I bought the model
boat kit new from Bournemouth Models in 1998. They were the main suppliers of Robbe model
s and parts
in the U.K. at that time. it came in several boxes and a lot of room in the garden shed.
It took some time to assemble all the separate pieces into their respective components. Then final assembly as per the manual
Yes the hand rails were there at the beginning, and remained there for the first couple of years.
With the standard jib and main sails
, there was very little interference with the sheeting. The problems were with the transportation, as they are exposed on the edges.
The stansions would catch on clothing while lifting and walking with the model