|With this kit you can build any ship in this class, which are identical in appearance other than the location of equipment lockers and the hull markings.
The main part is the one-piece full hull, which has the stout superstructure and other deck housings cast into it. The bases for the various guns, the
locations for the photo-etch hatches and doors and the mine rails are also cast into the hull. The casting is generally very good with some clean up
needed along the starboard side of the deck and the stern. If you look closely, you can see a bit of uneven casting along the edge of the deck that will
need to be sanded smooth and may require a little bit of filler to even out. The stern has a pair of casting plugs that need to be removed and the area
sanded smooth. Though this is a full hull model, the draft is so shallow that a waterline display could be achieved with some ingenuity without having
to cut or sand down the hull.
The smaller resin parts include the main 100mm turret, the smaller 14.5mm turrets, the bases and housings for the rocket launchers, parts for the twin
30mm gun, equipment lockers, capstans, searchlights, mooring bits and the ship’s boat. The casting of these parts is also well done and clean. Most of
the parts will require removing them for a thin casting plug and the bitts from a casting wafer.
The kit comes with several turned brass parts produced by Master Models, so you can be assured that the quality will be excellent. The turned brass
parts included the 100mm gun barrel, the 30mm gun barrels, a pair of antennas, three propeller shafts and a vent pipe. After going through the effort
providing turned brass parts, it would have been nice to have had at least included the 14.5mm and 7.62mm barrels for the smaller turrets, which are
instead done in photo-etch and as a result flat rather than three-dimensional.