Black Cat Models
1/350 U.S. Navy Battleship Anchors


Reviewed by Martin J Quinn
March 2020
More new items from Black Cat Models of France have arrived.   Among the latest releases is a pair of stockless anchors for US Navy battleships, U.S. Navy battleship anchors.

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The packaging is Black Cat's typical plastic clamshell container.   The 3D printed runner containing the two anchors is secured to the bottom of the packaging with thick double sided tape, which prevents the runner from moving during shipping.  For the first time ever, my sample was damaged.   I can't say if it happened in transit or if I somehow crushed the container and didn't realize it. 

Either way, the pair of anchors were laying inside the container, having broken off the runner.   The anchor shackles at the tops of each anchor were broken off (but laying on the double sided tape), and the shank on one anchor is bent at an odd angle. 

Regardless of the damage, detail is good, there are even the small holes on each fluke, as seen in photos of real anchors. 

Close ups of some of the parts details.
There are no instructions in the box, but the packing directs you to the Black Cat Models website.   There, on a data page for the particular item, you will find instructions on how to remove the printed supports that are part of the 3D printing process.
As with previously reviewed Black Cat products, the print quality is really good.  These will be an upgrade over kit supplied anchors, especially on some of the earlier USN battleship kits. 

This is Black Cat Models set AC350032b, U.S. Navy battleship anchors.   The pair retails for about $5.50 USD, and is available directly from Black Cat Models or from some of our sponsors.   Recommended.

Thanks to Black Cat Models for the review sample.