|As mentioned above, the small parts are now cast in resin and not in white metal. These include the funnels, bridge roof, searchlight platform,
foremast, torpedo tubes, 4”/50 guns (one with a shield and four without), 3” gun, cowl vents, rafts, propeller shaft struts, searchlights, gun directors
and boats. These parts are not as cleanly cast and need more effort to remove wisps of resin film and any roughness from where the parts are attached
to the casting runner. Since the shielded 4” gun is cast as one part, it is solid, as if it was a turret, rather than an open-shield mount. I would have
preferred to have seen the shield added to the photo-etch fret as one of the improvements. I would also recommend scratch-building the forward mast
with brass rod for a sturdier version and adding the lookout position from the resin part. Last but not least among the smaller resin parts is the
Japanese midget submarine.
The photo-etch brass is actually the original design with just the “brand name” updated to Trident Inc. (which was the precursor to Yankee
Modelworks). Regardless of the vintage of the photo-etch design, it is very well done though it lacks relief etching that is more common in newer
designs. The brass includes pre-measured sections of railings for specific areas of the ship, funnel cap grills, inclined and vertical ladders, boat davits
and stowage racks, searchlight tower, propeller guards, propellers, rudders for the boats, torpedo tube sights, anchors and chain, yardarms, depth
charge racks and handling davits and various smaller fittings. Parts to detail the midget sub, like the rudders, dive planes, propellers and torpedo tubes
guard are also included. What is not included with this kit is a decal sheet, which is a negative, so you will have to use some aftermarket decals instead.
The 13 pages of assembly instructions are essentially a reprint of the set included with the Yankee Modelworks release, which were the original version
with a different title page and two additional pages of general tips. The cover page has the Blue Ridge Models logo on top but still has the Yankee
Modelworks kit number on the bottom. The illustrations are well done with several blow-up assembly diagrams supplemented with drawings of each
section of the ship as it should appear with everything in place.