Most modelers think that wooden decks are produced just for mass production plastic kits. This is certainly not true with ArtwoxModel. Artwox is one of the most
prolific, if not the largest producer of wooden decks. However,
Artwox does not confine itself just to decks for plastic models. It also produces wooden decks for
resin models.
Artwox set AW 10082 is an example of wooden decks for resin kits. It was designed exclusively to fit the deck of Combrig's HMS Indefatigable in
1:350 scale. It is easy to fit as there are only two parts, the long forecastle deck and the much shorter quarterdeck. Additionally,
Artwox throws in a metal anchor
chain.
All of the sets of ArtwoxModel wooden decking are designed as a sandwich with the wooden decks at the top, adhesive in the middle and thin transparent sheet at
the bottom, which is removed when the particular deck is ready for attachment with the plastic part. Unless you are hand painting all of the cast fittings, which will
extend through the cut-outs from the plastic deck through the wooden deck, it appears best to paint the plastic before attaching the deck. Use a Xacto knife to
score the decks from the underside and then remove and used the scissors to clean up any protective film remnants. It is easy to do but it does take time. Using the
wooden decks is a trade off since the fittings coming through the wooden will be reduced in height by the width of the wooden sheet. The question comes down to
a simple choice, is the detail provided by the wooden deck more important than the slight loss of height of the fittings? A lot depends on your skill in painting and
detailing plastic decks on the kit parts. As with the instructions for other
ArtwoxModel decks, the instructions for the Combrig 1:350 scale HMS Indefatigable are
one back-printed glossy sheet with color photographs, which show the location of the two decks on the resin model.
The ArtwoxModel set AW 10082 allows the modeler to have a detailed, quality wooden deck for the Combrig resin model for the British battlecruiser, HMS
Indefatigable
in 1:350 scale. ArtwoxModel wooden decks are available from Free Time Hobbies.
Steve Backer
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