San felipe from zhl

Pat71

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Today arrived my kit from the San Felipe. It is from zhl and arrived in 5 days from China to Holland. It is scale 1:50 and I am impressed by the quality of the kit. All parts are laser cut and its all big size. The planks of the bulwarks are 65 cm long I wrote it on the wood for the pictures so you can see what I mean. I don't know if I make a blog because I think there are more felipes built here. But if someone likes a blog a will make it.dont know if there is a blog from the zhl version. Here some pictures of the kit. Can't wait to start but first in have to finish the Trinidad and in between it will work on the Wilhelm. I read a lot of times about the Chinees kits that they Just copy the European kits and sell them cheaper but the Wilhelm zu Pferde is normally 830 euro and you get a lot of castings but the main figure on the Stern is Wilhelm and that is a cheap piece of wood with a horse drawn by a 4 years old boy or girl that you have to paint like painting by numbers.why didn't they make that also from Iron? so if they complain they have to upgrade their kits instead of complaining and try to make money with kits that are 30 years old and need a big upgrade. Pfff long story. Sorry.

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janos

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Pat,
I fully agree with your comments about the Chinese kits. Creating a full CNC and laser cut kit is not a copy, it is a development, which, according to Max at ZHL takes usually 2 years for a kit. Calling this an unlawful copy is a 100% mistake at least and usually who cry foul have some business interest to maintain the old status quo. The American and European kit manufacturers have been sitting on their laurels for decades and this is a shame in itself. Even the Euromodel or Victory kits, which are the best among them, can't be compared to the newest Chinese or Russian kits. Not all of these latter are obviously of good quality, but their best are at least 10-15 years ahead of their European or American 'competitors'. And fortunately more and more of the good Chinese and Russian kits are coming to the market. There is no sign that the convential manufacturers would take this challenge seriously.
For one I would vote to see your building log, Pat. We might have seen some Wilhelms to be built but not chinese one yet and anyhow every build is different and it would be great to see your progress with it.
Janos
 

Peglegreg

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G'day Pat
Welcome to the 'Chinese kit club!' I know with experience you will be very happy with these manufactures. I agree with Janis completely in his statement.
I hope with all of my heart that you will start your own log here.
Happymodeling
Greg
 
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