Right guys here is the low down........
Germany have highlighted two very different sets problems with this model:
1 - Its Accuracy
2 - Build problems
Germany are currently at issue 43, but have previews sent via Amati for what is to come for up to issue 51.
The current accuracy points seem to be as follows:
The position of the Anchor pocket is wrong
The Cooling Ports have the incorrect in number
The number of Bulley's are wrong.
Not forgetting in actual build terms Germany are only at issue 43 out of 140 issues, so there are likely to be more problems yet to surface, the UK is at issue 18.
Amati so far have only admitted one error the Anchor pocket, they appear to be dismissive re comment on Ports or Bulley's, they have not noted how the Anchor problem is to be corrected if at all.
So far we are unable to prove one way or the other as to the accuracy probelms as to who is right or wrong on these points other than the obvious mistake of the Anchor.
Build problems -
Germany say part 43a is too narrow to allow smooth transit of the planking and also the resin parts being supplied for both the Bow & Stern are wrongly dimensioned, this is because when the 2nd Hull planking is applied it in effect is then too high for the resin parts - Amati advise to cover over the resin parts with planks to level the height which seems ludicrous!
I may have the answer regarding this, bear in mind first that in this model we have two versions, static display and RC.
I did read somewhere that with one layer of the Hull planking it makes the scale of the Hull correct in width etc which indicate's the correct design for the static version.
But once the 2nd Hull planking is applied (assuming this is for strength of the RC version) it throws out the scale of the Hull because it obviously makes the Hull slightly wider and also cause's the resin parts to be undersized!
My thoughts on this are that this model was only designed a static display model, in which case there will not be a problem with resin parts if you apply only one layer of Hull planking which I suspect is the original intention before the RC version came along.
But then come's along Hachette who say can you also RC this model, this seems the fatal error, the resin parts for Bow & Stern have not been scaled up to meet the 2nd application of planking hence why the complaints from Germany that the resin parts are wrongly dimensioned. - Amati advise to lay planking across the resin parts to make them the right height!!
So form your own opinions, but in my view unless Amati either supply two versions of resin parts (Static & RC) both builds will have the exact same problem, unless that is Amati tell static builders not to apply the 2nd planking which will cure there problem, but obviously not the RC version unless the resin parts are re-dimensioned.
Alll we can hope for is that the problem has been sorted one way or another before the parts land in the UK, though the planking is already underway and the build for the majority marches on, I'am holding fire at issue 10 until the outcome of what Hachette/Amati have to say re UK parts.
Already it is too late for Amati to change/increase the size of the Stern resin part for the UK as this item has already been supplied.
I'am expecting further advice from Hachette UK shortly which will hopefully address the list of points raised and if all have been addressed in particular for the UK which is obviously our concern, I will of course post what they say on here for all to see.