by: Timothy E. Parker [ ]
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Heller kit number 1234, 1/100th scale plastic model of HMS Victory. I purchased this kit from an internet hobby shop (I forget the name), but they are/were located in Georgia. The price was $160.00, and they shipped it free via FedEx, to include Saturday delivery.
The ship is packed in a large box, 20-1/4 inches wide, 4-11/16 inches deep, 29-1/4 inches long. The model size, when finished is 39-3/4 inches (1010 mm) long, 13-1/4 inches (336 mm) wide. The height, with stand, is 27-1/2 inches (698 mm), without stand, it is 26-5/8 inches (683 mm). There are 2,107 pieces, some of which are redundant (according to the instructions). There are 4 plastic bags of parts, molded in black, white, light tan, and red. There are a couple of non-packaged sprues, which contain the decks, stern, and bow pieces. The hull halves are separate from everything else. There is very minimal flash on the parts. The sails are vacuum-formed plastic. Two spools of thread are supplied, one of 0.3 mm diameter, and has a slight jute color to it. The other spool is 0.6 mm diameter, and is white. No black thread is supplied. Instruction 13B tells us to color the thread "by dipping in strong tea or in coffee (instant variety)". It further tells us to provide for sufficient 0.9 mm diameter thread, which is not supplied. Metal wire is supplied, which is used to make the gun port lid lanyards.
There are two instruction booklets, one in French and one in English, each is 30 pages in length. The quality of the instructions is on par with other models I've made (i.e., Revell (USA), Monogram, and Tamiya). However, there is a lack of image clarity, particularly with respect to painting detail on the stern pieces, hull, and figurehead, as well as where certain parts go. In this respect, the instructions remind me of the AMT/Ertl models, where you have to guess about 50% of the time, where and how a part is attached. It appears that the instructions are scaled down versions of much larger drawings.
There is a jig to make the shrouds, which has to be assembled, the jig, that is.
Something neat, the rigging is "built in" as various steps are completed. No doubt, this will be helpful, as I won't be trying to connect rigging to a ring or block that is hidden inside the hull.
On the other hand, there are small loops of thread to be made, of various diameters. The instructions say to make a cardboard template to make the loops of even size, and refer to another instruction for the template. However, on the referred instruction, no template or instructions are mentioned.
Something bad, the anchor cable is to be 2mm diameter, "braided with several 0.3 mm diameter threads". But no jig or instructions on how to go about doing the braiding are included.
A whole page is dedicated to what gets painted and with what color. However, there are some mixtures to be made, most notably mixture M2: white 1 touch of green. Now, how much is a touch?
I've noted that on all the rigging blocks, especially the larger ones, there are two "pins" on each side of the block. I don't know if this is some kind of molding problem, or if those pins are there intentionally. In the instructions, those pins are not noted, nor are there any instructions to tell you to cut/file them off.