Reviewed by Timothy Dike
|A new line of accessories for 1/700 scale modelers is now available from Paper Lab. Designed using Computer Aided Design (CAD), these parts existed virtually on computer, fine tuned and refined until being used to create masters for the white metal miniature parts. The result is that the parts are almost perfect copies of the original. The main image above is a rendered image of the 3D model. Note that some of the shapes are slightly exaggerated. The final part comes out with more subtle edges as the casting process has a way of rounding off some of the sharp edges. The result is some really awesome looking turrets that are far superior to anything that can be molded in plastic.||
|This set includes 6 cast metal turrets with separate base
mounts. They come packaged in a sturdy plastic case with a foam insert
to help protect them from damage. The mounts are nicely cast with sighting
hoods and doors and hatches located where apropriate. The turrets have
gun barrels that are supplied in two elevation angles. These parts are
cast in Germany by Neptun, renown for their highly detailed 1/1250 ships.
The casting is extremely well done, with hardly a hint of flash. The feeder
sprue is attached to the base where it will not show after removal.
|These parts are very well done and accurate. The only thing
I would change is to make the barrels separate to facilitate addition of
brass barrels for the perfectonist. If you want realistic parts on your
1/700 scale ships, skip the old Skywave weapons sets and go with parts
that are true to scale and even more detailed. Paper Lab detail parts are
currently available from 4 dealers: Pacific
Front Hobbies, Morning
Sunshine Models, White
Ensign Models and L'Arsenal.
Stay tuned for more from Paper Lab, this is but one of many accessories
now available with much more planned.
This is set #ft70-001 US twin 5" mount - 6 per package and should carry a retail price of around $10.95. More information can be found by clicking their logo below.