The original LIVELY kit was produced by Jim Roberts of North River Scale Models. The Lumber Yard started with the detailed 54 page instruction book and the plans, then redesigned the kit as an entry level project for model ship building. A few features of the kit are the use of fine hardwoods, well illustrated and easy to follow plans and instructions as well as the the best rigging line available from Morope. New molds were made to provide clean a crisp set of cast fittings. We also laser cut our own rigging blocks. The following web pages are a step by step construction of the prototype.
This prototype does not follow the LIVELY step by step original instructions that we are providing with the kit. Various building techniques as well as alternative constructions methods were used on the web site. By reading the instructions and comparing the building of the prototype, a builder can choose which way a certain problem can be solved, or develop their own style of building. Some of the original kit parts were changed or redesigned. The changes are quite obvious when reading the instructions and looking at the new kit.