|The smaller resin parts include the guns, torpedo tubes, boats, rafts, davits and searchlights. You even get a Japanese midget submarine. These parts
are now resin and not white metal is in the past, which I personally like a little better. The casting is also good and the parts need just a little bit of
clean up. A bit of plastic rod is provided for the masts.
The photo-etch, decals and instructions for this kit is the same that came with the re-issued Midship Models kit. The photo-etch is a generic World
War II U.S. Navy destroyer set, so not all of the parts are to be used with this kit. The parts to be used are the railings, ladders, propeller guards,
depth charge racks, boat davits, anchors, a yardarm and the searchlight tower. There are probably a few other detail items that you can use that I
am overlooking. The plus side here is that there are plenty of parts for the spares box. The photo-etch is very crisp and nicely done. The decals are
also a generic U.S. Navy set, with shaded and non-shaded hull numbers various sizes, signal flags and the U.S. Flag and U.S. Navy Ensign. The
decals are printed by Microscale so they should be top quality.
The instructions are printed on a double-sided sheet of paper folded in half to make a pamphlet. The cover page has a smaller version of the box label
image, a profile drawing of the Ward and a photo of the ship in a dazzle camouflage scheme. The next page was two images of the photo-etch, with
and without part number labels. The top of page 3 has a table identifying the photo-etch parts, but looking it over it appears that some of the parts
are mislabeled. There are five small assembly diagrams for a few of the photo-etch parts, but the part numbers do not correspond to the actual part.
These errors appear to be carry-overs from the Midship Models version of the kit. At the bottom of page 3 is a photo of the resin parts with the
smaller items labeled with id numbers. The last page has a simple assembly diagram showing the location of the resin parts and some of the
photo-etch. Some measurements are provided to guide the modeler in making the masts and searchlight platform. While adequate, I personally would
have liked to have seen a more detailed drawing or even the profile that is on the first page but larger to supplement this diagram. The modeler will
need to seek out other references if you wish to super-detail the model.