Hey Bill!! Thanks for climbing aboard on this one! As you must know by know, Model Space has put together a pretty nice kit. Everything is spelled out well and the quality has been consistently high.
I just received Pack 2 a few days ago. Very exciting seeing the planking come about. I am actually putting together video #2 to cover a brief review of Pack 2 and show some construction as well as getting some updates for the thread here.
Nice thought in saving the cannon all for once! I made up the first two but was thinking of doing the "line production" thing myself once things pile up. For now, the down time here and there I am working the carriages and when I go to the booth to paint something else I am working on, I will dress them up. I just picked up some more of the burnishing fluid, which funny enough, came in today! I grabbed another version Uschi had for doing photo etch. Thought it would be fun to try...might work well in eliminating priming of tiny ship railing on other builds.
Good find on the old kit. Picking up something we did way back when can been good fun! In the end, it comes down to enjoying what we do!!
Model Space has a US division - http://www.model-space.com/us/ I do think some kits are location specific but it cannot hurt to ask if something can be done.
Off to the bench...finished up the decks and transom and now cleaning up the launch for more parts! Very fun ride so far!!