I've just finished the PC, done as PC472 in a US Naval
photo of her in the late summer 1942. She's Measure 21 - Navy
She's sitting on the top of my monitor right now. She's
a tad over 5 3/4
The kit is 1-piece, full hull and superstructure/stack.
Typical ISW detail
-- the gun tubs tend to be a little heavy compared to some of
manufacturers. The bulkheads have nicely formed hathes
and draped fire
hoses. Brass wire is supplied for the mast. There is a fret
of etched brass
rails, 20mm shields, depth charge roll-off racks and K-gun racks,
other detail parts.. Typical of ISW, the 20mm guns had some
from the molding. It was no problem to clean it up with a knife.
gun forward was well done, the 40mm mid-ships needed some work.
problem I had was with the prop shaft supports - they're uneven.
resin prop blades were asymetrical - they could have been built-up
some styrene stock and refiled, but I found a set of 3-bladed
props in my
After I painted the ship I applied the brass railings.
There was a round
bend for which an x-acto #2 handle worked well. There were 2
bends and a half a dozen square bends. The rest of the railing
straight runs. The length of the railing pieces were not long
enough to go
the length of the ship -- but the breaks fell ajacent to some
of the ready
lockers on the deck and I was able to disquise them
well. I rigged it with halyards, and mast fore/back stays with
stainless wire, painted black. I cut come depth charges from
and filled the depth charge racks. Overall I probably have less
hours invested in it.
My overall impression is that it is an excellent ship
model for someone
who has built styrene ship kits and wants to try their hand
at a resin and
brass ship kit.
1) It is not expensive, it was less than 40 dollars. You
can learn on it
without fear of screwing up a large [expensive] kit.
2) All the parts you need are included. You don't need
to buy additional
parts to fit it out.
3) The bends on the etched brass are simple and for the
most part the
rails are applied in long runs.
4) ISW has a reputation for excellent customer service.
If there is
something wrong with the kit -- something mis-cast or a part
will make it right. Just call or write.
5) At 5 3/4 inches its smaller than a 1/700th destroyer,
but the parts are
bigger and easier to handle with hands that are equiped with
On the con side -- the instructions leave something to
be desired. There
is no parts list. It is basically a 2-view drawing. There is
guide/drawing for Measure 22 and a dark half tone photocopy
of a photo of a
PC in that measure. ISW could stand to spend a little more time
facet of their kits. You will need to be prepared to do some
the Naval Historical Center has some photos of some PCs which
transfered to the Korean navy which are excellent sources of
Overall -- its a B. I enjoyed it.
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