Overall this kit is very nice, but it has little flaws that nudge it from being great to nice.
It probably has gone through some changes and evolution, and little omissions and errors have crept in, especially in styrene sheet part numbering. The drawing also has slight differences from the actual kit/build. These are nothing serious and even a beginner can clear them with ease. Just pay attention to what you're doing next.
Manual comes with instructions on how to convert a standard servo into main motor. This is probably excellent fit for the small light vessel. I opted not to use this approach due to suspicions about noise levels. If you do, I recommend deadning the hull and insulating the servo from the hull with absorbing material.
I would also recommend buying a suitable tiller arm for the rudder. I had no success installing the provided white metal arm with the screws. This would need to be for 2mm shaft, preferrably 2 arm, 180deg.
Note also that for enamel paints there is one code error; "MC30" or "30" is not beige but green. I used Humbrol 93 instead.
As for building itself, I have couple of tips;
- Cutting out decent square windows is hard. You can get sharper and more straight frames by getting a bag of microstrips for them.
- The support profiles don't seem to match the hull at all. I suggest you use flexible french curves and make yours to fit the hull. Try making them into a stand where the ship sits level with the waterline - it looks much better like that.
- To save some trouble filling and sanding, I recommend that you replace the porous wooden dowels with 6mm styrene tube.
It's been a pleasure to build this kit and Deans people have been helpful. I will build next Deans SMS Emden which I'm sure is equally fine kit.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]