Build Log: HMS Snake

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby Graham » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Well, that's it and she is finished. Photo below and I will post some better ones in the 'Completed' section when I have built the case - if the acrylic I have ordered ever arrives!
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby Graham » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:29 pm

Having finished the model, some thoughts on the JoTiKa/Caldercraft kit of HMS Snake.
Quality: The laser cutting is good and there is sufficient quantity of wood/blocks/fittings to finish the model. The cannon castings (white metal) were a mess but were replaced by JoTiKa swiftly (see earlier posts) and with no quibble. Anyone buying this kit should check that it comes with brass cannon and not the white metal ones.
Cordage: Good and wound on tubes, so no kinks. I did change some of the rigging to be more in keeping with the period but, even if I had not done this, I do wonder if there is enough of the thinner threads (0.5 and 0.25) to rig as per the instructions.
Clarity of plans and instructions: Some head scratching was involved because it is so very different to building plastic kits. However, this is my first build so if I can do it anyone should be able to.
Value for money: Not a cheap kit compared to others, but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for in life and when I look at some of the problems other builders seem to encounter I have had nothing like that.
Would I buy another JoTiKa/Caldercraft kit?: Yes, most certainly.
Thanks for following and regards.
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby eric61 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:55 pm

Hi Graham, I have enjoyed your log and followed it every step. I saw a sorry looking "model" in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2015 and posted some photos in the Coffee section.
I supposed it is too early to ask if you have another ship in mind?

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby Graham » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:11 pm

Hi Eric. Thanks for following my log and I hope you enjoyed the ride, your comments have been welcome. I looked up those pics you took in SA; a sad case indeed and in need of more than just TLC - hope you are not comparing that to my own build! Yes, the next build is already decided and a start made - see the log for Panart Armed Pinnace. Regards.
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby zoly99sask » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:10 pm

Congratulation,you built a nice model!!

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Postby Donnie » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:16 pm

Well, I think it is obvious that you did an outstanding job on this, especially it being your first wooden build. Congratulations on it !!

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