|Even smaller resin parts are included on the fifteen resin runners. The two largest have the boat cranes. Two of the runners have the 88mm guns with
one runner containing the guns that will have separate gun shields, which on another runner, and those guns that are open with no gun shield. Another
runner has all of the gun barrels of every size. Two identical runners have various deck fittings and equipment including searchlights and various size
and shaped ventilators. A round runner has the various top masts and yards. The last six runners have the various types of steam launches and open
boats carried by the ship, most of which are carried on the flying chock skids found amidships, although the four smallest are carried on davits fore
and aft. In wrapping up the resin parts content, I would like to mention that the plaster casting for a Kiel Canal diorama is richly textured with excellent
water and ground textures.
A sizable brass photo-etch fret is included in the kit. My favorites are relief-etched bow scrolls but the sternwalk overhead is the largest of the brass
parts. All three anchors, two forward and one aft, are in two parts, one part for the main anchor and one for the fluke supports. Other individual parts
are two propeller guards, four forward davits, four aft davits, boat crane block and tackle, searchlight platform supports, and anchor windlass top
detail. However, most of the fret is occupied with railings, anchor chain and ladders. The railing is in two forms. One is four bar and is used for the
sternwalk and seven of a common pattern are for all other railing. The railing has to be cut for each position as there are not separate runs for each
position. One long run of anchor chain is provided but as with the railing, you’ll have to cut the chain to the specific lengths required for each position.
Two types of ladder are included. The wider runs is designed to be used for most of the inclined ladders. I would not recommend using this for
inclined ladders as it lacks the requisite railing found on inclined ladders. There are two runners that are narrower that the instructions show is used for
a few narrower inclined ladders and can also be used as vertical ladders. This is my only complaint about the parts included in this kit. I can not think
of any valid reason for not including railing on the runs of inclined ladders. An additional bonus comes in the form of an Imperial German battleflag.
The instructions come with four back-printed pages, although only one of the pages deals with assembly of the kit. One page has a comprehensive of
the ship on the front with specifications and painting guide on the back. Included are pages in German and a page in English. A third page is a large
print of the box art. The last page is in color and has the assembly pictures. The front has a parts laydown of all parts with the resin parts numbered
inside a box. That is how you identify that part’s location in the assembly photographs. A black line runs from the numbered resin part to where it is
found on the assembled model. The brass parts’ location is found by the brass part’s number (found on the fret) inside a circle, rather than a square.
Also on the front page is a photograph of the assembled model’s amidships, using the above mentioned location method. The back of the page has
three photographs of the assembled model from a 45 degree angle, one that emphasizes bow part’s location and one that emphasizes aft parts location.
This process of presenting instructions clearly is inferior to the more detailed step by step approach to assembly with individual modules, best
implemented by the late and lamented White Ensign Models. I still wear black in mourning. However, the NNT approach is workable. I had no difficulty
to following the assembly location for the brass parts, primarily because the brass parts were of a contrasting color over the ivory colored resin parts
in the background. I can’t the same with all of the resin parts. Since the photographs are of an assembled kit, the ivory colors of the resin parts tend to
merge and I have yet to find exactly where resin part 9, which looks like a platform, from the large wafer fits behind the forward superstructure. The
photograph show it positioned to the starboard and forward of the forward funnel. I’m sure that I’ll get clarification from Ralf on this part. The NNT
approach is similar to the Combrig approach, although Combrig uses drawings, rather than photographs. However, this is a minor complaint and in no
way prevents me from recommending this kit to anyone interested in warships of the Imperial German Navy. Incidentally as proof that it is just not
me, the NNT Fürst Bismarck was selected the best warship kit of the year by Modellfan magazine of Germany.