Meng Toon Missouri...
...building the Meng kit
The recent trend for 'cartoon' style models of aircraft, tanks and ships are distinctive and genuinely fun. I've done both aircraft and and tanks before, now for a ship. This Meng kit features the USS Missouri, the Iowa class battleship where the Japanese signed their surrender at the end of WW2. It is also ship which my wife and I were able to visit earlier this year, where it is now moored in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, just a few yards beyond the Arizona Memorial.
The kit is moulded in 3-colours: red for the lower hull, light grey for the main parts of the hull and turrets, plus a dark blue for the decks and AA guns. Markings are provided as self-adhesive stickers rather than conventional waterslide transfers. While the parts need the sprue joints to be cleaned up when you take the parts off the sprues, but it can then be assembled without needing any glue. One or two parts are quite a tight fit, so need some care when fitting things together. The propellers in particular needed some 'encouragement'. TI chose to leave the model unpainted, so the basic kit provides for youngsters in particular, as they can enjoy putting it together without needing glue and without needing to paint it. The one thing I will do is just to paint the propellers in bronze rather than leave them red.
If your are wondering about a present for your children/grandchildren etc and hope to encourage them to find enjoyment in our hobby, then this could be a great choice to help them. This is one to just enjoy for relaxation, and for once not to worry about detailing, accuracy etc..
I bought mine through Tiger Hobbies Ltd here in the UK