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  1. How many hours did your build take? And how experienced were you when starting said build? Hey guys, I am an absolute amatuer (don't even own tools) and have ordered the Billing Bounty as my first build in 20 years (since I was a kid). WHY you ask?.. Because it was on sale & my gf wants a nice authentic looking ship to go in her living room, and it's all about the aesthetics of the display piece for her. Not the love of seafaring or anything like that. So higher quality models it is! But a pre-built ship of this caliber would cost around AUD$1000 (way over her budget of $300), and the cheaper model kits seem to look not as refined/detailed or large. I'm very interested in how long it took all you guys, as my gf doesn't want to be waiting around for it too long. As daunting as this build looks, I do have a lot of free time over the next month or two & my housemates will no doubt develop envy (hopefully this build allows for some teamwork?). Plus there are heaps of awesome build logs I've discovered in here to help me out too (especially Steve). It won't be shipped out to me for another week, so I am still able to cancel the order if anybody has a better suggestion?
  2. Hello all Here we go Welcome to my META 484 by Billing build Please feel free to comment or add suggestions There is just not much information available out there for the Meta that I can find - I found some photographs of completed models but nothing as far as build logs are concerned. If somebody has a possible source for any detail etc I could check it would be appreciated. Here are some which I have found: Meta Images and Meta images 2 For the time being, I have put the La Toullanaise on hold until I receive the planks and wood I ordered. I was just frustrating myself trying to do something and achieving nothing. So for now - I have decided to start the META 484 from Billing. This is an old kit [would love to know exactly how old] which I bought from a friend a good while ago and its been sitting on my shelf for the best part of 2 years - time to do something about that . Fortunately, the kit appears to be complete along with its accessories as well so that's a plus. And if needs be, I can pilfer wood from the La Toullanaise kit until my stock arrives - woods are similar between the two kits - and looks like they are from the same manufacturing era. First inspection of the kit revealed everything foreseeable to be present - most importantly, the PLAN! Opening the box. The wood appears to be VERY dry so I will have to watch that All the wood seems to be in the box
  3. in 2011 my wife persuaded me to buy a billing boat and i settled on cutty sark. i used to live a few miles from where it is docked so it played a big part in my childhood so it made sense. anyway although i have the technical skills for this type of project i have never actually used a wooden kit of this type. yesterday i got to the point putting it in the bin. the issues i have had with this kit are extensive. including missing parts. parts that have changed and finally not being able to find parts because the specifications don't match the plans. So i got on to billing boats. this is what the said. since the plans were written 20 years ago the manufacturing methods have changed 3 times. therefore the tolerance on the measurements have also changed but the plans have not been updated Is it any wonder i can't follow them!!! considering i had just finished the hull i am not happy. but i do have to rave about the customer service of both Billing boats and modelzone any way because this is a manufacturing fault i asked for my money back. so to cut a long story short- billing boats agreed to take the boat back and modelzone head office agreed to a full refund in gift vouchers. so now i can buy a boat where the plans match the manufacturing method. I just have to choose from Constitution, victory, warrior and the fairmont alpine. does anyone have any experience of these billing models that are lazer cut with the new plans.

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