|Rainbow Model is better known as a producer of multi-media accessory and photo-etch sets but now they are expanding into producing full resin kits in 1:350 and
1:700 scale. The first release in the larger scale is a model of a No. 28 Class Subchaser. The kit is comprised of resin, photo-etch and turned brass parts.
The number of resin parts is low, with only a total of 13 including the one-piece full hull. The hull is very well done with lots of good detail, such as mooring bitts
and chocks, mushroom vents, hatches, watertight doors and portholes. The small superstructure and funnel are cast into the hull which simplifies assembly. What
stands out is how nicely represented the metal tread plate on the main deck and the grating on the bridge deck is. The hull comes on a fairly large casting block
which will probably result in some clean up along the keel after it is removed. Also a wee bit of excess resin needs to be removed from the starboard deck hawse
hole. What at first appears to be a casting blemish on the sides of the small housing in front of the funnel is actually thin resin film covering the door opening over
which an open PE watertight door will be fitted.
The smaller resin parts include the 3-inch/40 gun, boat, motor launch, rudder, propeller hubs, searchlight, exhaust piping, mast lookout tub, depth charge throwers
and Type 22 radar. The smaller resin parts are also nicely done and require little if any clean-up.