This 1/700 scale kit by Waveline, a Japanese resin caster, depicts the Queen
Elizabeth in her 1915 fit. Subsequent rebuilds in the 20's, 30's and during WW2
greatly changed her appearance, so this model is not suitable for those of you wishing to
build a WW2 Queen Elizabeth. Get the Waveline Barham, a 1941 fit QE class battleship, if that is your
Waveline and an American resin caster, Corsair Armada, are currently setting the
standard in 1/700 resin cast ship models. The Queen Elizabeth kit is, in a word, superb.
Hull and upper works are resin and the many fittings are precise white metal castings. At
US $85 the kit is not cheap, but read on to see why Waveline kits are worth every penny.
Hull: A beautiful one-piece resin casting crammed
with exquisite surface detail. Minimal cleanup is required and the surface bits have a
delicate, jewel-like quality the likes of which I've never seen in a 1/700 scale kit. The
teak deck is represented by finely scribed deck planking. The anchor chains are cast
integral with the deck and are quite acceptable. Length and beam both scale out within
inches of published dimensions.
Superstucture: More finely cast resin pieces.
Deck structures are keyed to fit into the corresponding openings in the lower hull
casting. Waveline's ability to produce paper thin, "in-scale" blast shields and
deck structures is most impressive.
The four twin 15-inch turrets are detailed resin castings. The barrels are white metal
with very nice cast-in blast sleeves at the base of each barrel.
Secondary Armament: The deck mounted guns and
blast shields are more of the same jewel like white metal. The twelve casement mounted
6-inch guns are white metal with integral blast sleeves.
Masts & Cranes: Instructions are provided for
fabricating masts and cranes from brass (included). This step is not difficult and should
not put off anyone who thinks that resin kits require some sort of advance building
skills. This one does not. Even with injection molded kits where the masts are provided I
usually fabricate them from brass rod. It is an easy step that adds tremendously to the
"look" of the finished product.
Miscellaneous: Davits, searchlights, launches,
rafts and all manner of small bits and pieces are white metal castings of extraordinary
quality and "scale" appearance. I'm sure there is something that Waveline has
omitted but I haven't found it as yet.
Etched Brass: none included. Add deck railing
using the appropriate Tom's Modelworks or Gold Medal Models fret.
Instructions: Excellent. Exploded view drawings
show parts placement and necessary dimensions, and there are 1/700 starboard and plan
views as well. Both a parts diagram and a parts list are included. The instructions are in
Japanese, but this is not a significant drawback.
Cost: US $85 from Pacific Front.
Conclusion: It is difficult to speak in anything
but superlatives when reviewing a Waveline kit. If you like 1/700 scale ships and would
like to treat yourself to a high quality, accurate kit that builds into a beatiful
replica, then look no further. The Waveline Queen Elizabeth is a great kit of a famous