|The two sheets of photo-etch for this kit are quite extensive. Overall the photo-etch is well done with good relief etching and it provides a mix of railings, structural components and a variety of fittings. The large
sheet contains such structural elements as the bridge deck, bridge deck supports, pilot house, airplane stowage platform and the façade for the forward main deck structure. The latter (photo-etch part #1) is an
interesting part in that it provides the deck and the bulkheads for the housing located where the main deck meets the raised foc’sle deck. There is an opening for the skylight cast into the hull part and a slot to fit
around the larger skylight forward. The part is meant to be bent down to provide the bulkheads for the housing. The larger sheet, in addition to railings and ladders, also has several smaller platforms, watertight
doors and hatches, skylights, base plates for the armament, funnel cap grills, anchors, cable reels, propellers, rudder and details for the boats. There are parts to super-detail the guns and torpedo tubes and there
even bits of brass for the handrails found on the deck housing bulkheads! The smaller sheet contains the mine rails, another platform, supports, railings, ladders, hatches and display name plates for all four ships in
this sub-class of Admiralen destroyers.
As you can see, the kit is quite photo-etch “heavy” in that a lot of components are done in brass along with not only the standard items and fittings but bits and pieces to super-detail the model. One could argue
that this is a bit over the top and you could certainly omit some of the more fiddly items without taking away from the model. This is entirely up to the modeler’s skill, experience and comfort level. At least all that
you need is provided. I will say that the railings are the style which has individual stanchions rather than a bottom rail which I find harder to work with. I prefer that latter style so if you are like me you may opt to
seek out another source for railings. A pair of very nice turned brass barrels for the 75mm guns is included with the kit. While this is a nice addition, I wonder why turned brass barrels for the 4.7in and 0.5in guns
were not provided. There are alternative sources for these brass barrels if you wish to go that route but it you have been good to have had some included.
Decals are provided with markings for the four ships in the first series of the Admiralen class as well as the Dutch flag in a few sizes. The large hull markings were used pre-war so if you wish to build the model
in a war-time fit these should be omitted. I will probably build a pre-war version just so I could use these markings. A total of nine pages of assembly instructions are provided with the kit. The ship’s history and
specs are on page one (naturally I will not comment on these other than to say I will not be expecting a Pulitzer!). Page two has some color profiles showing pre-war versions of all four ships in this sub-class (to
illustrate decal placement) and one war-time camouflage view. The color references are general with no suggestions for matches with any modeling paint brands. Page three has CAD drawings of the model with
the brass parts highlighted to distinguish them from the resin parts. The rest of the pages focus on the placement of the photo-etch parts with each page focusing on a different section of the model. All of the part
number references correspond to the numbers on the photo-etch frets. None of the resin parts are numbered. The instructions are a bit busy and can be a little confusing so careful study of the pages is a must.