So, I took a closer look at the model, there is no flash, the parts seem pretty detailed, guns, smaller guns part of the superstructure seem okay. bridge work was done okay. But....
with the Detail Up Set from Very Fine models (sold separately) ENHANCES the kit very well. Superstructure Pops out now, doors are included, small ladders, crane back aft as well as catapult detail for such a small scale are very good. Gun mounts are PE also, the 40 & 20 mm's are okay (I might use the original kit barrels), the 'larger barrels for guns are turned metal (with bores)....looks Very Cool!! It even comes with a chain and wooden deck.
So If My 700 MONTANA looks this great and with the Detail Up Set enhancing the kit, it looks like a GREAT Build. For You and SALEM in 350 Scale...Well I bet it would look 'Cool Beans'!!
Hope this helps you, Have a great rest-of-year and a Better New Year!
of Very Fine, the quality of the molding is good with ten (10) spures, a medium/small sheet of PE, and a very small decal sheet.
The kit is Full Hull, with option to make it a waterline, there seems to be an etched (slightly) for the boot line (black line) around the hull, the hull looks correct even for the torpedo blister from aft of #2 turret to forward part of #3 (not #4) turret.
To be honest and a bit weathered out from Thanx dinner, I was just So Dang Happy getting a MONTANA (even though I usually build A/C carriers) after all these Many years waiting for a kit like this. Unfortunately I do not have any comments for SALEM kit.
Special Note: I also purchased the PE sheets + barrels that also come from Very Fine company, but I need to compare that another day, but will let you know.
Gidday Mario, I,ve been thinking about purchasing this kit or the SALEM one.
Can you please tell us what the kit is like? Specifically the quality of the molding, is it a full hull or halves, is the waterline scribed into the hull etc.
Never heard of Very Fire before but is it as good as Tamiya as a benchmark?