However, in the last years I have discovered the advantages of shopping on eBay, and by reading this forum I have also discovered BrickLink. I have decided to allocate some of my spare time on building the sets I have always dreamed of having. I've always wanted to have one of the large ships, so the BSB was clearly a must have.
Now to jump to the subject, I am trying to build the BSB 10040 (in as new condition). I have managed to collect most of the bricks, with the exception of the middle hull sections and the masts. I have especially mentioned the 10040 set because I want to have the bricks as they were in the re-release. For instance: different wedge plate on the bow, new type of minifig torsos and heads, plates with thick clips.
My first question is regarding the masts. I believe that the 10040 had middle mast sections with bottom connector prong, but could anyone confirm this? Also, could anyone tell me if the top sections of the masts had bottom nubs? I can't find this information anywhere and I can't figure out from the online instructions/pictures.
Secondly, could anyone confirm if the middle hull sections had 9 holes? I think that the 6285 had only 8 (the 9th in the middle being covered).
Lastly, I am very confused about the 50cm string used for the crane. In a set I bought from eBay for spares, the string was made from nylon and was what I would call of medium thickness (sadly it was partly painted and needs repacement). It was about the same thickness as the type of string with end studs. However, it is impossible for me to find this string on BrickLink. The thin string (x77a) is actually too thin and seems to be made of something different from nylon (cotton maybe?). The medium thickness one (x77c) seems to be as thick as the one used for rigging (I haven't bought a sample though). The thick string (x77b) seems to be far too thick. I've tried to use Peeron and Bricklink inventories to find the required type, but it is impossible. Again, the thin one is too thin and I am pretty sure that Lego has made string of a thickness in between x77a and x77c, and made of Nylon. As I've mentioned, I think it should be as thick as the ones with end studs. Could anyone please tell me how can I find the required string?
That's all, sorry for this long topic. I'll try to keep them shorter from now on. Thank you very much! :)
Edited by Cristian I., 25 February 2012 - 04:19 AM.