Fujimi 1/700 Premium Option Parts (PE) for
IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku 1941, set #34

Reviewed by Dan Kaplan

In conjunction with Fujimiís recent 1/700 releases have come corresponding sets of kit specific photoetch. While kit specific PE is not unusual in itself, the nature of the new Fujimi sets has been to offer an unusually full and complete set of photo etch fittings for a given kit. Itís very welcome development as it eliminates most of the need to piece together various bits from different aftermarket sets and producers.

The new Shōkaku set is no different. I find it very smart in concept and very good in execution. In addition to the usual PE davits, masts, stairs, ladders, railings and cranes, there are very welcome additions such as mesh catwalks, aircraft and personnel safety netting for the flight deck edge, funnel grab rails, funnel grills, landing light arrays (with boom extensions Ė very perceptive), flight deck wind barrier and box, crash barriers, maneuvering lights, AA sponson support structures with hole lightening perforations, boat deck railings attached to deck edge girders (very nice), boat booms, a host of small platforms and perforated structural supports for some of the catwalks.

The set comes with a 2 page sheet of instructions, consisting of color photograph examples of placement of parts on the kit itself. Iíve heard that some folks have an issue with pictorial instructions but I personally find it very straightforward.

Other than some personal temptation to replace some of the railings with the finer GMM ultra fine IJN railings, I find this a very satisfying and comprehensive fret of photo etch. I believe most other modelers will concur.