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Hi all, this will be my log for my first ship build: the Lady Smith kit by Constructo. I had planned on ordering a kit from the internet, but after a stop at a very unique local model store I found this on the shelf and brought it home: The box was in good shape and everything was packaged really nicely so I figured it was worth a shot. Being my first build, I wanted something that would be challenging but perhaps not as much so as a ship with considerable rigging. This seemed like a good balance, though to be honest, having read through everything, I may have bit off more than I can chew at this point.. Here is my workspace. I was quite pleased to see a plan, instruction manual, and a photo booklet showing the various steps. Right off the bat my main concern is that there are two thin plywood sheets of parts (including the decks) that are significantly warped. I've soaked and steamed them but I think they are unrecoverable. My guess is this kit had been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. Thankfully the thicker plywood which has the false keel andbulkheads is straight so I at least have a decent starting place. My plan is to find some thin plywood (looks like 2mm according to the parts list) and recut the warped pieces unless by some miracle they straighten out after sitting under weight. I was hoping to get started but I think patience will be key and getting new plywood for the decks at the very least will be worth it. Thanks for looking and I plan to keep updating as I make progress.