Models PE Set for 1/350 König/Grosser Kurfürst
By Kenneth Hagerup
Gold Medal Model's (GMM) new photoetched (P/E) set is one of three recently released for ICM's kits of König class German WWI battleships.
The GMM set comes packaged in an envelope with two sturdy pieces of cardboard. Despite this, several parts had broken from the photoetched frame and were loose in the envelope, but none was damaged.
includes a variety of railing types, including double etched two-bar railings
with simulated canvas covering. The kit depicts a König class in
post-Jutland configuration with open railings on the superstructure replaced
with solid splinter shields. GMM provides instructions for converting
the kits to an earlier configuration, but (unlike the forthcoming White
Ensign Model set) does not include parts for the anti-torpedo net shelves
and supports. (If building an earlier configuration, the heavy foremast
must be replaced.)
Another highlight is the inclusion of parts for the forward, aft and bow underwater torpedo tube doors. GMM provides templates and instructions for cutting holes in the hull for the P/E parts and attaching the doors to the inside of the hull.
Funnel cap grilles Yardarm foot ropes Boat crane safety rails Open boat oars and rudders Motorboat rails and screws Skylight covers Deck hatches and armored doors Bulkhead hatches and vents Life raft floors Crane rigging and cable reels Accommodation ladders with perforated landing platforms Gunport covers (with templates for sheet styrene cover plates) Boat cradle girders Anchor chains and chain stoppers Bridge equipment (engine telegraph, binnacle and helm) Bow crests and nameplates for König, Grosser Kurfürst, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Markgraf
Because each of the four König class ships was different, and underwent modifications, not all of the parts may be applicable for a particular ship at a particular point in its career. The quality of the GMM set is first rate and will certainly add much to the appearance of ICM's kit.