Combrig 1/700 HMS Erin British Battleship
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The HMS Erin was laid down in 1911 destined for the Turkish Navy. Upon completion and as the Ottoman Empire crew was arriving to sail her to Turkey, the ship was was seized by the Royal Navy. She joined the Grand Fleet, became part of the 2nd Battle Squadron and took part in the Battle of Jutland. The Erin survived the battle with no damage. Erin fought on throughout the war, only to become a victim of the Washington Treaty. She was sold for scrapping in 1922.

Displacement 22,780 tons load 25,250 tons full
Length 553 feet waterline 559 feet 9 inches overall
Beam 91 feet 7 inches
Draft 28 feet 5 inches (load)
Propulsion 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 26,500 shp
Performance  21 kts.
Armament 10 x 13.5 in 45 cal MK VI (5 x 2)
16 x 6 in (16 x 1)
 6 x 6 pounder (6 x 1)
2 x 3 in (2 x 1)
4 x 21 in TT

The Hull on this kit is very well done, the casting is very sharp and well defined. The hull has several open areas cast in to reduce the amount of resin that needs to be poured. These hole serve as mounting locations for the main guns and superstructure. Planking is well done on the deck as is the overall level of detail.
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Superstructure parts are also nicely cast. Some are molded on a thin resin wafer and will need a little flat sanding to free them. The parts are sharp and crisp and as usual, well cast. At first glance you might think that that is an excessive amount of overpour on the bottom of the parts. That is until you fit the superstructure parts perfectly into the locating hole without sanding, a perfect fit. 
The funnels are hollowed out a bit for a more realistic appearance. The tripod legs are cast in resin too, but I would use these for templates to make brass replacements from. 
The main guns are nicely shaped and have plenty of detail included. The casting gate is on the base and doesn't have to be removed due to the way the turrets fit into the openings. The gun barrels are pretty nice for resin with a realistic flared end.
The ships boats are the best I've seen in this scale. The main launch has rudder detail cast on. A separate stack is included for the large launch. The whaleboats feature nice bottom wood planking. The only way to improve upon these would be to leave the seats out and add them in as a separate photo etch piece.
The small parts are stunning and it is amazing that they can be cast so finely in this scale. The light machine guns are so tiny that they rival photo etch. The cable reels and search lights are well done too. The anchors are finely cast as are all the small parts.
A relief etched fret is included and details are nicely rendered. Notice the bracing for installation under the bridge. The fighting top is provided as an etched part with open windows.  Only Erin specific details are included meaning you will have to supply your own railings. But most of us already have plenty of extra rails so this is not a problem.
The Instructions are four pages done in the typical Combrig style. A plan and elevation with specifications and Historical info is on page one. A bill of materials and pictures of the kit parts is on page two. Page three and four are exploded assembly views showing parts placement. 
Yet another high quality Combrig kit. This one features state of the art casting, and relief etch photo etch with improved instructions. I wouldn't recommend this kit for a beginner, but any one who has tacked a resin kit and worked with photo etch will really enjoy this one. This kit is listed on the Pacific Front Hobbies website for $45.00 (US), a fantastic price for a ship of this size and detail. It will make a fine addition to your Grand Fleet.