|Five Star Model claims that this is not merely upgrade set for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS Massachusetts kit, but that it is a “Complete Upgrade Set”. Well, is it
really? Let’s take a look. Resin parts? Yes, you get 136 resin parts. Photo-etch? You bet and 18 frets worth. Turned brass parts? With 159 individual pieces, I would
say that is an affirmative. But wait, do I see, blue stained laser cut wooden decks? Well yes I do and a brass anchor chain to round things off. OK, decals are not
included, but that is a minor technicality that will not affect the final verdict – yes boys and girls, this is indeed a “Complete Upgrade Set”.
The resin parts are all very well cast and detailed and are a definite improvement over the kit parts. The parts are very clean, with some needing a little attention to
remove bits of excess resin. The only other clean up needed will be to touch up the spots where they were attached to the casting runners.