This "First Look" review is of Paper-Labs Publishing's line of 1/350 white metal accessories for World War II U.S. Navy ships. These accessories can be used to replace plastic kit parts on combat ships from destroyer escorts to early and late war carriers, to further increase accuracy and overall looks of your finished model subject.
Paper-Lab Publishing is a Canadian based company, that specializes in design and production of scale models and model accessories. The company’s main focus is ships but also produces model masters from resin, plastic, metal or paper. They also do 3D modeling and rendering. For more information on Paper-Lab’s services, please visit their website by following the link below.
looking a bit closer. . .
Darius Lipinski was kind enough to send a sample of each one of his 1/350 white metal accessories. The parts arrive sandwiched in between foam and packaged in a hard, plastic box. These parts included:
US Navy 21” Triple Torpedo Mount, suitable for the Trumpeter USS England - 2 pcs - $9.00
US Navy 1.1" Quad Mount, can be used on any USN early war ship - 4 pcs - $10.00
US Navy 36" Searchlight - 4 pcs - $8.00
US Navy 24" Searchlight - 8 pcs - $8.00
US Navy MK-51 Director, can be used on any USN ship armed with 40mm Bofors or 3”/50 gun - 10 pcs - $10.00
Upon removing the parts from the packaging, the first thing I noticed is the amazing amount of crisp detail and clean lines. There is very little if any clean up necessary on any of the parts. The pour stubs are cut to such a length that securing the part for painting is easy, especially if you use hemostats like I do.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the MK-51 gun director, as this was used to aim the 40mm Bofors and 3"/50 main guns. The 1.1” Quad mount is another small masterpiece in itself. One of the barrels was slightly bent, but this was easily corrected with the aid of my hobby knife. All in all, Paper-Labs 1/350 white metal accessories along with their resin accessories make an excellent way to super-detail, as well as increase the accuracy of that next USN project.
Highs: Great detail and quality, well thought out subject matter, excellent value for your moneyLows: Only one, no 21” torpedo mounts for the Fletcher class destroyer.Verdict: Highly recommended, and a “must have” when building a 1/350 World War II USN ship.
About Kenny Loup (gator) FROM: LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES
I was the kid that his dad would say "Hey, there's a war movie on." and come running. As a kid, I dived head first into military history. We would always have to stop at the USS Alabama on our way to Florida. I also got to visit the Seawolf Park and the Alamo on vacation, too. All things I want ...