|Sprue C has smaller parts. There are two duplicate C Sprues. Each sprue has one bilge keel, two propellers, one drive shaft and support strut, and
multiple parts for one forward gun position and one aft gun position. The modeler has the option to build the kit with the gun positions deployed for
action or buttoned up minimizing radar cross section. Building the kit in the waterline format with the guns buttoned up with barrels hidden and
doors closed would provide for a very fast build, as the parts count would be at its lowest.
Sprue D is a weapons sprue but very few parts on this sprue are used. Those parts are for one MH-60S helicopter and one MQ-8 drone. The
helicopter as all plastic parts with two fuselage sides, main rotor, tail rotor, tail stabilizer, two forward wheel and one tail wheel. The MQ-8 drone
has a plastic fuselage but the finer parts are on the small brass photo-etch fret included in the kit. This fret has only parts for the drone and include
rotor, skids and tail rotor blades. The helicopter is well detailed with doors, windows and panel lines. Also included in the kit is the standard
Dragon plastic base with two mounting pedestals for those wishing to build the full hull version.
A small but comprehensive decal sheet is included just with the markings for Zumwalt. As usual these are produced by the Italian company of
Cartograf and are well done. The decals will give life to the otherwise flat and featureless decks. The largest decal is the flight deck markings,
which covers the aft 1/3 of the ship’s deck space. Other deck markings include the warning arcs around the forward gun positions, forecastle
centerline stripe, and aft weapon’s deck rectangle. Hull sides get large forward and small aft gray shaded hull numbers, draught markings (forward
and aft) and ship’s crests. The helicopter markings round out the sheet. With very few parts, the instructions are short, consisting of four pages.
Page one is the parts laydown with parts not used in the build shaded in blue. Page two has three assembly modules, one for main gun housings,
one for the hull/superstructure/decks and one for the lower hull. Page three has four modules: one for the forecastle fittings (gun positions), one aft
weapon’s positions, one for the helicopters and the last one for final assembly of the full version build. The final page is a paint and decal guide
with profile, plan, forward view, aft view, helicopter and drone.