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Torpedoboot V106
Plastic Model &
Photo-Etched Detail Set

 

 

Mirage Hobby

 


 Mirage's 1/400 scale V106 and their photo-etched V106 detail set
are available online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Description and Price: 40028 - V106 Model Kit, USD$4.96 from Squadron.com
008 - V-106 Photo-Etched Detail Set, USD$10.96 from Squadron.com
Scale: 1/400
Contents and Media: 40028 - 75 parts in grey styrene
008 - around 100 pieces on a single sheet of photo-etched brass.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good quality plastic parts for the tiny price; unusual subject; consistent engraved detail; stand included; first-rate brass etched detail set will transform the basic kit.
Disadvantages: Some plastic detail overscale and other detail missing on base kit; no English language construction, history or colour notes
Recommendation: Recommended as an inexpensive combination

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

It is not often in the year 2002 that you will find a newly released kit for less than $5.00. Not often, but sometimes.

Mirage's 1/400 scale V106 WWI Torpedoboot is being offered for $4.96 by Squadron.com.

You might expect a simple kit for this price, and you would not be too far wrong. 75 parts are attached to two sprues of slightly soft grey styrene. The quality of the parts is good - much better than the price might suggest. Apart from a few minor sinkmarks, the parts are very well presented. Naturally, the limitations of injection moulding technology means that some of the detail is overscale, oversimplified or missing altogether.

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In 1/400 scale, the Torpedoboot is about 155mm long. A full hull split into port and starboard halves is provided, as is a three-piece display stand.

A small decal sheet supplies ship numbers for V105, V106, V107and V108. For less than $20 you could have a flotilla!

The instructions include a history section and technical specifications, but it is unfortunately only delivered in Polish. The instructions do not include any English language construction tips not colour callouts. Even so, the exploded view drawings over fourteen steps are fairly easy to follow for non-Polish speakers.

In summary then, the only real drawback of this model is the relatively overscale or oversimplified detail.

But there's more!

Mirage Hobby has recognized the limitations of styrene moulding and offered the determined superdetailer the option of a photo-etched detail set. The thin brass sheet is 12cm x 6cm in size, and packed with around 100 parts to transform the little plastic kit into an impressive replica bristling with detail. The highlights of the set are the railings, ladders and the small crane at the bow of the vessel.

 

 

All the brass parts are fastened to the sheet with remarkably fine attachment points. To avoid damage, extreme care will be required when removing, handling and securing these parts to the model. However, the effort will be well worthwhile.

The combined price for the impressive brass etched set and the competent plastic kit is less than US$16.00. This represents great value for maritime modellers, or perhaps someone who wants to apply his modelling skills on something a little bit different.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
Page Created 29 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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