|The three 5.9 inch gun housings are comprised of two parts: the base and the actual housings. The face of the housing has openings for the brass barrels. There are no
interior details to the housings but in this scale not much would be visible in any case. The 40mm twin resin parts are comprised of the base and most of the mount with
the rest done in photo-etch and brass barrels. The pair of twin Vickers 0.5 inch machine guns are done in resin, are not very detailed and quite honestly do not look very
good. Unfortunately I am not aware of an aftermarket alternative for these, so some creativity will be needed to jazz these up. The kit also comes with a pair of triple
torpedo tubes; however my sample was missing these parts. I contacted Boris about this and he admitted that he made an error in packing some of the kits that went out
and forgot to include them. The photo of these parts was provided to me by Boris and if they are missing from your kit, you can email him at PacificCrossRoads666@list.
ru. The missing parts are being sent to me.
For full hull modelers, the running gear is comprised of the propellers, propeller shafts and rudder. The propeller shaft has the fairing and the struts all cast together into
one part, which simplifies construction a bit. The balance of the resin parts provide a multitude of different fittings: Carley floats in two styles (oval and octagonal),
wildcats, paravanes, searchlights, range finders, boat davits, anchors, mast platform and a variety of small deck and bridge fittings. The casting is also very good with
some parts needing clean-up. I don’t know why resin anchors are included when the kit uses the photo-etch versions, but they are there. As mentioned above, no boats
or launches are provided since they were removed and replaced with floats.
The photo-etch for this kit are quite extensive. Overall the photo-etch is well done with good relief etching and it provides a mix of pre-measured railings, structural
components and a variety of fittings. The sheet contains such structural elements as parts to build the aft rangefinder tower and the platforms fitted to the back of the
funnel. The fittings include the anchors, inserts for the floats, hand wheels for the wildcats, inclined and vertical ladders, funnel cap grill, parts for the D.F. antenna, parts
to detail the 40mm Bofors and torpedo tubes, cable reels, depth charge racks, handling davits, yardarm footropes, boat cradles, ship nameplate and other parts. A nice
nameplate to display the model is also included. Part numbers are etched into the fret.