|The quality of the casting is excellent, which is what we have come to expect from L’Arsenal. A little bit of clean-up is required for some of the parts, particularly the resin film inside the balsa rafts,
but it is minimal at best. Please note that while the photo of the 20mm pedestals shows only 9, there are indeed 10 in the package. One had broken off the runner and was still in the bag, which I did not
notice when I took the photo. A resin folding tool/form to bend the photo-etch floater net baskets is provided as well.
As good as the resin parts are, the photo-etch is really the highlight of this set and it is beautifully done with very nice relief etching. A large brass fret contains nearly all of the items in this medium.
Parts used in conjunction with the resin parts, such as floater net baskets, mesh inserts for the balsa rafts, arms for the Mk. 51 directors and parts to complete the 20mm and 40mm guns and
whaleboats are provided. In addition there are photo-etch parts to replace the kit’s plastic versions, such as the deck crane, funnel supports, lattice frameworks and platforms for the island’s tower
structure and the catwalks with supports. Finer and more detailed versions of the SK-1, SC-1 and SC-4 radars are provided, with the latter on its own little fret. Railings and inclined and vertical ladders
are also included. Lastly, 40mm ammo racks to detail the twin and quad gun tubs are squeezed in among the other bits in the larger fret.
The instruction sheets are printed on 5 pages and very well illustrated. The first two pages are used to identify the resin and photo-etch parts. The detailed assembly diagrams are printed on pages 3 and
4 and they are overall well done. A photograph of an assembled mast structure keyed to the corresponding photo-etch parts is very helpful. I wish that the radar assembly diagrams were a little clearer
as assembly is a bit complex. Perhaps some side views or even photos of the completed radars would be beneficial. This is a minor quibble as there are reference photos available in books or the Internet
to provide some help. The last page has assembly steps that correspond to the Dragon kit’s instructions.