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Scale Naval Mines
Universal Naval Mines
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by: Tim Reynaga [ TIMREYNAGA ]

Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

In addition to their full kits, Admiralty Model Works offers a number of accessory sets to jazz up 1/700 scale projects, among them this set of "universal" naval mines.

I was working on Tamiya's Hirashima class minelayer which had pretty decent mines molded to the deck, but when these little beauties arrived in the mail I abandoned all thought of using the kit parts. Cast as 24 individual parts on a thin resin wafer, the spherical mines atop their square bases each total about 2mm in height. Small as they are, they are very cleanly cast with discernable spines on the spheres as well as miniscule but sharply molded details on the bases. They should look great once painted and installed. There is even a photo and a couple of line drawings on the back of the package for reference, and at US $6.00 for a set of 24 (25 cents each!) they are an affordable way to upgrade your little minelayers.

Admiralty Model Works was founded in 2007, starting with their kit of the German destroyer Hamburg. The company is run by Pavel Vacata. Their mailing address is:

Admiralty Model Works
12792 West Colonial Drive
Suite 180
Winter Garden, Florida

Highs: Excellent detail, accurate, cleanly cast upgrade parts.
Lows: None, but the Admiralty Model Works website is in a bit of disarray at present.
Verdict: These are excellent, simple to use upgrade parts at a great price. Recommended!
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 700/503
  Suggested Retail: US $6.00
  Related Link: Admiralty Model Works
  PUBLISHED: Apr 03, 2015

About Tim Reynaga (TimReynaga)

I am married with three daughters and a son, and I oversee the team of regional workforce policy advisors for the State of California. My wife is an elementary school teacher. Iíve been building models since I was five years old (my first model was a NASA lunar module bought for a dime from a mag...

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Even though you would need a couple of packages of these for a full load, they're not too expensive. Might have been better though, if they were molded in continuous strips of 6 or more for easier placement on their rails. (How many of these will "ping" off from tweezers? )
APR 03, 2015 - 07:53 PM
Buy beading tweezers...that will solve the problem of them flying off.
APR 03, 2015 - 08:00 PM
Hmmm...personally not into beading; but the wife is. I'll have to confiscate her beading tweezers.
APR 03, 2015 - 08:31 PM
Ahoy Tim Thanks for the story. I noted you had recently became a news writer. I am not sure if its your first news story or not but well done. I like the way its part news item part review. As a veteran of some 699 news stories I appreciate your time and effort. Cheers Sean
APR 07, 2015 - 02:14 AM
Thanks Sean! I've done a few now, but I'm still feeling my way...
APR 08, 2015 - 12:15 AM

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