7 months ago
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
The build on the sloop is going slow. The kit is basically a POS, incomplete instructions, and poor materials. Certainly, what I would NOT expect from Dumas. If this was designed as a beginner kit, forget it! The die cutting is incomplete, and inaccurate. The so-called quality materials are a true extension of the truth, the balsa supplied crumbles when you handle it. Sooooooo……
I have substituted the balsa with basswood, remade several frames from hobby ply, put bolt ropes in the leading edge of the sails so they will rig correctly, and will glass the hull with 3/4oz. fiberglass cloth. It is a good thing I know how to sail, because this helps to understand the vague rigging instructions.
This might make a good beginner boat, but built under the supervision of an experienced modeler.