HMS Prince of Wales

1/700th scale waterline kit by Tamiya

King George V class Photo Etch set by Gold Medal Models

Quick look by Steve Jantscher
 

HMS Prince of Wales from Tamiya
SUBJECT
GRADE
Plastic
A
Instructions
A
HMS King George V class P/E set 
by Gold Medal Models
SUBJECT
GRADE
Photo Etch Quality
A
Instructions
C
Comprehensiveness
B



Standard Tamiya quality of a famous, if short lived, warship. All the kit parts are well formed and very detailed. I would have preferred a solid deck, but probably due to manufacturing requirements, the bow area of the deck is a seperate piece.

The Prince of Wales' main claims to fame were rather dismal. Her fighting career started when she sortied (incomplete) with the battle cruiser Hood in their hunt for the Bismarck, where she was forced to break off action after being hit and losing her companion on 24 May, 1941. She came to an end less than seven months later on 10 December, 1941 when, after sailing from Singapore to intercept a Japanese invasion fleet she and the Repulse were set upon by Japanese Naval Aviation in the form of Bettys and Nells. Included in the kit to reinforce that fact is a 1/700th scale Betty torpedo bomber.

This is a very nice 1/700th scale ship that only needs a bit of photo etch to bring it up to the current state of the art in model ships. Gold Medal Models are some of the best p/e makers, especially when it comes to ship sets. That is all that they do. This set includes all the railing and ladders that one could need to finish out the PoW. Of special interest also are the delicate and very detailed aircraft cranes. Also included are some fire control radar antennas,boat oars, 20 mm gun shields, funnel caps, and yardarm foot ropes.

This set isn't overly comprehensive (I would have liked some more radar etchings included). In addition, ladder and upper deck railing placement is wanting in these instructions. It will be an excellent beginner addition to the Tamiya Prince of Wales kit.


 


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