by: Frank Portela [ ]
This is Fujimi's third photo-etch set for the IJN BB Kongo. This set is described as the deluxe set, and should cover all the leftovers from the previous two photo-etch sets. Unfortunately this is not the case. What we get is a nice brass photo-etch set which is incomplete and duplicates what was released in the previous two sets.
The deluxe set includes three photo-etch frets and a peel and stick brass coated name plate in Japanese.
Fret A includes inclined ladders with railings and vertical ladders, all with folding tabs. Railings with a good sag but without the folding tabs we saw in Fujimi's 2nd grade up set. Funnel and superstructure framing, turret railings, accommodation ladder and AA gun emplacement shields .
Fret B includes a large linoleum floatplane photo-etch deck with attached railings and with separate deck rails and turn tables for the also supplied trolleys. A much improved catapult over the 1st grade up Fujumi set version is provided with separate framing and internal details. Motor boat/cutter cradles are supplied.
Very convincing radial davits are provided which include griping spars. Jacob's ladders are provided for the swinging booms, this includes lizards and life lines. Funnel support frames for canvas covers are provided. A 21 GO Dentan Kai 2 search radar matress is provided with internal detail, again superior over the initial Fujimi P.E. release in Grade up set #1. Main mast crane and foremast details complete the fret, and finally some of the finest photo-etch doors ever released in photo-etch.
Fret B-2 includes superstructure framing, additional foremast details, skid plated turn tables for trolleys and search light platform details.
This deluxe set addresses some of the missing items from the two previous Kongo photo-etch grade up sets. This set is far from complete, among the missing details are motor boat/cutter details, aircraft details, oars, life buoy frames and swinging boom supports.