|One runner has a pair of wooden deckhouses that are fitted aft. The doors, windows, wood frames and the planking on the roof are done convincingly.
A total of 11 boats of six different types (motor launches, cutters, whaleboats and dinghies) are provided. With the exception of the motor launches, the
boats have no real detail and are empty hulls. The details, such as the thwarts, wooden planking and rudders, are all provided as photo-etch parts. A total
of eight large cowl vents are included which are fitted at the base of each funnel.
The smaller resin parts include the propeller and running gear (even though this is the waterline version), gun barrels, stern 152mm gun mount, 47mm
and 37mm guns, anchors, searchlights, boat davits and associated gears, lower sections of the masts, mooring bits and chocks and sundry deck and
bridge fittings. With regards to the gun barrels, you will get a pair of the 305mm for the turret, four 229mm barrels that are fitted into the hull at the four
corners of the citadel and just one 152mm barrel for the mount fitted to the stern. I am disappointed that more 152mm barrels were not included to fit
into the casemate positions in the hull. I was also a bit surprised to see a pair of life rafts that look like Carley floats, but looking at photos of the ship they
are visible on the hull amidships.
Brass Photo-etch - A very thorough photo-etch part and detail fret is included with the kit, which is stored inside a large envelope for protection. The
first thing you will notice is that railings are included, which is usually the case for kits that are joint ventures with Box 261. The railings have individual
stanchion ends, which I find harder to work with than those with a bottom rail, but it is good to see them included as most of the time Combrig kits do
not. The unique stern walk railing is also included, as well as inclined and vertical ladders, boat details, raised boat skids, gun shields stern 152mm and
smaller guns, mast starfish, supports for the bridge wing decks and numerous other details. The pilot house structure is done in brass and will require
bending it into an oval shape to sandwich between the resin base and roof. A nice little detail is the plaque with the ship’s name in Cyrillic that was fitted
to the stern. A number of individual portholes are also included that are intended to do affixed to the hull over the openings in the hull. Depending on
your skill or pain level, you may wish to omit these. In general, the relief etching is good and adds some depth and texture to the parts. Part reference
numbers are etched into the fret to aid in their identification.