"The Seals Models 700th scale offering is possibly one of the finest waterline models I have ever come across. This MSW "first look" review takes a closer look at this kit."
In 2000, this little known company released a superb 700th scale Mikasa model. The model consists of four sprues of light gray plastic.
Sprue A provides the two hull halves and the deck. All three parts have very fine detailing that is seldom seen in 700th scale injection plastic kits.
Sprue B provides the components necessary to build up the front and rear bridge decks, along with the upper superstructure housing the life boats, and the funnel assemblies.
Sprue C (2) provides the remaining parts: the 12”guns and turrets, the 6” casemate guns, life boats, ventilators, supports, booms, anchors, davits, range finders, and searchlights. All are in fine detail with no flash.
There are a few considerations to keep in mind with this model. The plastic is very soft, so be very careful when cutting and sanding. The mast assemblies might be best redone in brass, which will stand up better to the rigors of rigging. The boat deck and funnel framing assembly (part B-21) is designed in a manner which will leave the battery gun interior visible, this must be painted prior to the assembly of any of the cutter and life boats.
The instructions are given in Japanese only, but have very clear and concise numerical diagrams which should not give you any problems. In progress painting suggestions are given per stage, while in Japanese, they tend to stand out by the colour paint number assigned to it. The box art on the cover and the well detailed views of the Mikasa on the back of the box will give you the necessary reference for painting, whether you chose to paint her Yellow Sea two tone gray or her overall dark gray for the battle of Tsushima.
The Seals Models 700th scale offering is possibly one of the finest waterline models I have ever come across. This MSW "First Look" review takes a closer look at this kit.
About Frank Portela (Clanky44) FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA
I'm an avid modeller, with about 20 odd years of experience. I belong to a very small group of modellers here in Guelph, Ontario that formed GPMG (Guelph Plastic Modelling Group) over 12 years ago. We have our annual show (WELCOME - Wellington County Modellers Exposition) in the spring. We pride ou...