by new modeler
i recently bought model 1/96 uss constitution from ebay only to find out that it was half built and missing every last rigging block. :
how do i get rigging block replacements, and into the hull of the ship without riping the decks and cannons apart?
SMH RespondsI am assuming since you are talking about "getting into the hull" you are talking about Revel's Plastic kit Product ID: 85-0398.
There is a parts request form at:
The first part of your question has multiple answers. I assume there are both no blocks and no deadeyes. If I remember right the Connie has single and double blocks in addition to the deadeyes your best bet is to contact Revel direct in Germany, tell them you lost the blocks and deadeyes and ask for replacements. They are usually pretty good about this, but it is there decision.
There is a form at: http://www.revell.com/support/parts-request-2.php. I have never had a problem getting one or two parts replaced, but you are talking about close to 1,000. They may charge you. Be glad to pay it. To buy them on the open market, you'll find they are $3 or $4 I lots of 20.
Your second problem "getting into the hull" may well be more difficult. If the original purchaser use Testor's adhesive, the parts are bonded together. This adhesive actually melts the plastic and the parts co-mingle. The bond will not come apart without snapping the pieces apart breaking the section.
If you absolutely must get inside I would advise having a friend fill out the same form and asking Revel to replace the hull pieces and the deck. Most of the cannons are pre-molded to the deck.
In al honestly, you may be better going back to eBay and bidding on another one. It is always better to have too many parts than not enough.