I'm not referring to scale here, I wouldn't build a sailing ship model in any scale smaller than 1/200. What I am referring to is smaller ships like schooners and brigs, the bigger the scale the better. Too bad I can't afford any of the 1/48th scale or bigger small ships. Building a model of these ships usually only involves a few cannons to be rigged, fewer ratlines, deadeyes, blocks and other rigging hardware to assemble. One gets to do all those things but not 100 or more on a single model. I don't know how some of the modelers whose work I have seen are patient enough to rig upwards of 100 cannon on a single model or the many hundreds of deadeyes. I'm glad someone is doing it, just not me. I also have a limited amount of time left in my life and I would like to get a few projects completed before checking out of here. I know my family well enough that after I'm gone, completed models on the shelves will end up in their homes on a mantle somewhere (those I haven't given away yet) but incomplete models will end up at the county landfill. So, I'd rather build several smaller ships that get completed than have a model project so big and complicated that it never gets finished. Oh, and the final reason is the cost. I can't bring myself to spend much over $100 on a model kit or have a pile of accessory parts tying up several hundred dollars. Unless you are fortunate enough to be wealthy my recommendation is to buy em now while young and can afford it.