|The Combrig Agamemnon comes with 22 resin runners with the smaller parts, although 10 of these runners have one ship’s boat per runner. The main 12-inch
guns are well cast. There is no warp and they have good band detail, muzzle flare and open muzzles, which is always appreciated on resin or plastic gun barrels. The
exact same statement can be made about the 9.2-inch guns, which are on a separate runner. Two other runners have the armament with the open QF guns for the
superstructure. Each of these runners has ten QF two-piece guns. One part is the pedestal with cradle and base plate detail and the other parts is the block and barrel
with excellent block and recoil cylinder detail. A fourth runner concludes the armament with barrels for the shuttered QF superstructure positions, and with the turret
crown QF guns with separate pedestals and gun/breech block parts. Also on this runner are mushroom ventilators in two different patterns. Underwater running gear
for the full hull kit has parts for the propeller shaft struts and the rudder. You’ll have to use brass or plastic rod for the shafts themselves. Another runner has four
detailed anchors, six windlasses in two different patterns and four navigation parts of navigation equipment, including binocular pedestals and binnacle. The four deck
winches attached to the flying deck are on one runner and have outstanding detail. Eight detailed searchlights are on a runner. One runner has 10 low mushroom
ventilators, signal lamp and eight cable reels of two different patterns. Twelve boat davits in two sizes are on a runner for the side boats not on the brass skid. Two
balsa rafts share a runner. The ship’s boats, one per runner, include two large and one medium steam launches with separate funnel. The detail includes incised
windows, skylights, coal scuttles, access hatch and ventilators. The oared boats include one very large whaler, four medium size boats with flat transoms in two
different patterns, and two medium size boats with tapered sterns. All of the oared boats have bottom planking and thwart detail. All mast legs and spars will have to
be cut from brass or plastic rods. The instructions provide a template of what will be needed in lengths and circumferences.
The brass fret in the Agamemnon is the same as in the Lord Nelson kit, as it states Lord Nelson 1/350. Most of the brass parts are shared in common but not all.
The fret has a five sided, open back chart house that is only used for Lord Nelson. The forward face extension of the bridge was open for Agamemnon but had this
chart house for Lord Nelson. A full 60% of the fret is taken up by a large boat skid frame that fits above the flying deck really creating a piled up appearance.
Separate boat chocks are then attached to the skids on this frame. The sternwalk awning and ornate railing with awning stanchions decorate the stern. There are
quite a number of gussets to support the tops and the numerous platforms of Agamemnon. Most have weight saving voids but sole are solid. Different frames are
also provided such as the frame support above the conning tower that supports the navigation platform. Other specific parts are the funnel cap grates, boom
brackets, block and tackle, ship’s wheel and a bar with support legs in front of the forward main gun in the position normally occupied by a breakwater. This same
type of bar is included for attachment aft of the rear main gun turret, at a location that would not have a breakwater. Generic parts include anchor chain, inclined
ladders and vertical ladders. The inclined ladders have safety railing but have rungs instead on treads. Since you’ll need some shorter inclined ladders that are not
included in this fret, I recommend in replacing all inclined ladders with photo-etch that has trainable treads as well as safety railing. You will also need deck railing, as
it is not included in the fret.
The instructions are in the old style Combrig format. They consist of four pages printed only on one side. The first page has a plan and profile that appears to be the
same plan for Lord Nelson in the Burt reference. However, some changes were made as the profile in the bridge area for the forward extension shows it open, which
is correct for Agamemnon, as opposed to the Burt profile, which shows the open back chart house at this location. However, your best source for plan and profile
is the one mentioned by A. D. Baker III. The profile in the instructions also shows rigging and the torpedo net system with net and booms. The net shelves would
obviously be under and supporting the nets. Remember that the Agamemnon had this system throughout the war and excluding it would be a significant error. Also
on the first page is a history written in Russian, and ship’s specifications in English. Page two has a resin parts laydown. Page three has a photo-etch laydown,
masts/spars template, and insets on underwater running gear assembly, 3pdr QF assembly and placement on the turret crowns. Page four is actual assembly. It is
insufficient and references should be used to assist. However, it does show Agamemnon assembly and not that of Lord Nelson.