|The two hull sections are clean hollow castings with very good details. The upper hull has such items as bitts, capstans, breakwaters and hatches cast
into the hull. The prominent bulwarks and support ribs that run from the bow back to a little more than half way back are also cast into the hull and
are very well done. You will have to open up the hawsers and numerous scuppers which are covered with a thin film of resin. The lower hull is also
well done and very clean with the bilge keels and shaft fairings cast into the part. Openings are present to attach the rudders and stabilizer fins.
If you plan to build the model full-hull you will see corresponding pins and holes at the bow and stern and on the lower hull you will see a pair of tabs
to help align the upper and lower hulls when gluing the two parts together. Before joining the two halves you will have to sand down some bumps that
appear to be the resin equivalent injector pin marks. A dry fit of the two halves show that there is a slight bit of warping that will require clamping of
the two parts together to correct it and some putty will undoubtedly be needed to fill in the joint.
The next largest resin part is the one-piece superstructure, which is well cast with lots of details like watertight doors, vents, portholes and lockers.
The bottom of this part has locator holes that correspond to pins that are on the deck of the upper hull. There are some bits of flash here and there,
such as the openings in the deck for the ladders, which need to be removed and cleaned up. There are only two other resin parts, the Mack and a
radome on a pole. The latter is one of the parts used to build a later fit model. They are well done but do need clean-up to remove some resin flash and
The rest of the parts are white metal and include the 30mm Oerlikon gun mount, windlass, radars and mast, life raft canisters, RHIBs, anchors, boat
cranes, antenna bases, rudders, stabilizers and propeller shaft struts. The white metal parts require a little more cleanup and are not as refined when
compared to the small resin parts but they fit the bill. White metal is malleable so be careful when handling the 30mm gun mount and mast as can be