|The Orange Hobby 1/350 scale kit of the Peary is a multimedia kit comprising of resin, photo-etch brass and turned brass parts. This is their first full-hull offering, but with a two-piece hull so a waterline model can be
constructed. Orange Hobby has built a reputation of producing detailed, well cast kits for a reasonable price and this kit certainly and this kit is no exception. The level of detail is astounding and I am fairly certain that the
master was created using CAD and probably rapid-prototyping technology. The kit represents the Peary in her final fit with the bow bulwarks, spray strakes and CWIS. If you wish to build this kit as one of the other
ships in this class some research is required to see if this configuration is correct for the particular ship in question.
The upper hull is a hollow casting with most of the superstructure already cast into it. Lots of details are also cast into this part like the bridge windows (complete with the rain wipers), some water-tight doors,
missile-loading hatches, towed sonar doors on the stern and numerous bulkhead details like vents, pipes and conduits. The locations of the majority of water-tight doors are open recesses which give you the option of
attaching the photo-etch versions in either an open or closed position. The few water-tight doors that are already cast into the superstructure appear a little over scale so if you prefer you can remove them and replace
them with photo-etch versions from another source.
The lower hull is also a hollow-casting but with a framework for strength. The bottom has openings to attach the bow sonar dome, stabilizer fins, rudder and propeller shaft. The bilge keels are cast into the part and there
are slight depressions for the propeller shaft V-struts. The location of the opening for the rudder is in the centerline which technically is incorrect. The rudder on this class of ship was slightly off-set, about 3 feet or so,
to the starboard due to the single-screw configuration. To correct this you will need to move the rudder maybe about 1/10 inch to starboard if you plan to build this kit full-hull. This may be splitting hairs but it is what it
is. Both hull parts are cleanly cast but have rather prominent casting runners. However, these are slightly inboard from the edges of the parts so when you remove them with a razor saw and sand down any remnants this
will help prevent marring the edges of the hull sections.