The set is comprised of two finely milled stainless steel frets.
Many of the parts feature delicate three-dimensional relief etching. To truly appreciate
the detail, I had to use 3 power hobby glasses. The superstructure platforms, landing
platforms, catapult, radars, winch heads and even the SPQR on the coats of arms, are
relief etched. There are a great variety of other parts on the frets. Among these are;
platforms and supports, stack gratings, starfish with girder supports, catapult crane, two
types of aircraft cradles and propellers (One type for a RO-43 and one type for a Re
2000), two types of two bar railing (closer spaced type for the superstructure and the
wider spaced type for the main decks), inclined and vertical ladders, ropes, pulleys, and
other parts not readily recognizeable.
The set also comes with a comprehensive set on the instructions,
printed front and back. Parts are numbered and the instructions comprise detailed drawings
with the part numbers indicating placement location. The instructions appear to be
logically presented and quite clear.
Regia Marina has also produced two other smaller 1:700 frets,
that feature anti-aircraft weapons used by the Italian Navy. The more intriguing of the
sets is of the 1935 Model Breda 20mm/65 cal twin mounts. The fret consists of twenty
mounts plus two directors. The fret comes with a data sheet listing ships that carried the
mounts, how many and dates carried. Ships are listed by class with individual variances
being shown. Ship classes included are; Conte di Cavour; Caio Duilio, Vittorio Veneto; Di
Giussano; Cadorna; Luigi Di Savoia, Capitani Romani; Freccia/Folgore; Maestrale; Oriani;
Soldati; Spica; La Masa; Ciclone; Ariete; and Gabbiano.
The Oerlikon 20mm/70 cal fret also comprises twenty gun mounts
and two directors. The data sheet indicates that Oerlikons were used on the following
classes; Montecuccoli; Duca DAosta; Navigatori; Freccia; Ariete; La Masa; Ciclone;
Orsa; Audace; Gabbiano; Acciaio 600 series subs; Flutto class subs; and on cargo ships and
auxiliary cruisers. Variances by individual ship and time period are indicated, as with
the Breda guns.
The new Regia Marina photo-etch frets should be found with
all the vendors that carry the Regia Marina resin kits. Also, the Regia MarinaVittorio Veneto kit can now be purchased with
or without the photoetch.