New project. Been looking at these "kits" for a couple of years or more and with the advice of the fine folks over on the British Militaria forum I finally bit the bullet and ordered one. If some of you don't know the story the owner of IMA found and purchased 55,000 antique weapons from the Nepal government that had been sitting in a palace in Kathmandu for well over 100 years. Seems they never threw away or sold anything. When their military got more modern guns they put the old ones away in the palace. With respect to the Brown Bess muskets they have a variety of choices. Complete guns or kits like I bought. Original East India Company markings on the locks or Gurkha marked locks. They wanted $500 more for the EIC marked locks and so I chose to go with the Gurkha markings. They were both made in the same factories by the same people so I couldn't justify the extra money. What arrived was a barrel still attached to what was left of a badly rotted and broken in half stock plus a bag with the lock and some other small parts. The first lock they sent was missing the bridle, the sear and the screw that holds them in. I assume it was being used for parts and was sent accidently. But IMA has some of the best customer service in the business and they sent a nice complete replacement and covered the shipping both ways. Also included is a new stock that reportedly came from India. Here are a few pics of the package I received as well as progress pics of where it's at currently. $700 is a lot of money but it's half the price of a Pedersoli repop and it's got history. Approximately 240 or so years old. Soaking parts in vinegar and lightly brushing with a wire brush and steel wool to remove the rust. Still a LOT to do but I'm a history nut and have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War so although these muskets were half a world away in Nepal they are basically the same as what were used here with a few exceptions. Enjoy. Advice always welcome. More pics to follow as this project gets worked on.