline, ....? It is quite possible that you have just taken two different data and both can be correct. The best would be to have good blueprints. 2. common issue with European kit producers: their kits are often just a distant resemblance of the original. 1:54 is odd scale anyway. It is very possible that it really does not match as you calculated. Also it is possible, that if you start to measure also other dimensions, you get even more various scale proposals. I had this experience with model Lynx from Panart: they give the scale of 1:62 (sometimes it seems like a competition who comes with the strangest scale :) ). I obtained the copy of the original plan of the real ship and start to measure.... Well, I ended up at scale varying from 1:57 to 1:60, even worse when I compared the overall hull shape and profile, deck arrangement, opining position etc etc.... Sometimes it really seems to me like first the kit is designed and then only the manufacturer thinks, what scale will he print on the box.... Endeavour is quite a popular kit subject. If you want accuracy, go for Caldercraft kit. If you want to build Occre, I would recommend to build it but not to measure - what you get may not please you then.
  7. Pleasure to see such a master work. Again and again I am assuring myself, that wooden model ship left in natural wood color is the best looking option, even if the original is painted. Thanks for sharing your build.
  8. Beautiful! The ultimate kit in my stash, still waiting for its time - hopefully it comes! Will follow this thread, this is one of the most bueautiful ships ever depicted in model ship kits - and so rarely seen!
  9. Do not know this re-release, but I was curious to see the content after I saw it in AL catalogue. Well, AL never cared much about any historical accuracy or overall design. It seems from what you wrote, that as with all their newer kits they are simply following their policy: make it cheaper, cheaper, cheaper, but in nice package, so it would sell. Strictly aesthetically speaking, I consider this new longer bowsprit version more eye pleasing than the previous one. Yes, probably due to cheap materials, painting would be necessary though....
  10. Will follow. When I saw those pics of Mamolis's cutter in preview I first believed it is already finished Cheerful, great craftsmanship!
  11. If I remember correctly, BJ offers two very different kits: the larger one POF (being built here) and the smaller one which is POB (or solid hull?). The key point is that the smaller one is not a "native" BJ production, but overtaken kit from some other no more existing producer (cannot recall the name). Therefore the kits are not just resized coppies of each other but two different designs. And the smaller one is supposed to be very inferior in all aspects. No personal experience, just repeating what studied elsewhere.
  12. I can look through these pics over and over again, just amazing! (Although I must admit, boat layed on the beach with set sail? Would be strange if not dangerous in case of wind blow... ? )
  13. Just amazing. Again and again I am learning that these small boats are so appealing to me. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Hi Don, no exact publication, I have just hit the google for the fastest solution. And now I see I should have looked more carefully: Here is the lynx with this type of gunport lids http://ids.si.edu/ids/deliveryService?id=NMAH-2007-13914 The only thing missing is the centre hole. Or I just cannot imagine how would be the gun secured inside, if this representation is correct The scuppers could have been leaded pipes also on 1812 privateer I guess... But as said previously, I would not call current Lynx "replica" (= exact copy of the original)
  15. Hi Don, you can choose - see attachment. More experienced shall correct me but I would call for the marked option. I assume, on this kind of ship the gun was not retracted fully in and not then elevated as was done on "multideckers". As I learnt, for such an option the bulk wards with no deck above would not allow this. I believe the contemporary era solution was double lid, split horizontaly. When closed, the gun protrudes through the hole in the middle. Sometimes, to save weight, cost, only the lower half of the lid was installed. I have seen mane model featuring this or that, just have not any pic by hand now.... (Does not also well-known MS Syren kit feature this?)

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