Hi, I'd like to add to this ship kit link. Yes it's about time Airfix and others released some new kits to modern tooling standards. The Imai 1:350 examples stand scutiny if you can find them, though they also marketed each kit as three different ships! My stash includes several of these.
Credit to Airfix on the accuracy of their sailing ship kit designers; two examples at hand are 'Victory' and 'Bounty', comparing them to the drawings in the Anatomy of the ship' books, you'd think Airfix had access to the books 50 years ago, the models are remarkably accurate. My one BIG gripe with the 'Victory' is the stupidly exagerated hull planking. The real ship is vertualy smooth and always has been.
My suggestion for a new kit would be a Naval Cutter, like the Alert. The AOTS drawings are to an impressive 1:64 scale and would make a splendid build. At that scale even the rigging could be made to work. Such a handsome vessel wouldn't intimidate either as the rig is simple, there arn't loads of guns to make it a monotinous exercise and overall the mouldings would sit happily in Airfix's standard box used for this range. Come on guys, there's a lot of folk would love that one. Or is it the people making decisions know nothing about ships, being obsessed with aircraft. I wonder how popular the 1:350 aircraft carrier kits are with overseas modellers; not very I would imagine.
Just to finish, it's amazing how crude the wooden sailing ship kits are considering what they cost. The included 'timber' is just not the right stuff. All that work, no matter how much effort, all you get is rubbish. They are all traveties. Yet the folk that laud these 'wooden' kits hate the plastic ones, which, even if they are built quickly and without paint are still more accurate!