While searching the internet for free downloads of paper/card model kits I came across an outfit called the Paper Shipwright located in England. They offer several models that are free downloads and even more that are relatively inexpensive. The Queen of the Isles is one of the free kits. It is printed on three 8.5" x 11" sheets. The sheet that includes the framework I laminated heavy cardstock to while the other sheets I just laminated an extra sheet of printer paper to add stiffness. Some of the deck fittings are built up from several separate pieces which add to the 3d effect. I started the kit and got to the point where the hull was to be attached and ran into trouble as apparently I didn't do such a good job assembling the framework and it was slightly over sized making it impossible to get a good joint at the bow and stern. So, I printed out new sheets and started over. This time I was very careful to make my cuts just inside the lines and also overcut the slots where intersecting parts of the frame, the spine and the bulkheads, crossed each other allowing for some adjustments. I also eliminated many of the tabs at places where they were unnecessary. I am using a thick CA glue as it doesn't run and ruin the exterior look of the ship. I ran into a problem trying to attach the promenade deck house. It is two pieces and I couldn't figure out how they went together as there was no diagram with the instructions for that portion of the assembly. I sent an email to the folks at the Paper Shipwright explaining the problem and surprisingly I got a response the same day. They apologised for the confusion which was caused by some mislabeling of the two parts and included a pdf file showing how the two parts go together. Here are some images showing my progress to date.
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