I am looking to get a new plastic model classic sailing ship to put together in my spare time (which I have a lot of at the moment). From an online shop preferably in Australia would be good, but overseas is OK too providing they can ship to Australia.
I haven't had a great amount of experience with ship models kits, but I don't want something which is too simple. I've mostly only done sci-fi model kits before like Sevans Dalek kits, Star Wars etc...
I recently inherited an old 1976 plastic ship kit from a deceased relative which I completed about half way, then was forced to stop due to the unforeseen destruction of all the unassembled parts.
The kit had been pretty much left in a cupboard untouched for about 30 years. I noticed a few pieces seemed to be slightly bent when I first opened it, but just assumed that was a small manufacturing defect and thought nothing more of it. It soon became apparent that this was not the case.
We had two extremely hot/humid days and all remaining parts warped and curled to become utterly useless. Apparently because of the old plastic being cellulose acetate or something, and there was no possibility of restoration. It is just unfortunate that it was only after the fact that I found out about these old kits being prone to warping. It was a 1976 release Revell 1:96 scale USS Constitution.
Anyway, I would be interested in attempting another ship kit of similar complexity and size of the now dead Revell kit. Does anyone have any suggestions? One thing I've noticed about a lot of online stores is the information they provide about their products is very limited and some don't even provide size information or pictures. Classic sailing ships seem to be hard to come by too with most places having more in the way of modern style ships. I'm looking for something in plastic too. What is the best manufacturer?
Thanks for helping me.