|Sprue K is another large sprue on which are found the funnels. Each funnel is one piece with a hollow interior offering perfect depth on the finished model. They have
fine detail including locater positions and holes for steam pipes and funnel platforms, as well as fine raised lines representing foot rungs. The grates/clinker screens are
well done with the benefit of the correct domed appearance. The platforms and steam pipes are also on this sprue. The steam pipes have bracket detail, unheard of in
plastic kits. Bridge platforms decks and equipment such as flag lockers are also found here. Bridge decks have wood planks with butt end detail found on the larger
decks. For the stern you get the sternwalk with bottom supports as well as the awning above. Highly detailed QF guns for the turret crowns are on this sprue. Other
very highly detailed equipment includes deck winches, aft conning tower with top deck, search lights, life buoy stands, anchors, small sighting fittings and davits.
Lastly, there are solid inclined ladders. I certainly would not use these. If you don’t get the dedicated Kongo brass photo-etch fret, at the very least use generic photo-
etch inclined ladders. Sprue L has the ship’s boats. The three steam launches are of three parts each, hull, deck and funnel. The decks have lovely hatch and
equipment detail. You get two large and one small steam launch. Open boats come in four patterns, one is a large whaler, seven medium and one small boats and one
dinghy. They all have detailed bottom planking and thwart detail. The last sprue is illustrative of the extreme attention to detail exhibited in this kit. Sprue M has the
tripod masts, yards, starfish and tops. The topmasts and yards are especially thin and delicate. The sprue comes in a cardboard box and the sprue itself has vertical
protective posts above and below the sprue, all of which are designed to protect these delicate parts from damage. The tripod center legs have bracket and reel detail
and the top masts/yards parts are exceptionally well detailed. In common with many 1:700 scale models, a metal weight is included in the kit. A small decal sheet is
also present with a single straight and single furled Japanese flag.
Instructions are in the same pattern found in Flyhawk kits, except with less color, as Flyhawk instructions have color coded instructions throughout. The
instructions are on one long, back-printed sheet of high quality glossy paper. They start with the traditional parts laydown and is followed by a series of assembly
modules. Module one is the forward superstructure; module two the tripods; module three the shelter deck, aft funnel deck house, funnels and boat placement;
module four the casmate secondary guns; module five the main gun turrets; and module six the hull, forecastle and quarterdeck assembly. The back side continues
with assembly modules and concludes with a full color profile, plan and painting guide. Module seven is the side boats, davit assembly; module eight the amidship
fittings attachment; module nine the major sub-assembly attachment; module ten the forecastle fittings assembly and module eleven the quarterdeck fittings assembly.
The color plan and profile has the same appearance and high quality as found in Flyhawk kits. Color guides with paint manufacturer numbers are shown for Tamiya
and Mr. Hobby. When the instructions were prepared, one small error was made showing the aft shelter deck supports to be part J13 on the starboard and part J12 on
the port. A small instruction revision sheet is included that shows these parts reversed, with J12 on the starboard and J13 on the port. This is just another example of
putting the modeler first. Stay tuned, as the side of the box shows Hiei and Haruna coming to keep the Kongo company.
The Kajika Kongo in the 1914, as built fit, is a superb plastic model, cloaked with outstanding detail. The kit has the plastic parts only with no photo-etch. However,
separate Kajika packs are available designed for this kit, offering relief-etched brass photo-etched, turned brass barrels and wooden deck planking.