Artesania Latina has long been recognized as one of the leading brands in wooden model kits - ships, aircraft etc, and the tools and other accessories associated therewith. The first model I built (about 30 years ago) was the HMS Endeavour and I recall the kit being comprehensive with all the required materials and plans. The finished model still sits proudly in the cabinet in my lounge room.
I have built numerous Artesania Latina models since then and I have noticed a steady decline in the quality of the kits. My most recently completed m...odel was the Cutty Sark and the kit was very lacking in many areas, namely: specific timbers not included, insufficient brass wire, insufficient thread, missing brass parts, plans that don’t match the instructions that don’t match the photos; and the list goes on. I had to purchase all the missing items from online hobby stores which of course added extra expense to the $550.00 I had already spent. I’m now working on the Mare Nostrum and I opened the box and discovered no hull planking has been supplied. So again, more money to complete the model. Trying to contact Artesania Latina is a useless exercise. The company is Spanish but I understand the kits are now made in China. Just sayin’.
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