Published on
September 7, 2011
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Base Kit
WWII USN Ship Vessels
Company: Lion Roar
Provided by: Dragon Models USA - Website: Visit Site

The Detail Parts

Lion Roar has a reputation for offering excellent P.E. parts for ships and this new product continues that tradition of high quality. This product is labeled as, “WWII USN Ship Vessels Guard Rails” and is not specific to any one kit, but rather, is generic and applicable to most, if not almost any WWII USN subject.

The package contains two frets, both loaded with railings and stanchions. Both frets are identical in content.

There are 2 different styles of Guard Rail contained on each fret. Parts 1 and 2 are Guard Rail sets with extra support rods attached to each stanchion. Parts 3 and 4 do not have the extra support rods attached to the stanchions. Parts 1, 2, and 4 all have 3 horizontal “rails” or “cables” and Part 3 has two “rails” running between the stanchions. Parts 3 and 4 have a shorter span from stanchion to stanchion and will be more appropriate for placement on the superstructure of most ships. Parts 1 and 2 will be appropriate for use on the main decks.

Each fret contains five “gates” that represent that part of the guard rail that can be opened for access to boarding ladders. These pieces can be attached in the “closed” or “open” positions adding much detail and “eye candy” to the model.

Each length of railing is about 6 inches long, which translates to 12 “pieces” of main deck railing, or 72 inches of main deck railing in the package, and 48 inches of “superstructure” railing in the package.

Each of the frets is contained in its own little “baggie”. This is a great touch by Lion Roar since it adds a little extra “protection” to the parts while in transit or while sitting on your workbench prior to use. Also contained in the package is an “instruction” sheet. The instructions include simple line illustrations that indicate how the parts should be “bent” prior to placement on a model. While the parts are clearly 1/350thin scale, and

Are clearly identified as such on the Lion Roar website and by the item number (3501), a curious reference can be seen on the instruction sheet which reads, “suitable for 1/700 production”. Perhaps something was “lost in translation” (the product is made in China) but this reviewer does not recommend that item R3501 be considered for use on 1/700 scale vessels)

This product is highly recommended for 1/350 scale ships, or scale close to 350. Thanks to Lion Roar and Dragon Models USA for the review sample.


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