Hi Bob ;
Listen , I have now done four U.S.S. England ships .Why ? Well , they have different names , numbers and paint . Not , that I care .I just like the England , Butler and other ships of these classes .They are fun to build and YES , they will help you sharpen your P.E.Skills .
Now on each one there are differences . Why ? well I built them to reflect the differences in equipment they might come with . The major thing is this . Inclined ladders . Whatever you do , Don't bend these more than once and if you get the side rails and handrails correct then one flip with postage stamp ( Square end ) tweezers and there you have it .Proper slant and proper stair treads .
What ever you do . If possible Cover the P.E with some kind of primer . I drop the frets in a shallow layer of vinegar .Wash well afterward and dry , then prime . There will be some come off at the bends . That's alright just touch them up .This way during handling and painting they will hold onto the paint and look great when done .
Now , don't fall into the " Gotta have this or that bending tool " Rut . I have just about all of them . I still go back to smooth jaw . square sided jewelers pliers and flat postage tweezers . For the long or large pieces I use a very large Office clip ,The type with flat jaws trapped in a curved spring .
Curves and bends are done with medicine bottles , X-Acto knife handles and Tube brass of different sizes .The tools made are nice . The thing is , Use what you and your hands , eyes and mind are comfortable with . Shoot , on some bends I still use old wooden dowels .
The England will be fun . Be patient and a great looking little ship will be your result . T.B. P.S. Don't do what I did . Don't make it sea and deck blue . You'll need a flashlight and magnifier to admire it ! Wonder how I know that ? LOL. T.B. P.P.S. You'll find in 1:350 that the darker the color , the smaller the ship looks . No , it didn't shrink , The darker colors make them look smaller !