So far I have used the materials from the kit. I did need a few bass wood strips for the first planking. All the decorations are cast metal and are very nice. They do need some cleaning up but should turn out nice. I will post some pictures in few days.I changed a lot of materials as wood and stickers for Brass and plastic decorations for zelfmade tin castings with my san Felipe kit . Is this not nessesary with your kit? Also like souverein of the seas but its really expensive. Maybe after the Soleil royal... My wife says its oke to buy the soeverein but i am afraid that i am not ready for it yet.