Several years ago, when a 1/350 scale plastic USS Arizona kit was announced, there was some excitement. However, when the Banner kit was released the response to it was underwhelming. It clearly influenced by the old box-scale Revell kit and details in some spots sparse or non-existent. Still it is an affordable kit which has been sold under the Trumpeter, Mini-Hobbies and most recently the Hobby Boss labels and there are plenty of photo-etch sets out there to help overcome the kitís shortcomings. So with some good modeling skills and good brass you would make a winner of this kit with a bit of work and TLC. Now some additional help as arrived with the Master Models USS Arizona barrel set.
This set provides turned brass versions for the
battleships main and secondary armament. That
means you get twelve 14Ē/45, ten 5Ē/51 and eight 5Ē/25 barrels that are
beautifully scale reproductions of the real things.
As you can see from the photos, they are finer, more accurate and more
realistic when compared to the kitís plastic barrels. The
machined brass barrels have slight taper to the muzzle.
In addition the muzzle has been drilled out just enough to make it look a
shell will come firing out. What I
find especially helpful is the stem at the bottom end of the barrel which
facilitates gluing the brass part in place.
So if you wish to build the best possible
Banner/Hobby Boss 1/350 Arizona, get good reference material, choose your
favorite photo-etch set, pick your paint-scheme (I am not going there, really!)
and you must buy yourself the Master Models set to round it out.
This set could of course be used on the Iron Shipwrights 1941 Arizona