|The brass photo-etch fret includes all of the railings needed already premeasured, which saves time and effort. The main deck railings have some small sections of
perforated mesh which are nicely done. The other parts on the fret are the gun shield and supports for the 3-inch gun mount, parts to make the 20mm Oerlikons, the
Holman projector, the air warning radar aerials, a loading davit, the access platforms for the Vickers gun tubs, the Vickers .303 machine guns, yardarm for the foremast,
parts for the main mast, the propellers, windscreen for the bridge and the ship’s wheel. The photo-etch has relief etching and as is the norm for Peter Hall creations,
very well done.
A four-page assembly guide printed double-sided on two small sheets of paper are included. As mentioned earlier, the images of the assembly guide in this review are for
a draft version. The first page has number-keyed images of the resin/white metal parts and the photo-etch fret which correspond to a parts list. The resin parts image
and list omit the searchlight, which has been has been corrected in the final version of the guide. The next two and half pages have the annotated assembly illustrations in
the Peter Hall style. The bottom half of page 4 has the painting guide with a color plan and profile image of HMS Grey Goose in a Light Admiralty Disruptive Pattern
worn in 1944. The paint references are for Colourcoats using the inventory numbers used by Sovereign Hobbies, the current producers of Colourcoats range. It turns
out that the profile image is just about exactly in 1:350 scale and could be used to create masks for the camouflage pattern. If you wish to build another SGB or Grey
Goose in a different time frame, you will have search for references.
The Build - I decided to build this model as HMS Grey Goose as she appeared in 1944 with the camouflage scheme depicted in the assembly guide. This meant that I
would be replacing the bow chaser 6-pounder and Holman Projector with the single 20mm Oerlikons. Somehow during my build, I lost the kit’s searchlight and replaced
with a similar one left over from another build. I also opted to build it as a waterline model, which is my preference. Model Shipwright Number 87 has an article on the
SGBs written by the late John Lambert along with a fold out plan of HMS Grey Seal in 1943 which made for a handy reference.