|The photo-etch provided with the kit is a general merchant ship set that is used for the majority of the Loose Cannon merchant ships. It provides 3 styles of railing, vertical and inclined ladders, a catwalk, an assortment of
ratlines, doors and other fittings. There are enough parts to detail a couple of ships depending on size, so it looks like I will have a good addition to the spares box when I am done building this model. A small decal sheet is
included with the ship’s name in two sizes, one size for the bow and the larger for the hull sides, the ship’s name and homeport for the stern and the Red Ensign. The decals look well done but as a precaution I applied a coat
of MicroScale Liquid Decal Paper to seal them.
The Build - This is not a complex model and it all went together rather easily. The first thing I did was to sand down the cast on hatches on the sides of the hull and replace them with bits of styrene strip. As mentioned above
the, the funnel had a casting flaw. Rather than try to repair it I decided to replace it with brass tubing, with some brass wire as the vent pipe, using the resin part as a template. I also replaced the resin kingposts with brass rod
and bits of styrene again using the kit part as a template. The cast on boat cradles and a cable reel on the foc’sle were replaced with photo-etch versions. The painting instructions are largely based on a color profile in “Steam
Coasters and Short Sea Traders” by Charles V. Waine, which also has some basic plans. The latter helped me with the placement of photo-etch doors. I found it easier to paint the main hull part first because when the upper
deck is glued into place you will not be able to get to the decks and housings underneath it. I also found it easier to paint the deck hatch sections separately and then gluing them to the painted deck using some epoxy, which
allowed me to position them correctly before they dried in place. I cut down the height of the photo-etch davits as they are too tall for this ship.