It is not often in the year 2002 that you will find a newly
released kit for less than $5.00. Not often, but sometimes.
Mirage's 1/400 scale V106 WWI Torpedoboot is being
offered for $4.96 by Squadron.com.
You might expect a simple kit for this price, and you would not
be too far wrong. 75 parts are attached to two sprues of slightly soft grey
styrene. The quality of the parts is good - much better than the price might
suggest. Apart from a few minor sinkmarks, the parts are very well presented.
Naturally, the limitations of injection moulding technology means that some of
the detail is overscale, oversimplified or missing altogether.
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In 1/400 scale, the Torpedoboot is about 155mm long. A full hull split
into port and starboard halves is provided, as is a three-piece display stand.
small decal sheet supplies ship numbers for V105, V106, V107and V108. For less
than $20 you could have a flotilla!
The instructions include a history section and technical
specifications, but it is unfortunately only delivered in Polish. The
instructions do not include any English language construction tips not colour
callouts. Even so, the exploded view drawings over fourteen steps are fairly
easy to follow for non-Polish speakers.
In summary then, the only real drawback of this model is the
relatively overscale or oversimplified detail.
But there's more!
Mirage Hobby has recognized the limitations of styrene moulding
and offered the determined superdetailer the option of a photo-etched detail
set. The thin brass sheet is 12cm x 6cm in size, and packed with around 100
parts to transform the little plastic kit into an impressive replica bristling
with detail. The highlights of the set are the railings, ladders and the small
crane at the bow of the vessel.
All the brass parts are fastened to the sheet with remarkably
fine attachment points. To avoid damage, extreme care will be required when removing, handling
and securing these parts to the model. However, the effort will be well
The combined price for the impressive brass etched set and the
competent plastic kit is less than US$16.00. This represents great value for
maritime modellers, or perhaps someone who wants to apply his modelling skills
on something a little bit different.
Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 29 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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