White Ensign 1/350
USS Wasp LHD-1

by Sean Hert

White Ensign's detail set for the Gallery/MRC/Revell Germany 1/350 USS Wasp LHD-1 Vehicles and Landing Craft consists of one medium-sized sheet of finely etched brass. This set is for upgrading the eight varieties landing craft and combat vehicles included in the LHD kit.

  • Landing Craft:
    • Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC)
    • Landing Craft, Utility (LCU 1600 series)
  • Vehicles
    • M60 Patton Tank
    • M1 Abrams Tank
    • HMMWV
    • AAV7
    • MTRV
    • LAV25

SHEET A

This photoetch has various different items for the embarked vehicles. Some of the etched parts are replacements of plastic kit parts, to enhance scale appearance, while others are detailed upgrade parts. These parts include railings, replacement tracks for the armored vehicles, pintle-mounted machine guns, etched replacement propellor guards for the LCAC's, and other details.


Sheet A
INSTRUCTIONS

Three pages of instructions are included, in the normal WEM style; general instructions about photoetch with a silhouette of the sheet with a numbered a list of part descriptions. These are followed by the steps necessary to use and install the photoetch. These steps are usually in the form of an exploded view, with a descriptive heading and specific instructions.

CONCLUSIONS

A great set from White Ensign Models, and is should be a good set for the vehicles of both the Wasp and Iwo Jima kits.

This set, #35153, is priced around $16.50, direct from WEM. The complete set of all 3 LHD photoetch sets is #35148 is priced at 74.58, or around $116.00. Thanks to WEM for this review sample.


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