Face it, the HMS Rodney and Nelson were the ugly ducklings of the Royal Navy since their conception. As abbreviated versions of a early 1920s battle cruiser design cancelled as a result of the Washington Treaty, the two ships were aesthetically ungainly. However, for the modeler, they are extremely interesting ships, especially the Rodney since she was the most effective opponent of the Bismarck. Although Trumpeter is busy issuing their own versions of many older Hasegawa kits, the Tamiya 1:700 scale Rodney and Nelson are still the only game in town in that scale. They are still very popular kits but, as with any plastic kit, they can really use a fine brass photo-etch fret to replicate fine detail that the injected styrene plastic process has no hope of duplicating with requisite fineness. Both kits will greatly benefit with the addition of the Tom's Modelworks photo-etch set #737 for Rodney and Nelson

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First of all, the Rodney and Nelson had substantial differences. The Tamiya Rodney presents the ship in the early phase of World War Two. The Toms fret is especially critical for this fit because a catapult and aircraft crane offset to the port of tower superstructure were mounted at this time. Sorry, but no way the kit supplied plastic parts can duplicate the lattice structure. The Nelson also has a crane but of a different design, also found on the Toms fret. Another area in which the Toms fret is absolutely indispensable is that of radar arrays. The Yagi arrays of the Royal Navy were certainly unique in appearance. Toms does not stop with just the Yagis but provides a full panoply of all of the radars fitted to the ships during the war. Included are arrays for the Type 279, Type 281, Type 282, Type 284, Type 285, Type 291, as well as other electronic arrays. The brass cap grate is another must add replacement for the plastic kit part. There are certain pieces that are less crucial, that may or may nor use, such as the anchors of open grid bottoms for the carley rafts but the point is, you now have that option of adding greater detail to these fittings with the Toms fret. Of course the product provides a full plate of generic details. There are twelve full runs of railing in four different styles. Two are three different versions of three-bar railings and a two bar railing design. Also included are two runs of vertical ladder, ten medium length inclined ladders and four long inclined ladders. About the only significant omission would be Oerlikon guns and guns shields. However, those parts are available separately. 

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If you are planning in building the Tamiya 1:700 scale HMS Rodney or HMS Nelson, then you should seriously consider acquiring Tom's Modelworks brass photo-etch set #737 for these ships. This set provides all of the crucial fittings that can only be replicated in photo-etch, as well as a healthy measure of other nice to have fittings. 

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