Zhengdefu Missle Boat Type 021
March 24, 2016 in Ships
First off, the scale is undetermined by me. It’s not the advertised 1/72 but closer to 1/125-1/150th, perhaps 1/144th. It measures around 13″ in length.
The instructions leave a lot to be desired as the whole kit is built in 6 steps, two of which are wasted on assembling the electric motor and running gear, and placing the assembled deck on the hull. To say they were vague and difficult to follow, is an understatement. (after the mast was assembled, the rest was fairly easy). There were “spaces” that needed to be filled with sheet plastic.
The kit came with missiles, and rails, which according to the instructions, could be shown in the pre-launch and launched position, but no instructions as to how this was to be done, or where they were to be placed.
Besides the flash and the “strange” plastic, there were pieces molded incorrectly, like the front starboard railing, which curved the same as the port railing. The props were laying loose in the box, with only one useless shaft (the one for the electric motor) to be installed. I made all three from brass, and drilled holes to install them. Typical Chinese quality and detail throughout.
I’m not sure of the decals because I did not use them. Most reference photos showed no numbers on the boat. I chose the most “different” paint scheme. I have since done another version, with a different configuration and paint scheme, soon to be put on the site.
Despite minor difficulties and frustrations, I was somewhat pleased at the overall result. I ended up building a second version and am aware of at least a third. It’s definitely something different on my shelf.
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