In-Box Review
RN WWII 45 Motor Launch
Royal Navy WWII 45 Motor Launch
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by: Scott Espin [ SPIFF ]

The Set

This resin and photo-etch set from Admiralty Model Works contains four Royal Navy World War II 45 Motor Launches. They are appropriate for use on a variety of British ships during the time period.

The boats are beautifully cast with very crisp details and are a huge improvement over the simplistic boats typically provided in plastic kits. The castings feature delicate internal ribbing and plank detail both inside and out. The keel details are there as well along with a thin rudder base. The photo-etch fret adds tiny propellers and rudders as well as an overlay to represent the gunwale and seat slats. There is a large casting block on the bottom of each boat however it tapers down to a very fine edge which should make separating it from the boat relatively easy. I would suggest removing the big casting block piece first to make it easier to then trim it down to the keel edge.

The directions consist of a black and white drawing located on the back of the package tab with the photo etch parts shown in place in a brass color. While the directions are small, you can clearly see where the photo-etch parts are attached.

The craftsmanship is extraordinary and each boat is a mini kit unto itself. I highly recommend them as they will greatly enhance the appearance and detail of your 1/700 scale World War II Royal Navy warships.
Highs: Excellent castings, crisp details and photo-etch. Far superior to the usual plastic kit boats.
Lows: None
Verdict: Excellent detail set for your WWII Royal Navy ships, I highly recommended them.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 700/511
  Suggested Retail: MSRP $10.00 US
  PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Scott Espin (Spiff)

I have been an avid student of military history for over 35 years, especially World War II with my focus mostly on German military equipment (tanks and aircraft). I'm especially interested in anything relating to the Eastern Front and North Africa. My Dad ignited my passion for modeling when I...

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Thanks for getting that up Jim.
FEB 26, 2011 - 07:25 AM

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