-Plastic has a good feel and not waxy
-Hull is molded left and right halves with slight raised lines from bow to stern.
-Contours appear to be correct. The bow is MUCH narrower than the Tamiya kit.
-Excellent detail on superstructure bulkheads
-All armament is beutifully executed. The 40mm and 20mm guns have PE shields
-Full array of PE, even the canopy on the Seahawk floatplanes (2 are provided) is PE
-Most deck detail, including shields are separate making painting easy
-Length of black chain is included
-Engraved deck planking. Main deck is in 3 parts but the seams are minimal as they join at the widest point of the 01 deck.
-instructions upon quick glance are easy to follow with one exception (see below).
-Bridge windows. Worst part of the kit. These are clunky and should be replaced by PE. I have the Gold Medal Models sheet and will replace from this.
-Shape of propellers doesn't look right. The blades are narrower like the ones fitted to NC and SD classes. I will probably cannibalize an old Tamiya kit for replacements.
-A couple omissions. In 1945 Missouri had a small platform with RDF antenna fitted to aft end of the first funnel. This will have to be added. Also, no whip antennas. Easily scratch built. Most importantly, there are no floater net baskets so aftermarket will need to be added. It seems this detail is missed on many USN subjects. Oddly, the Tamiya kit had crude examples.
-No ships horn or siren provided but the platform is there. I'll cannibalize my old Tamiya kit for these.
-Mast stepped to 2nd funnel had light tripod supports that are not replicated. Easy to scratch build.
-Decals for hull numbers are different sizes. The bow numbers are larger than the stern. I'm fairly certain this is not correct. Also, decals are provided for all four sisters. Research will be necessary to replicate them accurately. Ships names appear oversize but these were painted over during hostilities.
-Paint diagram on the back of the box is inaccurate for the dazzle scheme carried by Missouri upon her completion. It shows both sides as symmetrical. This is not correct. I'll be painting her in her 1945 scheme so this is of no consequence to me.
-Instructions are difficult to follow on how to fold various PE pieces.
-No provision or guide for waterline option. I build full hull but many like to waterline their kits.
Bottom line is this will build into a very nice Missouri kit. Only small corrections and omissions are necessary to rectify but that is true for every kit.