Just started a puffer kit build ( Mountfleet kit). First step build a new stand for it. The attached photos show the progress so far, bare fibreglass hull, internally painted, fitting of prop shaft, making of electric motor mount and fitting it, setting out the controls and battery mount construction and finally a coat of red primer for the under water hull areas.
Hi Rookysailor, don't let the set go rotten in the box have a go. This is only the second planked model I have built. It is fairly straight forward just have to be careful shaping the bow as there is no bow section of the keel extension to build onto to get the shape (hope this makes sense). My kit came with motors etc and reduction gearing so that was a new thing to build. I have just bath tub tested and have small leak round prop shafts so now awaiting some epoxy resin to sort this out. Good luck with your kit.