|According to the parts list in the assembly guide, two brass rods of different diameters, two styrene rods of different diameter and a piece of styrene strip were to be
included with the kit, but my sample was missing the thinner styrene rod and strip. Again, not a big deal as these can be easily obtained and mistakes do happen. The
rods and strip are to be used to scratch build the mast and yards, the propeller shafts and struts and some other fittings.
Two photo-etch frets are included with the kit and they are excellent, with crisp relief etching and details. The larger fret contains a number of structural and smaller
parts. The largest part is the wooden upper deck which has openings between the wood slats and numerous openings to fit other parts and fittings. This fret also has
the 65mm gun platform and railing, the searchlight platform and railing, a pair of platforms that are fitted on the foc’sle deck, the bridge housing, a pair of deck
housings, and watertight doors and hatches, the latter in two styles. Other parts include some support girders for the upper deck, deck railings, the auxiliary helm
platform, ship’s helms, torpedo tube bases, hand wheels in three styles, boat davits, torpedo handling davits, nameplates for all ships in the class and sundry detail
parts. The smaller photo-etch fret the support frames for the wooden upper deck, the stern deck railing, anchors, anchor chain, propellers, open and closed
fairleads, ammunition lockers and brass versions of the large and small box vents. Parts numbers are etched into the fret with arrows pointing to the corresponding
part, which is a great idea. The deck railings have simulated mesh along the bottom section that is very well done. Fold lines are etched into the structural parts to
make folding them into proper shape easier.