The morning I picked up the kit, I met Pete (Editor) and Twinset (Andy Moore) for breakfast in Birmingham. The normal insults and sarcasm filled the table as we all took turns making fun of each other, but that’s what we do, and that’s how we communicate, and our friendship is all the stronger for it.
After what was best described as a ‘dodgy breakfast’ we headed out to the car park to exchange more sarcasm, kits, parts and other gifts. I was handed the LRP S8NXR and I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like. The shell had already been taken out of the box by Pete and dropped off with our regular painter Phil to receive my usual colors.
As soon as I got home I took the kit out to the garage and sat it on the bench. Once I opened the box and got the parts out, everything was well labelled and really well organized. Then I checked out the manual, again it was really clear and very informative. The hardware and individual components were represented by pictures like a lot of manuals are, but unlike some kits and manuals, you could immediately tell that it wasn’t to scale.
This isn’t too much of an issue as kits like this are best built with a set of Vernier Calipers to hand and cross-checking components as you go along…but having scale reference points in the manual, say when setting the turnbuckle length is always a real help as a visual starting point.
The manual was overall very good; it was just drawn from a bit of an odd angle at times. This only became a slight issue a couple of times because it obscured the view of some of the hardware positions. I’ve lost track how many kits I’ve built in my life, some are far better than others, this is definitely one of the better ones!