JCS 1/400 Lutzow

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
Here's an inexpensive scale model of the Lutzow in the popular 1/400 scale. This paper model captures the look of the Lutzow with her narrow bridge and funnel extension. As a bonus the landing craft F 866 is included to allow you to create an interesting diorama.
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 (not shown) are numbered and it looks like the assembly is similar to a plastic kit. The main differences are that you cut the parts out and bend, fold, and roll them into shape.
The ships deck features some nice wood deck planking with gray metal surfaces where appropriate. The hull and superstructure sides are colored a lighter shade of gray. The main turrets even have yellow tops for aerial recognition at sea.

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.

Manufacturers built up shown below.

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. You can also copy them and print them at other scales.
     This kit is priced at 5.95 EUR which is less than $7.50 US a pretty good price. Check out the e-papermodels.com website for even more ships and detailing accessories to enhance your kit.

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