1) Price? – Bought for £28 from Lonewulf Models
2) Where to buy? – Available from White Ensign, JB Model, Jadar and
3) What’s in the kit? – A small hull, lots of tiny resin parts, an etched fret, brass barrels, decals, instructions, basically the only thing missing is rigging material, but I’m not asking for that.
4) First impression? – Crikey. For a small model the part count
is huge, looks incredibly detailed and for the seriously experienced
5) Quality of hull and large parts? – Hard to describe the hull as a large part but it is the biggest. Casting is ok, there are some rough areas on the deck. The main concern lies in the hull compared to the 700 scale drawings in the instructions, it is about 2mm too shallow in draft against the drawings. For such a small vessel this is a massive difference and given the attention given to other parts, hard to fathom why such a basic mistake was made.
mode2.htm6) Quality of small parts? – Very well cast, but why put so many fine
resin casting all together in one little plastic bag? Two of the
funnels were missing in my kit, not too much of a problem as both of
those remaining had air voids at the top of the stack so would need
replacing in any case.
|7)Decals? – Good, not many required and a common sheet for a number of kits obviously.|
8) Instructions? – Average, not well printed and hard to pick out the numbers of some parts. For such an incredibly complex kit they could be a lot better.
9) Assembly? – Challenging. The tiny 6 pdr guns, of which there are
six, have two resin parts, a brass barrel and five tiny etched parts
which are bordering on the limits of useability for the majority of
modellers. Much of the superstructure such as there is, is made up
of etched parts. This is one kit where an in the box review will
only tell part of the story.
11) What extra parts would I recommend? – A strong light, some magnification and a good set of tweezers.
12) Is there a dedicated PE fret for the kit? – Yes, a very large one
for such a small vessel, though many appear not to be required for this
14) Camo patterns / colour scheme? – There is a colour plan but
no indication as to the colours required or any recommedations.
15) Rigging? – Should be fairly easy.
16) Can different versions be made from the kit? – Not really, given
the nature of the kit it feels like the modeller is very much guided to
building one particular ship.
17) Would I recommend this to a beginner? – Absolutely not!
18) Is it value for money? – For the price, I would have to say no given the size of the eventual model, although it is a very complete kit in every respect.
19) Would I buy other products from this manufacturer? – I have bought one other kit (ORP Krakowiak)
20) Any other comments? – I’m not really sure how I feel about this
kit but I think I can only really comment once it has been built.
There is certainly an element of complexity for the sake of it, I wonder
how many modellers will actually use all the parts made available.
In terms of completeness it is very impressive, but the error on the
hull, given the attention to detail in other areas, is really
unforgiveable. This range of kits makes me a little uncomfortable
as a modeller, it is certainly at the opposite end to what Fine
Waterline produce in our kit range. I wonder where the room for
creativity and originality is, it makes me feel like I am doing no more
than seeing if I am able to put all the supplied parts together, the
challenge is not perhaps in building a good model, but in seeing if the
modeller is able to actually build the kit. In many ways it seems
as if it is a contest between designer and builder, like completing the
Times crossword or a thousand piece jigsaw of baked beans.
|Note : Apologies for the photos, they were taken on a gloomy day in Wales, also they will open into the correct format.|