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HMS Belfast 1942
HMS Belfast Light Cruiser (1942)
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

SUMMARY
Highs: Clean lines and very good details. Excellent photo-etch included for super-detailing.
Lows: The manual got a bit mangled in the box, but otherwise no real issues noted.
Verdict: Looks like it will build up into a great representation of the 1942 vintage ship.
  Scale: 1:350
  Mfg. ID: 05334
  Suggested Retail: $110
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 11, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.63%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

I know what you mean Si. It's great to have a RN cruiser at last in plastic at 1/350, but how much compromise on accuracy should we make? Having just bought the Trumpy Eskimo kit and finding that I need to spend a whole lot more on after market parts to correct the errors, one wonders if my money would be better spent on a better kit of another vessel. This is not to Trumpy bash either, as it applies to all the kit makers equally.
NOV 04, 2013 - 09:21 PM
There's a big dust-up on other forums over sprue shots of the funnels. Apparently (maybe) Trumpeter made the forward funnel too small in diameter.
NOV 04, 2013 - 10:48 PM
I think WEM are already planning resin replacements for the funnels and compass platform... LINK
NOV 05, 2013 - 03:07 AM
Definitely no Trumpeter bash intended (Currently building their Type 23 HMS Kent, and no complaints on that one), just a bit of frustration, I am sorry but there is no excuse for some of the errors (All three gun trunions in a line) when the real thing still exists. Also I am not convinced about the shape of the hangers, the external sides should according to all the drawings and period pics I have seen be parallel. Please Trumpeter, you have produced some great kits, looking forward to the Russian Pre Dread, but these silly errors.... (And you aren't the only manufacturer that does it) Si
NOV 05, 2013 - 04:37 AM
Agreed Si. I'm just starting out on Trumpy's Prinz Eugen & all the reviews I've seen are positive. So how can it be so hit n miss?
NOV 05, 2013 - 06:06 AM
Good question Russell, Also built 4 USS England's as various Captain Class Frigates, great little kit. Add to that the fact that they went to great lengths, (If you will pardon the the Pun) not to just partially rebox the Prinz Eugen and call it the Admiral Hipper, the Errors on the Belfast are not really excusable. Si
NOV 05, 2013 - 03:16 PM
Not too surprising since they screwed up Eskimo from hull shape to armament to motor launches. For those who don't already know, the bow sheer line should have been increased by 3mm at the prow; should have had quad 2 lb'er pom-pom's, not 8 barrel; and the motor launches look like they have just come off Trumpeter's Graf Spee or Prinz Eugen sprue! It should (or could) also have had a twin 4" HA turret in X turret position, and main gun barrels look pretty inaccurate. But I'm not Trumpeter-bashing, just saying what's wrong!
NOV 07, 2013 - 12:47 PM
Before anyone goes all ballistic on me, I will admit, in Trumpeter's defense, that the parts fit (on Eskimo), before any modifications, is very good and didn't require any filling. And raised surface detail such as doors and hatches are well defined. So, in some areas, they are improving.
NOV 08, 2013 - 11:00 AM
Further to Jim's excellent review, I received the WEM PE Set on Saturday for this kit and when I get permissions from WEM I will be posting a full review of the set then starting the build of the kit with the WEM set.
DEC 08, 2013 - 02:50 PM
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