|Combrig expands its catalog of 1/350 scale ships from The Great War with the release of the HMS Glasgow. This is also their third kit of a combatant
at the Battles of Coronel and The Falkland Islands, the other two being SMS Scharnhorst and HMS Kent. The kit is comprised of resin and photo-etch
parts and depicts the Glasgow as she appeared in 1914, which is also correct for a pre-war fit after her funnels were raised.
The model comes as a two-part hull giving you the option of either a waterline or full hull model (a waterline only version is also available).The upper
hull casting is overall well done with a good amount of detail, such as chocks and mooring bitts, hatches, skylights and portholes. The bitts have the
more accurate hour glass shape, rather than the straight posts used by most other manufacturers. Deck detail is also good, with the decks all having
wood planking, however without butt ends. The forecastle deck has flat metal anchor chain run plates, going from the chain locker entrance to the deck
hawse, which add a nice contrast to the wooden decks. The deck hawse could have been cast with deeper openings, so I would drill them out some
more. The main deck has numerous engraved circles, which are the coal scuttles. There are also several locator holes for the anchor windlasses and
other deck fittings. Most of the deck houses cast into the upper hull, but curiously the forward-most one on the main deck is a separate part that needs
to be glued to the outlined spot. The tops of the deckhouses have plenty of detail, such as vents and skylights, but the sides are bare. Have no fear as
the photo-etch has all of the watertight doors and vertical ladders needed to detail them.
The lower hull is good, with nicely done bilge keels. However, the submerged torpedo tube doors are missing from this part, though they are visible on
the profile drawings on the first page of the instructions. These are not present in the photo-etch and scribing them into the hull may be a tad tricky. A
dry fit of the hull parts show that the upper hull is slightly warped and the modeler will have to clamp the two parts together while the glues dries. Filler
will be needed to hide the joint. A thin resin casting wafer contains the forward deckhouse, the aft portion of the foc’sle deck, the bridge deck, the
charthouse roof, the aft searchlight platform, and the control top housing and crown. The four raked funnels come in two sizes, thinner and wider,
with two of each size. They have deep openings and good cap aprons but the steam pipes must be made by the modeler using brass or plastic rod.