I built this model once before, about thirty years ago. I was watching Harry Houdini on the tubes and got all nostalgic and stuff. Pleased to find one for a reasonable price.
It’s (as indicated above) not exactly a new tool, originally molded in 1977. Now Whilst I appreciate Airfix adding a friendly “Vintage Classics” splash on the box, I really feel it doesn’t quite describe the nature of these old models very well. 109 pieces with surprisingly little flash. The detail is cheerful and chunky if maybe a little fanciful in places. Nothing that can’t be improved.
Length of the hull is about 40cm from tip of the bowsprit to the poop (*snigger) deck. There is an oddity on the inside of the hull side, which looks for all the world as if there was a crack in the mold the has subsequently been welded. There’s zero evidence of this on the exterior, but odd nonetheless.
I’m going to make a few changes. Starting with the deck. The is supplied with some fairly boring and probably historically erroneous hatches. Gratings will be much more fun.
…So I’m going to replace them with some 3D printed parts (as is my wont).
I made a small mess at one end, but that fix up okay with some filler. Research tells me that gratings for this period were most likely almost flush with the deck.
Just need to cut and fit three more…