Des I am completely with you on nearly all your points. I am in the hobby for many years now (most of the time RC-Car Racing, not boats though) and I don't see many problems finishing a model car, plane or boat. I enjoy building and finding my own solutions. But did you notice how many kits are sold compared to ready to run models? How many people prefer a complete all-in-box to a basic plan?
People may have a lot of reasons not to be able to buy themselves some pieces of wood and glue, some basic tools, print out a plan and so on. May it too little time (that one goes for me as well) or they think they don't have the ability to do it. So to make the start even simpler could bring even more people into the hobby and I think this is a good thing.
Even some people here in the forum, who surely have got the ability to finish a springer without a kit like this, like the idea. That encourages us to go ahead with the kit. Surely this will cost more than buying some pieces of wood in the DIY and when we come out with a price, some guys will disagree with it. But that's the nice thing about the hobby. The ones who like the kit will be very happy with it and the ones who like doing it all by themselves will also be happy with their own work and even may save a few bucks.
We will also be happy if our work is appreciated and we may even get a small payback for what we do (no one will get rich in modelling I am sure
)News on the kit:
we have version 1.2 now and want to change one or two small things. Because of course it makes a difference making this just for ourselves or making a kit which we can sell.
We will do only the wooden parts. So some additional parts will be needed. So we want to make a list what parts are needed to finish the boat and of course we will make a small pictured manual (which now will be needed in two languages of course).
It's a lot of fun doing all this and it is even more fun to see that you guys like the idea.