For the last two months or so I've been working on this kit as and when I had time to spare and after some delay it's finished and I thought that I would share the final result with all you ship fans.
The kit was probably first issued twenty or more years ago and so lacks much of the fine detail we have come to expect from more recent ship kits. Having said that it does provide a more than acceptable strting point for those like me who want to try their hand at using photo etched parts to add those missing details.
The basic kit is flash free but does have some sink marks on some of the ships boats and on the funnel platform. On my example the superstructure decking was warped and despite trying to bend them back to shape they later caused gaps to appear between the main deck and the superstructure walls. With a bit more care I think I could have rectified this during assembly. The main decks are in two parts but the join line is hidden by the superstructure. I did however find that as the two hull parts have strengthening pieces which glue across the inside of the hull this means that there is no flex in the hull and the decks have to be carefully trimmed to get a fit.
The PE parts are fiddly to work with and a good array of tools is needed to cut them from the fret and shape them to fit. I found that superglue can be used to attach them but you have to get the positioning right first time and a much more user friendly way is to use PVA glue. In the end I used a combination of both glues. I also found that it helps to paint the PE parts while they are still attached to the fret.
I enjoyed making this kit and even using the PE parts and as it is nearly twenty years since I made a ship kit in a scale larger than 1/700 I think it turned out quite well.
PE has been used for Radar,the crane, cabins for ship's boats, railings,ladders, doors and scuttles and some light flak guns. The gun tub on the forward turret is made from a plastic base cut from packaging with added PE railings and a PE flak gun
The ID markings were masked off and painted red with the swastika coming from a 1/48 aircraft set. The light flak gun is again PE. The 'Aztec' plasic steps that lead from the main deck to the quarter deck have been cut off and replaced with PE parts.