|The instructions ar in the common Flyhawk format with one long back-printed sheet, printed on glossy paper. The front side starts with a parts laydown, ship’s
specifications in English and Chinese followed by general instructions in the same languages and assembly icons. The first assembly panel is hull, deck, casemate
guns and shelter deck assembly. The next panel covers forward superstructure assembly with insets showing detail for assembling brass searchlight platform photo-
etch lattice, navigation bridge and bulkheads, navigation deck wing supports, 88mm guns, navigation deck shelters and boat kingposts and booms. The final panel
(assembly steps 3 and 4) on the front page has boat assembly and attachment, inclined ladder placement and aft superstructure assembly. The back starts with
assembly step 5. This includes bow and stern fittings attachment with insets detailing assembly for main gun turrets, flagbags, mast yards, forward ventilators, and
aft ventilators and 88mm gun attachment. Step 6 finalizes assembly with attachment of torpedo nets, net booms, bridge detail, platform supports, and railing
placement. The instructions finish with a color plan and profile, paint matrix listing colors from Mr. Hobby, Tamiya and Colourcoats paint numbers and decal
placement. The instructions are color coded throughout and very easy to follow. I used them to identify certain parts and only photo-etch part 32, which looks like a
relief-etched boat chock, has evaded my search.
As mentioned, this is the limited edition Flyhawk Lutzow, which includes the bonus of the large German torpedo boat equivalent of a British destroyer of the G-37.
This is a complete kit in itself. Since the G-39 of this class rescued Hipper and his staff from the Lutzow at Jutland, if you feel inclined to follow Kostas Katseas, you
can build a diorama out of the two complete kits included in the limited edition. As you can see from the photographs the G-37 kit comes with a one-piece hull, base
plate, main deck, sprue of equipment and fittings, photo-etch fret, decal sheet and instructions. In the case of the G-37 the port holes have eyebrows (rigoles) as well
as horizontal strengthening strakes and molded on raised forecastle with anchor hawse fittings, chain locker fittings, open chocks, bollards, breakwater and locater
hole for the forward 88mm gun. The main deck has mine rails, hinged access hatches, coal scuttles, skylights, wing torpedo tube tracking rails, centerline torpedo
tube turntables, cable reels, funnel bases, various other deck fittings and locater holes. The small parts sprue has 88mm guns much better detailed than those provided
for Lutzow, detailed centerline and wing torpedo tubes, fore and aft superstructure, funnels, masts, searchlights, binnacle, J ventilation cowls, anchors, ship’s boats,
davits, deck house, funnel caps with grates, navigation deck, masts, boat crane, amidship 88mm platform and binnacle tower. Why do the port holes have eyebrows
on G-37 and Lutzow does not and that the 88mm guns are more detailed than those for Lutzow? The reason is simple, the limited edition Lutzow came out one year
later than the standard kit of Lutzow and the differences reflect the continuous strides Flyhawk has made in improving their products with each new release. The
brass photo-etch fret has deck railing, searchlight platform railing, propeller guards, relief-etched anchor chain, jack staff, flag staff, vertical ladder, bridge wing
supports and circular mast platforms. The instructions are complete as well, with one back-printed sheet on glossy paper with three assembly module and a full color
plan and profile and color matrix for Mr. Hobby, Tamiya and Colourcoats color numbers. Whew, that’s a lot for a bonus!