by Timothy Dike
Alliance ModelWorks has a new set of USN doors and hatches for your 1/350 ship projects. The set consists of two sprues one with doors and hatches open and the other closed. Both frets are protected by a thin transparent plastic film on both sides. 
The first fret is relief etched with a variety of doors and hatches. The doors consist of the frame and gutter rail with a front and back that are designed to be folded over to give a very realistic assembly. There are a variety of sizes and shapes typical of US Navy ship design over the last 100 plus years. The set is listed as WW2, but the coal scuttles are more appropriate for turn of the century ships. There are also some really nice grills with louvers that can be opened by bending the slats outward. This is the kind of detail that makes a kit stand out in a crowd. 
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This fret has the doors and hatches designed to be shown in the closed position. A variety of sizes and shapes are included all nicely relief etched for a 3D performance. 

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The instructions are a single page showing the way the doors and hatches fold up. Examples of how they are installed are shown too. 
This is really nice set that will allow you to add some really nice detailing to your otherwise plain kits. This is set number #NW35024 WWII US Navy vessels watertight doors and hatch shutters with a list price of $13.00 US. Check out this one and the other sets on the Alliance ModelWorks Website.