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  1. In honour of those who died Lest we forget.
  2. USS Arizona detail sets, part 2 Eduard 1:200 As wonderful the 1:200 scale USS Arizona is there’s always room to add a little detail, in the case of the sets from Eduard, a lot of detail. Having previously released three sets for the big ship, they have now released three more. Part 4- (53-110) is designed to add detail purely to the ships main top, the observation and control platforms on the main mast. Much surgery is required to remove all the platforms support beams and the large bins on the lower platforms. These are all replaced with etched brass parts and for once the instructions are pretty clear on where each individual part goes. Also requiring modification are the deck heads, through which the new inclined ladders pass through, by opening up the holes so that the ladders hand rails can fit without being squashed. Apart from the inclined ladders there are also the external access ladder which is affixed to one of the poles of the mast, a vertical escape ladder under the main starfish platform and a nicely detailed ranging clock which is fitted to the of the middle platform. The rest of the single sheet contains all the various railings, each designed to fit a specific zone, but most will have to be bent to fit the platform deck layout. Part 5- (53-111) is designed to add the ships railings. There are several different types included, and each of those fitted to the upper decks and platforms are designed to fit a specific part. The main deck railings, however, are made up of individual strands of “wire” and separate stanchions, plus separate turnbuckles to attach the railing wire to the anchor points on the splinter shields. There are two types of stanchions, one just an upright, the other is fitted with a bracing strut, these are fitted alternately along the side of the main deck. The whole process of fitting the main deck railing looks really complex, but may, once all the lengths have been cut out and the stanchions fitted prove to just be an exercise in extreme patience. Part 6 – (53-112). Although stating this set is for the superstructure it contains much more than just a few inclined and vertical ladders. There are fine details such as grab handles, doors, ladders and stowage boxes for the main battery directors, support struts, armoured doors and rear detail panel for the main rangefinders, clamping ring, operator seat/supports and foot pedals for the main searchlights. The 5” guns receive training and elevation hand wheels, seats, loader stand, and railings plus a breech lever and replacement turntable mounting. The armoured bridge receives a new outer skin, whilst the superstructure behind it is fitted out with new armoured doors. The foremast platforms are fitted with new deckhouse, and a new secondary platform. On the main deck the hatches can be posed open with the use of the provided supports and several eyelets are replaced. The foredeck winches are provided with new control wheels and there are a number of cable reels, for which the modeller needs to provide the drum out of plastic rod, and the hawsepipes are fitted with cover grilles. Apart from the deck vents being fitted with new tops there are several hatches and boom sockets fitted along the top of the armoured belt along with boat mooring eyes and individual rungs for the ladders down the side of the ship. Conclusion So now we have the full six sets of etch details, at least I believe these are the last sets as they complete the various sections of the ship. As with the previous sets Eduard are really playing catch up with other manufacturers in providing details for the big Arizona. They are very nicely done and provide a wealth of detail but could it be too late? Obviously Eduard don’t think so and if you haven’t treated your kit to some etch, you can’t go far wrong with these. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  3. USS Arizona Kagero Super Drawings in 3D The USS Arizona must rank as one of the most famous battleships of all time, not because of any heroic actions, but remembered due to the manner of her demise on that fateful day, 7th December 1941. This new publication from Kagero is in the same format as the previous titles in the series, some of which have been reviewed here on Britmodeller. The first few pages include the introduction and quite a comprehensive history of the ship plus an interesting analysis of what happened to her at Pearl Harbour, including a couple of theories on how the foreward magazine was penetrated, causing the massive explosion which sank the ship, taking many of her crew with her. The rest of the book is filled with full and half page computer generated renditions of the ship from top to bottom and stem to stern. The details shown will be an absolute boon to any modeller wishing to add as much detail as possible to any of the current kit releases, particularly the big Trumpeter 1:200 where such details have more chance of being seen. The 3D renditions take up the last 18 pages and look quite weird initially, but really do pop out of the page when using the 3D glasses included. This may be a bit of a gimmick, but it really does work gives a good view of how the ship looked in the metal. Another nice inclusion is a set of plans on both sides of an A3 sheet. One side shows close up drawings of the foreward superstructure, main and secondary control stations on the foremast, the funnel and the searchlight batteries and weapon control stations on the main mast. On the reverse are the main plans in 1:350 scale. These show port side, starboards side, top view, bow and stern on views, and are particularly useful as they show the full rigging, which is not always easy to find. Conclusion This isn’t a book for a quick flip and to put it away. I’ve been through it a few times now and am still seeing new details and bits I didn’t see first time round. The forward and history were also very interesting and I learned some information about what may or may not have happened at Pearl. So if you have a kit of the USS Arizona you’d like to build or are just interested in these great ships, then I can highly recommend this book for you. Review sample courtesy of
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