Vasa Build Log - Billing Boats - Scale 1/75

PeterG

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Thank you Ciciak35 for your post and requesting my opinion. While I like the Billing Boats model kits, their instructions leave a lot to be desired for a novice and first-time builder. The Billing kits require a lot of 'scratch-additions' to make them as detailed as I would like at least and in mot cases this is not helped by basic instructions and diagrams that are often for expediency and eas e of building rather than detail accuracy. That said however, I believe the Billing Vasa ship design and shape is probably the most accurate out there.

The DeAgostini kit has excellent instructions and as John (Le Capitaine) has detailed, you can review these before going ahead with a purchase. Note too that you can also download the Billings kit instructions and manual at:

http://www.billingboats.com/da/3/2/boats/the-expert/P-bb490-wasa.html

The Vasa is a complex, large and detailed project to undertake with any kit, despite how good the instructions are. You might be better to approach the hobby with some prior experience and a smaller or less complex model to start, to build knowledge and tools etc. and then undertake the Vasa in the future when confident.

There is generally a compromise between the detail provided in instructions/diagrams and explanation manuals and assembling model ship kits. This is usually drawn on by the cost of putting together the ships kit components, time to write manuals, language/translation etc etc and the cost price of a model. There has to be a profit motive and so often the instructions quality suffers. Its just a fact of life in the hobby I am afraid. Note though that one of the BEST means of assistance to builders are the detailed logs provided here and in other sites.

Regards,

PeterG

PS. Apologies to my post readers for a delay in updating my log. I have been away for two weeks in the South Pacific..... I'll get back to the log as soon as I can, with having to deal with bushfires, drought and feeding our animals!!! I'm afraid the family Captain says these matters take priority.
 

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Thank you Ciciak35 for your post and requesting my opinion. While I like the Billing Boats model kits, their instructions leave a lot to be desired for a novice and first-time builder. The Billing kits require a lot of 'scratch-additions' to make them as detailed as I would like at least and in mot cases this is not helped by basic instructions and diagrams that are often for expediency and eas e of building rather than detail accuracy. That said however, I believe the Billing Vasa ship design and shape is probably the most accurate out there.

The DeAgostini kit has excellent instructions and as John (Le Capitaine) has detailed, you can review these before going ahead with a purchase. Note too that you can also download the Billings kit instructions and manual at:

http://www.billingboats.com/da/3/2/boats/the-expert/P-bb490-wasa.html

The Vasa is a complex, large and detailed project to undertake with any kit, despite how good the instructions are. You might be better to approach the hobby with some prior experience and a smaller or less complex model to start, to build knowledge and tools etc. and then undertake the Vasa in the future when confident.

There is generally a compromise between the detail provided in instructions/diagrams and explanation manuals and assembling model ship kits. This is usually drawn on by the cost of putting together the ships kit components, time to write manuals, language/translation etc etc and the cost price of a model. There has to be a profit motive and so often the instructions quality suffers. Its just a fact of life in the hobby I am afraid. Note though that one of the BEST means of assistance to builders are the detailed logs provided here and in other sites.

Regards,

PeterG

PS. Apologies to my post readers for a delay in updating my log. I have been away for two weeks in the South Pacific..... I'll get back to the log as soon as I can, with having to deal with bushfires, drought and feeding our animals!!! I'm afraid the family Captain says these matters take priority.
Hi Peter, nice to meet you. Yes i have seen the instruction manul on that page and frankly I was surpriced that this manual was everything. i thought they did not share everythink because of copyrights or somethink.
You persuaded me I will start with somethink easier. Thanks.
 

Ciciak35

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Ciciak,
I would recommend looking at DeAgostani. They have The Vasa. I am sure they have a Europe web page. They offer the kit as a subscription, but the instructions are very through. Check out the downloadable instructions under the Download tab.

This is really beautifull ship, but for the first build 1300USD is to much for me. I planned to go with half maximum. Thanks for suggestion. I will keep this as an option in future.
 

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Hi

For a first build I would not recommend such a complex ship without instructions,Model Shipways has good kits with good instructions
Thanks zoly99sask, I have checked it and you are correct. The manual for https://modelexpo-online.com/Model-Shipways-ARMED-VIRGINIA-SLOOP-148-SCALE_p_1007.html is extensive and I should be able to do it. At least I think :D. Now I have to figure out how to get it from this page as it is 150 EURO less then in EU.
Update - they are not shipping directly to EU. :(
 
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Hi Peter,
Very impressive your ship I like your work, I am following your page with interest as I am thinking to buy the same model from Billing Boats {after many years finally) and you are a great source of inspiration. Can I ask you some advice and help??
Thanks Lorenzo
 

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Hi Peter,
Very impressive your ship I like your work, I am following your page with interest as I am thinking to buy the same model from Billing Boats {after many years finally) and you are a great source of inspiration. Can I ask you some advice and help??
Thanks Lorenzo
Dear Lorenzo,

I apologise for not having been updating my log recently. I have been fighting bushfires!!!

I will attempt to answer any questions you have as quickly as possible.

Thanks,

Peter G.
 

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Dear Lorenzo,

I apologise for not having been updating my log recently. I have been fighting bushfires!!!

I will attempt to answer any questions you have as quickly as possible.

Thanks,

Peter G.
Aw Jesus, sorry I know right, the bushfires was a total disaster. I could breathe the smoke from Melbourne for days, terrible!! I hope you are okay anyway.
Thanks
 
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