The Aoshima 1/350 scale IJN Nagara is a quality kit out of the box. While some plastic kit manufacturers are now bundling photo-etch railings and
certain parts with kits, Aoshima includes a miniscule fret with only four parts.  Aoshima does sell two other photo-etch frets for this kit separately but in
several ways they fall short. One has only railings and the other replacements for the crane, catapult and a few other kit parts. This may satisfy some
modelers but others would prefer to super detail this lovely kit. For the latter group, Flyhawk’s
Nagara detail set is the solution. This set has a total of
seven individual frets and seven turned brass barrels for the main guns. Each fret is beautifully relief-etched and provides not only detail parts but also
sharper alternatives for numerous kit parts.  Interestingly, there are no parts that replace what is provided on the kit’s tiny fret.

Fret A has parts for Nagara’s tall bridge structure.  These parts include housings, decks, platforms, gun tub, support gussets, lockers, bridge windows,
railings and ladders.  Some of the parts are intended to replace kit parts while others are additional details.

Fret B contains parts to dress up the ship’s three funnels, such as funnel caps, grills, hand grab rings and platforms. This fret also has the crane as well
as the pulleys and rigging, hook and the platforms for the tripod mast that supports the crane.
Fret C contains parts for the airplane catapult, airplane cradle, catwalk, various deck structures, breakwater, splinter shields, triangular support gussets,
inclined ladders, aircraft propeller and float struts and sections of railing.

Fret D contains parts for the various boats. Perhaps this is an understatement as this fret provides new decks and housings for the 15 meter motor
launch, thwarts for the cutters and cage framework for the 12 meter motor launches.  Additional parts to detail the boats include handrails, rudders,
propellers, wheels and stowage cradles.  Using the replacement parts for the housings on the 15 meter motor launch and the canvas covering on the 12
meter motor launches will require major surgery so the extra detail will come with some effort.  Fret D also support struts for the wings of the bi-plane
and the ship’s anchors. With regard to the airplanes, this set has parts for the Nakajima Type 95 E8N float bi-plane and for a mono-winged plane.  The
thing is that
Nagara carried the former and not the latter as far as I know, so I don’t know why there are parts for the single-winged plane.

Fret E has mine laying rails, boat booms with rigging and Jacob’s ladders, four styles of cable reels, accommodation ladder parts, boat davits,
chrysanthemum badge for the bow and lettering for the stern, supports to keep hatches open and a few other detail parts.

Fret F contains the gun shields for the 14cm guns, water tight doors and yardarm footropes.  The gun shields are outstanding with rivets and hatches
and are much more detailed than the kit parts, so they are worth the effort assembling them.  The fret has 8 shields when you only need 7, so you have a
spare in case you screw one up.
 
Fret G has the railings, vertical ladders, degaussing cables, hatches and hatch coamings. The railings are really nice with sagged lines and some with
netting.  The degaussing cables are also good but I don’t know if they are worth the extra effort to sand down the ones molded into the kit hull. To
round off the photo etch parts are seven turned brass barrels for the 14cm guns that are meant to fit into the blast bags.  They are nicely done and you
will have to take my word for it – I apologize for the poor photo.

The instructions are printed in color on two double side sheets of paper.  The layout and illustrations remind me of those found on Eduard photo-etch
instructions.  The diagrams are supplemented with several color photos of the kit with some of the photo-etch parts fitted.  As good as the diagrams and
images are, the instructions at times are confusing and could be clearer on the placement of some of the parts. For example, how all of the structures
and decks for bridge are assembled are shown in great detail in individual diagrams but the photos of the assembled bridge and a profile drawing don’t
make it clear what goes where. Also some guide to where the different styles of railings go would have been helpful.  I strongly suggest studying the
instructions very closely as well as the images on the box label for a visual reference.
For some, this set maybe considered overkill with so many fiddly parts but to others this set is all that and a bag of chips.  If you fall somewhere in
between you have plenty of parts to choose from and to decide what you want to use depending on your comfort level and skill level. I will most likely
opt out of using the degaussing cables. The bottom line is that the Flyhawk detail set will go a long way to enhance the Aoshima kit and it is a lot easier
to obtain than the Aoshima detail-up sets. My thanks to Flyhawk for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
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