The set comes within an envelope which inside is strengthened by a cardboard. The front shows nothing special beside the kits name and manufacturer.
After opening the envelope the model builder is confronted with 6 photo etched frets and one instruction sheet.
The material is quiet thin, which may make one happy and the other model builder not so. Disregarding the thickness all parts are perfectly executed without errors or failures on the brass parts.
The six frets contain declining ladders, various ladders, some doors, paddles for the boats, cable reels, supporting beams for some of the superstructure, additional parts for the funnels and some more expected parts like measured reeling.
Note the parts to detail the emergency platforms.
The instructions consist of a single Letter sized paper which has been printed on both sides. The steps are clear for themselves but require some thinking and guestimating. The size of the drawings is quiet small as well.
Result and Conclusion…
This photo etched brass set comes with 6 frets, which greatly increases its workability - not forcing you to handle a big fret and damaging parts while handling it.
Also, the modeler finds all those bits and bolts one would ask for if interviewed. The reeling is measured giving ease to make them fit the kit.
Alright, like 10 years ago this set would have been a dream to come true. The details are superb and outstandingly well performed. Nowadays, the standard is raised and you might be missing more relief etching to start with. In fact, this is greatly missing.
Over all the modeler receives comprehensive and well thought out frets to enhance the already well performed Zvezda 1/350 Varyag kit to a much higher level of detail. Especially these pre dreadnought ships benefit greatly from such approaches.
Highs: Very comprehensiveLows: None notedVerdict: This set will make you build that much better.
About Dariush (Dr_Who2) FROM: NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, GERMANY
... being father of two lovely children brought me back what was a hobby of mine in my own childhood. I guess everyone with at least one child in the household can figure what I am talking about. Despite what I have built in my younger years (most of them blew up or sank in a pond) I learned to lov...