This is an excellent kit if you like clear well illustrated instructions and very nice fittings. Frankly I wished I had started my modeling hobby with this kit instead of with the obscenely obtuse instructions included with my Billings Bluenose kit.
This would be great for a mature beginner given its smaller size, colour photographs and well marked plans. As with all Artesania Latina kits, they can be more expensive but if you get a bargain on this one then it is well worth the money.
I bought this for my husband. Sadly he found that the parts were so tiny he couldn't manage them without tweezers and sometimes a magnifying glass. Such a shame as I think someone much younger would have found it more manageable. I am sure that fully made up it would have been great to see and be proud of.
Reading the reviews, I purchased this model as my first project. If you are not a wood worker, look for an easier first project. If you do not know anything about model ship building, look for an easer start project. If you do not know anything about rigging sails, look for an easier project. The directions are in several languages, only two pages per language. It does contain a large poster with several different views of the ship, rigging, etc. It also contains a small book with pictures on different finished portions. As for how to lay out the planks or cut them to size, there is no help.