I am building the Virginia 1819 kit from Artesania Latina. I chose this one because it seemed like a good kit for a beginner. This first post is just a little overview and my first impressions of the kit.
The plans and instructions can be found on the Virginia 1819 page of the Artesania Latina website. The downloadable plans include a fix for a misprint on some paper plans (pictured below). In addition, the Artesania Latina website was unavailable for several months in 2019 and 2020. In case this happens again, am including copies here.
Even with the official plans, it can be unclear how to properly rig the model. I worked out my own detailed rigging plans, which can be found in part 22 of this build log. I also recommend posting to Model Ship World for help on building this and other ship models.
Here are a few shots of the components. I like how the small wood and metal pieces come in a nice plastic box, rather than in bags. The planks are… not exactly what I expected. The planks for the first planking are thicker than what I was expecting, while the planks for the second layer are really thin. It seems like bending the first layer of planks will be a challenge, and I think I’ll have lots of questions when I get to that point.
I already spotted a few minor typos in the instructions, but the most noticeable problem is this messed up rigging diagram in the fold-out plans. Fortunately, I found that the copy of this sheet available for download from Artesania Latina’s website doesn’t have this issue.
I checked through the parts list and most everything was clear, with the exception of the apple wood and mahogany wood pieces. These came in several strips with very slightly different dimensions between them. It took a little while to sort out which was which. I made some labels so I would be able to identify them later.
That’s it for now. I hope to get the actual building started tomorrow.