|The smaller resin parts include the propeller and running gear (even though this is the waterline version), gun barrels, smaller deck guns, cowl vents,
anchors, boat davits and sundry deck and bridge fittings. With respect to the gun barrels, you will get a pair of the 16.25-inch for the turret, one 10-inch
barrel and a dozen 6-inch barrels that fit into the casemate positions in the hull. Burt cites that Victoria had four 24-inch searchlights and Sans Pareil had
three but there are no searchlights included with the kit.
Combrig provides two photo-etch brass frets, produced by North Star Models, of ship specific parts. With the exception of the lattice railing for admiral’
s walk, the modeler will have to use after-market photo-etch railing. The larger brass fret has the boat skids and the catwalks that rest on them, legs,
bases and shields and other parts for the 6-pounder guns, shields and details for the other small deck guns, inclined and vertical ladders, boat cradles,
anchor chains, upper deck supports and a variety of small detail parts. The smaller fret has the blast plates for the deck around the 16.25 inch turret, the
admiral’s walk deck and canopy, 10-inch gun shield, funnel caps, more boat cradles, ladders, deck gun parts and other fittings. The photo-etch is fine
and has some relief etching. I still do not understand why deck railings are not provided, especially with North Star Models producing the photo-etch.
Some generic railing sets from North Star could have been bundled with this kit.
The instructions come on six pages in the typical Combrig format but are a step back in my opinion compared to some other recent releases. The first
page has small plan and profile drawings that are reproduced from R.A. Burt’s British Battleships 1889-1904. According to the Combrig website, this
was done with permission from the author. The drawings are rather small but the profile does provide a standing rigging diagram and the ship’s history
and specifications are in English. Page two has the standard resin parts layout. Page three has an image of the photo-etch parts, an inset with templates
for cutting the masts and yards and the first general assembly diagram for the running gear. Page four has an assembly diagram for parts that are
common to both ships as well as several smaller insets focusing on the secondary and small armament and details forward near the hawsers. Pages five
and six focus on Victoria and Sans Pareil respectively The two pages are basically identical, including the two insets focusing on the mast and torpedo
boat assemblies, with the exception of the funnels, forward upper deck and pilothouse which differ between the two ships. I don’t think that this
approach was required to denote the differences. Also a final illustration of the fully assembled model is omitted, which would have been very helpful,
especially with the boat skids and catwalks. The instructions also do not cover the placement of the boats and the torpedo net booms, which is clearly
disclosed on these two pages. I think that the one page more efficiently drawn could have covered the different parts for each ship which would have
saved the final page with a final view of both ships. Also, the torpedo net booms are not included in the templates provided on page three. I think
Combrig missed an opportunity to design a more complete set of assembly instructions; as they are they are just adequate and you will need to seek other
references to supplement them.