|There are four identical E Sprues. The 9.4-inch secondary gun turrets dominate the sprue with turret, turret base, barbette, sighting hoods and gun barrels. The
main gun barrels are also present. Each sprue has three secondary gun barrels and one main gun barrel. The secondary gun barrels have a counterweight at the
muzzle and the main gun barrels lacks this counterweight. The barrels have open muzzles. The 75mm casemate tertiary guns are also on these sprues. Other parts
are anchors, searchlights, ships’ boats, gun directors, bollard fittings, open chocks, aft bridge pillars, binnacles, steam launch funnels and deckhouses with side
and top door detail. There are two G Sprues. The main gun turrets are found here, along with their bases, and sighting hoods. Other parts include more ships’
boats bollard fittings, propellers, windlasses and their tops, boat booms, gun directors and navigation bridge equipment. The steam launch hulls have propeller and
rudder detail. There are two small F Sprues that have the plastic parts for the two cranes. Although there are brass photo-etch details for the cranes, the crane post
and arm are plastic. Unfortunately, the numerous weight saving oval voids are not open. HobbyBoss should have included the posts and arms as part of the photo-
etch instead of solid plastic. The K Sprue has the short quarterdeck, navigation bridges, platform, rudder and two transverse hull interior supports. The quarter
deck detail has pyramid skylights/ventilators, bollard plates, deck coamings, barbette mushroom ventilators and stern anchor equipment. The last plastic part is a
stand for the completed model.
HobbyBoss provides three photo-etch brass frets on their Voltaire. The A Fret is large with two identical and smaller B Frets. All deck railing is included. The
railings have a bottom runner, which eases their attachment to the hull and serves as deck edge scuppers. At certain locations every fourth stanchion extends
upwards. My best guess is that the longer stanchions were used to support deck awnings. The multi-piece stack clinker detail takes up quite a bit of space,
considering there are five stacks. Brass vertical ladder in most manufacturer’s kits is a ladder that you attach to the plastic or resin part. Hobby Boss marches to
the beat of a different drummer. The vertical ladder has attachment posts so that the ladder stands-off a short distance from the stack or bulkhead. The inclined
ladders are also excellent with handrails, trainable treads, voids on the bottom rail and perforated platforms. Crane detail is present with amazing boat and tackle
relief-etched parts. There are numerous triangular supports, a couple of flying boat platforms, conning tower band, and ventilator tower platform. The two smaller
B Frets concentrate on the shutters for the 75mm tertiary gun positions on the hull. However, there are more inclined ladders, railing and vertical ladder. The
vertical ladder on these frets do not have the standoff posts found on the large A Fret. The fret is rounded-out with boat tackle and davits. Metal anchor chain is
included in the kit. A decal sheet provides for yellow gold stern nameplates, funnel bands, straight flags and waving flags.
An attractive color plate is included. Of special not is the color of the deck aft of the steel gray forecastle. The plate shows a brown color, which would be found
with a linoleum deck. A twenty page instruction booklet provides for comprehensive assembly. The first three pages are the general instructions and parts laydown.
Page four has basic hull assembly and page five has addition of 75mm hull gun positions. Page six has main deck attachment followed by underwater gear
attachment on page seven. Page eight gets into the nitty-gritty with plastic and brass parts for deck equipment and hull gun doors attachment, which is further
expanded on page nine. Page ten is the forward superstructure assembly. Page eleven is superstructure assembly and attachment. Page twelve has assembly of
turrets, large deck tower and mast assembly. Page thirteen has masts, deckhouse and ventilator tower attachment. The funnel and crane assembly occupies page
fourteen. Page fifteen is the attachment of the stacks, cranes and some inclined ladders. Page sixteen and seventeen are for amidship assembly with platforms,
ladders and ships’ boats. Page eighteen is for deck railing and page nineteen for turret placement. The last page has attachment of outboard fittings such as
accommodation ladders and ships’ boat swung out from the hull. To me the instructions are clear and very easy to follow, I didn’t notice any pitfalls.