The Atago class of Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) Aegis destroyers is essentially an improved and scaled-up version of the predecessor Kongo class.
Trumpeter Models released a 1:350 scale kit of this ship with some basic photo-etch included. The kit provided photo-etch consists of two frets of railings and flight
deck safety netting and one small fret of vent grills. Like I said, the kit provided photoetch is basic. The railings are all the same length and need to be cut down to size
and the vent grills are essentially solid parts with relief-etching to give the impression of being grills. Missing are ladders and some other parts that would be done better
in brass. The Tetra Model Works detail set for the
Atago kit covers the basics and then some. The set is comprised of two brass photo-etch frets with beautiful relief
etching. Part numbers are etched into each fret to facilitate identification. The set also has a turned brass barrel for the 127mm/L62 gun and a length of chain.

Fret A has the detail parts and contain numerous vent grills that are not solid and actually small grills which very much an improvement over the Trumpeter versions.
Fret A also has the helicopter rotor blades with the main rotors in both stowed and deployed versions, the life raft cannister stowage racks, the barrel and its brace for
the Phalanx CIWS, and parts for the various electronic sensors and arrays and platforms for the mast. In addition, this fret has parts to build eight 0.50”/90 air-cooled
Browning machine guns.
Fret B has all of the pre-measured railings in drooped and straight chain styles. The pre-measured railings are certainly a time saver and certain ones are shaped to
accommodate mooring bitts, chocks and other deck features. This fret also has the flight deck safety netting and inclined and vertical ladders.

The instructions are printed on a single double-sided sheet of paper with full color photos showing where the parts and subassemblies are fitted on an actual build-up of
the kit. Detailed diagrams show how to put together the subassemblies, with each one identified by a group letter (Group A, B, C, etc.). The photos have each
photo-etch part identified with a combination fret letter and part number or subassembly group. The instructions are very thorough and images clear.
While the basic photo-etch provided by Trumpeter in the Atago kit may satisfy some modelers, others may want a more extensive set that doesn’t go other the top
with hundreds of tiny parts. In my opinion, the Tetra Model Works set fits that description perfectly. My thanks to Tetra Model Works for providing the review
sample.
Felix Bustelo
New York
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