ArtwoxModel produces a prodigious number of wooden deck sets. One set which includes decks designed to fit on the HMS Dreadnought 1:350 scale kit from Zvezda.
There are five decks for the battleship and another three for steam launches carried by the
Dreadnought. Each deck has blanks that are punched out so that the deck
will allow the plastic fittings and superstructure to pass through the blanks. Decks included are the forecastle, starboard and port amidship main deck, shelter deck, long
quarterdeck and the three launch decks.
Artwox also provides anchor chain as an additional bonus. The back printed instruction sheet is printed on glossy paper with
color photographs, rare indeed for any model, much less an after-market set.
With all Artwox decks it is necessary to pop out cut-outs to create openings in the wooden deck through which plastic deck fittings fit. If the blank cut-outs don't immediately pop out, you
can score the underside of the decking to allow their removal.. The wooden decks have a sandwich construction with a very thin wooden deck on top, a layer of adhesive in the middle and a
protective sheet on the bottom. You fit the deck first to make sure all plastic fittings have openings through the wooden deck and when everything is ready, remove the lower protective
sheet and fit the deck. The adhesive will secure the deck without the need for white glue or any other type of separate adhesive. Last month, June 2012, I paid a visit to
Freetime Hobbies
/ Pacific Front / Blue Ridge Models
in Blue Ridge, GA and talked to Brandon and Russ Lowe. Artwox now has a very strong connection with them, which includes producing custom
designed wooden decks for future model releases by
Blue Ridge Models. As I looked at the masters for unannounced Blue Ridge kits, almost all of which had a custom produced Artwox
wooden deck, all I could think is that a new Golden Age is about to emerge. Sorry, I'm sworn to secrecy about the identity of the new kits. T
The ArtwoxModel wooden deck detail set, designed to fit the Zvezda 1:350 scale HMS Dreadnought kit is a very reasonably priced accessory that will definitely
enhance the appearance of the model. You'll have to pop out a lot of coal scuttle cut-outs but the Zvezda
Dreadnought will definitely be eye-popping after the Artwox
decks are in place.