Just started the Model Shipways Rattlesnake kit. First, some observations: After 18 months working on the Syren from model shipways and having been used to the incredibly detailed practicum by Chuck Passaro, I'm disappointed by the "detailed" instruction manual. But, having done the Syren (my first ever build) I can transfer the knowledge I've gained in building the Rattlesnake. I would not recommend this kit for a beginner. The kit also comes with two sheets, double sided, of plans. Again, I'll have to used the knowledge gained from past builds in order to complete the rigging when the time comes, the one sheet that has both the running and standing rigging is cramped and confusing. The britannia metal cast cannon appear well formed with just a little bit of filing needed. The cast capstan and bitts are hopeless and I'll have to scratch build those. Wish me luck.