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I feel it's appropriate that I mention Model Shipways.  When I received my Bluenose kit, one of the dowels for the mast was warped (quite noticeably).  I sent them an email and within two weeks I received two replacements, no questions asked. Top notch customer service. I doubt if any Chinese knock off company would do the same.  I plan to purchase more Model Shipways models in the future.

 

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There goes one now!!!!  Model Expo/Model Shipways regularly has sales.  Get on their mailing list and they will let you know when they are.  Figure out what you want to do for your next project (or maybe the one after that).  When it comes up on sale, go for it.

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I bought the Model Shipways "Rattle Snake" at half price during one of their sales a few years ago. Recently I decided to have a go at it. It is the most disappointing kit I have come across so far. The frames are laser cut from a very fragile soft material that breaks easily. I damaged two of them while assembling the keel and frames. Funny thing was that the blocks of wood supplied for carving into fillers for the bow and stern are reasonable hard material. Only soft wood is supplied for everything else, including parts that are traditionally made of hard wood, such as the cover plates and the rubbing strips of the hull, the keel plate and rudder. Included as laser cut prefab parts are the window frames, again in soft wood. These are so thin and fragile that one needs the steady hands of a skilled surgeon to handle them. The most laughable are the Britannica metal cast parts which Model Shipways bought en bulk from their Chinese supplier. They didn't bother to remove the Chinese price tag attached to the plastic beg. Unless one is willing to fabricate and replace a large number of parts with better material, it is going to be a 'cheap and nasty' model. After a frustrating week working on it, I decided to put it aside and start of the AL Endeavor 

 

No wonder it was offered at half price.

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