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I put them in the "Your Mileage May Vary" category.
Some of them are more work than I want for a particular subject and I'm not a fan of wood decks, so there's always going to be things I'm not going to use, but that said they're pretty comprehensive and a decent "sole source" for brass parts. It may also be worth looking around and pricing alternatives from other companies that are a blend of PE and 3d parts, etc.. You may be better served with some basic PE and 3D printed guns and pieces from Black Cat
depending on what you want to aim for.
I also tend to watch LuckyModel for their sales and they happen to have both sets on sale right now for about $135 plus an additional 12% off with code and mostly free air shipping (generally a couple of dollar charge for the tracking number): https://doc.luckymodel.com/NL221124-1299/newsletter.htm https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=PS-35024FB https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=PS-35024FN
Having just acquired Trumpeterís 1/350 U.S.S. Texas, Iím considering some aftermarket upgrades and came upon a description of the Pontos set and, as I am not a ship guy, Iím wondering if itís worth spending nearly 3 times what I paid for the kit for what appears to be an extremely complicated (but extremely detailed) accessory that replaces much of the original plastic.
The ship means a lot to me, and not just because Iím a native Texan or because of her historic significance. I visited the ship twice over 60 years ago when a junior high school student and have long wanted a model. Also, a former college girlfriend was the lead Texas Parks Department historian for a past renovation, so thereís a great deal of sentiment involved in building a model that will do the ship justice.
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