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Joetapping
#1 Posted : 08 May 2017 02:31:04

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I am working through the part work SotS after building H.M.S. Victory from an Elite series kit. I thought the quality of the full kit better than the materials supplied in the part work. I am wondering if anyone has compared the H.M.S Surprise kit before i go out and buy it.

I would appreciate any feedback.
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Tomick
#2 Posted : 08 May 2017 07:20:52

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HMS Surprise has never been released as a Partwork as such. The content of the monthly offering is the same as that provided in the retail version and it's instruction content the same.
The ModelSpace HMS Victory is a far better offering than its retail equivalent., for starters it is much closer to accuracy, has a full compliment of Ships boats, has crew figures and the option for a gundeck cutaway, let alone the instructions being far superior and more informative to the point that a novice could take on what is a complex period ship build.
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#3 Posted : 31 March 2018 14:14:17

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Joetapping wrote:
I am working through the part work SotS after building H.M.S. Victory from an Elite series kit. I thought the quality of the full kit better than the materials supplied in the part work. I am wondering if anyone has compared the H.M.S Surprise kit before i go out and buy it.

I would appreciate any feedback.



Hi Joetapping,

If you read the product in depth portion of the description for HMS Surprise you will see this statement, and I quote:

"Artesania Latina worked together with the National Maritime Museum of London to create this model and has the exclusive copyright worldwide."

In answer to your question, I don't think you could ask for a more accurate model in terms of pedigree, also the quality of the materials are top drawer, with walnut, Lime-wood and other quality woods, plus expert castings.

There is also the large scale of this model to consider, at 1:48 scale she's massive and this scale allows every detail to be reproduced in exquisite quality.

Hope this helps BigGrin
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#4 Posted : 31 March 2018 16:04:39

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The only issue that appears to be repeatedly discussed with AL Surprise kits is the figurehead casting not being very good, otherwise from what I have seen the kit is outstanding and if taking it in instalments helps spread the cost why not go with that

Jase
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