Been out in the workshop and thought I would post a few photos of the current status of my model as I write this post
Been cleaning up the stern transom area and sanding out the keel deadwood area where it meets the rudder post. The idea from what I understand, is to have a smooth taper from the frames to the rudder, so theres a deadwood piece of Cherry timber thats fixed and tapered.
While I was waiting for things to dry, I started a small side project. I assembled the base assemblies for the masts. These will be attached to the bottom floor of the ship and the masts slot into them.
I still need to give them a final cleanup with sandpaper.
She's a beauty mate! Did you kept the amount of hours that you worked on her so far? It would interesting to know.
One thing for sure, the laser cut sections, would have saved you at least the time that you have spent on her so far.
I am sure your model will look even better than the manufacturer's one, as on this one there seem to be quite a few bumps in the run of the planks: some extra sanding would certainly help.
By the way, as other modellers mentioned, it would be a losing games to look away from these kits: there are more and more kits that are either genuine (based on illegally used plans?) or upgrades of existing kits. I suspect more and more modellers will be tempted to build one of these.