lauckstreet wrote: ↑Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:11 pmHi John,
This is a great build log. I've had my eye on this kit for about a year now but the cost of the kit is currently out of my price range. Maybe some day I'll be able to afford it.
The carvings are what drew me to this kit. I have been building the ZHL Le Requin kit for about a year now, and the boxwood carvings in that kit are the best I've every seen, so perfectly milled, so detailed and clean looking. I've still got months to go on the masting and rigging but I know I'll finish it and have a model I'll be proud to display in my home and eventually pass on to my daughter some day.
Thanks for posting such a detailed build log. I'll be following it to the end and hopefully some day I'll have the opportunity to build this kit myself.
G'day Bob, thank you for your overly generous comments, they are much appreciated, when I purchased the kit there three levels of wood quality, the cheapest was $1200 USD and was pear wood that had slightly different shades of wood hue, that is why I used the Rose wood wax to darken the carvings, so as to blend them in more, then the next level was selected pear wood where the wood is matched for colour, and then the top of the range was the Box wood, which was right out of my price, I have been very happy with the kit, as I have said through the build log you really need to study and be adaptable to work things through, but I enjoy that part of the building process, a big mistake I made was to say no to the English instructions and parts list at the beginning as I thought it would be too much trouble for them to do, but a few weeks ago I asked Max and they sent the English parts list and instructions and things are much better, and as you say all the parts in the kit are amazing, I've never built any kit as good as this, thanks for viewing my build log and I look forward to seeing you on it again,
best regards John.