JCS 1/400 USS Ward and I-16

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
If you are looking to try paper modeling, this kit should give you a good idea of what to expect. It includes the USS Ward the destroyer that fired the opening shot of the Pacific war by sinking a Japanese midget sub off Pearl Harbor. Also included is the I-16 with a midget sub on deck. They are provided in the popular 1/400 scale, but can be reduced or enlarged on a copier if you prefer.
The pages of the kit are illustrated below, they are printed on heavy cardstock. All external parts are printed in color so no painting is necessary. The instructions are numbered and it looks like the assembly should go pretty easy.
You even get a large folded up sheet simulating a water base. A PBY Catalina is included n the back cover as well.

Please note that I have scanned these images at different scales and low resolution to prevent anyone from copying them. The quality of the print is much better than will show up on your monitor anyway.

I have heard many paper modelers say that it is best to laminate these pages onto heavier card to make them even more rigid. There is nothing to stop you from laminating it to styrene for the ultimate plastic scratchbuild.

     This kit is priced at 8,50 EUR which is less than $11.00 US a pretty good price for a complete 1/400 diorama. Check out the e-papermodels.com website for even more ships and detailing accessories to enhance your kit.

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