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Re:Sorry, Masts were not modified to tripods, but were shortened
The Hi Molds kit is very nice, but represents the ship in the 1930s, before the AA modifications, single 4" mounts replaced by twin 4" mounts and these were relocated, the bridge was modified and the single HA director was moved from the aft superstructure to one of the modified bridge wings and a second HA director added to the other bridge wing, two 8 barrel pompoms added with their platforms either side of the forward part of the aft superstructure. I believe that the masts were also modified to tripods from singles. So if you want to do the 1942 version it would take a lot of work on the Hi Mold kit. The H-P kit is also nice, but again 1930s fit. The Hi Molds kit is also short in length. This seems to be standard for most of the resin Hi Mold/Pitroad/Waveline kits.
I also have the Hi Mold version - it is beautiful.
Here's a comparison of the hulls:
Looks nice but I wish they had picked a different ship of the class as I already have the very nice HiMold resin kit of that ship. Maybe they will follow up with a sister ship to add to my collection.
I took a leap of faith and pre-ordered the Aoshima HMS Dorsetshire. I wasn't sure what to expect, but wow...It's a County Class cruiser in plastic! Wasn't that high on the wish list of poll after poll on this and other sites? Well, I took a few pictures of the kit parts. You be the judge:
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