jonny.amy Posted February 11, 2014 Share #1 Posted February 11, 2014 Hi, new guy here. First time building a Mantua/Sergal 1:60 scale wooden kit of HMS Prseident, a light Frigate, or Sloop of War. I have lots of questions to ask regarding scales, details, colours, rigging, and fittings. The kit doesn't seem to be 100% accurate with scale, and the fittings are very lackluster. Any ideas on what I can do? The building instructions have very little detailed information and give you a basic overview of the build process. I have practically flown blind with this first build attempt. I will post a build log later on when I have finished the second layer of planking to the hull. Firstly, as I am getting near the stage of cutting the gunports out, I really need some help with the so called "cannons" that are supplied with the kit - to be frank, they are alarmingly under detailed for the kit (even if it is a starter kit), and consist of 12 roughly turned brass "guns", and 12 "trucks" that are made of walnut U-shaped sections. I was wondering if I could use 1:64 scale cannon kits on the model from an online distributor? I am a Design Engineer, so I under stand about the importance of scale, but I was wondering if anybody else has had the same problem, or resorted to the same solution? Also the kit is missing, what I would call esstential items for a naval ship of the period, i.e. Ships boats, gantry ladders on the Port and Starboard sides, Swivel guns, Anchor Strakes, and Bilge Pumps. Again I was considering using the 1:64 scale kits available online to add to the President to make it look more like a real ship. Lastly, Sergal have displayed the ship as a fully varnished model with just the topsides leading to the aft gallery (captains cabin) painted with a dark blue streak. Would I be right in assuming that this is not how a naval ship circa 1760 - 1790 is painted? I will post pictures and start a build log shortly. Jonny Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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