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WaltOHara24 Jul 2017 8:45 p.m. PST

Hi all, I bought a decently priced 28mm longboat kit at HISTORICON 17. Got home and discovered it doesn't come with instructions! Now, I know in GENERAL how it goes together, I can visualize that, but I would like to have the instructions if it is possible.. there's a million ways to screw up a good kit.

Do you know if there's a PDF or YOUTUBE of how to build this thing somewhere? I searched the website and Youtube and so far have found nothing.

Now me, I would have thought this was obvious, but I guess they don't think the way I do.


Anyway if you could get in touch with me, I'd be much obliged.


WaltOHara25 Jul 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

Disregard, I've heard from the manufacturer. No instructions exist.

"People have just used the pics on the site as reference for the build. It is as you say really simple as the kit is laid out on the sprue in order from the baseplate up. The figurehead and rear slot into the oval base then starting from the inner ribs add them on using the etched lines to align each layer. The mast connector is shown on the pics. Any probs drop us a line."

Now, me, I'm old fashioned and kind of expected even a simple kit to have a how to made for it. Does anyone out there have experience with the more complicated kits from the same manufacturer? I would not want to build their multi-piece galleon based on pictures alone.

Personal logo Sergeant Paper Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

They can't even get names right (small 'galleon' has one mast? Really? No. find out the proper name, don't pull stuff out of your butt, Darkops.) And then to have NO instructions? Oh Hell no… that is just bone laziness on their part.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:58 p.m. PST

I won't buy a kit unless there are instructions.These folks don't realize the sales their losing because if it.

Tarantella26 Jul 2017 1:49 a.m. PST

Straightforward kit.

As long as the rowers are facing the right way all will be well. troll

WaltOHara26 Jul 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

The real pity here is they make a lot of things I'm interested in and would consider buying.. but my first experience with their supposedly easiest, cheapest kit is very negative.

bruntonboy26 Jul 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

I built it using the pics on the website. It's a piece of p… If I can build it my old Labrador could manage it too.

Agree though, instructions wouldn't go amiss.

WaltOHara26 Jul 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

I can probably figure it out but what I'm getting from the pictures is there are extra pieces that seem to make no sense.

There seems to be a large disconnect-- in the picture you see up top, the base piece clearly shows that it inscribed to look like planking-- not showing anywhere in the kit I have. Just a minor annoyance.

I'm just surprised any manufacturer would rely on word of mouth and a few static pictures for kit builds-- that might work for the simpler stuff but they have some HUGE models in their catalogue.


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