1/350 Yankee Modelworks
USS North Carolina Class
Photo Etch Set
reviewed by Timothy Dike
The new Trumpeter North Carolina is another welcome addition to the growing line of 1/350 ships. It is state of the art for plastic injection molding, but is lacking in the detail department. Yankee Modelworks has produced a nice fret with plenty of detail parts to spruce that kit up.
Fret 1
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The first fret contains the railings, ladders, raft bottom netting, and 20 mm guns among other things. The fret is relief etched which helps bring out the details and give depth to otherwise flat parts. One of my favorite additions is the spotting chairs, and item you don't normally see in a detail set.
Close ups of the fret details
Fret 2
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The second fret includes the catapults, aircraft and boat cranes, as well as the 40 mm gun shields. Radar's, and antenna and a multitude of other detail items are also included. The relief etching makes items like the radar screens really stand out. 

Close ups of the fret details

The instructions are eleven pages with detail views, actual weapons drawings, and drawings showing their placement on the Trumpeter kit. These are more extensive than earlier efforts and I find the weapons drawings very helpful and informative.
Conclusions: This fret has just about everything you would want to use on your USS North Carolina. If you have been waiting for a photo etch set for your kit, wait no longer this one is available now at Trident Hobbies for $39.99.

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