Range Finder and Binocular Telescope Set

Published: October 16th, 2010     
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Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Fine Molds
Price: $23.00
Product / Stock #: WZ-3
Product provided by: Dragon Models USA

This is the latest detail set from Finemolds. It is part of their Nano Dread 350 series (okay I have no idea why it is called "Nano Dread"). This detail set provides replacement bridge equipment for Imperial Japanese Navy warships, even though the box does not say that. What is noteworthy of Finemolds is that their after market detail sets are injection molded styrene; there is no multi-media included. What is surprising, since this is my first look at a Finemold molding, is how petite and detailed the injection details are!

In the box are four sprues of details; two each of Sprue A and Sprue B.

Sprue A contains:

  • 1 magnetic compass binnacle (mis-identified as a Gyro Compass)
  • 3 azimuth gyro repeaters
  • 4 mounted binoculars

Sprue B contains:

  • 2 2-meter range finders
  • 2 3-meter range finders
  • 1 radio direction finder (DF)

From what I can discern, there are enough detail parts to build two ships. The only assembly required for this set, are the two halves of the DF antenna. The instruction sheet provides locating info on generic IJN warships and the box provides the minimal painting instructions.

This is a simple set which provides much better detail for what are typically either left out or poorly represented in most ship kits. This is especially true for open bridges. The only other detail, often neglected, that I would have liked to have seen in this set is a helm/wheel and lee helm/engine order telegraph. Perhaps they will be the subject of a future detail set. Highly recommended for IJN ship modelers.

I would like to thank Dragon USA for this review samples.

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