Black Cat Models
1/350 Draped Hose Rack and Hose Reel


Reviewed by Martin J Quinn
February 2020
Among the latest releases from Black Cat Models of France is a accessories, Draped hose rack and selt cleaning strainer and hose reel.   These items - especially the draped hose rack - look like USN items, but were probably found on ships of other navies as well. 

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The packaging is Black Cat's typical plastic clamshell container.   The 3D printed runners containing the racks and reels is secured to the bottom of the packaging with double sided tape,  which prevents the runner from moving during shipping. 

There are ten (10) draped hose racks and five (5) hose reels contained in the package, all on one resin runner.   The hose reels are smaller than a previous cable reel set released by Black Cat. 

As with all the 3D printed accessories I've seen from Black Cat, the detail is excellent.   You can make out the individual hose on the draped rack and the on the reels. 

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.
I've run out of superlatives to describe the quality of these items.  As with previously reviewed Black Cat products, the print quality is very good, the details are superb.  Also, as previously mentioned, these will be a big upgrade over the kit supplied parts. 

This is Black Cat Models set AC350033, Draped hose rack and selt cleaning strainer and hose reel.   The set retails for about $5.50 USD, and are available directly from Black Cat Models, or from some of our other fine sponsors.   Highly recommended.

Thanks to Black Cat Models for the review sample.