Emelbe Posted July 2, 2015 Share #1 Posted July 2, 2015 At last, the long awaited release of the Amati/Victory Models ‘Revenge’ is here, and I’m sure this will be one of many build logs of this vessel coming in the near future. Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is Martin (the emelbe are merely my initials), and I live in St Helier, Jersey. This is my first ever build log, in fact it’s my first ever posting on any forum. I’ve been modelling off and on for many years so I’m not new to the hobby and have completed probably 8 or 9 model ships over the years (I’ve probably started a lot more!). My latest models are HM Brig Supply, Amati Xebec, Amati New Bedford Whaler and the Amati Wells Fargo Stagecoach. I had decided over six months ago that the Revenge was a ‘must have’ after seeing the photographs of Chris Watton’s prototype, and have been keeping a watchful eye out for its release ever since. It was just by chance I logged in to the Cornwall Model Boats website to see the announcement on their home page ‘Revenge now in stock’. No brainer for me, out with the debit card, announce to the missus in my best authoritative voice “I’ve bought another model” (take the flack before you start building) and four days later here it is in all its crowning glory. At this point I would like to take the opportunity to give Cornwall Model Boats full credit, every time I have used them, their service is second to none. Anyway enough about me, what about the model, what exactly do you get for your money? To start with a healthy 8.2 kilo of glossy box, beautifully illustrated, usual Amati, and for once they haven’t gone to the great trouble of neatly packaging ‘fresh air’ as in some of their kits (big box with not a lot inside). The whole thing smacks of quality. On opening the box you can see how much pride Amati have taken to ensure everything is well protected from damage, and there’s not a great deal of spare space in there. The firs thing that grabs you is the plastic bag containing all the 20 sheets of plans, the sheet of flags, the ‘precious paper’ decorations and the instruction manual. The manual is in itself a masterpiece, beautifully finished, lavishly illustrated step by step instructions, and the added bonus of the primary language is English. The whole thing is like having one of those DeAgostini part works but without having to pay ten times the price for the kit. I did chuckle at the introduction when it stated they estimated around 200 to 250 hours of building, yeah right….and the rest!. The plans are extremely comprehensive and are as follows: 3 Part identification. 2 Ship profiles and decorations 3 Sails 5 Masts and Yards 7 Rigging (scary) I was intrigued as to what ‘precious paper’ decorations were, but I suppose it speaks for itself, very good quality paper, very nicely printed with the hull decorations. The fittings are packaged in three stout boxes which include all the rigging thread, blocks, cannons (wooden carriages thankfully), sail cloth and the etched brass sheets. There appears to be plenty of wood for planking etc. these being Tanganikya for the decks Lime for first planking and, I think it’s basswood for secondary. The rest of the wood is made up of Walnut strips of varying sizes. The sheet wood is mainly MDF for hull construction and Dibetou (African Walnut) for the rest of the parts, all nicely laser cut. The masts and Yards are Walnut. One really nice touch is the inclusion of a base with what appears to be brass pedestals, why don't more manufacturers do that? Overall the kit exudes quality, it seems the manufacturers have gone to great lengths to take the model kit to the next level. I a immensely looking forward to this build (perhaps not the rigging so much, but I’m sure I’ll get plenty of advice if I need it). So ‘once more into the breech’ or something like that, study the plans and dry fit so I get a feel for the model. Here goes. Kurt Johnson, maddog33, Landlubber Mike and 20 others 23 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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