Reviewed by Timothy Dike
| L'Arsenal continues to come out with cool details
that give your ship that extra detail that are usually left off.
This one is a set of 12" searchlights that are commonly found on US
Navy ships. Usually found on the bridge they supplement the larger
combat searchlights that are typically 24" to 36".
|This set features twelve resin cast searchlights bodies
with photo etched mounts. The resin parts are cast with a groove that helps
them fit into the photo etched frame.
These parts are tiny so be careful handling them. I would suggest attaching them while they are still on the resin runners.
|A brass fret provides the searchlight frames and three types are provided. An offset mount, a straight mount, and a fixed offset mount. Also included are lens and lever end pieces that allow you to simulate the searchlight with shutters open or closes. A cool effect!|
|The instructions are pretty basic and include a parts identifier and illustrations showing where the parts go. Simple stuff, but you will need to consult your own reference to decide which mount is right for your ships.|
This is a nice little set that can be used for a multitude of US Navy ship projects. It can equip a whole fleet of tin cans! Or dress out a smaller number of larger ships. This is set # AC350-64 12" Signal Searchlights (12 lamps w'p/e) $6.00US. A must for the serious ship modeler. They are based on US Navy style searchlights, but can be used on ship from other countries as these are pretty typical searchlight mounts.