|The smaller resin parts include the propeller shafts and propellers, forward and aft diving planes, rudder, 88mm deck gun, 40mm Bofors and hatches. The running
gear and diving planes come on casting runners with several thin attachment points, which will be easier to remove and clean up. The propeller shafts have the struts
and propellers all cast together into one part, which simplifies construction a bit. The small parts are all generally cast well but the guns could use some extra detail,
like hand wheels, that are not provided with the kit. A turned brass 88mm gun barrel is provided to replace the resin version and it goes a long way in improving it.
The photo-etch for this kit is pretty complete. Overall the photo-etch is well done with some relief etching and it provides a mix of pre-measured railings, structural
components and a variety of fittings. The railings have individual stanchion ends and are comprised of those fitted to the main deck and to the sail. The structural
elements include water-tight doors for the sail, optional doors to close off the external torpedo tubes, vertical ladders, platforms for the sail, base plate for the 88mm
gun and alternate forward diving planes (in case you didn’t want to use the resin versions). As for the fittings, you get the net cutters and supports, loop antenna,
helm, handling davits and rigging support. A pair of nameplates to display the model is also included. Part numbers are etched into the fret. The small decal sheet has
the white lettering “O 16” for bow and two Dutch flags, but draft markings are omitted.
A four-page color assembly guide is provided with the kit. The ship’s history and specs are on page one (I will not comment on these for reasons already stated).
Page two contains four CAD drawings of the model with the brass parts highlighted to distinguish them from the resin parts. The images are generally well done but
overall I find the assembly guide could have focused a little more closely in certain spots. For example, the middle image shows were photo-etch parts 7 are to be
fitted but it is not clear how they should be folded or assembled. Part 23, the base plate for the 88mm gun, is omitted from the instructions other than barely
appearing below the gun in the image. I recommend carefully studying the pages before beginning assembly. Page three has templates with measurements in
millimeters to make your own periscopes and antennas to fit onto the sail. While this is helpful, you will have to make a total of three of one of the periscopes (I think
they are periscopes) which are tapered and have a ball at the top. These would have been nice to have had done in turned brass. The last page has a color plan and
profile drawing depicting the tropical color scheme of light gray, green and anti-fouling red wore pre-war. The image is taken from the Lanasta Publications “Dutch
Warships of World War II”. After hostilities began, the sub was painted overall black above the waterline, which is what the photo in the review’s banner and the kit
box top shows. There is no paint references provided, so you will have to do your own research or best guess. At the bottom of the page are some reference photos,
which are interesting but not necessarily helpful. However one of the photos show the overall black paint scheme.