I am proud to be able to report that last week I saw, completely unexpected and unsolicited, the first independent review of a Matt Stein Models' product: the 1/200 scale FBM "J-prop" hydrodynamically-shaped mid-'60s SSBN propeller. The author was the well-known reviewer and editor of RAJENDRA's, JOE's, DAVE's, et al's list of SHIP KIT REVIEWS, Mr. David R. Wells:
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 16:45:00 -0400
Subject: [SMML] Product Review: Matt Stein Models sub propeller
(To the Ship Modeler's Mailing List [SMML]) David Wells wrote:
I recently purchased a pack of four 1/200 scale SSBN propellers from Matt Stein Models.
I'm pleased with the parts I received. The parts are nicely molded in a pale yellow translucent resin. There's a bit of flash between the blades, but nothing too serious. It's probably inherent in the resin casting process.
It is intended for the Renwal (later Revell) SSBN kits, most recently re-issued by Revell-Germany as the Andrew Jackson. (even though, as I've said many times, the kit is clearly supposed to be an Ethan Allen class...)
The propeller is a 7-bladed "J" propeller, typical of USN props of the early 1960s. I'm not an expert on USN sub propellers of that era, but it looks pretty good to me. Unlike photo-etched props, the blades seem to have some shape to them. In 1/200 scale, that can be noticeable.
I'd recommend this piece to anyone doing a Revell/Renwal Ethan Allen-class.
David R. Wells"
I can't think of anything to with which to follow that except: Thank You, Mr. Wells, and glad you're happy with your purchase.
Oh, and also that, regarding the remnant casting wafer, I do post on-line instructions on how to efficiently/easily to clean up the raw castings.
Will keep you posted - as always!
-Matt "Matty" Stein
Matt Stein Models