In the last couple of years we’ve been
treated to some spectacular photo-etched “Super Sets” in 1/700th
scale that rival the detail of larger 1/350th scale sets.
And, the kit makers have taken notice too.
Many have been busily re-tooling older warships with more and better
detail, new features, and even some grade-up PE frets of their own.
Without a doubt it’s a great time to be a 1/700th scale
Fret A: This first fret contains radio antennae; boat cranes with pulleys and hooks; funnel handrail; yardarm with weather vanes and anemometers; LSO platform, windscreen and safety jump net; and guardrails that surround the 2 inline flight deck elevators.
Here’s the supporting structure for the deck edge elevator with safety net,
SC-2 and SK radar suites (just to name a few), and Mk 4/12 fire control radar
for the Mark 37 directors. There are
also optional choices provided to capture the look of any
C: On this fret are pulleys and cable ends for the arresting wires, catwalks
with guardrails, upgrades to the kit’s 5” guns (port side, single mount),
and much more.
Doors, hatches, anchors, ladders and swinging booms are included on this fret.
There is plenty of detail on the doors and hatches to enhance realism of
your finished carrier, particularly if you give them to a light wash (shadow).
Fret E contains crash barriers, several gun tubs and galleries, splinter
shields, and gun directors. 20mm
Oerlikon guns make up the bulk of detail pieces on this fret.
Many of the catwalks found underneath the ends and along the edges of the flight
deck are provided on this fret. But,
these are definitely not generic in any way.
They are all custom to a specific location and include the steps or
ladders to move from one level to the next – exquisite!
On this fret are replacements for the aft compartments visible under the flight
deck that, by comparison, make the kit’s parts look like mere plastic chunks.
You’ll also find superstructure parts to support the forward edge of
the flight deck.
Fret H: FlyHawk
leaves nothing to the imagination as parts for the bracing under the forward
flight deck are provided on fret H. And
for those of us that have tried to scratch build thin splinter shields –
relax! On this fret you get all the
platforms with splinter shields and braces that surround the navigation bridge,
admiral’s bridge and on various other levels.
I particularly like the shield that fold up around the platform as
opposed to having to attach them with Ca as a separate item – much easier to
do. And the folding score lines
appear to make that a simple task (if there is such a thing in 1/700th
The next fret has the rest of the structural bracing for under the forward
flight deck and the remainder of the ship’s railings.
Elsewhere FlyHawk crafted
parts to simulate limp chain railing, but here the railings are solid.
Again, each section is designed to fit a precise location and upgrade the
overall appearance of your
The final fret has enough quad 40mm Bofors for every timeframe of an
This is an enormous set and a dream come true for the experienced
This 10 fret Super Detail set is incredibly well done.
PE parts are relief etched and loaded with intricate detail.
The exactness of each part is intended to give as close to a realistic
look as possible in this miniature scale. I’m
sure this set will provide hours and hours of (frustration and) pleasure.
It’ll easily challenge the skills of the best naval model craftsmen.
And, you’ll want to keep your reference books handy to confirm many of
the intricate sub-assemblies.
Reviewed by Duncan Kennedy