This will be the third wooden ship build I am posting on OCAU. Ultimately my goal would be to build HMS Victory, but I am waiting for a new kit to come out. It has just completed the prototyping stage, and is probably about a year away from market. So I thought I would work away at some other boats to build up my skills in preparation for that! I have also built the HMS Bounty in 1/48, and the Viking Ship Drakkar in 1/50. The mutiny on the Bounty is a well known story of Fletcher Christian casting Capt. William Bligh (later Governor Bligh of NSW) adrift on a tiny boat. In a fantastic feat of seamanship, Bligh navigated the boat 6700km to Timor. You can read more of the story here. This model depicts the Launch that Bligh and 18 crewmen sailed in. Many years ago, when I built the HMS Bounty, I built a Launch as well. Here it is: What I wish to do is build a larger model of this launch, with missing planking on the starboard side, showing off the frames, admiralty style. I also plan to ignore the paint scheme as suggested by the kit (which I find to be rather ugly) and finish the boat to my liking. Along the way I will be guided by some reading material: Anyway, on to the model and some unboxing photos. Photo of the box. The kit is made by Model Shipways, a company which is new to me. They have a reputation of making very well designed kits with excellent instructions. Parts list, manual, and plans. The model is built on a building jig. Make the jig, place the planks on top, then remove the jig. Sounds rather fiddly - this is going to be a challenge! Note that the building jig has a planking guide and fairing guide etched into the laser-cut parts. Like the Amati Viking Ship, the planks have been pre-cut and shaped for you, so it should go on with minimum fuss. More parts. Note the stupid decision by the kit designers to engrave the word TRANS onto the transom to indicate the part. Accessories for the boat - rope, anchor, belaying pins, barrels, etc. My pristine modelling area with my new lamp. Looks a bit like that Pixar lamp doesn't it Anyway, lets get started.