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1700
Scale Naval Mines
Universal Naval Mines
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by: Tim Reynaga [ TIMREYNAGA ]


Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

In addition to their full kits, Admiralty Model Works offers a number of accessory sets to jazz up 1/700 scale projects, among them this set of "universal" naval mines.

I was working on Tamiya's Hirashima class minelayer which had pretty decent mines molded to the deck, but when these little beauties arrived in the mail I abandoned all thought of using the kit parts. Cast as 24 individual parts on a thin resin wafer, the spherical mines atop their square bases each total about 2mm in height. Small as they are, they are very cleanly cast with discernable spines on the spheres as well as miniscule but sharply molded details on the bases. They should look great once painted and installed. There is even a photo and a couple of line drawings on the back of the package for reference, and at US $6.00 for a set of 24 (25 cents each!) they are an affordable way to upgrade your little minelayers.

Admiralty Model Works was founded in 2007, starting with their kit of the German destroyer Hamburg. The company is run by Pavel Vacata. Their mailing address is:

Admiralty Model Works
12792 West Colonial Drive
Suite 180
Winter Garden, Florida
34787-5937
USA



SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail, accurate, cleanly cast upgrade parts.
Lows: None, but the Admiralty Model Works website is in a bit of disarray at present.
Verdict: These are excellent, simple to use upgrade parts at a great price. Recommended!
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 700/503
  Suggested Retail: US $6.00
  Related Link: Admiralty Model Works
  PUBLISHED: Apr 03, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.50%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.00%

About Tim Reynaga (TimReynaga)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I am married with three daughters and a son, and I work as a regional workforce policy advisor for the State of California. My wife is an elementary school teacher. Iíve been building models since I was five years old (my first model was a lunar module bought for a dime from a magazine ad). Iím m...

Copyright ©2018 text by Tim Reynaga [ TIMREYNAGA ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

Even though you would need a couple of packages of these for a full load, they're not too expensive. Might have been better though, if they were molded in continuous strips of 6 or more for easier placement on their rails. (How many of these will "ping" off from tweezers? )
APR 04, 2015 - 02:53 AM
Buy beading tweezers...that will solve the problem of them flying off.
APR 04, 2015 - 03:00 AM
Hmmm...personally not into beading; but the wife is. I'll have to confiscate her beading tweezers.
APR 04, 2015 - 03:31 AM
Ahoy Tim Thanks for the story. I noted you had recently became a news writer. I am not sure if its your first news story or not but well done. I like the way its part news item part review. As a veteran of some 699 news stories I appreciate your time and effort. Cheers Sean
APR 07, 2015 - 09:14 AM
Thanks Sean! I've done a few now, but I'm still feeling my way...
APR 08, 2015 - 07:15 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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