Chaz, I had to sideline the other boat as it is not really a beginner's kit. I got the Polaris mainly because it is geared for beginners and I'm liking it a lot so far. It just being larger makes life easier.
I have a more detailed build log over on MSW: https://modelshipworld.com/t..laris-by-havelock-occre-150/
I'm reposting pics here just so my scale mates can see what's happening, and to see something different.
The kit itself seems good quality for the price. My only real gripe so far is with the quality of the decking strips. They have fairly noticeable "cross" grain which detracts from the "realism" of the wood at scale. The instructions are very clear and there is a complete step-by-step series of videos too.
However, I'm finding that even with the detailed instructions, you really need to dry fit and carefully sand so that surfaces mate well, much more so than with plastic kits - just as Wilky says. Also I can really recommend Titebond II for gluing. Really great stuff. I avoid using CA as much as possible, though if the wood is getting painted it's not such an issue but wood glue is going to give a much stronger bond.
Can't wait for you to start your build. I was eying those kits too and would love to see one being built!
30. July, 21:49