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Hi After years of reading the books decided to take the plunge and build the ship that features so heavily. I chose the Mamoli kit in the knowledge that it does not bear much resemblance to the real Surprise or those that appeared in the movie or books. My choice was driven partially due to the size and my little boy has insisted that I add a crew. I will make some modifications to this model so it is closer to how I imagined the Surprise to look which has been coloured by the movie and some of the other kits out there. I am very slow in building but am using this log as a motivation to keep going. Will try to post some photos later on once I figure out how to do so. Just posted the normal unboxing photos as an experiment.
I am patiently waiting for my Artesania Latina HMS Surprise to arrive in the mail and have been researching this site for days now and am totally impressed by the knowledge and information here. I had to sell my first born to afford it so I have to decide if I am going with natural wood, or painting. Since it is a fictional ship but based on a historical time period I am torn between my love of wood and the Nelson Checker (sp?). I have seen some excellent models here that have gone in both directions. Is the quality of the wood of this kit worthy of the natural wood finish? Would I be better off painting? If I paint I may as well copper the hull. I live in a fir log and cedar house that I built so I am quite fond of wood. If the wood in the kit is not up to the natural finish what would be a good wood to replace it with? One ship two choices, I have to choose the lessor of the two weevils.
Here is a link to my Picasa web album charting my "Super-Detailed" build of HMS Surprise. I have attempted a compromise between all available sources of information on the subject. I did have a build log on the original MSW site but alas it's all gone now. I have moved a lot further on from where this photo-log finishes and for those interested in following along, and finding out where I am up to there is a full build log on my own site: "The HMS Victory Modellers Resource Forum". Cheers, Pete. The Picasa weblink