Yet another review
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
Not as well known as her more famous sister ship. The Tirpitz was an improved Bismarck class battleship. Similar to the Bismark, the primary differences between these two ships was the location of the aircraft cranes amidships and addition of torpedo tubes. The Tirpitz also had a slightly modified bridge, additional anti aircraft guns and protective domes over the fire control directors.
The hull halves are molded as on piece with a bow and stern insert. The two parts join at the location of the forward secondary guns. This makes it easier to hide the seam. The lower hull is molded as two halves and are well done.
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Deck detail is pretty good overall. Deck planking is well done and there are plenty of hatches and hose reels molded on. 
The main superstructure parts are pretty well molded. The parts are mostly molded as complete structures. This limits the better detail to surfaces that are perpendicular to the mold faces.
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The funnel and other superstructure parts are molded in a rather curious choice of material, Vinyl. While at first glance this allows for a lot of detail, it presents the modeler with a few problems. Among them are finding an adhesive to glue the parts together, as well as a paint that can stick to the surface. Also if the modeler has to cut, sand, or carve these parts the results will probably be very undesirable. I wish Dragon would refrain from using this material in the future.
I have included a flat scan and photograph of these parts sprues to help illustrate the detail. Weapons on these sprues are pretty fine and nicely detailed for this scale.
The main superstructure part is one part, with very nice detailing on the deck surface. There is a lack of detailing on the sides due to the way the part is molded.
Main gun turrets are really nice. The rivet detail is a little overdone but really makes the turrets stand out.
The float planes and ships boats are molded on a clear sprue. This is done so you can have a clear canopy on the aircraft. The drawback to this is that clear plastic is a brittle and harder to work with. I would rather paint my own canopy than have to work with this clear material.
A big bonus is the photo etch fret. The fret includes railings and radar and even walls that help rectify the lack of detail on the superstructure sides.
A ship stand is included if you want to display your ship as a full hull kit.
Decals include flags unfortunately presented in their politically correct style without the swastika complete. But you can put the parts of the decals together to complete the decal. A nameplate decal is also included as well as what appears to be camouflage sheets. I am not sure how these are to be used with the kit though.
Instructions are well done with several subassembly views that show a step by step approach to building the ship. 
Thanks to Hobby Link Japan for the review sample. They carry both this kit and the rival Pit-Road version as well as a complete line of ships from the best manufactures in the business.