I have had the very same experience. I bought a less expensive kit from another vendor and pulled my hair out for months trying to keep it straight and trying adding to what little detail there was on the hull I bought. I was running my tug at our local pond when a friend of mine came down with a Thor Flight 2 Los Angeles. I talked to him about the detail and fit as I could not believe my eyes. It was a museum piece. I could not believe he was going to put it in the water! I choked on the price when he told me how much it was, but a year later I finally broke down and bought one hull from Thor and now I own 3. I am on the waiting list for the Gato after I saw it in his shop. I am now spoiled rotten. Thor does the finest kit work out there, in my humble opinion. I know he gets help from Dave Merriman and why not! From what I have seen of the quality that Thor gets from D&E for his fittings I can understand why Thor goes nowhere else. Thor, also, pushes the D&E cylinders as everyone of Matt's boats that I saw had one of Dave Merriman's cylinders in it. It is an excellent marriage between these 2 guys. My hat is off to them both. I will second Slat's comments about Thor's and Dave's work. If you are considering buying one of their kits, do it! You will never be dissappointed. Pay now or pay later certainly applies here!