|The smaller resin parts come on several casting runners and include the citadel/armored conning tower, forward side bulwarks, 10-inch gun barrels for the turrets,
6-inch gun barrels for the hull casemates, 75mm gun mounts, 47mm gun barrels and mounts and 37mm gun barrels and mounts. Other parts include certain
sections of the masts, propellers, rudder, propeller shaft fairings and struts, searchlights and their mounts, cowl vents, galley vent, anchors, anchor windlass parts,
capstans, boat davits, boat cradles, storage lockers and small deck structures, a pair of mooring bitts and sundry deck and bridge fittings. The parts are generally
very well cast, need little, if any, clean-up and must be carefully removed from the casting runners. As you can seem in the photos, a very small number of the
more fragile parts broke during shipping.
Combrig provides a large photo-etch brass fret with ship specific parts that is produced by North Star Models. Now in a way this is a step back as other recent
releases included a complete set of railings with the photo-etch. This photo-etch is more like those found in Combrig’s earlier kits. To be fair, some railing is
included: for the admiral’s walk, the pair of torpedo boats and two searchlight platforms. However, the modeler will have to use after-market photo-etch railing for
the rest of the model. The fret does provide inclined ladders and additional parts and details for the torpedo boats. The brass also has shields for the 75mm and
47mm guns, small platforms, pilothouse front , boat cradles, Imperial eagle crests, skylight details, anchor chain, various platform support in different sizes, hand
wheels and other small detail parts. The brass has some relief etching which is good and there are part numbers etched into the fret that are referenced in the
assembly instructions. The photo-etch comes sandwiched in clear plastic film to protect the parts.