Loose Cannon Productions
1/700 Resin Barges and Sub chaser set
models by Kenny Hoang
Another new kit from Loose Cannon is this barge and sub chaser set. When I first saw this set at the 2001 IPMS Nationals, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I noticed some of these barges in the Warship Pictorial Books and thought about scratch building them. Well there's no need now, because the hard part has been done for you by Loose Cannon. click images
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The set consists of several different barges. There is a covered storage barge that has a load of boxes, cans, and other clutter. It includes a separate cover that can left off if you need an open barge. The cover is of the type that has several doors in the roof. This makes it easier to load and unload from a ship. There is also a gondola type barge that is used to pile waste into. These are like the kind you see tied up along ships undergoing refits. The are usually full of scrap metal and and other unwanted equipment cut off of the ship. 
There is also a dredge,  a power barge, machine shop barge, and a large modern crane barge. Each one is based on photos from U.S. Navy WW II harbor photographs such as this one showing a power barge. A power barge was necessary to provide power to the ship when the repairs necessitated the shutting down of the ships boilers. The machine shop barge brought a fully equipped shop to fabricate repair parts right to the source.
As a bonus the kit also includes two WW II era 173' US Sub Chasers. These are typical of the one that patrols the shores of the continental USA during the second world war. These are pretty extensive kits for their size with separate superstructure and Photo etch included.
A Photo etch sheet is included that has the tower and boom for the massive crane barge. Rigging and hooks are all provided as well as railings and ladders. There are also depth charge racks and other parts for the sub chaser.
The instructions consist of four sheets, three showing the various barges in exploded views. The fourth sheet (not shown) shows the photo etch fret and list the parts breakdown. 
The photo's below are Kenny Hoang's work using this kit


I don't know how else to put it, this set is COOL! If you want to do a believable dock yard scheme, then you need this set. Add some of the Loose Cannon Tug boats and you have everything you need.

Price for the set is $39.00 plus shipping. Check the Loose Cannon page for details on these and other kits.

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