|White Ensign Models has followed-up their photo-etch set covering the Zvezda Z-17 Diether von Roeder kit (Set PE 35185) with the DKM 'Z' Class Destroyers
Narvik Type Detail Set. Set PE 35186 is designed to detail the various later-war Kriegsmarine destroyer kits released by Dragon. Just like the other product, the photo-
etch set has excellent relief etching, loads of parts covering the entire ship and excellent instructions.
While there are similarities in terms of design and approach between the two sets, in actuality there is not too much overlap in terms of actual parts. The set is
comprised of one good sized brass fret packed with a variety of fittings. Some of the parts are replacements for plastic parts in the kit and others are add-ons. First off,
you get all the railings you will need already pre-measured, which saves time and effort. The other standard parts include inclined and vertical ladders, anchor chain,
funnel cap grills, yardarm footropes and foremast aerial spreader, bridge wing supports, propeller guards, cable reels and capstan handwheels and associated bases. The
class specific detail parts include the mine rail tracks, which are comprised of the bases and the actual rails. The base comes in two sections each, a straight and curved
section. The rails also come in two lengths to match the corresponding base. Applying the photo-etch mine rail tracks will require removing the molded-on versions
from the deck, which may not sound appealing to some modelers but the end result would be much better in comparison. Photo-etch versions of the aft gun deck
depression rails are included which are direct replacements for plastic kit parts. Other parts include details for the motor boat, parts to assemble the cradles for the
boats, the fore mast goal post, the torpedo control positions, details for the paravanes, the paravane crane jibs, the FuMo 21, Fu 23/24 and FuMo 63 radars and the
FuMb 7 (Sumatra) antennas. One set of parts that is specific to the Z25 kit is to make a foc’scle breakwater to replace the kit part.