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Artesania Latina 19015 1/50 HMS ENDEAVOUR'S Longboat - V
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- Wooden modelling kit
- Accurate scale 19015
- Requires assembly
- Not a toy. Designed for Modelers over the age of 14
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|Item Dimensions||10.98 x 2.36 x 13.62 inches||13.5 x 8 x 2.5 inches||16.4 x 10.1 x 2 inches||17.1 x 13.4 x 2 inches||22.4 x 2.88 x 13.4 inches|
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The longboat of the HMS Endeavour's captain is a wooden model kit for initiation into the naval modeling. This amazing kit includes a complete set of full colored instructions and all parts required to complete the scale model, woods, sails, threads, metal accessories...
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Looks like a high quality kit. The manual is thick and printed in full color! It looks easy & fun
to build. I will update later as I build this boat. So far I love it!
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The good things.
If you look up reviews of AL kits, they seem to be mixed - wood quality is mentioned along with other things. I've found no issues with it, and there was enough of it with a bit even left over. I haven't used any other kits, so I've got nothing to compare it with, but the quality seemed spot on.
It's fairly easy to build; I am by no means an expert or a DIY enthusiast, but I've managed. You do need tools, though - a plank bender is a must (AL do them, and they're OK), pliers, tweezers, mini-drill, knife, ruler(s) etc. Get yourself a needle threader for the rigging - I don't know how I'd get through without one. A good light also helps a lot.
The bad things.
The biggest turn off was that there wasn't enough thread. I ran out of the brown one after putting up seven shrouds out of eight, and had about two inches of cut-offs, with a couple of feet still needed. So it's not me being wasteful - there clearly wasn't nearly enough. You can get more online, but that means days of wait while you're mere hours away from completing the build; I couldn't get the exact colour match in a local shop, so ended up cutting the shrouds down and re-doing them all. Why did they do it, I have no idea - 10 m. of thread cost me £1.80, so why not include a bit extra? Especially given that shrouds are easy with simple access, but when it comes to trickier bits, you don't want to worry about saving the thread. A simple thing, really, and only a minor blemish on how good the whole kit is, but it could put a halt on it for days...
Another one is that hinge pins for the rudder were missing. Yes, definitely missing, I haven't lost them, or overlooked them - as I said, the boat is finished, and what's left in the box certainly isn't them. So, had to make do with a couple of small rivets I had at hand - not ideal.
Instructions are a separate story on their own right. Well, AL never claimed to provide a boat building textbook, so you can't really blame them for that, but be prepared not to have techniques explained. There are a few tips at the beginning of the booklet, but it's far from all you need, and some essential bits, like planking, are pretty much not explained - it just says 'plank the hull'. So, get yourself a copy of 'Ship Modeling Simplified', or at least do some research on t'Internet, don't rely on the booklet. The sequence of steps could be thought through better - e.g., you don't want to hang the anchor off the hull mid-build, it'll get in the way. In fact, I put the ropes, the buckets, the oars and the anchor in last thing, and I think that's the way. There were other things like that, too, so use your judgement and plan ahead (but caveat lector - sometimes the sequence is there for a reason). The language could be much better, from something silly like a suggestion that you should 'blue' something in place, to unclear wording and wrong terminology that makes it harder to understand. Some things are just ignored - e.g., the height of the boom supports, I had to figure them out in situ.
None of these are particularly massive, though, and didn't create significant setbacks. Just more of a challenge.
As a whole, if you've got patience and a steady hand, it's a great kit to get your teeth around - a great learning exercise for the techniques, and the relative simplicity means you can progress reasonably quickly, and see the result emerge before your very eyes. As a good indicator, I am now itching to get into the next build straight away, I've enjoyed the process and the result so much.