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Re: Old Mould Dorsetshire Kits
Many thanks for the detailed comparison and the 052662 kit that I have is box end labeled in red "LIMITED EDITION". Am I correct that this is a reissued version with the corrected hull length?
The two kits (052662 and 052686) have exactly the same parts for the ship herself; both are underscale.
052662 (Indian Ocean Raid) has three additional sprues of IJN aircraft.
052686 (Bismarck Pursuit) has additional hi-detail parts to replace the octuple 2pdr pompom and quad 0.5" mountings if required, and additional sprues to build two U-boats.
Instructions for 052662 indicate that the modeller should merely build the Walrus from Sprue N, plus the D3A Type 99 ("Val") from the IJN sprues, whereas those for 052686 indicate that all the aircraft from Sprue N (ie 2 x Walrus, Sunderland and Wellington), plus the U-boats, should be built. 052662's instructions correctly show the camouflage scheme worn at the time of the Bismarck action, but 052662 wrongly shows the same scheme (it was modified before Dorsetshire went to the Indian Ocean, and a completely different scheme applied later, before she was sunk).
What are the differences between the two Dorsetshire 052662 and 686. I assume they are both "under scale" and share many of the same parts.
The Aoshima kits of Kent, Cornwall, Dorsetshire and Norfolk are good - but avoid the first Dorsetshire edition (052662 and 052686).
Tom's Modelworks has a fitting PE set for all four ships. I would recommend in addition brass barrels for the 8" and 4", new PomPom (e.g. FineMoulds), 0.5" MG (e.g 3D Model Parts) and new Walrus (FlyHawk). Perhaps also new HACS?
Probably, you have seen my earlier Kent post:
Thanks. I had heard the first Dorsetshire had some deficiencies. Now that I have the kit numbers I'll avoid them. And thanks for the aftermarket recommendations.
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