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I received the above model today from Fentens in Australia and I note there are no assembly diagrams and to make it worse all the assembly instructions are in German - does anyone know if this is standard for a HMV model or whether my recent bad luck on purchased card models (refer Wolf log) is continuing?. 


Post edit - I have just visited the German website for Fentens and note that it clearly states instructions are in German - I should have been more careful - still weird there are no assembly diagrams though. Off to investigate some translation software!



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Yes, as you have learned, HMV does not include English instructions in all of their models, but usually clearly states whether they do or not in the product description. There should, however, be some sort of assembly sheets or booklet. Personally, I have never found written instructions for card models terribly helpful as they usually consist of language like "stick part 1 to part 2, etc., etc.", which is information one can easily glean from the diagrams. What can and sometimes is problematic is when a particular sub-assembly is not shown in a diagram or when a part is misnumbered. For that reason, card models always require a certain amount of puzzle-solving ability.


BTW, I read German, and even the native-language instructions are not all that helpful. 😉

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Chris, it's going to be an interesting build, assume this is somewhat similar to a lot of wooden ship models, no diagrams,  written instruction and an assumption you know where everything goes.


Luckily I did some searching on the web and there are quite a few builds of this model on the German forums which should prove very useful. I have also managed to scan the instructions and export to Word  so I can copy and paste each step into a translator. I will have to be more careful when selecting my next HMV model.

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