In addition to the fret set for the Heller 1:400 scale Scharnhorst
and Gneisenau (Click for Review),
Toms Models has also produced a two fret brass set for the Heller
1:400 scale kits of Admiral Graf Spee
and Admiral Scheer. The ship specific
fret measures 5 5/8 inches by 2 7/8 inches. The generic railing fret is the same
one that is in the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau
set, measuring 6 ¾ inches by 2 inches.
FRET #1 – SHIP SPECIFIC ITEMS
As with the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau
fret, the various German radars are very prominent in this set. Four different
radars carried by the different fits of Graf Spee
and Scheer, are featured in this set.
The other major items are the ships catapult parts and two different types of
Parts Listing – There are multiple parts for most numbered assembly area.
|1. Turret Face Windows
2. Aircraft Parts
3. Bridge Rigging
4. Capstan Tops
5. Steps for Breakwater
6. Boat Racks
7. FuMO 22 radar for Graf Spee
8. FuMO 22 radar for Scheer prior to 1940 Refit
9. FuMO 22 radar for Scheer post 1940 Refit
10. FuMO 27 radar for Scheer post 1940 Refit
11. FuMB 7 (Timor) radar for Scheer
12. FuMB 4 radar for Scheer
13. Bridge Mount for FuMB4
14. Crane for Graf Spee
|15. Crane Bracing for Scheer
16. Catapult, Catapult Base and Platform
17. Mast Bracing
18. Mast Head Foot Rails
19. Mast Head Bracing
20. Mast Cross Arm Foot Rail for Graf Spee
21. Mast Cross Arm Foot Rail for Scheer
22. Graf Spee Radar Screen Mount
23. Range Finder Foot Rails
24. Dipoles for FuMO Radar Faces
25. Platform Bracing
26. Bow Docking Platforms
FRET #2 – VERTICAL LADDER & RAILINGThis fret consists of ten strips of three bar railing with bottom
gutter, one strip of three bar railing (narrowly spaced stanchions), one strip
of two bar railing and two strips of vertical ladders. This is the same railing
fret found in the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau
set. No inclined ladders are on this fret but the ship specific fret has six.
This set comes with a comprehensive three page (one page printed front and back
and one front page only) set of instructions. Each assembly step is described in
text and shown in clear, nicely done drawings. Five different radar array
placement drawings are provided as separate inset drawings. Additional drawings
show locations for bow detail parts on a bow plan and a detailed drawing and
textual description of how to bend the FuMO radar parts.
VERDICTThe Toms Models brass photo-etched fret set for the 1:400 Heller
Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral
Scheer is very similar in execution the Toms set for the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau.
This is hardly surprising since there was a commonality of fittings among the
large warships of the DKM. If you want to super-detail the Heller kits
of these two German Panzershiffes, this is the set for you.