chuckL Posted January 16, 2015 Share #1 Posted January 16, 2015 Hello all - I have begun to build the Patrick Henry kit and will be updating this build log as I go along. The Patrick Henry is a hypothetical Armed Virginia Sloop (AVS) name after a well know son from Virginia. My initial thoughts on this kit start and end with the words quality. While there are multiple options for the frame wood, I selected the cherry wood option. The cherry billets included in this kit are outstanding as is all of the wood planks. All of the billets are CNC milled instead of laser cut and as a result do not have any laser burn (yah!) and the cuts are straight instead of angled as with laser cut. Other parts are 3D printed. While I was skeptical of 3D printed parts based on much of the "not ready for prime time" comments, these parts are beautifully detailed. The plans are printed directly from the CAD plans used to design this kit, not copies. Color is used to help distinguish different parts making it easier to understand the lines as opposed to the more typical black & white copy. A CD is included with PDF files of all the patterns that will be needed to build he kit (the frames as an example). I did read through the instructions before starting to build the kit to become familiar with the approach. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. The only changes to the kit that I plan are some changes of wood, only because of color, not quality. All of my frames and deck framing will be the cherry that came with the kit. The kit comes with cherry for some of the outside planking. To add interest I will change some of that cherry to another wood. As I go forward there will probably be a few other changes in wood. My next post will on making frames, the first step in the build. jdbradford, mrshanks and GuntherMT 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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