Skywave / Pitroad

1/700 Equipment for Modern Ship (V)
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
Skywave weapons sets have been around for a few years. Modelers have been using them for years to upgrade their plastic and resin ships. This set is the new Modern Weapons set, it includes parts for US Navy and Japanese Navy ships. 
There are two identical sprues included with this set. The top and bottom are shown in the scan on the right. The molding is quite good with very little flash. If you have one of the old Modern Weapons then you will notice that these parts are more crisp than those early sets. Gun barrels and Helo rotors are thinner than past sets. The set has a number of modern weapons and fittings including:
  • 76 mm Gun
  • 127 mm Gun
  • Mk-33 3 inch
  • Mk-42 5 inch
  • Mk-45 5 inch
  • Sea sparrow launcher
  • Bofose launcher
  • Mk-13 missile launcher
  • ASROC launcher
  • Harpoon launcher
  • SPG-51 illuminator
  • Mk-32 Torpedo
  • SPS-24 radar
  • 7.9 meter boat
  • SH-60 Seahawk
  • AH-1 Cobra
  • CH-47 Chinook
  • 20 mm CIWS
  • Raft containers
  • Flag pole
  • OPS-14 radar
  • OPS-16-18 radar
  • OPS-11 radar
  • GFCS (4 types)
  • OE-82C antenna
  • Flag bags
  • NOLQ-3 ECM
  • AN/SPS-52B radar
  • AN/SPS-55 radar
  • Chaff launcher
  • Super bird antenna
  • Searchlight
  • Anchor
  • Ladders
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Simple instructions are  included on a separate sheet showing the assembly of the various parts. The back of the box shows some typical locations for these parts on a Japanese Destroyer and a US Navy Cruiser. 


A nice set that greatly improves on the quality of those early waterline kits. This kit is Code # SWE01 and sells for $12.00 from Trident Hobbies. Check out the full line of Skywave weapons sets on the website.