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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Stern Completed)


Now that the stern and most of the fittings are completed work can now begin on the lifeboat and masts.
Building the masts are going to be difficult because those gibbering pinheads at Artesania Latina somehow figured that measurements as to where one places parts onto said masts are not necessary. All three masts are of a different size but they only give you basic measurements for one of the masts, then tell you to refer to the drawings for the others. When you look at the drawings there are no measurements plus there are no part number indicators. I will be able to build them though by cross referencing the indicated part numbers to the ones the are not mentioned in the back of the book. From there I can determine positions by part size. I shouldn't have to do this but it is my only choice.
Needless to say this will be the last Artesania Latina kit that I will build. There quality in some areas and attention to plan detail has seriously degraded over the years. A mere shadow of what they once were in my opinion.

10 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Your comments are completely correct. A.L. are manufacturing in China, and some parts are lowering his quality of manufacture. By other hand, his catalogue is a dream yet.

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Ha! Very nice work, indeed.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo - I wonder how many employees they laid off when they decided to move their operations to China.

Diego said...

Despite the difficulties you are encountering, is running, is running very well. It is certainly a job for experts.

regards

Warren Zoell said...

Gracias Diego - El kit es bastante difícil de construir. Es una lástima que la incompetencia de la empresa modelo tiene que ser tratado así.

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

The old workers founded the mark Occre, but I don´t know anything about it from years.

Modellours Workshop said...

Beautiful

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks for the information Pablo - That's good to know.
http://www.historicships.com/TALLSHIPS/OcCre/OcCreMenu.htm

Modellours Workshop - Thanks.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm sure you are right, but to me, the detail looks totally amazing! I feel like an oaf even thinking about making something like this.

Warren Zoell said...

They are difficult - When I started building sail ship models I started with small plastic kits.