Revell 1/426 USS Pine Island AV-12 Seaplane Tender
To anyone who has built any of the Revell ship models from the 1950's and 1960's, most of the observations made herein will be obvious and second-nature as to the accuracy, precision, and casting of the parts within this kit.
The same "dimples" appear on the hull as on the hull of the 1973 Advent kit. Dimples no longer exist on the tops of the 5" gun turrets as on the 1973 turrets. However, large dimples now exist on the PBM Mariner's wings , which don't exist on the 1973 PBM wing.
Another familiar feature from old Revell ship models is the flat-bottomed hull, instead of a waterline or full-hull option as in today's plastic ship models. The location where the hull ends is not at the waterline of the actual ship.
The 20mm guns are molded-on and the individual Twin 40mm and Quad 40mm guns are thick and clumsy when compared to today's offerings.
Besides the refreshed instruction sheets, this re-issue of the USS Pine Island AV-12 Seaplane Tender model kit is basically the same as its predecessors. I would hope that building this kit would take one back and make the modeler feel like a kid, again.
Thank you to Revell for sending the review model.