I apologize for taking your thread OT, but You are correct! The hull currently offered is being pulled from the original molds crafted by Doug. They were beautifully executed. However, sadly they have degraded significantly over the years and will not be serviceable for much longer. I may get another 5-6 boats from the molds before they are worn out. We have pulled a heavy boat from the molds and are working away at re-detailing the boat as a new pattern...trying to bring back some of the detail that has been degrading over the years of use. Some small, additional details will be added. In addition, an all new conning tower which is highly detailed has been fabricated and will be included with the next release of the updated kit in the spring. A new bow plane deployment/retract mechanism is being developed and will, also, be included in the next release of the kit. The appendages are being reworked a bit to add more detail to them as well as to simplify the linkages to actuate them. A cylinder is also in development for this kit.
I am still very interested in Steve's Type XXVI-W, but the very poor economy has me hesitant to make any large purchases at this time.....
Thanks very much for the kind words, Skip. From you that means a whole lot!!!