|Niko Model‘s third 1:350 scale kit is a multimedia kit that is comprised of an assortment of cast resin parts, photo-etch, decals and, in a first for Niko
Model, laser-cut wooden decks. Unlike the previous releases, this is a full hull model, which I found a little disappointing as I prefer to do seascapes.
However, with a relatively shallow draft, one can either take a saw to the hull or sink it into a recess and build up your medium of choice to make your
sea base. Looking at the hull, it is interesting to see that it is not solid but instead has open spaces with bulkheads. This reduces the amount of resin
need to cast the part, which is most likely a cost savings for Niko Model. Also, since wooden decks are being used, the hollow spaces make it easier
to fit the various resin parts into the openings in the decks. The casting is very well done and about as clean as it comes. I don’t see any resin over-
pour or film that needs to be removed.
The solid cast main deck housing and bridge are the next largest parts. The main deck housing doesn’t have too much in the way of detail. There are
portholes along the sides, some recesses along the top to fit other kit parts and photo-etch doors have to be added. This part needs clean up to remove
some casting plugs underneath but be careful not to sand it all the way down as there are two tabs present that are meant to fit into corresponding
openings in the wood deck for a tight fit. The bridge has more integral details, such as doors, portholes, a flag bag, a wooden grate on the upper deck
and some fittings along the inner bulkhead. This part has some rough spots that need to be cleaned up and the tab underneath that fits into
corresponding opening in the wood deck and recess in the deck housing will need to be cut or sanded down some to make the bridge flush with the