Capella Posted December 26, 2022 Share #1 Posted December 26, 2022 Initial disclaimer: I just ordered the kit yesterday. For now, I thought I'd introduce myself, talk about my first build in terms of my experience with my first kit, about what I'm looking forward to for this second build. My first build was the US Ranger by Corel (no build log). I actually bought it about 12 years ago, started it, got the deck planked and the first hull layer done. I then shelved it - mainly out of frustration - until COVID happened. Good time to get back into it! Unfortunately, for someone's first wood model ship experience, it was a hot mess: poorly translated and confusing instructions. inaccurate drawings, some of the pre-cut parts were cut in the wrong position. Case in point: the forward mast hole in the deck was too far back. Not realizing it at the time, I mounted the mast and when I got to placing the main sail, it was squeezed between the mast and the rigging. The blocks were just bad and I ended up buying my own. I also ran out of some planking, so I had to purchase that. There were a lot of steps that were logically out of order - especially for the rigging, forcing me to work around a lot of rigging that could/should have been done later. But, through all of that, I learned a LOT. To go over EVERY step before getting started, make sure every part is there and is cut/manufactured right, do a lot of dry-mounting before gluing; plus I learned a lot of helpful tricks and strategies along the way. Fortunately, I had you guys to help me get through the challenges, and in the end, I'm proud of what I accomplished! Looking for my second build, I wanted something equally challenging (but not challenging in terms of the poor quality of the kit itself), but made by a MUCH better company and with lots of resources to utilize. After hours of research I decided on the HMS Beagle purchased from OcCre and in my initial build log research I found NINE build logs, so I have a lot of resources to use from others' experiences with the same ship. While I'm waiting for the kit to arrive (can anyone speak to how long OcCre's orders typically take to arrive? I live in Central MN, US.), I'm going to research the build logs available and maybe pop in a question here. Looking forward to the kit arriving and getting started! Patrick B, The Gimps Chimp and ccoyle 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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