well my initial plans were to build the ZHL Black Pearl scenario kit, I was just about to place in my order on the weekend when !!!!!!
I decided to visit one of the local Hobby shops I hadn't been in a while.. turned out to be a kid in a candy store situation LOL
to my surprised, most all other shops have 2-3 kits, this store had about every Bilings kit available, some Artsenia and a few Mamoli kits.. Ohhh as well as other RC kits.
turns out they had a few good winter deals, My attention was caught on the Bounty and Billings NORSKE LOVE. the guys at the shop were cool about opening the kits up so I can look at them..
the Artsenia kit has more details and work versus the Billings kit, and I was a little disappointer with all the plastic parts in the Billings kit, beautiful kit by the way, just the plastic didn't do it for me. so I grabbed the Bounty :-D
as for the pricing, the black pearl I want , with the exchange rates, shipping and duty fees, it would run me up at a little over 850$ for parts 1-2 and 3..
the Bounty came up to about 500$ still not a cheap kit, but for my first kit after being away for quite a few years, this one seems like fun, not too many cannon ports to deal with.
The kit also seems to be just a single planking without the thin second planking ( so I'll have to take my time and make it right) LOL
Been reading instructions, looking at plans and soaking up so much good info here that I can't wait to sit down and start the assembly.. looking forward to many more ships if possible, so many nice ones..
On another side note, my good long-term RC friend , we got talking and he gave me the ship he started years ago but lost patience.. it's the exact one I had made , the Artsenia HMS Endeavor .... the hull has 1/3 rd of the second planking done and the upper decks.. the only issue is, he said the box has been knock over a few times and he doesn't know if all the small pieces are there, they seem to be all over the inside of the box.. maybe I'll give it a shot later once I compare the parts list to see what's missing, or just use materials I might need for mine ??? will see. but for now, I'll concentrate on my Bounty..
I'll be back soon View attachment 81088with pictures as this projects gets started and hopefully finished with a respectable ship to show for..