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German Torpedo Boat Mowe

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Mowe was a new class of Torpedo boat built following the first world war. These boat were considerably larger than their WW1 predecessors being closer in size to a small Destroyer. They proved to quite successful in operation along the English Channel and were used in Norway as well. The Mowe was probably best known for what she didn't do rather than what she did. This is the ship that the HMS Campbelton was disguised to look like when she made her daring raid on the locks at Brest.

HP Models has modeled the Mowe as she appeared shortly before her loss to British Aircraft at Le Havre in June of 44.

The hull is pretty well cast with a fair amount of surface detailing present. click to enlarge
The superstructure parts are cast on a thin resin wafer in the upright position. These parts are well cast and have nicely formed splinter shields. The secondary weapons and fittings are cast in the same manner. The main guns shields are cast separate from the gun barrel, giving it a more realistic appearance.

Some of the finer parts will prove difficult to remove from the wafer such as the RDF antenna. This part would be better represented by photo etch. There is no photo etch included in this kit.

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The instructions consist of three pages, one plan and elevation view and a bill of materials list. The third page is and exploded view showing where the parts locate.
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This is a pretty simple kit and could be finished in an evening or two. It could benefit from some photo etch railings and would be a great addition to your German fleet. Thanks to Pacific Front Hobbies for the review sample. Check out the other HP Models in the latest Pacific Front Update.

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