Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The HMS York D-98 was the last of the Type 42 Destroyers built. She was a batch 3 with the latest improvements made to this class of modern destroyers sometimes referred to as the Sheffield class. The York was launched on June 20, 1982. She has served with British forces around the world most recently with sister ship HMS Gloucester evacuating British citizens from Beirut in 2006 after Israel responded to Hezbolla attacks from Lebanon. They spent time ferrying evacuees from Lebanon to Cyprus. The York is fitted with the new Mod 1 version of the 4.5" Vickers Mk 8 gun along with sister Edinburgh. The York will continue to serve for years to come providing air defense for the Royal Navy.

Dragon's kit of the York is another in their line of Premium Edition kits that includes many new features. and some old familiar ones.

The hull is the major part on this sprue and it features nice crisp molding. It is molded in waterline style with a complete lower hull option. The superstructure walls have plenty of surface detailing  that will stand out nicely with a light wash applied after painting.
A weapons sprue is included with many of the parts you will need for this kit. There are a whole bunch of spares, so tuck them away for other projects. If you are building your ship as the Manchester, or Gloucester or an early version of the York or Edinburgh you will need the main guns off of this sprue.
This sprue contains the base and some of the new parts including the new 4.5" Vickers Mk 8 gun. The lower hull on this sprue is from the Sheffield with a shorter hull length and is not needed for this kit. A base and nameplate is included for full hull display.
A photo etch fret is included with railings and radar's. In addition new mast parts are included to replace the thicker molded ones included in the kit. The modeler is given a choice of plastic or photo etch. Rotors for the hello is also included as well as safety nets for the landing pad.
The decals are from Cartograf and are very sharply registered. Markings included for the Manchester (D95), Gloucester (D96), Edinburgh (D97), and York (D98). Helo deck markings and warning circles are included as well as flags.
A 8 page instruction booklet is included to guide you through a step by step assembly process. 

You can see more of this kit on the Dragon Models website with sprue pictures featuring a pan and zoom utility by clicking here.

Another welcome addition to the 1/700 ship world. The premium edition offers the options that modelers are asking for. I'm glad to see that Dragon continues to listen to what ship modelers are asking for and continues to deliver. Whether you want to build a full hull or waterline, this kit is a valuable addition to your British fleet or to accompany your NATO forces. It retails for about $21.00 US a great price for a kit with these options.